BLYTH Spartans take a break from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League action this weekend to start their FA Cup campaign.
On Saturday Spartans welcome Evo-Stik First Division North side Garforth Town to Croft park for their FA Cup first qualifying round fixture.
And the Green and White Army will be hoping the impressive goalscoring statistics from the season so far continue for the home side.
With six games gone Spartans have scored 16 goals, with nine of them coming at Croft Park and seven being scored on opposing grounds.
This is the highest in the league and one more than both league leaders Marine and fourth placed Ashton United.
Compared to last season it took Spartans 16 Blue Square North fixtures to score 16 goals with the 16th coming in the November 15 defeat at Vauxhall Motors.
Compared with the last season Spartans spent in the Northern Premier League – 2005-06 – the team took 12 league games to hit the 16-goal mark when on October 4 Robbie Dale netted in a 3-2 win at Frickley Athletic.
Spartans’ six games so far have produced a total of 26 goals when the ten conceded are added.
Of those ten, there is an even split with five conceded at Croft Park and five coming in away fixtures.
The total of 26 is the second highest in the league with only Stocksbridge Park Steels being involved in games with a higher goal count with their games totalling 26 goals, although eight of those were scored by Spartans.
In terms of Blyth’s goalscorers, they have five players who have found the net so far.
Dale and Craig Farrell both lead the way with five each, then comes left back Joe Kendrick with three.
Former Newcastle United striker Phil Airey has a pair of goals and centre back Jordon Mellish has pitched in with a solitary strike, which came in the 5-0 win at Croft Park over Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Farrell, Dale and Kendrick all have scored braces so far but fans are still awaiting the first Spartans hat-trick of the season.
Spartans’ three Croft Park fixtures so far have come against Stocksbridge Park Steels, Hednesford Town and Marine and have produced 14 goals, so it is safe to say that there has been some entertainment on show at Croft Park this term.
Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Garforth Town kicks-off at 3pm.