Marine’s excellent start to the season will be severely tested at Croft Park where Tommy Cassidy’s team are looking for a swift return to the Conference North.
The Spartans have made reasonable progress to date with good wins over Stocksbridge and Whitby but defeats to Hednesford and Witton Albion suggest they are still in development. Although currently ninth in the table Blyth have equalled Marine with 10 goals to date.
Most visiting managers will settle for a point in this fixture and Kevin Lynch will be pleased if his team return unbeaten. However, he has every reason to feel confident with his mean defence notching up three clean sheets already.
Lynch admits “I am happy with the performances so far, Chorley were good but we wanted it more. We are working so hard as a team but we must continue to develop.”
Keeper and skipper Ryan McMahon suffered a few knocks at Frickley and may return to the fold but Callum Williams deputised admirably with a couple of good stunning saves against Chorley in midweek.
Did You Know that...?
Blyth Spartans have a fantastic record in the FA Cup having reached the first round on 32 occasions; the second round 15 times; the third round 4 times, the fourth round once and also the fifth round when they lost narrowly to Wrexham after a replay.