Delight for travelling fans as Blyth Spartans put three past South Shields in Boxing Day fixture

Finn Cousin-Dawson celebrates his goal against South Shields. Picture: Paul ScottFinn Cousin-Dawson celebrates his goal against South Shields. Picture: Paul Scott
Finn Cousin-Dawson celebrates his goal against South Shields. Picture: Paul Scott
Blyth Spartans gave their fans a late Christmas present when they beat South Shields on Boxing Day.

After the 2-2 draw at home against Chester last Saturday, Blyth put on the style for their travelling supporters with three first-half goals against manager Graham Fenton’s former team.

The defeat saw the South Shields manager, ex-Sunderland player Julio Arca, lose his job. It was the home side’s fourth consecutive defeat in the league.

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Against Chester, Spartans conceded an early goal, fighting back through two quickfire strikes from Will McGowan and a first goal for the club for youngster Billy Gordon, to go in at half time 2-1 ahead.

Harrison Burke equalised for Chester in the 63rd minute, and neither side could find a winner.

Fenton said he was “pleased with lots of things” after the game, but said the team had to stop “shipping goals”. Blyth have scored conceded 35 times this season – league leaders Scunthorpe have only shipped 19 goals.

On Tuesday, Blyth went one better, scoring three goals in the first 45 minutes against the Mariners.

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Captain Nicky Deverdics set the ball rolling after 11 minutes. Cedric Main added a second four minutes later before Finn Cousin-Dawson grabbed Blyth’s third with a header.

Paul Blackett scored a consolation goal for South Shields as the game drew to a close.

Blyth almost scored in the opening minutes, Mikael Ndjoli just failing to connect with a cross from Michael Liddle before Deverdics’ goal straight from a corner kick.

Blyth could have added to their total in the first half. Ndjoli’s pass to McGowan was intercepted by a defender and Ndjoli had an effort tipped over the bar. The Mariners’ keeper also had to be alert to keep out a shot by Elliot Forbes.

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Dan Langley in the Blyth goal was the busier of the two keepers in the second half, but Spartans had a couple of chances on the counter-attack before Blackett’s goal.

Speaking after the win, assistant manager Jon Shaw said: “The lads were absolutely outstanding.”

He added: “The credit is to the players, they’ve given it absolutely everything. Work ethic, desire, intensity, structure, discipline, and then they’ve added it with quality and gone on and put a real good team to the sword.”

The two teams do it all again tomorrow at Croft Park.