Blyth AFC welcomed Thornaby FC to South Newsham for the opening game of the campaign.
Last year Blyth lost this fixture 2-1 so it was going to be interesting to see how Blyth had improved and they didn’t disappoint when after just three minutes, Blyth had taken the lead when a superb cross field ball from Robinson was controlled and finished by McGorrigan making it 1-0.
For Blyth, this was only the start of what would be a superb opening 25 minutes. Blyth should have been two up in the 6th minute when a corner from Richardson was met by Errington but his free header went wide. The pressure was mounting on The Braves and a shot from Taylor was parried only for McGorrigan to pounce to make it 2-0 after eight minutes.
Blyth were running riot and although a cross from Richardson was controlled by Errington, he missed the target, then the post and the keeper came to Thornaby’s rescue.
On the 24th minute, a cross from Taylor was headed in by McGorrigan for his hatrick which put Blyth 3-0 up by half time.
The second half started with Blyth on the back foot but they hit Thornaby on the break when a great cross field ball from Richardson was collected by McGorrigan and his pass was put in by Bulford to make it 4-0 to Blyth.
The game quickly turned on its head in between Blyth missing six golden opportunities to finish the game off when Thornaby staged a comeback scoring three goals. If it wasn’t for a brilliant save from Bannon, it could have been a lot worse but as the game came to a close, a cross was side-footed in by the impressive Tait to finish any hopes Thornaby had to get anything out of the game. Final score, 5-3 to Blyth AFC.
MOTM – Ryan McGorrigan – 3 goals, one assist – unplayable