Recap | Blyth Spartans (a)

November 22, 2023
Recap | Blyth Spartans (a)
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CHORLEY were denied all three points on the road at Blyth Spartans deep into stoppage time as the hosts salvaged a 93rd minute equaliser on Tuesday night.

The Magpies had the better start of the two sides, Justin Johnson finding plenty of joy down the wing in getting one-versus-one against Blyth’s full-back.

Chorley were rewarded for their early efforts in attack before the half-hour mark, MIKE CALVELEY heading home smartly from Adam Blakeman’s whipped free-kick.

Mike Calveley heads home the opening goal for Chorley (David Airey)

Andy Preece’s side continued to turn on the gas for the remainder of the opening 45 minutes but were value for their lead at the break.

Blyth came out of the blocks quickly after the restart and very nearly got themselves back on terms but for a wonder save from Matt Urwin.

Mark Ellis thought he’d doubled the Magpies’ lead minutes later, only to be flagged for offside as the ball went into the back of the net.

The hosts continued to look for a way back into the game and were limited for chances thanks to Chorley’s resolute defending, right up until the third minute of added time - NICKY DEVERDICS scoring direct from a free-kick that went through a flurry of bodies then past Urwin into the bottom corner.

Blyth Spartans: Mitchell, Liddle, Cousin-Dawson, Bodenham, Knight (Ndjoli, 69’), O’ Donnell, Deverdics, Oliver (Clark, 64’), Main, Arnison, McGowan (Gordon, 75’). Unused: Shaw, Hogan.

Chorley: Urwin, Moore, Blakeman, Smith, Ellis, Nolan, Calveley, Whitehouse (Wilson, 59’), Sampson, Johnson (Ubaezuonu, 70’), Shenton (Hazlehurst, 83’). Unused: Henley, Moyo.

Goalscorers: ⚽️ Calveley (27’), Deverdics (90+3’).

Cautions: 🟨 Nolan (62’), Blakeman (69’).

Referee: Thomas Wilson.

Assistants: Jonathan Gill & Stephen Birkett.

Attendance: 482.

Next Up: We're back on the road, as we travel away to Boston United this Saturday (3pm kick-off) - looking to extend our unbeaten run.

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