Preview | Blyth Spartans (a)

July 25, 2023
Preview | Blyth Spartans (a)
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Words Alex Birch | Pictures Various

THE longest journey of the season, and on a Tuesday night no less – we hit the road for Northumberland later.

Andy Preece’s men remain well positioned in the last playoff spot as the final third of the season comes into view. As for our hosts, Graham Fenton’s men picked up a priceless three points at Leamington on Saturday, but remain second bottom, three points from safety.

A really tough place to go to Blyth, especially for a midweek trip, but our recent record is good up there and we go looking to respond to Saturday’s defeat in a positive way and keep ourselves in the playoff places  Andy Preece

Our Opponents

  • Club Blyth Spartans
  • Founded 1899
  • Manager Graham Fenton (1st season)
  • This season 23rd in Vanarama National League North (26pts from 29 games)

Earlier this season

Connor Hall on target in August (Pic: Stefan Willoughby)

We’ve met Spartans twice already this season – once in the league, once in the FA Cup, both times at the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium.

August’s league encounter finished 1-1 – Connor Hall lobbing the Magpies in front (above) before Lewis McNall skimmed home a long-range equaliser.

In October’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round Qualifying tie it was Josh Gillies who snatched a late winner for the away side, who went on to lose in a replay to Wrexham in the next round.

Hope + Glory Away Kit

Jack Sampson in action at Darlington (Pic: James Harrison)

Buy from our online store right here (thanks to Hope + Glory Sportswear) or head for the club shop at HQ.

This evening

Croft Park in the sunshine (Pic: Blyth Spartans)

  • Venue Croft Park (NE24 3JE)
  • Kick-off 7:45pm
  • Website
  • Admission Adults £14/12 | 65+ £9/7 | Students/11-16s £7/5 | Under-11s £3/2
  • Tickets Buy online | Pay at the turnstiles
  • Distance from HQ 3hr in the car (161 miles)

See you there!!!

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