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Ashton United 3-0 Blyth Spartans
Tuesday 19th August
Hurst Cross
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League

Spartans were handed their first defeat of the season by a strong and determined performance by Ashton United who outfought and outplayed Tom Wade’s side. Own goals from Ian Watson and Alex Nicholson sandwiched a goal from Robins striker Richard Bennett on a depressing night for Spartans.

There was one change from Saturday’s win over Grantham Town with Danny Parker replacing Ryan Hutchinson after completing his suspension for a red card at Worksop Town last season.

The hosts scored with the first real chance of the game after a scrappy opening ten minutes. A whipped cross from the left by Bennett was headed goalwards by his strike partner Jacob Hazel. That effort was diverted into his own net by Ian Watson from six yards leaving Peter Jeffries with no chance in the Spartans goal.

However far from going into their shells Wade’s side came back at the hosts and could have equalised within four minutes when Maguire forced Phillips to save with his feet after he latched on to an incisive through ball from Ben Sayer.

Bennett was at the heart of everything good that United produced as the powerful striker wreaked havoc. He got the wrong side of Buddle on the left side of the area on thirty four minutes but could only fire into the side netting. A minute later there was no let off for Spartans.

The striker ran on to a flick in behind the back four but his attempted lob came off the bar with Jeffries beaten. However the ball fell kindly for Bennett and he lashed home from close range. Spartans thought they could have had a penalty bang on half time but referee Woods waved away protests after Dale seemed to have been tripped by Phillips in the area and the hosts went in two goals to the good.

The second half took it’s time to get going with neither side on top and play increasingly scrappy. When a chance did come it fell to the visiting and twenty minutes into the half they had a third with another own goal by a Spartans defender. This time it was Alex Nicholson who saw livewire winger Kayde Coppin’s cross deflect off him and into the net.

Spartans kept going but didn’t really create anything meaningful. Jarrett Rivers’ introduction added some pace and direct running to the Spartans attack and when his cross narrowly went over Maguire’s head at point blank range it was clear it wasn’t to be Spartans night.

Indeed it could have been the hosts who grabbed another rather than Spartans and that is what they would have done had it not been for the alert defending of Alex Nicholson. The full back clearing Cavel Coo’s close range effort off the line but it only prevented a poor night getting worse as Spartans fell to a miserable defeat.

Ashton United: Phillips, Coo, Roberts-Nurse, Gorton, Higgins, Rick, Gee(Young 45), Baguley, Hazel(Robinson 75) Bennett, Hill(Coppin 56) Subs: Chadwick, Pilkington

Blyth Spartans: Jeffries, Nicholson, Parker, Buddle, Watson, Sayer(Hutchinson 70), Wade(Cummings 38), Robinson(Rivers 67), Dale, Maguire, Wearmouth Subs: Moore, Bell

Referee: Martin Woods

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