Blyth Spartans score three in second half to beat Colwyn Bay

Blyth Spartans' Michael Richardson. Picture by Bill Broadley
Blyth Spartans' Michael Richardson. Picture by Bill Broadley

Blyth Spartans travelled to Wales on Saturday having only won three times in 16 trips over the border.

But they improved that record with a 3-1 win at Colwyn Bay.

Blyth started brightly and in only the third minute determined work by Andrew Cartwright gave Matty Wade the chance to shoot from eight yards but his effort was parried away by keeper Louis Gray.

A minute later Gray was called on to hold, albeit with some ease, a Paul Robinson 30-yard effort. Then after 15 minutes Jordan Watson surged down Blyth’s left flank, beating three men in the process only to see Gray pluck his cross out of the air with Dan Maguire lurking.

Blyth continued to press with Robbie Dale twice firing over.

Colwyn only had midfielders Michael Brewster and captain Robbie Booth offering any threat to the visitors domination.

It seemed only a matter of time till Blyth took the lead and they went close when Robinson drove in a stinging shot which was goal bound until deflected wide, and then Maguire appeared to have been pushed in the box but referee Lamb waved play on.

Unbelievably Colwyn took the lead with five minutes of the half remaining. A cross from the right fell to Zac Corbett at the far post and he sent a scorching shot high in to the Blyth net past Fabian Otte.

Blyth started the second half as they had the first – on the offensive and with Gray in the action again as he palmed away Cartwright’s dangerous cross.

The hosts then went on to have their best, although short-lived, spell in the game. Booth powered forward and found Corbett on the edge of the Blyth area but he could only fire over.

Soon afterwards John Marsden was free on the edge of the box but drove just wide of Otte’s right hand post.

From that point, 15 minutes in to the second half, Spartans went on to boss the game.

Robinson shot straight at Gray and Nicholson, on for the injured Watson, shot wide.

Blyth then substituted Neal Hooks for Sean Reid.

Spartans got their rewards when after 68 minutes a Robinson free kick fell, after a six-yard-box melee, to Danny Parker who forced the ball over the line from close range.

Spartans brought Michael Richardson on for Aaron Wearmouth after 78 minutes and he proved to be a match-winner.

With ten minutes remaining a typical Cartwright forceful run, this time drifting past two defenders, found Richardson just inside the penalty box in a central position. Without hesitation he swept the ball up and over the defence and into the top corner of Gray’s goal to put Blyth 2-1 up.

Reid then came close to extending the lead but the busy Gray saved his header well.

Blyth were not finished and a measured ball from Dale found Richardson on the right. His first and second shots were blocked by Gray before he delivered the killer punch at the third attempt to seal a thoroughly deserved 3-1 victory for Blyth.

Blyth Spartans: F Otte, A Cartwright, J Watson (A Nicholson 60), D Morse, D Parker, N Hooks (S Reid 67), A Wearmouth (M Richardson 78), P Robinson, D Maguire, M Wade, R Dale. Subs not used: A Davis, D Mullen.

Attendance: 234.