BLYTH SPARTANS 1 SHAW LANE AFC 2
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.