IN what proved a pulsating encounter, Blyth Spartans Under-16s had to come from behind twice to maintain their unbeaten league record with a 3-3 draw against Ryton.
League leaders Blyth went to Ryton full of confidence, but within ten minutes, in what was the home side’s first meaningful attack, they fell behind.
Blyth fought back, with Jake Whisson’s shot being easily saved and Liam Wall, Jordan Duffy and James Gillie all going close.
However, despite all their pressure it was the hosts, who again with a measured meaningful attack, took a 2-0 lead against the run of play.
With half-time looming and in spite of all Blyth’s pressure they had nothing to show for it until the final few minutes when a pin point pass broke the offside trap for Samuel Johnson to score on his less favoured right foot.
Blyth came out for the second half with renewed vigour and with the introduction of Luke Watson continued to threaten the Ryton goal.
The equaliser came with around 15 minutes to go, with a move started in midfield with James Golding’s through ball finding Duffy who buried it in the bottom left hand corner.
Blyth obviously thought the hard work was with done, however, with around ten minutes to go Ryton again found themselves in front through a fine individual goal.
With their backs to wall once again Blyth went in search of another equaliser, this duly arrived when Johnson did not give up on what seemed a lost ball, beating one defender then out muscling the goalkeeper to cross to the unmarked Alex Robinson to make it 3-3.
The game proved two things to Blyth, in this division sloppy defending will cost you goals and clear cut chances being few and far between must be taken.