Spartans given taste of their own medicine
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