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Spartans found wanting as Northwich go nap.

Northwich Victoria ................................ Blyth Spartans ......................................

IT doesn''t get much better for Blyth Spartans who crashed to a 5-1 defeat against Northwich Victoria in last night''s Blue Square North game in Cheshire, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

Despite trailing by a goal at the interval, Mick Tait''s side looked capable of taking something from the game, but they were outplayed in the second period and Northwich''s victory could have been by a bigger margin, such was their superiority.

Blyth made a disastrous start conceding a goal after just two minutes. Ian Herring found space 18 yards out and rifled the ball past goalkeeper Jack Norton.

Norton made a magnificent save to deny Brian Hutton but after seven minutes Spartans restored parity.

Skipper Gareth Williams, returning to the team, played a superb ball up the line for Michael Tait to deliver a wellweighted pass to Paul Brayson and he chipped goalkeeper James Spencer.

Brayson was just off target as the visitors threatened, but were set back on their heels midway through the opening half as Michael Aspin drove in from 20 yards.

Blyth attempted to counter pressure from Northwich with quick breaks but failed to make much impression on the resolute defence and in the second half their attacks became fewer and fewer.

Midfielder Wayne Riley was causing all sorts of problems and it was no surprise when Northwich increased their advantage on the hour with a good finish from Herring.

In a rare Blyth raid Williams was just wide with a free kick but it was all Northwich and Junior Brown beat Norton at the near post.

Northwich went nap as striker James Spencer found the net at the near post. BLYTH SPARTANS: Norton, Harrison, Brackstone, Tait, Williams, Craddock, McCabe, Turnbull, Brayson, Gillies (Alexander), Dale (Marwood).

Ref: Mr I Siddall Att: 357.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 20, 2010
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