Spartans show their spirit with two late goals to earn point

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Resilience appears to be a quality the current Blyth Spartans squad has in spades.

It was certainly in evidence in Thursday evening at Ramsbottom when they came back from two goals down in the dying minutes to draw 3-3.

“The way we kept going was great. Out players showed their outstanding dedication to the club,” said Blyth manager Tom Wade.

“Getting the draw in a gripping finale was sweet. We should have been two or three goals ahead early on but missed chances.”

The hosts had taken the lead on 17 minutes through player manager Jon Robinson.

Then four minutes into the second half Spartans equalised. A well worked move allowed Stephen Turnbull to swing a ball out to the right to birthday boy Arran Wearmouth, who provided a sublime cross into the area that found the head of Dan Maguire and the striker made no mistake from eight yards.

But the Rams regained the advantage through ex-Manchester City youngster Donal McDermott.

Their lead was extended 20 minutes into the half with another goal of the highest quality. Centre back Mark Ayres found some space on the left hand side of the Spartans area and curled a right foot effort into the top right hand corner of Nick Thomson’s net.

It all seemed to be over for the visitors, but with four minutes remaining a goal from Ryan Hutchinson sparked a remarkable passage of play.

A cross into the area fell to Matthew Wade and he forced Grant Shenton into a good save but the Rams keeper could not hold on to the ball and Hutchinson smashed home the rebound.

Just a minute later Spartans were level with Maguire’s second goal of the night.

Ash Davis, who had caused issues for the hosts defence, managed to drive a shot from the edge of the area that Shenton again failed to hold. Maguire was alert enough to pounce on the rebound an force the ball over the line to the delight of the travelling Green Army.

Wade added: “When we equalised just after the break it looked like only one team would go on to win.

“But we lacked a bit of spark and Ramsbottom scored two goals the like of they will never score again.

“For the first we were shouting for the lad to shoot because we thought from that range and angle he’d never score.

“When the ball went in I got the shock of my life! Their third goal, well. I don’t know if was a cross or a shot but it flew in.

“Ash Davis came on for us and changed things. He made a massive difference.

“He’s been in America but not playing so needs to get fitter but he can go on to be an important player for us.”

Spartans now return home for their fourth game in eight days as Stourbridge make the trip to Croft Park on Saturday.

“We go in to Saturday’s fixture with Stourbridge looking to get back to winning ways. The play-offs look a long shot now, but not impossible,” said Wade.