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Blyth Spartans 0-0 AFC Fylde: Spartans’ resilience earns crucial point against Fylde

After three 1-0 wins over fellow strugglers, Blyth Spartans held firm to secure a goalless draw against National League North leaders AFC Fylde.

Cedric Main created Blyth’s best chance after 15 minutes by hitting the post, while the Coasters had an effort cleared off the line in the second half.

Spartans started the game the stronger and almost took the lead as Main won a loose ball before driving towards goal and firing a low effort onto the post from 25 yards out.

The league leaders grew into the game as the half went on and almost had a half-time lead as Mo Faal’s one-on-one effort was saved by Alex Mitchell.

Fylde dominated the second half and were inches away from an opener halfway through the second 45 as Alex Whitmore’s bullet header was cleared off the line.

Spartans looked to see out the 0-0 draw late on but were almost undone by a swift Fylde counter-attack.

Substitute Luke Charman burst down the left-wing before delivering a low-drilled cross into the centre of the box towards Nick Haughton, whose effort was brilliantly saved by Mitchell.

Blyth held on to collect a precious point in their battle against relegation, to extend their unbeaten run to five games in a row.