Barwell Football Club 1 Blyth Spartans 2

Manager Tom Wade hailed his players for 'a great effort' following Saturday's victory over Leicestershire side Barwell in the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division

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Manager Tom Wade hailed his players for ‘a great effort’ following Saturday’s victory over Leicestershire side Barwell in the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division.

He said: “We’ve played three away games in a week, travelling 1200 miles and it showed.

“We had a long journey down and I thought it took us 45 minutes to get going, but we bossed the second half and should have scored three or four goals.

“I only had 11 fully-fit players but they worked exceptionally well, especially in the second half when we played superb football.

“I think it will be onwards and upwards from now.”

Spartans made a good start with Lewis Horner and Aaran Wearmouth both going close but, after an initial 15-minutes, they wilted and for the remainder of the first half Barwell were mainly in control.

Jamie Towers, Luke Barlone and Danny Newton, the league’s leading scorer, caused all sorts of problems and it was little surprise when Barwell went ahead on 37 minutes.

Spartans were slow to clear from the back and Towers put a goal on the plate for Newton, whose glancing left-foot shot gave Blyth keeper Michal Misiewecz no chance.

Right on the stroke of half time Newton should have doubled the lead - but he drilled his shot wide of the post.

Spartans were lucky to go into the second period only a goal behind and within four minutes they were level.

Robbie Dale played a corner to the edge of the 18-yard box, Horner’s shot was parried by goalkeeper Liam Cattle and Dan Maguire followed up to fire high into the net.

No doubt inspired by the success, Blyth were a completely different side in the second half.

They comfortably nullified the few threats posed by Barwell and came closest to scoring on 71 minutes when Matthew Wade cleared the crossbar.

With only three minutes remaining, Nathan Buddle clinched the winning goal.

Substitute Damon Mullen took a free-kick 40 yards out which was picked up by Maguire whose shot was parried away by Cattle - but only into the path of Buddle, who drilled the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Blyth then easily saw out the remaining minutes for a well deserved victory.

BARWELL: Cattle, Byrne (Earls), Edwards, G Hadland, Albrighton, Lavery, Brehon, S Hadland, Barlone (Gaunt), Towers (Brown-Hill), Newton.

BLYTH SPARTANS: Misiewicz, Airey, Lancaster, Buddle, Purewal, Horner (Mullen), Wearmouth (Watson), Hooks, Maguire, Wade, Dale. Attendance: 213.

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