The FA Cup - First Round
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Blyth Spartans 4-1 Altrincham

Northern Premier League Blyth Spartans pulled off an FA Cup first round shock as they confidently beat Conference Premier side Altrincham.

Blyth took the lead on four minutes when Shaun Densmore brought down Robbie Dale who converted from the spot.

They went two up after the break when Dan Maguire cleverly linked up with Matthew Wade to coolly slot home.

Kyle Perry's lob put Altrincham back in it but goals from Dale and Maguire put comfortably put Blyth through.

Blyth Spartans - from the seventh tier - have now made it through to the FA Cup second round for the first time since the 2008/2009 season, when they beat AFC Bournemouth over two legs before falling in the third round to Blackburn Rovers.

Dale keeps FA Cup run going
Blyth Spartans striker Robbie Dale maintained his record of scoring in every round of this season's FA Cup.

The hosts looked the more confident right from the start and looked good for their lead in the first half after Dale's penalty.

Tom Marshall was unfortunate not to put the Conference strugglers level on half-time but his long range shot hit the post.

Maguire's intelligent finish doubled the hosts' lead but Altrincham kept the pressure midway through the second half and were rewarded when Perry latched onto Jake Moult's long ball.

Blyth went back on the attack and were unfortunate not to be out of sight when Stuart Coburn impressively denied Jarrett Rivers' shot.

Dale nabbed a second soon after when he rounded past Robins' Gianluca Havern to put restore their two-goal advantage.

But Maguire made sure of victory when he ran straight through the Altrincham defence to beat the advancing Coburn.


Blyth Spartans

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Jeffries
  • 2NicholsonSubstituted forDixonat 49'minutes
  • 4HutchinsonBooked at 9mins
  • 5BuddleBooked at 83mins
  • 3Watson
  • 7Rivers
  • 6TurnbullBooked at 51minsSubstituted forHooksat 57'minutes
  • 8Hawkins
  • 11Dale
  • 9Maguire
  • 10WadeSubstituted forMullinat 76'minutes


  • 12Wearmouth
  • 14Hooks
  • 15Quinn
  • 16Mullin
  • 17Dixon
  • 18Parker
  • 19Harrison


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Coburn
  • 2Densmore
  • 5Havern
  • 16Marshall
  • 6Leather
  • 8Richman
  • 4MoultBooked at 70mins
  • 18WilliamsSubstituted forPerryat 45'minutes
  • 3GriffinBooked at 36mins
  • 7LawrieSubstituted forWilkinsonat 80'minutes
  • 10Reeves


  • 9Gillespie
  • 14Perry
  • 15Wilkinson
  • 17Parton
  • 19Crowther
  • 20Swift
  • 25Cavanagh
Martin Coy

Match Stats

Home TeamBlyth SpartansAway TeamAltrincham
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blyth Spartans 4, Altrincham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blyth Spartans 4, Altrincham 1.

  3. Post update

    Nathan Buddle (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Greg Wilkinson (Altrincham).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Wilkinson (Altrincham) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Blyth Spartans 4, Altrincham 1. Daniel Maguire (Blyth Spartans) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Jarrett Rivers (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Scott Leather (Altrincham).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Blyth Spartans 3, Altrincham 1. Robert Dale (Blyth Spartans) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner.

  10. Booking

    Nathan Buddle (Blyth Spartans) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Altrincham. Greg Wilkinson replaces James Lawrie.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Blyth Spartans. Damen Mullin replaces Matthew Wade.

  13. Post update

    Robert Dale (Blyth Spartans) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Gianluca Havern (Altrincham).

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jarrett Rivers (Blyth Spartans) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Blyth Spartans 2, Altrincham 1. Kyle Perry (Altrincham) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Leather.

  17. Booking

    Jake Moult (Altrincham) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Jake Moult (Altrincham).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Maguire (Blyth Spartans).

  20. Post update

    Tom Marshall (Altrincham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.