Roberts treble forces replay
Curzon 4Blyth Spartans 4Callum Roberts scored his first career hat-trick – but it was not enough to seal Blyth Spartans’ first win of the season in a FA Cup second round qualifying tie on Saturday.
Spartans and Curzon Ashton played out a barmy 4-4 draw at the Tameside Stadium, forcing a replay between the sides which was due to be held at Croft Park on Tuesday.
Curzon took the lead through Callum Saunders inside five minutes.
Blyth responded and equalised through Olly Scott, following up a free kick which was tipped onto the crossbar after 26 minutes.
Blyth edged the first half, but it was Curzon who led 2-1 at the break with Luke Merrill getting the hosts’ noses back in front.
However, the second half, however, belonged to Roberts as he scored three beautiful goals.
He equalised with a free kick from 25 yards and then put Spartans 3-2 up with a thunderous left foot drive.
Blyth’s lead, though, barely lasted two minutes as Merill grabbed his second of the game with a curling effort from the edge of the area.
With the game tied at 3-3 there were chances at both ends before Roberts completed his treble in the 85th minute, beating four players before finding the net to put Blyth 4-3 in front.
There was still time for the home side to force a controversial equaliser, however, when a corner was stunning into the box. Scott appeared to clear off the line, but after a lengthy discussion with his assistant, the referee awarded a goal which meant the teams must do it all again.