Blyth lose to league leaders
Blyth Spartans 0Kings Lynn Town 3Blyth Spartans were defeated 3-0 by National League North leaders King’s Lynn Town, who extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches.
Lee Clark’s side were left to rue a poor opening 20 minutes as league top scorer Jack Marriott added to his tally with two-quick fire goals.
Rory McAuley then wrapped up the three points on the hour-mark after heading home from Aaron Jones’ corner in a tight second-half.
Zach Hemming had to be at his very best to deny Simon Power from point-blank range in the opening three minutes.
Despite a decent but brief spell from Blyth, in which Harmison headed over Lambert’s delivery, the league leaders soon raced into a two-goal lead after taking advantage of poor Spartans’ defending, as Marriott buried two composed finishes just six minutes apart.
Power and Marriott wasted further opportunities for the hosts but Blyth gradually improved and ended the opening 45 minutes on top.
Robbie Dale’s corner was cleared as far as Scott Wilson, who took a touch before his attempt landed the wrong side of Alex Street’s crossbar.
Blyth’s hopes of mounting a comeback were dashed on the hour-mark by an Aaron Jones corner kick that was headed home with ease by McAuley.
Clark brought on Adam Wrightson and Michael Sweet in place of Hunter and Lambert but they were unable to help break down a stubborn Linnets defence.
Spartans remain second from bottom of the National North league table on 23 points. On Saturday they are home to Boston United.