Blyth ease to win in Badgers’ last home game

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Eastwood Town 1

Blyth Spartans 4

Eastwood’s final home game of the season at Coronation Park ended as many had before it, with Blyth Spartans easing to a comfortable win against the relegated Badgers.

And it brought to an end a min-run of two games unbeaten for Eastwood, a rare purple patch in a torrid season.

However, it was Eastwood who threatened first 14 minutes in as player/boss Chris Shaw got forward and fired a 20-yard effort just past keeper Conor Grant’s far post.

But after Spartans’ Craig Hubbard had hit the crossbar on 18 minutes, the visitors took the lead two minutes later when Robbie Dale swung over a cross from the left that Daniel Maguire met at the far post, knocking the ball across for Joe Kendrick to turn in from close range.

Dale was next to go close with a long range effort that went wide, and then a Stephen Turnbull free-kick was headed over by the lively Jordan Mellish when he really should have scored from ten yards out.

The second-half saw the Badgers nearly lose a man early on after keeper Alex Malong brought down Maguire when he looked to have a clear run on goal.

A free-kick was awarded but the referee decided to only book Malong, Dale unable to do more damage with an effort that curled just wide from the set piece.

But Blyth were to extend their lead on the hour mark.

Substitute Andy Jennings played a major part with his first contribution to work well with Maguire before finding Dale who controlled before sliding the ball into the corner of the net.

The Badgers hadn’t showed a great deal in attack but were to reduce the arrears just a minute later.

Bradley Munn did the hard work, a good run into the penalty area ending with a ball into the six-yard box which was turned home by Paolo Piliero.

Eastwood huffed and puffed but were having no further joy in breaching the resolute Spartans defence and the visitors were indeed to kill the game off in the closing stages.

On 85 minutes, Hubbard struck a shot which deflected off Hanson and forced Malong into a save but the ball ran free and Jennings was on hand to net the rebound.

And the substitute was to score again as the game entered stoppage time.

Dale did the hard work this time, playing the ball into penalty area to where Jennings was waiting and he turned well before unleashing a fine finish into the far corner.

The result means Eastwood have just one more opportunity to break their winless spell before the season is out, although it will be a tough trip to Chorley where they will have to try and do so.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Eastwood: 1 Alex Malong 2 Dominic Allen 3 hris Shaw 4 Mitch Hanson 5 Danny Roberts 6 Scott Rogers 7 Paolo Piliero 8 Sam Craven (Romaine Graham 58) 9 Sam Winch 10 Bradley Munn 11 Paul Riley

Subs not used: Wayne Diuk, Josh Raven, Vijay Selvam

Blyth: 1 Conor Grant 2 Richie Slaughter 3 Joe Kendrick 4 Jordan Mellish 5 Wayne Buchanan 6 Lee Mason (Andy Jennings 55) 7 Stephen Turnbull (Tom Berj 63) 8 Craig Hubbard 9 Neal Hooks 10 Dan Maguire (Phil Airey 74) 11 Robbie Dale

Subs not used: Mark Cook, Darryll Donnelly

Att: 122