Blyth Town open campaign by putting six past Walker

Blyth town travelled to walker for there first fixture of the new Northern Alliance campaign knowing that after last season’s title winning heroics this year would be even harder.

Blyth started strongly with Walker keeper Mooney making three point blank saves in the opening five minutes and Blyth also having a goal disallowed.

This set the tempo and on 24 minutes Jason Ritchie scored with a volley.

Soon after the score was doubled and again it was full back Ritchie with a composed finish.

This spurred Walker on and they capitalised on some sloppy play to pull a goal back.

But Blyth responded as Chris Lisle scored a thunderbolt and then just before half-time that man again Malcolm Morien scored with a curling shot into the top corner from 30 yards.

Blyth started the second half with two more efforts disallowed, and it took to the hour mark for Connor Andrews to score with a shot from 20 yards.

With the game now a formality Pockington finished off the scoring after some impressive work from man of the match Stephen Howes.

Manager Micky Connors said: “walker is always a hard place to get points, but the way we went about our afternoon’s work was credit to the hard work the lads have put in throughout pre-season.”