By Ben Lightfoot
Blyth Spartans are set to start their Northumberland Senior Cup defence as they travel to The Daren Persson Stadium to face North Sheilds in the quarter-finals.
The Spartans, who have won the Senior Cup 22 times, suffered defeat last time out as they lost 3-0 away at Boston United.
Tickets can be purchased at the gate and it is cash only, prices are as follows:
- Adults – £9
- Concessions – £6
- Juniors – £3
Spartans continue to be without Nathan Buddle, Lewis McNall and Josh Gillies. Danny Barlow and Michael Liddle will likely remain doubtful.
North Shields currently play in the Northern Premier League – East division and currently sits 10th in the league table.
The Robins suffered defeat in their last league match as they lost 2-1 away at Bridlington Town after a 90th minutes winner from Jack Yates.
WHAT WE’RE SAYING
After a 3-0 defeat on the road at Boston, Graham Fenton said: “It’s a massively disappointing result obviously, its a difficult one to sum up as again we’ve been the better team inbetween the boxes, but the boxes dont win you games and they’ve been very clinical when they’ve pounced on our three mistakes.
“From their point of view the first goal is decent, it’s a good bit of movement, decent pass and he’s gone through and finished it well. The other two goals are just individual errors that you can’t account for, one slipped and the other mistouched the ball and they’ve punished us and been clinical.”
LAST TIME WE MET
The Spartans and Robins faced eachother in a pre-season friendly in August at the Daren Persson Stadium, where North Sheilds managed to win 2-1.
The sides last met in the Northumberland Senior Cup final back in 2017 where Blyth managed a 3-2 win over North Shields.
Unfortunately there’ll be no Blyth Live coverage, however, you can follow the game via our social media platforms.