Gainsborough too good for Blyth as they lose again

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TWO second half Gainsborough Trinity goals were enough to condemn Blyth Spartans to back-to-back defeats in the Blue Square North on Saturday following on from the 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Guiselely on the Tuesday night.

Gainsborough were simply too good for an out of sorts Spartans side at The Northolme.

Blyth donned their new red away strip for the first time in Lincolnshire, but a change of colours did not bring about a change of luck as they found themselves on the receiving end of a contentious refereeing decision on 11 minutes.

Referee Christopher Kavanagh deemed that contact was made when Dylan Purvis challenged Ryan Paczkowski in the area, and pointed to the penalty spot.

Ryan Williams took the spot-kick but was denied by debutant goalkeeper Matt Hunter who saved well down to his left.

Half chances fell at both ends with Blyth’s Glen Taylor miscuing a shot from 20 yards before Trinity’s Ryan Kendall dragged an effort wide.

Jamie Yates was denied when his back post header was brilliantly saved at point blank range by Hunter, then Hunter was stranded after failing to collect a deep cross and Williams’ shot was cleared off the line by Wayne Buchanan.

With just seconds of the first half remaining Neal Hooks whipped in a dangerous free kick which hit his teammate Carl Jones on the way to Gainsborough ‘keeper Phil Barnes – who denied the defender a goal on his Spartans debut.

The home side started the second half brightly with Williams cutting in from the right and firing a shot which rattled the far post.

After being denied from the penalty spot, Williams had seemingly been on a one man crusade to score and was again thwarted by Hunter, who pulled off another fine save.

Gainsborough took a deserved lead on the hour mark.

In a 50-50 tackle on the halfway line with Dan Groves, the ball cannoned off Andrew Boyce and found its way to Kendall, who rounded Hunter to slide home from eight yards.

Hunter then kept the deficit to just one goal when he back-pedalled to tip a lob from Lewis McMahon over the crossbar.

The hosts doubled their lead on 75 minutes.

Yates crossed from the left and Williams struck a fierce volley which hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced out, but the linesman on the far side immediately signalled that the ball had crossed the line.

Blyth Spartans: Hunter, Groves, Cave, Purvis, Jones (Atkin), Buchanan, Taylor, Hooks, Armstrong, Emms (Slaughter), Phillips (Bannister).

Attendance: 407