First win eludes Blyth

Leamington 2Blyth Spartans 0Blyth’s search for their first league win of the season continues after they were beaten 2-0 at Leamington on Saturday.

Friday, 30th August 2019, 15:47 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, 14:28 pm
Callum Roberts and Lewis Hawkins.

Two goals from March gave the home side all three points, leaving the Spartans struggling at the foot of National League North with only one point from their seven games to date.

Just before kick-off on Saturday, Spartans announced the signing of former Hartlepool midfielder Lewis Hawkins.

This followed on from the arrival of ex-Newcastle United winger Callum Roberts.

Following a loan spell with Whitby Town, Hawkins made his Pools debut in 2011 in League One, although it took a few years to establish himself as a first-team regular.

He was with the club when they were relegated from the EFL in 2016-17 and made 35 appearances for them the following season before joining Spennymoor Town on loan.

Hawkins was unavailable for the trip to Leamington but was expected to be named in the squad for Wednesday’s game at Darlington.

Roberts, 22, joined the Magpies academy at the age of eight. He made his first-team debut during a 1-0 FA Cup third round defeat to Leicester City as a second-half substitute.

Roberts had a brief loan spell at Gateshead before returning to Newcastle to become a leading player in the U23s. He then had a spell with Clark at Kilmarnock in Scotland and had a short spell at League Two outfit Colchester United before leaving the Magpies in the summer after 14 years at the club.