WHITLEY Bay FC Barca Under-9s travelled to Blyth looking to complete a league double over their close rivals. Instead it was Blyth who started on the front foot and only some wayward shooting and some great saves from Smith in goal kept the game scoreless in the first quarter.
Barca came more into the game in the second quarter however it was Blyth who opened the scoring when the Blyth striker rode three tackles before sliding the ball past the helpless keeper.
Blyth doubled their lead in the third quarter when the Barca defence didn’t clear their lines from a corner and the ball was swept home from close range.
Barca hit back immediately when Luke Johnson and Bobby Johnson combined well with the latter sliding the ball past the keeper when put through. Blyth immediately restored their two goal cushion in contentious circumstances when from another corner a Blyth player appeared to kick the ball out of Smith’s hands into the net.
The third quarter scoring was not finished there however with Luke Johnson breaking down the left wing before cutting inside and sweeping the ball past the Blyth keeper for the goal of the match.
The final quarter saw the play switching from end to end before Barca equalised with almost the last kick of the game when a Dreyer shot went through the unlucky Blyth keeper’s hands.
In the end Barca battled back well from two goals down to stretch their unbeaten run to 14 matches and retain top spot in the league.