BLYTH SPAR­TANS 1 SHAW LANE AFC 2

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Spar­tans’ play­ers con­grat­u­late Adam Wright­son (sec­ond from right) af­ter his goal put Blyth ahead in yes­ter­day’s FA Cup tie white. The vis­i­tors’ keeper was a busy man as half-time ap­proached, pro­duc­ing saves from Ryan Hutchin­son and Jar­rett Rivers, but try as they might, Spar­tans went into the in­ter­val still trail­ing to Clayton’s early strike.

Spar­tans were dealt an in­jury blow early in the sec­ond half as winger Jar­rett Rivers was forced off the pitch.

For­mer Gateshead young­ster Adam Wright­son was his re­place­ment and he got Spar­tans back on level terms with- in min­utes of be­ing in­tro­duced into the ac­tion.

Rob­bie Dale in­sti­gated a break that led to Dale Hop­son find­ing space to cross into the area.

That found Wright­son and the pacy winger made no mis­take from closerange.

Spar­tans kept press­ing their vis­i­tors back to­wards their own goal and could have taken the lead when Sean Reid headed an Ian Wat­son cross over the bar.

Rob­bie Dale went close with 20 min­utes left as Alun Arm­strong’s side piled for­ward in search of a win­ner.

Lewis Horner went close twice in the clos­ing stages and re­ally should have done bet­ter when he raced through on goal but elected to have an early strike, rather than tak­ing his time to fin­ish.

But there was a late sting in the tail for Spar­tans as the vis­i­tors sent them tum­bling out of the FA Cup.

Shaw Lane sub­sti­tute Reeves was a mem­ber of the Al­trin­cham squad beaten 4-1 at Croft Park in the FA Cup first round in 2014.

He will leave Northum­ber­land with hap­pier mem­o­ries af­ter he took ad­van­tage of some calami­tous de­fend­ing from the hosts to head into an empty net. And that was enough to seal a fa­mous win for the vis­i­tors.

SI­MON GREENER

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