Southport 2, Blyth Spartans 1

BLYTH Spartans conceded a late winner in last night’s Blue Square North game at Southport.

BLYTH Spartans conceded a late winner in last night’s Blue Square North game at Southport.

Harry Dunn’s side had the better of the first half but it was the home team who scored first.

Richard Pell had gone close for Spartans hitting an Andy Leeson free-kick narrowly wide but on 26 minutes Southport struck.

A Matty McGinn corner was headed back across goal and Kevin Lee was perfectly position to find the net from 10 yards.

Blyth continued to take the game to their opponents and it was no more than they deserved when they equalised on the stroke of half time. Captain Gareth Williams delivered a good free-kick from wide on the left and Pell headed down for Leeson to turn the ball home from just inside the penalty area.

Andrew Wright set up Robbie Dale, who forced a tremendous save from Tony McMillan, and at the other end Neil Robinson tested Mark Bell. But, four minutes from time, Southport claimed the points against the run of play when Chris Lever produced an opening for Tony Gray to give Bell no chance.

BLYTH SPARTANS: M Bell; Leeson, Boyle, Williams, Pell, Todd, Dalton, McCabe (Brown), Dale (P Bell), Hume, Wright (Poole).

Referee: Mr Graham

Attendance: 827.

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