TOMMY Cassidy could yet engineer the ‘great escape’ after Blyth Spartans staged a magnificent rally at Droylsden last night to claim their 10th point from the last four Blue Square Bet North games.
With only 16 minutes remaining, it looked as if Spartans’ mini-revival had come to an end when they trailed by three goals but amazingly, they claimed a crucial point.
There was an early half -chance for Spartans when a poor back-header was latched on to by Graeme Armstrong who couldn’t quite get his shot on target.
At the other end, Dale Johnson scuffed his effort from a good position and then the a superb move involving debutant Andy Ferrell, on loan from Barrow, Joe Kendrick and Wayne Phillips was only thwarted by a last-ditch tackle on Armstrong.
A Phillips’ drive from the edge of the penalty area was well saved by Droylsden goalkeeper Danzelle St Louis-Hamilto.
However the home side retaliated and Blyth breathed a sigh of relief as Carlos Logan’s shot rattled the woodwork.
Right on the stroke of half time, Spartans went behind.
They lost possession in the middle of the park leaving Droylsden two on one and Logan rolled the ball to Johnson who easily beat Robert Birdsall.
Gardner doubled the home side’s lead and he made it three from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute. Armstrong led Blyth’s fight-back on 74 minutes and all of a sudden the outcome was wide open as Ferrell cut the deficit to a single goal.
In an amazing finale, Mason levelled in the last minute to complete an unbelievable turnaround in Spartans’ fortunes and give them further hope of beating the drop.
DROYLSDEN: Louis-Hamilton, Mayo, Holden, Kerr, Langford, Hall, Gardner, Killeen, Johnson, Fisher, Logan.
BLYTH SPARTANS: Birdsall, Groves, Kendrick, Hodgson, Buchanan, Mellish, Utterson (Mason), Ferrell, Armstrong, Dale, Phillips.