Skem show Blyth some spirit

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

A LIT­TLE glance at the con­text of Satur­day’s match makes this score­line look...well, not that bad.

Blyth are run­ning away clear at the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Di­vi­sion and Skelmers­dale are bot­tom, 62 points be­hind them and the goal dif­fer­ence be­tween the teams is 115.

So to go down 4-0 with the lat­ter goal ar­riv­ing in the 87th minute is no dis­grace. But it still rep­re­sents a mis­er­able day out if you are a Skem fan.

Skelmers­dale man­ager Alan Rogers made three changes from the side that lost in mid­week to Sut­ton Cold­field Town and one thing they proved was that they were de­ter­mined not to get the se­vere beat­ing the book­mak­ers pre­dicted.

Skem’s Seb Brad­shaw brought a save out of Blyth goal­keeper Paul Wool­ston be­fore Blyth got their break­through on 36 min­utes. Maguire took the ball wide on the right and cut in to­wards goal, his shot come cross from a tight an­gle sneak­ing inside the far post.

Two min­utes later Blyth made it 2-0. Arm­strong chased a long bounc­ing ball and suc­cess­fully con­tested a chal­lenge from Hil­ton. He then crossed into the box and arch goal poacher Maguire tapped the ball home for his sec­ond.

The time be­tween the sec­ond goal and the in­ter­val was rid­den out well by Skem.

It was the 64th minute be­fore Blyth put the game be­yond Skelmers­dale’s reach. A left-wing cor­ner was headed on by Ryan Hutchinson to Jor­dan Wat­son at the far post and he duly headed in.

Be­tween the third goal (64 mins) and the fourth (87 mins) Skelmers­dale did have one bit of luck, Pattison had a sim­ple chance at the far post on 80 min­utes but some­how con­trived to play the ball straight into Hil­ton’s hands.

The fi­nal goal came from Arm­strong, fin­ish­ing off a qual­ity pass­ing move.

Skelmers­dale didn’t look like win­ning, but they did have the pride to make sure they didn’t suf­fer too badly against a team that should be two di­vi­sions above them next sea­son.

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