Blyth Town extend winning run and knock holders out of Bowl

Blyth Town entertained cup holders Killingworth Station in the first round of the NFA Benevolent Bowl with the home side looking to extend their winning run to 15 games.

The game started off at a frantic pace which was expected as Killlingworth were under new manager Graham Redpath, a former New Hartley Junior team-mate of Blyth manager Micky Connors.

But it was Blyth who took the lead in the ninth minute after a great run and cross by rampaging full back Ritchie was met by Lisle at the back post with a powerful header.

The lead should have been doubled when yet another cross by Ritchie was met by Morien but the 26-goal top scorer’s header was weak and saved by Regan.

This prompted Killlingworth into some attacking play, forcing returning keeper Crooks into a great save.

The visitors were stopped in there tracks when a mazy run by Atkinson and cross was turned in by Mann to make it 2-0 at half-time.

The second half began with killlingworth dominating play, forcing the impressive Crooks into another save.

With Blyth under heavy pressure they made three changes with the returning Hopwood, Pockington and Howes all coming on.

This turned the game on its head, and with the impressive Iverson marshalling the defence, Blyth pushed for a third forcing Regan into some fine saves.

In the 85th minute that man Morien powered past three players and smashed a goal into the far corner to make the final score 3-0.

Iverson was named man of the match.

Blyth entertain North Shields Athletic on Saturday in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, kick-off 2pm.