Blyth Spartans buoyed ahead of derby encounter

Tom Wade says Blyth Spartans are relishing the rare opportunity of a local derby in tonight's Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final replay against Ashington at Croft Park (7.30pm)

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Tom Wade says Blyth Spartans are relishing the rare opportunity of a local derby in tonight's Techflow Group Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final replay against Ashington at Croft Park (7.30pm).

As “massive underdogs”, Ben Christensen says the Ebac Northern League outfit have “nothing to lose”.

Evo-Stik Premier side Blyth salvaged a 2-2 draw at Woodhorn Lane in the original tie.

The winners face Newcastle United Reserves at St James’ Park on Tuesday, April 22.

Wade said: “It’s a massive game, the Senior Cup is an important competition but it’s also about personal pride.

“The lads aren’t used to local derbies, but they’re enthusiastic about every game they play in and they’re looking forward to this one.

“Ashington are a good team, they proved that in the first game. They’ve had a good season and they’ll be confident, Gary’s done a great job there and he has players who could easily play at a higher level.

“So our lads will have something to prove. It’s a great opportunity for them.”

Colliers defender Christensen added: “We will be approaching the replay in the same manner as the first game and quite simply, we have got nothing to lose.

“We will be massive underdogs on the night because we are two leagues below them. Everyone is expecting Blyth to beat us but, as we proved in the first game, we are more than a match for them.

“I thought we played some good football a few weeks ago and we need to do exactly the same at Croft Park.

“They have got some good players but, then, so have we.”

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