HOPSON IS SPOT ON FOR SIXY SPAR­TANS

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - BLYTH SPAR­TANS 6 NUNEATON TOWN 3 By John Chap­man

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: ★★★★★

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