It’s back to National League North action today as Spartans take on in form Chorley. Sitting 5th in the league and having won 3 on the bounce which included an emphatic 8-0 win over Darlington 1883 last Tuesday, Chorley’s start to the season has been a fairly successful one.
With the National League North table looking tighter than a gnat’s chuff, Chorley only have a 1 point cushion in the play off’s at present and will likely see Spartans as an opportunity to pick up a win and create some breathing space between them and the rest of the chasing pack. As for Blyth, it’s a case of climbing back up the table and trying to get back into the play offs.
Chorley go into tomorrow’s game with no known injury problems, with the only change in the team of late being midfielder Willem Tomlinson who departed for Radcliffe last week.
This season Dutch winger Justin Johnson has been Chorley’s star man, netting 8 goals in 17 league games. The journeyman winger has had more clubs than Hendy’s had jobs but clearly, he seems to be settled now. Forward Jack Sampson will also pose a threat through the middle, as will attacking minded midfielder Jack Hazlehurst who’s already scored 4 goals in 12 games. As ever goalkeeper Matt Urwin will be tough to beat. Considered one of the best in the league, he’s just kept 3 clean sheets on the bounce.
As for Spartans, Rhys Evans may be back after being rested due to a hamstring issue. No word on Jordan Hickey who’s had a knee issue lately. The Same with Elliot Forbes who’s had an ankle injury. As for JJ Hooper, I’d have to guess it’s a groin issue again? Would expect Cedric Main to back in the starting XI following his successful return to action on Saturday. Tonight is also set to be the final appearance for forward Mikael Ndjoli, as his initial month-long loan is due to be up on Wednesday.
It remains to be seen if Spartans go back to using a back 5 or keep the back 4 that was used for most of Saturday’s game at Warrington. Here’s our predicted XI’s for both set up’s.
Chorley are just about every bookies favourite according to oddschecker, though the odds on Blyth look canny. Especially the win and BTTS.
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Unsure if the Clubhouse will have any live sport on tomorrow night as their is dick all on. Unless you’re really into Wales vs Turkey? The club will be open early on though as ever, though shy’s pies won’t be available but the regular burger van will be serving food from early on.