Ian Lee’s late winner secures Northern Alliance title for Blyth Town

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Blyth Town took the Northern Alliance premier division title thanks to substitute Ian Lee’s late winner at Walker Central.

Lee arrived to crash a volley into the back of the net in the 89th minute of an evenly-contested match to give the South Newsham side the silverware.

It was the town’s first Northern Alliance title since Blyth Spartans won prior the beginning of the First World War.

Walker had been unbeaten at home all season and up to two weeks ago had been league leaders for four months.

Blyth started off at a frantic pace creating their first chance within 30 seconds with Danny Beresford hitting the outside of the post.

And the chances kept coming, Connor Andrews beating the offside trap with a great turn of pace only to see the keeper narrow the angle and turn the ball away for a corner.

By this time Blyth were in complete control but the game remained goalless at half-time.

Blyth started the second half like the first but again wrong decisions in the final third cost them.

The game was entering the final 30 minutes when they introduced Lee to beef up the attack, and he did just that.

In the final minute a goalmouth scramble resulted in Lee spinning and stroking the ball home past the despairing dive of the Walker keeper.

In three added minutes Walker unable to breakdown a defence that had kept a record number of clean sheets.

Blyth will receive the league trophy on Saturday when they travel to Killingworth for their final game of the season.

Manager Michael Connor said: “After coming second last year after only losing one game, this was the perfect tonic.

“I’m so proud of all my players who have been magnificent all year.

“Our target was to go one better this year and win it and the lads have done it, I couldn’t ask for anymore.”