Spar­tans sunk by 79 sec­ond dou­ble strike

Sunday Sun - - Non-league Football - Stu­art Dick

TWO goals in 79 sec­onds con­demned Blyth Spar­tans to an­other home de­feat as Alun Arm­strong’s side were beaten by a resur­gent FC United of Manch­ester at Croft Park.

Kurt Wil­loughby opened the scor­ing on 20 min­utes with strike-part­ner Thomas Peers dou­bling the lead within two min­utes.

Spar­tans huffed and puffed early in the sec­ond half, but an 89th minute Lewis Mansell strike ended the faint chances of a comeback.

Alun Arm­strong kept the same squad that won at Guise­ley 3-1 on Tues­day night – but will be dis­mayed with what he wit­nessed on the pitch as his side’s vic­tory in York­shire was quickly for­got­ten about.

Spar­tans started brightly and al­most opened the scor­ing in the first 90 sec­onds.

Dan Maguire latched onto a through ball down the left and found space in the penalty area be­fore rolling an ef­fort to­wards the bot­tom right hand cor­ner, but FC United keeper Lloyd Allinson on hand to palm the ef­fort be­hind.

But from there the vis­i­tors be­gan to dom­i­nate, and opened the scor­ing on 20 min­utes.

A sim­ple long ball from the vis­i­tors found Wil­loughby run­ning free on goal and he nut­megged Jame­son to put the Red Rebels in front.

They didn’t have to wait long for a sec­ond – pre­cisely 79 sec­onds – when Lewis Thomp­son whipped in a de­light­ful left footed cross from the left flank, find­ing Peers in the six-yard box and he headed past Jame­son.

The sec­ond half saw Spar­tans show some in­tent, with Robert Dale miss­ing a guilt edged chance from eight yards out, skew­ing an ef­fort wide when it was eas­ier to hit the tar­get.

Ac­tion from Blyth Spar­tans against FC United of Manch­ester in Na­tional League North Pic: Kris Hod­getts

At the other end, Jame­son made a stun­ning ef­fort when Si­moes latched on to a right-wing cross who tried to stroke the ball home from eight yards out.

As Blyth pushed for a route back into the game, the vis­i­tors net­ted a third. A fast-paced counter-at­tack saw Wil­loughby and sub­sti­tute Lewis Mansell two-on-one with Michael Lid­dle.

Wil­loughby timed his pass per­fectly to play in Mansell who slot­ted home to the joys of the rap­turess ap­plause from the trav­el­ling Red Rebels.

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