I must start by apologising for the crappy pun in the title, but I couldn’t resist. You never know some clever tabloid journalist might come up with the same crap title in the Sunday papers, we will keep a look out.
It’s been twenty years since Blyth Spartans last performed serious FA Cup heroics reaching the 5th Round in 1978. Along the way they knocked out Chesterfield and Stoke before Wrexham ended the dream. Current Spartans manager Harry Dunn is hopeful that his squad will repeat that success. He told the BBC that “It’s great for the club, and the players who did it in 1978 were great players and great men, and that’s what you try to get through to your players. “On Saturday our players are going to have to be men, we’re going to be playing in front of 5,000 of their supporters who’ll get behind their team and the pressure will be on”.
Five thousand supporters, obviously hasn’t been keeping up with attendances at the Fitness First. Hopefully, this means he hasn’t been keeping up with the Bournemouth players and hasn’t quite worked thier weak points. Don’t worry Harry there’s plenty of them, just keep kicking the ball up to your front players and you might get lucky. That’s what the Cherries will be doing, HOOF, pass, HOOF, goal kick, header, HOOF, shot and so on.
While the signs aren’t good I am going to say that a very poor match is going to be won by the Cherries with a single goal. In an alternate reality, an FA Cup classic is going to be won by the Cherries with a last gasp goal in a seven goal thriller. We live in hope.