By Stephen Burton
After two consecutive away trips, Blyth Spartans return to action at Croft Park on Saturday as they take on Guiseley in National League North.
Despite an improved performance against Hereford, Spartans left Edgar Street empty-handed, as a goal in each half inflicted a 2-0 defeat, their ninth in succession.
Blyth, currently bottom of National League North, will be facing a Guiseley side in 19th and who have yet to taste victory in the league on the road this season.
Michael Nelson parted company with the club on Wednesday, with Michael Barron and Stephen Turnbull stepping in on an interim basis.
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Joint Managers Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill have seen their side win just one of their last eight league games. But in contrast to their poor league form, Guiseley did enjoy a run to the First Round proper of the FA Cup where they lost narrowly to AFC Wimbledon.
However, despite running the League One side close, they were brought back down to earth at the weekend as they, like Blyth, were beaten 2-0 by Hereford.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Speaking to Guiseley’s media team, O’Neill felt his side were unlucky in their defeat to Hereford. “It was massively frustrating. When you look back at the game, all first-half we dominated and created a lot of chances, then just before half time they run up the pitch and score. If you look at their reaction it was like they won the lottery.
“They were more clinical than us and we didn’t defend properly, we need to learn from that and move on.”
LAST TIME WE MET
The sides last met earlier this season in the FA Cup Third Round Qualifying stage at Nethermoor Park, where Blyth fell to a 1-0 defeat.
In the last five meetings Blyth have suffered three straight defeats, with their last win coming in April 2019 at Croft Park as they completed the double over the West Yorkshire side. On that day Keiran Green and Nathan Buddle grabbed the goals as Blyth marched towards the play-offs.
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