Spar­tans given taste of their own medicine

Sunday Sun - - Football - BY MARK CAR­RUTHERS

Blyth’s Jar­rett Rivers tries to find a way through against Shaw Lane yes­ter­day THEY know a thing or two about FA Cup shocks at Blyth Spar­tans.

The ex­ploits of Messrs John­ston, Bond, Dal­ton and Turn­bull are well­versed in this cor­ner of South East Northum­ber­land.

So there should have been no need to warn the cur­rent group of Spar­tans that their FA Cup tie with Shaw Lane was a ba­nana skin.

And they failed to heed any warn­ing given to them by man­ager Alun Arm­strong as the Evo-Stik League side put Spar­tans out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Paul Clayton’s sixth-minute header gave the South York­shire side the lead, only for Adam Wright­son to get Spar­tans back on level terms early in the sec­ond half.

How­ever, there was a late goal for the vis­i­tors as vet­eran striker Damien Reeves put his side into the third qual­i­fy­ing round.

Clayton’s goal was the first real chance of the game, as the striker met a fine cross from Ryan Ser­rant to head the ball firmly past Spar­tans keeper Peter Jameson.

Jameson was more suc­cess­ful on 13 min­utes, tip­ping an Alex Byrne ef­fort over the bar.

The Croft Park faith­ful were al­ready show­ing signs of frus­tra­tion as their side tried to make an im­pact in the game.

Dan Maguire forced Shaw Lane keeper John Ste­wart into ac­tion for the first time in the 20th minute.

Ste­wart was equal to Maguire’s point-blank ef­fort to add to the frus­tra­tion of ev­ery­one in green and

SI­MON GREENER

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