After gaining confidence winning the first game of the season against Thornaby last week, Blyth AFC travelled to Durham last night (9th August) to take on Esh Winning.
The game kicked off at a lively pace with Esh Winning on the front foot until a clearance got flicked on by Robinson and then on to Bulford who found himself one on one with Esh Winning’s keeper Hannant before slotting the ball into the bottom corner only to find it as being offside.
Almost just quarter of an hour in, Esh Winning’s Nick Marley head the ball past Bannon into the bottom of the net making it 1-0 to Esh Winning.
With pressure growing for Blyth AFC, a number of chances came and went being forced into long distance shots until in the 42nd minute, Taylor whips the ball across to McGorrigan who powers it past Hannant into the back of the net. A fantastic finish for half time 1-1.
The second half saw Esh Wining dominate the ball for the first ten minutes until a superb through ball found Robinson alone in the box where he comfortably slid the ball past the keeper making it 2-1 to Blyth.
This spurred on The Braves, when in the 60th minute, an 18-yard drive from McGorrigan gave Blyth their 3rd goal of the evening. Blyth continued to dominate for the next quarter of an hour before a long ball gets passed to Robinson where he dodged Esh Wining’s defence to slide the ball comfortably into the back of the net – 4-1 to Blyth AFC.
With just 2 minutes left of play and Blyth relaxing more than they should, Esh Winning continued to fight when a corner resulted in a bit of chaos in Blyth’s box before Esh Winning’s Dagan Taylor slammed the ball past Bannon making it 4-2 by full time.
MOTM – David Robinson
Manager’s blog –
“It’s always going to be a bit of a slog when you get a away fixture this early on a midweek against a tough opponent who’s just won their opening match and so it panned out well for the first 25 minutes anyway as Esh could have been three up if it hadn’t been for the brilliance of Bannon in goal.
“Some would say that’s what he’s paid to do but this game showed what a difference a top class keeper makes. The game, as I said, was all Esh for the opening 25 then we just seemed to click into gear and chances started to be created and players started to show their quality.
“The second half was all Blyth scoring three and maybe should have scored another two or three but credit has to be given to the opposition who again came into life in the last 15 minutes and scored to make the score line a little bit more respectable, but again as management we have to ask questions about our defending.
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