|Blyth Spartans 2 Solihull Moors 1|
|Wednesday, 04 April 2012 09:06|
Solihull Moors failed to overcome a determined Blyth Spartans team, and also the weather, on a story night in Northumberland. With Blyth fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, it was always going to be a battle at Croft Park and it was the home team who started the better with Wayne Phillips striking the post on four minutes.
With the rain and swirling wind getting stronger, the ball was becoming more difficult to control and led to many misplaced passes from both teams, however, Lee Morris showed his quality on 32 minutes when his effort went past David Knight in the home goal, just creeping inside the far upright. Ryan Beswick almost doubled the Moors lead on 41 minutes, but his effort just crept wide of the post.
The break did wonders for the home team and they came out more stronger and determined in the second period, however, not for the first time this season an opposition team found Jas Singh in fantastic form.
Just when it looked like Solihull would hold on for victory, Robbie Dale managed to finally found a way past Singh to equalise. This really lifted the spirits of the home faithful who had turned up. Solihull were now struggling to clear their lines and the Blyth attack was as fierce as the gale force that was still blowing.
With five minutes remaining Blyth got the winner which their second half efforts fully deserved. That man Dale put in a cross from the left wing cross and Lee Mason beat Jas Singh in the air.
The win gives Blyth a small glimmer of hope in the survival stakes, but realistically they would still need to win their five remaining games, whilst the defeat for Solihull leaves us in 12th position.
Solihull Line Up: Singh, Midworth (Connolly 86 mins), Langdon, Fitzpatrick (Hurren 88 mins), Bennett, Spencer, Francis, English, Marsden (Tomczak 77 mins), Morris and Beswick. Subs Not Used: Pierpoint and Acton.