Non-league football round-up: Spartans' win puts them through to Cup final

Blyth Spartans' win over Ashington puts them in the final of the Techflow Group NFA Senior Cup against Newcastle United Under 21s reports Malcolm Pratt

Blyth Spartans football action
Blyth Spartans football action

Blyth Spartans will play Newcastle United Under 21s in the final of the Techflow Group NFA Senior Cup following last night’s 3-2 win over Ashington in the semi-final replay at Croft Park.

A crowd of 620 saw the Colliers take a 12th minute lead through Andrew Johnson and 11 minutes later Spartans passed up a chance to equalise when Robbie Dale blasted a penalty over the crossbar.

Nathan Buddle levelled on 53 minutes and Spartans went in front courtesy of Ash Davis but the Colliers hit back for a Glen Taylor equaliser.

With only 14 minutes left on the clock Blyth were awarded a second penalty and this time the kick was entrusted to Damon Mullen, who made no mistake.

Morpeth Town are now mathematically safe from the threat of relegation in the Ebac Northern League First Division after defeating championship hopefuls West Auckland Town at Craik Park.

Steven Anderson gave them a dream start with his fifth minute strike and on 35 minutes he struck again with a tremendous drive from 30 yards.

Before the interval Stephen Forster made it three direct from the corner flag and the game was into the last minute as Steven Richardson claimed a consolation goal for West Auckland.

Heaton Stannington’s promotion drive in Division Two received a setback when they went down 2-0 against Whickham at the Glebe.

Stephen Aiston opened the scoring after 51 minutes with a spectacular effort and Heaton’s hopes ended on 89 minutes when David Fitzpatrick fired home from 20 yards.

Whitley Bay saw off a strong challenge from Bishop Auckland in the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup. Thomas Bott, who was sent off on 57 minutes, Paul Chow (pen) and Chris Reid were their marksmen with Johnny Butler (2) replying for Bishops.

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