Blyth Spartans continue to show improvement
Blyth Spartans 2Farsley Celtic 0Blyth Spartans increased their unbeaten National League North run after a 2-0 win over fifth-placed Farsley Celtic.
Lee Clark’s side took the lead in the 64th minute when Callum Roberts was sent through on goal and unselfishly squared it for Robbie Dale, who tapped into an empty net.
Spartans then doubled their lead when substitute Levi Amantchi was brought down by goalkeeper Kyle Trenerry – allowing Callum Roberts to wrap up the three points.
Clark stuck with the same starting 11 that featured in the 2-2 draw with Chester and dominated possession for large spell in the first-half.
Roberts went close in the 15th-minute when he shot over the bar.
Not long later, the former Newcastle United winger was denied in Blyth’s biggest chance of the opening 45 minutes when his strike was saved impressively by the incoming Trenerry.
Rhys Evans cut inside from out wide on the right and unleashed a shot with his left foot that went narrowly over.
Five minutes later, Farsley carved their first opportunity when Will Hayhurst found space to have an effort at goal from just outside the box but it went straight into the gloves of Mark Foden.
After half-time, Blyth maintained their dominance. Roberts shot narrowly wide and Olly Scott shot over the bar from distance.
Spartans finally got their just rewards through captain Dale after latching on to Michael Sweet’s neat flick. he was then denied by a good save from Trenerry.
But Spartans didn’t have to wait long for their all-important second when Trenerry was penalised for bringing Amantchi down in the area.
Roberts stepped up to take the penalty and confidently sent it into the back of the net. He almost added gloss to the performance when his free-kick from 20 yards out was kept out by the inside of the post before bouncing away from danger.
The win meant Blyth opened up a two-point lead on the relegation places ahead of the visit to Kettering in two weeks’ time.