Preview | Southport (H) | National League North

23rd October 2020

BY Liam O’Brien In association with LV BET Blyth Spartans host Southport at Croft Park this Saturday in their second home game of the 2020-21 National League North season. Spartans will be hoping to put the heavy defeat 6-1 at Gloucester City behind them and instead take some positives from their last match in Northumberland, where they earned a hard-fought point against AFC Telford United. INJURY NEWS Olly Scott and…


Preview | Gloucester City (A) | National League North

16th October 2020

BY Stephen Burton Blyth Spartans return to National League North action on Saturday with a long trip to early pace-setters Gloucester City at Meadow Park. Michael Nelson’s men will be hoping to bounce back after a disappointing FA Cup exit to Marske United in midweek. THE OPPOSITION In winning their opening two games, manager Jason Rowe has overseen the Tiger’s best start to a league season since 1996. Their last…


Preview | Marske United (A) | FA Cup

13th October 2020

BY Stephen Burton Blyth Spartans are back in FA Cup action as they face a tricky trip to Northern Premier League side Marske United tonight. The original tie was postponed 24 hours due to the rain, however it is hoped the game will go ahead at the second attempt. Spartans will go into the Third Qualifying Round tie full of confidence after Paul Blackett’s last gasp equaliser earned a deserved…


Preview | AFC Telford United | National League North

9th October 2020

BY Stephen Burton National League football returns to Croft Park for the first time since February as Blyth Spartans host AFC Telford United on Saturday. Michael Nelson’s men will be hoping to bounce back from Tuesday’s heavy opening day defeat to Guiseley.  Importantly, the clash in Northumberland gives Blyth an opportunity to bounce back and go into the FA Cup game at Marske United in midweek with some momentum. THE…


Preview | Guiseley AFC (A)

5th October 2020

Blyth Spartans open up their National League North campaign with a trip to Guiseley on Tuesday evening.  Michael Nelson’s men travel to West Yorkshire on the back of a 4-2 win at Whitley Bay in the FA Cup Second Round Qualifying.  It will be Blyth’s first league game since March after the coronavirus outbreak saw the 2019/20 season suspended.  THE OPPONENTS  Joint-managers Marcus Bignot and Russell O’Neill led the The…


Preview | Whitley Bay (A) – FA Cup

2nd October 2020

BY Liam O’Brien  Blyth Spartans take on Whitley Bay in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round this Saturday as Michael Nelson’s squad get their competitive season underway. Following seven months without competitive action, Nelson’s men face two games in three days – beginning with the small matter of an FA Cup occasion.  The clash at Hillheads brings some extra added spice with the two clubs less than seven miles apart…


Preview | Hartlepool United (H)

12th September 2020

BY Stephen Burton Blyth Spartans perhaps face their toughest test of pre-season as they welcome National League side Hartlepool United to Croft Park behind closed doors today. Due to last weekend’s postponement, Spartans have gone 11 days without a game and no doubt boss Michael Nelson will be eager to see his side build their fitness for the upcoming season. Pools go into the clash fresh – or perhaps not…


Preview | South Shields (A)

4th September 2020

BY Stephen Burton Blyth Spartans face a tough test on Saturday as they face Northern Premier League side South Shields at 1st Cloud Arena. Spartans’ last outing saw then slip to a narrow 3-2 defeat against Morpeth Town, in an entertaining game at Croft Park. The visitors surged to a three goal lead within 20 minutes, but despite goals from Olly Scott and Panos, Spartans couldn’t quite complete the comeback….


Preview | Morpeth Town (H)

1st September 2020

BY Stephen Burton Blyth Spartans host Morpeth Town on Tuesday, in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Croft Park (KO 7:30PM). A strong first half showing helped Spartans on their way to a 2-1 win away to Dunston UTS on Friday night, with Panos and Corey McKeown getting on the scoresheet. Boss Michael Nelson once again featured a number of trialists, and it was a chance to see Simon Heslop for the…


Preview | Dunston UTS (A)

27th August 2020

BY Niall Bromley Blyth Spartans travel to Dunston UTS on Friday evening – their second friendly in just three days (KO: 7:45PM) Spartans opened up their pre-season campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Hebburn Town on Tuesday, though handed opportunities to a number of trialists.  And tomorrow’s trip to the UTS Stadium will give boss Michael Nelson the chance to assess those players further as he looks to build his…