Blyth make their point
Blyth Spartans 2Chester 2Blyth Spartans delivered an excellent performance earning a hard-fought point at home against second-placed Chester on Saturday.
In what was an entertaining game, all the goals came in the first half.
It looked as if it was going to be another difficult afternoon when Chester took the lead in the third minute when Danny Elliot’s free-kick deflected past Mark Foden into the back of the net.
Blyth soon equalised when Michael Sweet headed home a wonderful cross by Lewis Hawkins.
Spartans then took the lead in the 22nd minute when Adam Wrightson went on a solo run from out wide on the left then came inside and fired a shot against a Chester player and the ball went over Russ Griffiths into the back of the net.
In the 40th minute, Chester equalised when Bradley Jackson sent a low cross into the box for Matty Hughes who calmly put it away to make it 2-2.
Late in the game both sides had a chance to win it.
In the 81st minute Spartans’ Robbie Dale whipped in a cross towards the backpost for Hawkins, whose header hit the post and bounced out off Griffiths and out of play for a corner.
Then, in the 90th minute, Chester got a final chance to win it with Hughes having a strike at goal from outside the box that went narrowly wide of the post.
On Wednesday Blyth are away to Heaton Stannington in the Northumberland Senior Cup and on Saturday are away to Boston in the National League North.