Blyth Town deny Killingworth’s runners-up bid

Blyth Town players celebrate with the Northern Alliance premier division trophy.
Blyth Town players celebrate with the Northern Alliance premier division trophy.
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Champions Blyth Town made the short trip to Killlingworth knowing that another victory would not only harm their opponents’ charge for second place, but also keep Blyth’s impressive run of form going which stretches back to November without a league defeat.

Blyth started on the front foot and the breakthrough came when Ian lee broke free to cross only to see Killingworth’s Richard Latimar deflect the ball past his own keeper.

Five minutes later Blyth made it two with Malcolm Morien scoring his 45th goal of the season with a rasping 25-yard drive into the bottom corner.

Half-time was only two minutes away when the impressive Lee scored, hammering into the roof of the net.

Killingworth looked a beaten team as the second half began and there was no surprise with Blyth forcing the impressive Cresswell into making five great saves, but with 20 minutes to go David Robinson scored the goal of the game, beating four players and smashing the ball past Cresswell.

The final whistle was blown and Blyth celebrated by receiving the league trophy.

Manager Micky Connors was full of praise for his team.

He said: “We set our goal to beat last season’s second place and my players have done what was asked of them.

“Five defeats in 58 league games over two seasons is testament to their hard work, and to end 101 years of no Blyth team’s name on the league trophy is fantastic for the people of Blyth.

“I would like dedicate my first trophy to Sandra Orr, my chairwoman, and to Les Elsey, who gave me my chance at Cramlington Town. God rest his soul.”