Match Centre

Blyth Spartans (A)
15:00 - Saturday 15th February 2020
National League North (Croft Park)
Goals: Josh Hancock [20'] Elliott Durrell [58'] Daniel Mooney [65']
Attendance: 684
Referee: David McNamara
1 Tony Thompson
2 Shaun Densmore
3 Connor Hampson
4 James Jones
5 Tom Hannigan
6 Jake Moult (c)
7 Daniel Mooney
8 Josh Lundstram
9 Jordan Hulme
10 Josh Hancock
11 Craig Mahon
Blyth Spartans
1 Zach Hemming
2 Rhys Evans
3 Kris Thackray
4 Jack Hunter
5 Aaron Cunningham
6 Tom Devitt
7 Lewis Hawkins
8 Daman Mullen (c)
9 Macaulay Langstaff
10 Leighton McIntosh
11 Olly Scott
12 Robbie Dale
14 Adam Wrightson
15 Jack Lambert
16 Ben Harmison
17 Scott Fenwick
14 Feb 2020 by Andrew Flynn

Blyth Spartans 21st v Altrincham 6th
Vanarama National League North
Saturday, 15th February 2020

We're all set for a return trip to the north east of England on Saturday, Blyth the destination this time, or more particularly Croft Park, the home of Blyth Spartans.

As at Noon on Friday, there is no planned pitch inspection. however the forecast for Saturday is not good.There is more than a 50% chance of rain from mid-morning until the end of the match & if 'Storm Dennis' arrives in Blyth, there is a threat that the game will be postponed.
The pitch is heavy, but not waterlogged & currently the weather is dry & there is a stiff breeze & some sun. The match referee has been in touch with Blyth Spartans & is monitoring the situation. He is travelling to the North East tonight, therefore will be on hand for any pitch inspection that may be required in the morning.

We have advised Blyth Spartans that both our team & supporters' coaches will be departing the J.Davidson Stadium at 9.30am.

Last season's play-off wildcards have had nowhere near the same joy this season and they find themselves in serious danger of relegation back into the Northern Premier League, but the Robins will be wary of this trip for two reasons. Historically we've never done too well when we travel up to Northumberland, and this is a side fighting for their lives - points are not guaranteed tomorrow afternoon.

Alty arrive at this fixture after a narrow defeat at relatively nearby Spennymoor Town. There were more than enough chances for Alty to go on and win that game, including a missed Josh Hancock penalty, but soft defending presented gifts that the hosts had no problem in taking.

The introduction of new signing Elliott Durrell, and the spirited fightback that he led, was a late positive for Phil Parkinson and the Alty fans in attendance. He won and converted a penalty, and looked very lively throughout his 20 minute cameo.

Blyth, meanwhile, have had a really tough run of fixtures and find themselves in the midst of a four loss streak - the defeats have come against King's Lynn Town, AFC Telford United, Boston United and Chester.

One to watch: Robbie Dale. Always Robbie Dale. Blyth's talisman recently hit his 200th goal for the club.

The two sides met back in January and Altrincham ran out 3-1 victors that evening.

Last five league games

Blyth Spartans: WLLLL (F5 A11)
Altrincham: WDWDL (F12 A8)

Last five meetings

07/01/2020 - Altrincham 3-1 Blyth Spartans
01/05/2019 - Altrincham 2-2 Blyth Spartans (Altrincham won 7-6 on penalties)
05/03/2019 - Altrincham 1-1 Blyth Spartans
01/09/2019 - Blyth Spartans 2-1 Altrincham
10/12/2016 - Blyth Spartans 2-3 Altrincham

Supporter information

TASC are running a supporter's coach to this game. Details here.

Admission prices

Full – £12

65 years & above – £7

11-16 years & Students with valid student ID – £5

Up to 10 years ( accompanied by adult) – Free

Transfer to Port of Blyth Stand – £2

Supporters with registered disability will be included in the same price bracket as 65+, unless of course they are aged 11-16, when they will be charged the lower price.

Live coverage

There is Live Commentary of Saturday's game on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery, and the broadcast starts at 2.45pm

The match commentary sponsor is Kids Disco Parties.

The commentators are Mark Simpson & Ian Wilkinson & the match summariser is Brian Flynn

You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the 5 following ways:

a) Visit our 'MatchCentre' and click the 'Radio Robins' tab in the 'Blyth Spartans' match where the Mixlr player is embedded and just press play

b) The Radio Robins website Open the page in any web browser and the broadcast should start automatically.

c) Download and install the Mixlr app on Android devices from the Google Play Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.

d) Download and install the Mixlr app on Apple devices from the Apple Store - start the app and search for 'Radio Robins'.

e) There is a temporary WIX website at

No report available.
FT: A comprehensive 0-3 win away from home from the Robins: 90+4 Minutes.
4 Minutes injury time announced: 90 Minutes.
Blyth's Cunningham catches Densmore in the box and there shouts from the away end but the referee waves play on: 85 Minutes.
Evans is booked for Blyth for a late challenge on Hampson: 83 Minutes.
Final substitution for Alty - Mullarkey is on for Hancock: 78 Minutes.
This afternoon's attendance is 684: 76 Minutes.
Altrincham substitution - Walters is on for Mooney: 72 Minutes.
Mooney comes close to getting his second, forcing Hemming to make a superb save: 71 Minutes.
Blyth substitution - Fenwick on for Hunter: 68 Minutes.
GOALLL!!!!! Mooney puts Alty 0-3 up as he beats the offside trap and slots home putting, most likely the game to bed: 65 Minutes
Moult is booked for dissent: 63 Minutes.
GOALLLL!!! Durell puts Alty 2 ahead with a brilliant curling effort: 58 Minutes.
Altrincham and Blyth both make their first change of the game: Durrell is on for Mahon. Mullen is off for Dale: 56 Minutes.
Blyth start the second half strong as Mullen has space in the middle and decides to shoot but flies wide. 52 Minutes.
Alty get us back underway: 45 Minutes.
HT: 0-1 to the Alty.
2 Minutes added time onto the first half: 45 Minutes.
Brave goalkeeping from Thompson keeps Alty in the lead as Hunter dives in to try and get on the end of Hawkins' pass: 41 Minutes.
Mooney is booked for late challenge on Scott: 39 Minutes.
The home side come close as a dangerous cross by Evans finds Hawkins who connects powerfully but the ball goes the wrong side of the post: 36 Minutes.
Hulme's penalty is saved by Hemmings: 34 Minutes.
PENALTY TO ALTY!!: 33 Minutes.
Blyth push for an equaliser as good play through the middle opens up space for Hunter but he shoots low and wide: 31 Minutes.
GOALLL!! Hancock whips a superb free-kick from 20 yards into the back of the net, 0-1 Alty: 20 Minutes.
A deflection off the Blyth defenders falls kindly for Densmore putting him through on goal, however his effort is easily saved by Hemming: 17 Minutes.
Thackray is shown yellow for a late tackle on Hulme: 13 Minutes.
Mahon whips in a dangerous delivery across goal but Mooney just misses it at the back post: 9 Minutes.
An In-swinging cross by Mooney almost finds Hulme but instead, it floats out for a goal kick: 6 Minutes.
Kick Off, the home side get us underway: 1 minutes.
Around 20 minutes to kick off at a very windy Croft Park, BRING ON THE ALTY!
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