Frinkley Athletic 0 Blyth Spartans 1

A late goal from Robbie Dale snatched victory for Blyth Spartans in last night's match at Frickley Athletic

Robbie Dale of Blyth Spartans
Robbie Dale of Blyth Spartans

Manager Tom Wade called for an immediate response from his players following the disappointment of losing at the weekend.

And he wasn’t let down in last night’s Evo-Stik League Northern Premier Division game at Frickley Athletic where Spartans fully deserved their 1-0 victory.

It was a close call though and there were only three minutes remaining as Robbie Dale, making his 350th appearance beat three defenders before coolly placing a shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

Spartans created the first chance after only five minutes when Matthew Wade won the ball in midfield and strode towards goal before unleashing a shot from 20 yards which was deflected just wide of the post.

Frickley quickly counter-attacked for Luke Hinsley to head over with goalkeeper Conor Grant stranded.

Blyth were taking the game to the home side and Damon Mullen volleyed wide when set up by Nathan Buddle.

The best scoring opportunity in the early play fell to Dan Maguire who burst into the box and from a tight angle, forced home goalkeeper Tom Woodhead to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Then Maguire chested the ball down from a pass by Robbie Dale but although he beat Woodhead, his drive crashed off the far post.

It was not all one-way however and there was a scare for Spartans when Steve Gardner beat the offside trap but with Grant advancing, he could only chip the ball which fortunately for the visitors, finished over the crossbar.

In the second half, Dale was just off target with another good strike and three chances fell to Damon Mullen in the space of five minutes.

First, he was denied by Woodhead at the near post, his second effort went just past the woodwork and thirdly, Woodhead parried away a goalbound effort.

Only a timely interception by Arjun Purewal prevented Luke Hinsley from getting a shot on goal but it was mostly Blyth and following a good pass from Joe Kendrick, Maguire sent in a left-footed effort which just went the wrong side of the post.

The home side’s last chance came on 78 minutes as Jason Yates crossed to the far post and defender Jake Picton, up with the attack, was just off the mark from eight yards.

FRICKLEY ATHLETIC: Woodhead, Wilcox, Gardner, Picton, Gray, Jeffs, Ghaichem (Fearon), Bloor, Hinsley, Allott, Fox (Yates).

BLYTH SPARTANS: Grant, Buddle, Kendrick, Parker, Purewal, Wade, Maguire, Mullen, Wearmouth (Watson), Hubbard (Hooks), Dale (Airey).

Referee: Mr. Andrew Cawtherley.

Attendance: 236.

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