Ten-man Blyth lose at Chester
Chester 2Blyth Spartans 1The 10 men of Blyth Spartans were not rewarded for their battling efforts after a 2-1 defeat at Chester in National League North.
Akwasi Asante’s 12th-minute goal proved the difference in an even first-half before debutant Shane Blaney killed Spatans’ momentum at the start of the second interval with his red card.
Lee Clark’s men remained in the game but were undone by a James Jones header from Joel Taylor’s corner.
But Blyth pushed to the end and can count themselves unlucky not to have left the 1885 Arena with at least a point following Olly Scott’s late strike.
Despite Blyth making a decent start, creating several chances, Asante opened the scoring for the home side, firing into the roof of the net following a corner.
Spartans again started well in the second half, but were hampered by Blaney’s red card offence on Glendon.
Hemming made a good save to deny Glendon, but Taylor’s corners caused Spartans problems throughout the afternoon and it was from such a set piece that Chester doubled their lead when the unmarked Jones found the net.
In the 81st minute Spartans managed to pull a goal back when a delivery by Longstaff was knocked on by Michael Sweet and after pandemonium in the penalty area, Scott directed the ball over the line.
Unfortunately, one last chance wasn’t to fall to Lee Clark’s men and instead watched Hemming superbly deny Anthony Dudley from close-range in the dying stages.
On Saturday Blyth are home to Altrincham.