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Blyth Spartans

Sat 20 Jul 2019 | Friendly | Home

Stadium

Woodhorn Lane

Attendance

479

Referee

Michael McDonough

Kick-Off

15:00

By Brian Bennett

Two goals from Scott Fenwick and one from ex Ashington forward Dale Pearson wrapped up victory for Blyth over the Colliers at Woodhorn Lane on Saturday.

In the first period there was little to choose between the sides with chances at a premium. The first opportunity came on the quarter hour when Spartans captain Robbie Dale produced a thunderbolt of a shot which crashed against the underside of the bar and from the rebound, Fenwick’s header was cleared off the line. Midway during the half, Pearson put the ball through for the overlapping Ryan Hutchinson who drove narrowly wide of the far post before the home side carved out an opening which saw Callum Johnston’s right footer drift just wide of ‘keeper Mark Foden’s left hand post.

Just when it appeared the teams would be heading off into the dressing rooms at half time on level terms, the visitors broke the deadlock – from the penalty spot. A through ball from Jake Orrell split the defence and after Stephen Gibson had slipped, released Pearson. The striker calmly assessed the situation and after taking the ball past the advancing Dan Staples, was tripped by the stopper. It was a nailed on penalty which referee Mick McDonough duly awarded and Fenwick stepped up to send Staples the wrong way.

Five minutes after the break, home striker Dan Taggart had a chance but as he tried to take the ball around Foden, was foiled by the ‘keeper. In the 53rd minute, Spartans doubled their lead. A cross from the left by a trialist was inch perfect for Pearson to steer home on the volley from six yards. Adam Wrightson - after coming on as a substitute - caused problems for the home defence and when he crossed in the 65th minute, Michael Sweet’s effort was saved by Staples.

Fenwick then had a one on one chance but saw Staples save then Johnston was not far off target with a free kick from 30 yards. In the closing embers of the contest - played out in front of an excellent crowd approaching 500 - Fenwick dinked the ball home for his second and Spartans’ third after Staples had initially blocked an effort. And sixty seconds later, the Blyth forward had a chance to complete his hat-trick after being set up by Wrightson but blazed over.

Ashington: Staples, Sampson, Kalthoeber, Ross, Gibson, Coppen, Johnston, Luke, Taggart, Price, Hanson

Subs: Hornsby, Herron, D Anderson, Bell, Williamson, Newton

Blyth Spartans: Foden, Hutchinson, Evans, Robson, Nearney, Devitt, Pearson, Orrell, Fenwick, Mouanda, Dale

Subs: Wrightson, Sweet, Trialist, Spooner, Trialist.

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