Quinn desperate for a place in Blyth’s cup clash

Jonathyn Quinn with the FA Cup.
Jonathyn Quinn with the FA Cup.

A determined Jonathyn Quinn says he is hungry to play a part in Blyth Spartans’ FA Cup first round match against Altrincham on Sunday.

The 19-year-old, from Alnwick, is currently on loan from Newcastle United and is pushing for a place in the game, which is being covered by the BBC as part of its Final Score programme.

And the forward admits that seeing the trophy at Longhoughton Rangers earlier this week has given him even more appetite to star in the prestigious competition.

He said: “The FA Cup is a massive tournament and it is brilliant to be in the competition, especially at such a young age.

“I’ve watched the cup games on television over the years, so to be actually involved in it would be really special.”

Quinn’s FA Cup adventure for Spartans has included a second-half substitute appearance in their 4-1 second-qualifying-round victory over Skelmersdale United.

He said: “Having featured in the earlier rounds of the competition, I have got a real taste for it and seeing the FA Cup at Longhoughton has made me even more hungry to push for a place in the starting 11. There are definitely places up for grabs on Sunday.”

Spartans have a proud FA Cup history. They reached the fifth round in 1977-78 before losing to Wrexham in a reply. Most recently, during the 2008/09 campaign, they lost 1-0 to Blackburn Rovers in the third round. And the magic of the cup could be alive and kicking this weekend as Blyth, of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, face the prospect of knocking out higher-league opponents Altrincham, who play in the Vanarama Conference. Quinn said: “It is a good draw for us and we do have a good chance of progressing.”

The fixture, at Blyth’s Croft Park, kicks off at 2pm. Entry on the gate is £10 adults, £5 conc. It is £1 extra in the Port of Blyth Stand.