Valencia are knocked out by Hawks in Rangers Cup

BLYTH Rangers Valencia Under-16s were given a tough draw when they played hosts to league two title hopefuls Heaton Hawks Kestrels in the NFA Rangers Cup.

However, there was not much between the two teams in the opening half hour, with Mitchell Amatts’ goal bound shot cleared of the line with the keeper well beaten.

Alex Robertson once again proved his worth with some top class goalkeeping to deny Heaton.

Blyth found themselves behind shortly before half-time, against the run of play though in an evenly matched first half.

The second period was much the same.

Ross Laidlaw failed to convert on two occasions and it seemed like it was going to be another one of those games.

Meanwhile Kaelin Maddison and Rhys Brown’s man of the match performance at centre back denied Heaton’s forwards time or space.

But with the game becoming stretched another quick counter saw Heaton grab a second.

Blyth were praised by the Heaton Hawks coaching staff for playing a high standard of football in a game that could of gone either way.