Big week ahead for Jones and Spartans with FA Cup

Blyth keeper Conor Grant blocks the cross from reaching Marine's Thomas Moore. Picture by Bill Broadley.
Blyth keeper Conor Grant blocks the cross from reaching Marine's Thomas Moore. Picture by Bill Broadley.

AFTER getting 90 minutes under his belt in the topsy turvy 3-3 draw with Marine on Saturday, Blyth Spartans’ Carl Jones is ready for a big week for the club.

Spartans were due to travel to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Tuesday night before entertaining Garforth Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Jones was impressive at the heart of the Spartans defence alongside captain Wayne Buchanan against the Merseysiders.

He said: “We are all a bit gutted in there but we have to take the best parts of our performance against a team that were top of the league.

“We have the FA Cup here next week and have a home tie, which is all you can ask for.

“Hopefully we will have a bumper crowd here and get ourselves into the next round, and obviously for financial reasons that can be great for the club.”

Looking at his own performance in the draw with Marine, the defender was happy to get more game time as he continues his recovery from the shoulder injury suffered in pre-season against Tonbridge Angels.

But he was disappointed that his side’s impressive performance was not enough to take all three points.

The former Gateshead man said: “I’m pleased to have got through 90 minutes, which is important for me, and I want to establish myself in the side, but you can’t help but feel disappointed for the lads.

“The way we have played we are a bit deflated with the late equaliser, but we have to stay positive and go and get a good result.”