HOPSON IS SPOT ON FOR SIXY SPARTANS
DALE HOPSON netted a hat-trick, two of which came from the penalty spot, as Blyth Spartans prevailed in a nine-goal thriller against Nuneaton Town.
Dan Maguire hit a brace for the free-scoring Spartans with David McTiernan also on target and Jordan Laidler saw red for Blyth.
It was visiting Boro who opened the scoring, as Ashley Chambers broke the deadlock in the 18th minute.
Two goals in three minutes turned the game on its head as Maguire equalised on 37 minutes before Hopson put Spartans ahead from the spot.
Maguire grabbed his second goal four minutes before the break, but Joel Dielna reduced the deficit seven minutes after the interval.
Alun Armstrong’s men regained their two goal advantage with a quarter of the game to go as Hopson netted his second.
McTiernan stretched the home side’s lead two minutes later, before sub Laidler was shown red with 14 minutes left.
Maguire was then brought down in the box and Hopson completed his treble by netting a second spot-kick.
Chambers’ second strike was little more than a consolation for Nuneaton as Blyth won two weeks after being on the wrong end of a ninegoal scoreline at Kidderminster.
STAR MAN: Dan Maguire (Blyth Spartans) ENTERTAINMENT: ★★★★★