Evans – ‘We must do better’
HEDNESFORD TOWN 4BLYTH SPARTANS 2Blyth Spartans’ FA Cup campaign came to a disappointing end after a 4-2 defeat at Southern League Central outfit Hednesford Town on Saturday.
Set pieces proved the visitors’ undoing – providing The Pitmen’s opening three goals in what was a below-par performance from Lee Clark’s side.
Not even a Callum Roberts double could assist Spartans on this occasion after coming up against a determined and well organised Hednesford.
The hosts broke the deadlock after just four minutes when Tom Elliott delivered a free-kick onto the head of Reece King, who turned the ball home.
Roberts equalised with a solo goal on 40 minutes, but just three minutes later the home side were back in front, Kieran Morris getting the final touch on a corner.
Roberts equalised for a second time, making it nine goals in mind games, but Hednesford hit the front again on 57 minutes when Ben Bailey headed in from a corner.
Unfortunately, there was no time to respond for a third time as The Pitmen wrapped up the tie with their fourth of the afternoon through Danny Glover.
Right-back Rhys Evans admitted Blyth Spartans did not give the travelling fans the performance they deserved.
“I think all the lads will agree it wasn’t good enough,” said Evans. “Cal has pulled us out of the gutter to equalise twice but we just sat off and invited pressure. We all know it is not good enough – every single one of us. It needs sorting out – it’s really poor.”
On Saturday Spartans are away to Curzon in the league.