Late Richardson goal earns Spartans a point at Marine

Blyth Spartans rescued a point at Marine on Tuesday evening with a late equaliser from Michael Richardson.

After leading early on, Blyth found themselves having to come from behind twice, with Richardson’s late strike securing a point from a 3-3 draw.

Minutes after Marine had hit the post in the opening seconds, Spartans scored through in-form Dan Maguire.

Then the home side equalised before going into the break ahead.

After the restart the floodlights failed causing play to be suspended.

Fortunately one of the home crowd worked for a local energy supplier and there was a game on once more after a 20-minute delay.

Maguire scored his second of the night for Blyth to bring it to 2-2 before Marine again snatched the lead.

Then in the dying minutes Richardson hit a precision volley to level the game once again.

“It was quite a game,” said Wade.

“We really needed a win to keep track on for the play-offs, which are starting to look a long way away.

“Having said that, away to Marine on a Tuesday night a draw could be a great result. The lads did well and we deserved a point.

“After Marine hit the post early on, after a great bit of work actually, we could have gone on to be three up.

“They scored but we were trying to play on the ground all the time and that cost us their second.

“But we stuck at our task in the second half and pretty well dominated in the last 30 minutes, and when we put Ash [Davis] on for more power we could have won it in added time.

“Marine impressed me. They turned us around several times with their centre forward and two wingers, who are decent players.

“They’ve hit form recently and are desperate to avoid relegation, and in that mood I can see them taking points from some top sides.”

Spartans’ hectic schedule continues with the long trip to Kings Lynn Town on Saturday before Ashton United are the visitors to Croft Park on Tuesday, March 31.