Blyth Spartans return to action after a 17 day break against promotion favourites, York City.
Spartans haven’t played since their 3-0 defeat to Hereford FC on 14th November due to a positive Covid-19 test at the club, meaning a three week isolation period was on the cards.
Blyth will be relishing the return to action hoping to claim their first three points at home this season which would remove them from the foot of the Vanarama National North league.
Their opponents have also had recent breaks due to positive tests at the club. However, The Minsistermen did play at the weekend, receiving their first loss of their campaign in a 2-1 beating from Leamington Spa.
York City are five places above Blyth in 17th place with three games in hand on today’s rivals.
Last season when the sides met, York ran out as 3-0 winners at Croft Park with the reverse fixture being cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In all six meetings, both sides have won two with the remaining two ending in a draw.
Both sides will be looking to bounce back after losses in their last game.
Blyth Spartans: LDWLL
York City: LWDDW
Blyth will be without midfielder, Liam Agnew. Fellow midfielder, Olly Scott has returned from injury ahead of schedule but won’t feature against York.
Kris Thackray and Panos Katsamagkas are 50/50.
The Ministermen will be without Michael Duckworth as he is still nursing a hamstring injury. Owen Gamble is also likely to be out with Josh King doubtful for the clash.
What the bookies are saying
The away side are resounding favourites for the clash at 1/2 with Spartans being the underdogs at 9/2. A stalemate is 14/5.
Odds courtesy of SkyBet.