Blyth welcome Spennymoor Town to Croft Park on Tuesday as Terry Mitchell’s side look to end a difficult 2021 on a high.
Due to the postponement of their Boxing Day match away to Gateshead, Spartans haven’t played since their 2-1 defeat to Southport on 11th December.
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Spennymoor’s new management duo of Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morely took charge of their first league game on Boxing Day in a feisty 1-1 draw with rivals Darlington.
Glen Taylor fired home a penalty on the stroke of half-time to level the scores for Moors, before both sides were reduced to 10 men.
Moors enjoyed a good start to the season, winning against the likes of Southport and Hereford, as well as thrashing Farsley Celtic 6-0. However, from then on they endured a difficult October and November, picking up just two wins from their subsequent 10 games.
WHAT WE’RE SAYING
Speaking to the club’s website, Spartans boss Mitchell was pleased to have an extra week to work with the squad. ”The break has been useful, we had a friendly against Ashington and thought we performed well. It was a great opportunity to get some minutes into some of the lads that might not have had a chance the last few weeks, and to get a closer look at some of them.
The training sessions, as well, have been excellent. We’ve done a lot of work tactically and it’s been high intensity, we definitely feel as if we’ve made progress.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Speaking to his club’s YouTube channel after the Darlington clash, co-manager Johnson said, “Chaos is the perfect word for it! I don’t think it was a free-flowing game, there were a lot of stop starts. The fact that it’s a derby it makes everyone try that little bit more, and sometimes you can over try. In terms of the overall play, you’ll take a point and I’d say it was fair as well.
To perform the way we had done in the second-half with 10-men and show that resilience, we come away pleased.”
LAST TIME WE MET
Since Blyth’s promotion to National League North, they sides have met five times, with Spartans yet to record a win.
You would need to go back to September 2019 for the last clash between the sides, where Spennymoor ran riot in a 5-0 win at the Brewery Field.
The last meeting at Croft Park was just over 3 years ago on Boxing Day 2018, on that day the sides played out a 2-2 draw with Dan Maguire and Sean Reid getting on the scoresheet.
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