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Blyth Spar­tans play­ers cel­e­brate scor­ing against Ash­ton United

His low ef­fort was tipped onto the post by the right hand of Pilling, the ball can­non­ing away from the six-yard box with a num­ber of Spar­tans wait­ing.

Jor­dan Wat­son then squan­dered two chances in first-half in­jury time, the first a rasp­ing ef­fort from in­side the six-yard box, saved at point blank range by Pilling, the sec­ond a mis­placed stab home from a Dale cross.

Spar­tans came out the gates strongly in the sec­ond half, and took the lead six min­utes in. Dale found space on the left edge of the penalty area and fizzed a cross through the six-yard box, turned in by Reid.

Blyth con­tin­ued to con­trol the game for the ma­jor­ity of the sec­ond pe­riod, but Ash­ton has spells of pres­sure – in­clud­ing in the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

The pres­sure was re­lieved with three min­utes re­main­ing when Jar­rett Rivers won the ball near his own cor­ner flag.

He broke past two Ash­ton play­ers be­fore un­leash­ing a scathing counter-at­tack, one which led the Dale’s com­posed fin­ish to round off pro­ceed­ings.

There was still time for Sheri­dan to re­ceive a sec­ond yellow card for an in­nocu­ous foul, and for Maguire to rat­tle the wood­work for a sec­ond time.

Alun Armstrong’s side have now won five in a row in all competitions, but have a daunt­ing Christ­mas sched­ule ahead of them. Blyth Spar­tans’ goalscorer Sean Reid



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