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Spartans' hopes of survival dwindle; BLYTH SPARTANS 0 ALTRINCHAM 3.

Byline: Aaron Hindhaugh

BLYTH Spartans slumped to defeat against Altrincham as their National League North survival hopes hang in the balance.

The visitors scored three wellworked goals and missed a penalty as they flexed their muscles against an out of form Blyth team.

Lee Clark's side are now six points from safety with 13 games remaining and struggling at both ends of the pitch.

Josh Hancock curled a free-kick in after 20 minutes before Elliott Durrell doubled Altrincham's lead on 57 minutes. The visitors added a third after 64 minutes through Daniel Mooney.

After a low-key start Altrincham began to pick up the pace, playing some neat touches around the Blyth box.

Spartans gave away a needless freekick on the edge of the area allowing Hancock to bend one over the wall and past Hemming.

Altrincham were awarded a penalty after 34 minutes but Jordan Hulme's spot-kick was saved excellently by Zach Hemming after he gave away the foul.

In the 44th minute, Hancock found himself free after a cut back in the box but he failed to take advantage, scuffing his effort well wide of the far post. Despite Spartans' dominance in the second half they were dealt a sucker blow as Durrell's first touch of the game was a curling effort into the far corner from the edge of the box.

Mooney sprung the offside trap and was left with a one-on-one against Hemming which saw him bend one past the keeper from close range to put the game beyond doubt.

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Author:Aaron Hindhaugh
Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2020
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