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Spartans seize their first point of season; NATIONAL NORTH.

Byline: Aaron Hindhaugh

BLYTH SPARTANS 1 AFC TELFORD 1

BLYTH Spartans snatched their first point of the season in the last minute against AFC Telford United as Paul Blackett capitalised on a sloppy clearance from Russell Griffiths to get his side off the mark.

The visitors started brightly and were rewarded with an opening goal after 12 minutes as Jason Oswell headed in at the far post. Telford troubled Blyth five minutes later as Oswell had a header in an identical position but could only find the side netting.

Telford continued to pile on the pressure and Aaron Williams almost doubled their lead but Pearson tipped the effort round his post.

Blyth almost levelled things up in added time with their first shot on target but Paul Blackett's effort was saved down low by Russell Griffiths.

A bright start to the second half by Blyth saw Kurtis Russell force a last-ditch clearance by Griffiths off his line.

Oswell almost got his second of the game as a corner was missed by everyone, but the Telford striker cushioned his half volley well over the bar from close range.

Paul Blackett levelled things up in the last minute as Griffiths' clearance ricocheted off the strikers' back which left him with an open goal from 25-yards and he curled it into the bottom corner.

BLYTH SPARTANS: Pearson; Evans, Elsdon, Cunningham, Scott; Thomson, Heslop, Charlton (McKeown), Griffiths, Russell, Blackett Subs: Dart, Katsamagkas, Guy, Taylor AFC TELFORD: Griffiths, Streete, Sutton, Meppen-Walter; Cowans, Walker, Byrne, Vaughan; Hardy (McHale) ; Oswell, Williams (Davies) Subs: Barnes-Homer, Rawlins, Lilly

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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Aaron Hindhaugh
Publication:Sunday Sun (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 11, 2020
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