Blyth Spartans 0 Workington 3

BLYTH Spartans remain deep in trouble at the bottom of Blue Square North after Workington eased their own relegation fears by completing a holiday double in front of a crowd of 641 at Croft Park yesterday.

BLYTH Spartans remain deep in trouble at the bottom of Blue Square North after Workington eased their own relegation fears by completing a holiday double in front of a crowd of 641 at Croft Park yesterday.

With just two wins in 22 games, Spartans badly needed three points and manager Tommy Cassidy boosted his squad with two newcomers.

He handed a debut to Max Harrop, signed on loan from Bury, and Sam Hodgson, transferred from Whitby Town, started on the bench.

The Reds created the first chance when Phil McLuckie rounded goalkeeper David Knight but, much to the relief of the home side, he fired into the side netting.

Wayne Phillips forced a good save from Arran Taylor and Spartans had another opportunity when Phillips cut the ball back but Graeme Armstrong miscued.

Workington went ahead on 35 minutes. Gareth Arnison won the ball and played in McLuckie who this time made no mistake, beating Knight from just inside the penalty area.

Worse was to follow and before the hour mark, Blyth were chasing the game. David McNiven was given too much time and his volley hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the line. Although Knight gathered the ball, it had already entered his net.

Spartans were finding it difficult to make much impression on the Reds’ defence and the game could have been put beyond them, but McLuckie fired over the crossbar.

The visitors though were back again to establish a three-goals lead. An unstoppable volley by McNiven from fully 25 yards gave keeper Knight absolutely no chance.

Cassidy introduced substitutes Glen Taylor and Sam Hodgson but Blyth’s response wasn’t great. In a rare meaningful attack, Lee Mason took a good first touch in the area but Taylor was down at his feet to prevent a shot on goal.

Just before the end, a good cross by Mason found Blyth’s Glen Taylor at the near post, but he couldn’t get his header on target and Workington simply coasted to victory and three much-needed points. Spartans are two points adrift at the foot of Blue Square North – 10 points away from safety.

BLYTH SPARTANS: Knight; Groves, Cave, Harrop, Buchanan, Pearson, Mason (Hodgson), Hooks, Armstrong (G Taylor), Mole, Phillips.

WORKINGTON: Taylor; Andrews, Main (Simpson), May, Johnson, Boyd, McLuckie (McLennan), Hewson, McNiven, Arnison (Sloan), Wright.

Referee: Mr Coy.

Attendance: 641.

 

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