Blyth bid for league safety

Kidderminster Harriers 0Blyth Spartans 1Lewis Hawkins’ spectacular second-half strike earned Blyth Spartans a massive three points at Kidderminster Harriers in their quest for National League North safety.

Monday, 6th January 2020, 1:56 pm
Lewis Hawkins.
Lewis Hawkins.

Hawkins looped the ball over Harriers goalkeeper Will Mannion from 35 yards out after connecting with new signing Scott Wilson’s throw-in on the volley.

The 1-0 win – Blyth’s third league away win of the season – saw Lee Clark’s side reduce the relegation gap to three points ahead of games against Altrincham and Curzon Ashton.

The game was end-to-end in the opening quarter of an hour with Michael Sweet first testing Mannion on two minutes before Callum Roberts had a shot saved.

After a goalless first half Hawkins hit the winner on 56 minutes, Spartans holding on for a valuable victory.

Blyth Spartans 3

Gateshead 3

On New Year’s Day a 93rd-minute equaliser from Levi Amantchi earned Blyth Spartans a late point against Gateshead in a game that saw four penalties awarded – including one saved by Zach Hemming.

Heed left-back Scott Barrow opened the scoring with a penalty before seeing one brilliantly saved by Hemming with the scores tied at 2-2.

Jordan Preston had doubled the visitors’ advantage before the hour-mark but two spot-kicks from Callum Roberts in two minutes got Lee Clark’s men back on level terms. But the drama wasn’t finished there. Greg Olley thought he had won it on 90 minutes only for Amantchi to level deep into injury time.