The Non-League Football Paper - - EVO-STIK NPL PREMIER - By Steve Cartwright

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.

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