Replay needed for FA Trophy
Blyth Spartans 1Alfreton Town 1A late equaliser from Harvey Grice on Saturday meant Blyth Spartans had to settle for a replay on Tuesday for a chance to be in the next round of the FA Trophy.
Spartans opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Rhys Evans whipped in a cross through a crowded box and straight to the feet of Michael Sweet to power home into the bottom corner of the net.
For a long period the Northumbrians held onto their slender advantage, but in the 82nd minute Alfreton equalised and forced a replay when Amari Morgan-Smith and debutant Zach Hemming both challenged for the ball, with Hemming punching it away, but only as far as Grice, who chipped it over the keeper and into the net.
Lee Clark handed Hemming his first start in between the sticks after signing on loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season.
Alfreton thought they’d scored in the eighth minute when Declan Bacon put the ball in the back of the Spartans net but it was ruled offside.
Blyth rolled up their sleeves and opened the scoring from a free-kick. It was worked to Rhys Evans out wide. His cross found its way to Sweet, who took one touch before lacing the ball into the bottom corner to give Spartans the lead.
Robbie Dale nearly doubled Blyth’s lead in the 44th minute – cutting inside on the left and seeing his curling effort hit the outside of the far post. But in the 82nd minute, Alfreton got their equaliser when a long ball was punched away, but only as far as Grice, who chipped it over Hemming.