Blyth Spartans 3 Ilkeston 2

Malcolm Pratt watched Blyth Spartans edge out Ilkeston in an exciting Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division game at Croft Park last night

Craig Hubbard in action for Blyth Spartans
Craig Hubbard in action for Blyth Spartans

Blyth Spartans just edged Ilkeston in an exciting Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division game at Croft Park last night.

There was an early scare for Spartans when Jason Stokes beat his defender and an excellent cross found Kane Richards who stabbed wide from eight yards. Blyth hit back to take a seventh -minute lead.

Aaron Wearmouth moved into the box and was brought down by Matt Baker. The referee immediately blew for a penalty and Craig Hubbard sent goalkeeper Lloyd Allinson the wrong way from the spot.

Ilkeston equalised on 15 minutes with a wonderful goal.

Captain Laurie Wilson picked up a pass and struck a tremendous half -volley which sailed over goalkeeper Michal Misiewicz and into the net.

The visitors almost went ahead when Wilson played a great ball inside of Phil Airey which released Stokes, who was one-on-one with Misiewicz who came off his line.

Fortunately for Spartans, Stokes chipped his effort over the crossbar.

Just before the end of an evenopening half, a good move created a scoring chance for the home side.

Wearmouth beat Baker but his pass was pounced upon by Wilson who failed to control the ball and Hubbard hit a first-time shot from 20 yards which went over the crossbar. Blyth regained the lead three minutes into the second period when a pass from Wearmouth found Maguire who flicked the ball over Allinson from eight yards.

It got better still for Tom Wade’s team as Maguire was left with a simple finish following excellent work by Ash Davis but it was game on in the 75th minute.

Richards was brought down and Webster stepped up to convert the penalty.

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