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Workington 2 Blyth Spartans 0

BLYTH Spartans’ woes continued in Cumbria, where two second-half goals won all three points for Workington.

BLYTH Spartans’ woes continued in Cumbria, where two second-half goals won all three points for Workington.

Only a last-ditch tackle by Richie Slaughter prevented David McNiven from getting a shot in on goal, but Blyth quickly counter-attacked and a great ball from Wayne Phillips almost found Neal Hooks in front of goal.

Reds’ goalkeeper Aaron Taylor made a good save from Graeme Armstrong and, in an evenly-contested opening half, Spartans’ goalkeeper David Knight was forced to concede a corner to Gareth Arnison.

The best chance in the opening 45 minutes fell to Blyth.

Phil Cave opened up the home defence and, after taking a good touch, Chris Emms dragged his shot wide with only Taylor to beat.

McNiven had the ball in Spartans’ net on 49 minutes and it took the officials a while before they decided to disallow the effort for offside.

Paul Johnson missed a great chance for Workington with only Knight to beat, but the Reds were back again on 66 minutes to break the deadlock.

Arnison’s curling shot went into the far corner of the net, assisted by the wind.

Three minutes later and Spartans found themselves two goals behind. Mark Boyd played in Phil McLuckie, who slid the ball past Knight.

There was a late chance for Blyth, but Armstrong’s shot was deflected straight into the arms of Taylor.

WORKINGTON: Taylor; Andrews, Rowntree (Simpson), May, Johnson, Hewson, McLuckie, Boyd, McNiven (McLellan), Arnison (Snaith), Wright.

BLYTH SPARTANS: Knight; Slaughter, Cave, Groves, Jones (Mason), Pearson, Emms (Taylor), Hookes, Armstrong, Mole, Phillips.

Referee: Mr A Backhouse.

Attendance: 590.

 

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