Spartans beaten by league leaders

Blyth Spartans AFC.
Blyth Spartans AFC.

Blyth Spartans were defeated 2-1 by league leaders Chorley in what was a fiesty affair, with the visitors reduced to 10 men when substitute Courtney Meppen-Walter was sent off.

Chorley opened the scoring in the 66th minute when Watson brought down Elliott Newby in the box and a penalty was awarded, which Alex Newby converted.

Chorley scored again five minutes later as Newby flicked on a header for Josh Wilson to chase, Wilson then sent a thunderous strike into the top left-hand corner of the Blyth goal.

In the 75th minute, Meppen-Walter fouled Dale inside the box receiving his second yellow of the game. Dale then stepped up to take the spot kick and scored but it was only a consolation goal in the end although it did end Chorley’s record of not conceding this season.

The visitors started brightly but after seven minutes Maguire intercepted a ball and shot across goal which was saved by Urwin.

Chorley might have been down to 10 men when, in the 19th minute of the match, Wilson went into a challenge high on a Blyth player but the referee only brandished a yellow.

Robbie Dale caused the visitors problems in the first half as Blyth began to dominate the match. Dale whipped a cross into the box that was headed wide by Green. Two minutes later, Dale had a shot deflected just over the bar and from the resulting corner managed to get a shot that curved narrowly wide.

Chorley had a shot cleared off the line by Reid and Jameson also had to make a save as the visitors started to exert themselves.

Chorley started the second half well with a shot by Carver saved by an impressive save from a charging Jameson.

Chances were few and far between in the second half but Dale managed to get a shot away when he cut in onto his right foot and had a shot at goal that was easily saved by Urwin.

Chorley eventually broke the deadlock with Newby’s penalty before Wilson double the advantage.

Meppen-Walter brought down Dale to concede a penalty and was shown his second yellow card.

Dale took the penalty, hammering it home to give Blyth a a consolation but they could not score an equaliser.