Blyth Spartans 1-1 Kidderminster Harriers – 23/04/2022
Blyth Spartans took another step closer to survival in National League North earning a well-deserved point against promotion chasing Kidderminster Harriers.
The point was exemplified by the fact other relegation candidates Farsley Celtic and AFC Telford United both lost, meaning the point took Spartans up a place in the table, to 19th.
The away side took the lead in the 10th minute when Amari Morgan-Smith scored following a corner. Spartans then equalised in the 30th minute through a corner of their own with Toby Lees heading home the equaliser.
Kidderminster started the better of the two sides and 10 minutes in Morgan-Smith grabbed his 10th league goal of the season, slotting the ball home following a goal line scramble from a corner.
The Harriers goal seemed to wake the Spartans up and Corey McKeown went close in the 24th minute, with his effort just curling past the post
Blyth centre half Lees then headed home the equaliser in the 30th minute from a Nicky Deverdics corner after a sustained period of pressure from Spartans. Blyth would then push for another before half time, but the sides would go into the break at 1-1.
Kidderminster controlled the majority of the second half with Blyth trying to hang on for a point. However, they could not break down the Blyth defence and create any clear-cut chances.
In the 82nd minute, Kidderminster’s goalkeeper Luke Simpson handled the ball outside the box and was then sent off, forcing midfielder Mark Carrington to go in goal, as the away side had just used their last substitution 2 minutes prior.
Spartans pushed hard for a winner with Sado Djalo coming closest in the 91st minute, with a volley that was saved by the stand in keeper, but the game would end as a draw.