COALVILLE T 0 BLYTH SP 1
BLYTH Spartans gained all three points on their first visit to Coalville thanks to a second-half strike from Robbie Dale after the Ravens were reduced to ten men.
In a closely fought encounter there wasn’t much to pick between the two sides in the first half.
The visitors were first to threaten as Jarrett Rivers hit a shot that was well saved by Matt Coton.
Coalville’s best chance of the half fell to Massiah McDonald, who controlled the ball and hit his shot which was saved by Paul Woolston.
Coalville had a great chance to open the scoring in the first half. Lee Torr counter attacked and beat his marker but, with the goal at his mercy the ball was nicked off his toe. The game changed midway through the second half.
McDonald tangled with Nathan Buddle and, having previously been booked, referee Richard Price gave him a second yellow card.
Blyth’s leading scorer Daniel Maguire had a great chance to score with a 20yard effort but Coton was again equal to it.
Despite being a man down, the Ravens pushed forward and Rory Coleman went close with a shot that Woolston saved low down.
The winning goal came with 14 minutes remaining as Dale cut in from the left hit a right-foot shot that deflected past Coton to silence the home fans.