Reeves is a Shaw thing for Ducks
BLYTH Spartans were unable to make it five wins in a row after Yorkshire visitors Shaw Lane sprang an FA Cup shock at Croft Park.
Evo-Stik Premier high-flyers Shaw Lane progressed in dramatic fashion thanks to a 96th-minute winner from former Altrincham striker Damian Reeves.
The Ducks stunned the Spartans – famed for their FA Cup heroics – with an early opener from experienced striker Paul Clayton before the home side hit back through Adam Wrightson.
A Monday night replay looked likely before Reeves netted deep into injury as the Barnsley-based visitors claimed a famous victory.
Craig Elliot’s side took just six minutes to open the scoring in the north east as Ryan Serrant’s cross was powered home by Clayton.
Peter Jameson then tipped over Alex Byrne’s 13thminute effort as the Ducks pressed for a second.
Shaw Lane took their advantage into the break despite Blyth going close through the in-form striker Dan Maguire and defender Ryan Hutchinson.
Substitute Wrightson made an immediate impact for Spartans, replacing Jarrett Rivers in the 51st minute and equalising just six minutes later.
The winger netted after Alun Armstrong’s men hit Shaw Lane on the counterattack, Dale Hopson supplying the final cross.
Blyth looked the more likely to score following their equaliser with Sean Reid and Robbie Dale both going close.
Lewis Horner should have done better in the 92nd minute when one-on-one with Ducks’ keeper John Stewart but spurned his opportunity.
The late missed proved costly as Shaw Lane profited from confusion at the back for Reeves to head a last gasp winner.