Marine 5 Blyth Spartains 1: Five-star Mariners crush bogey side Blyth Spartans

MARINE stormed to their biggest – and best – win of the season on Saturday, as they demolished bogey team Blyth Spartans 5-1 at a rainy Arriva Stadium to move to third in the League table.

Kevin Lynch’s men were 3-0 up and cruising after just 21 minutes, with some ruthlessly clinical finishing aided by a freak fourth goal and then Nick Rogan’s nonchalant fifth rounding off an excellent team display from the home side.

Blyth never gave up though and forced a number of saves from Callum Williams in the home goal, particularly after they were four down to enjoy their best spell of the match.

The Whites looked dangerous coming forward throughout the first half, mainly down the left with Matty Devine and Liam Dawson finding plenty of space to run at the Spartans’ defence.

It was Blyth who were closest to taking the lead inside the opening minutes, Marcus Maddison’s cross from the left being met by Daniel Maguire with the ball clipping the top of the crossbar.

That was as good as it got for the visitors in the first half as Marine rapidly took control, Devine’s left-wing centre being fired goalward by Liam Rice and Conor Grant parrying, with Dawson first to react to nod home the rebound on five minutes.

On 14 minutes the lead was doubled, Devine again causing havoc to set up Karl Noon with the striker following up his initial effort past a hesitant rearguard, to fire past Grant from close range.

Just seven minutes later the Mariners were three up, this time Dawson surging in to the box with a strong run and shot, Grant again making a good save but being powerless to prevent Noon poaching his second goal of the game.

It might well have been four as Devine beat his man before forcing Grant to beat the ball away at his near post, Rice shooting from the edge of the area with Grant saving again, Rogan following up only to be foiled by another good stop from the keeper.

Phil Airey found some space for Blyth to send in a volley which dipped over the bar, with Rogan and Devine responding at the other end with shots which called Grant in to further action as half time approached.

The second half was more evenly contested in terms of goal scoring chances, Maguire having a half chance early on that went wide of the near post under pressure from the home defence.

Clearly it wasn’t to be Spartans’ day 11 minutes in to the half, Dawson working hard to close down a defender and being rewarded when the clearance ballooned off him and looped over Grant, for probably the bizarrest goal seen at Crosby for a long time.

Blyth had some presentable chances, mainly through Maddison with Williams making a couple of good stops, one in particular with his legs after an angled drive looked destined for the bottom corner.

Noon might have grabbed his hat trick when driving in to the area, his shot being deflected and being clawed away by Grant who did well to readjust his dive.

Substitute Scott Canham had arguably Blyth’s best chance of the game, with time and space in the box to draw Williams and slot past the keeper, but seeing the ball slide wide of the far post.

Williams pulled off another brace of saves to keep out a drive from Maddison and the subsequent rebound, but it was Marine who scored again after 80 minutes, Shaun Dowling chasing a lost cause to set up Rogan for the forward to produce a great finish, deftly chipping past Grant at his near post.

Maddison saw Williams turn away another good effort but finally got on the scoresheet on 90 minutes, a wayward clearance falling to him to drive in to the roof of the net from just inside the penalty area.

It was too little too late for the visitors as the Mariners extended their unbeaten League run to five games, and tighten their grip on a play off spot.

MARINE: Callum Williams, Shaun Dowling, John Shaw (Michael Ordish 62), Matty Brown (Cap), Phil Ojapah, Alan Burton, Karl Noon, Liam Rice, Matty Devine (Paul Pearson 69), Nick Rogan (Paul Brown 84), Liam Dawson. Unused subs: Robbie Lawton, Paul Jones. BLYTH SPARTANS: Conor Grant, Shaun Utterson, Richie Slaughter, Daniel Maguire, Wayne Buchanan (Cap), Lee Mason, Jack Stanger, Phil Airey (Scott Canham 65), Marcus Maddison, Robert Dale. Unused subs: Darryll Donnelly, Tom Berj, Jake Turnbull.

Referee: Mr. Mark Russell (Bristol).

Attendance: 273.

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