Blyth Town put seven past North Shields Athletic in cup

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Blyth Town comfortably saw off North Shields Athletic in the quarter-finals of the Northern Alliance Challenge Cup.

Looking to continue their great form, Blyth started strongly and should of been ahead as early as the third minute when Mann managed to lose his marker only to fire over.

But his endeavour was rewarded midway through the half when a cross from Morien was rifled past the shields keeper.

Two minutes later Shields were down to ten men after some abusive words were directed to towards the assistant referee.

But credit to Shields as they were on level terms after 31 minutes when a misplaced corner managed to be put past Crooks.

This only seemed to rattle Blyth into life and even though they were playing against a strong wind, Morien beat three players to smash a 25-yard thunderbolt into the far corner to make it 2-1 at half-time.

Blyth, with the wind, pressed from the off and missed several golden opportunities in the first eight minutes of the second half, but on 56 minutes a great cross from the impressive Lisle was headed home by Pockington at the far post.

Blyth then hit the bar for a third time from a Morien header, but in the 69th minute Morien drilled home to make it 4-1.

This was not the end, as in the league fixture which ended 6-4 to Blyth.

A mix-up at the back cost Blyth with Jasper scoring an easy tap in.

A minute later Mann made it 5-2 with a great turn and finish.

With Shields giving possession away again, Morien scored his third after another mazy run and finish to make it 29 for the season and 93 in a season and a half.

Blyth were not finished, though, and a great run by Lisle was finished off with a 30-yard finish to make the final score 7-2.

Blyth entertain Northbank on Saturday as they return to league action and a run of five home games, all of which have a 2pm kick-off.