Dynamo Fenham 3-1 Blyth Eagle
The Dynamo fought back from a goal down at half time to take all three points against a resilient Blyth Eagle side. Two goals from substitute Andy McIntosh and a Danny Arkle header, all in the second half saw Fenham home.
Playing at their new potential home for next season, Fenham took the field with two changes to the side that beat Philosophers the previous week – Marc Miller was rested for the returning Ryan Carr, while injury took out the ever-present Alan Snowdon for Mark Harrison.
On a slightly uneven pitch, Fenham had the better of the opening exchanges, Cliff Lyall, Danny Akrle, Steven Smith and Chris Thirlwell all going close. But it would be the visitors who would opening the scoring; a loose header bounced clear of last man Harrison and his last ditch tackle wasn’t enough to stop the Eagle forward racing clear and finishing past the on-rushing Farndale, in the Dynamo goal.
More chances arrived for Fenham after the break, but the blustery conditions didn’t help either side’s passing game. Ironically, it was the wind that would lend a hand for the Fenham equaliser. After one Chris Hewitson throw-in from the right was missed by everyone, the next would be crucial. The Dynamo right back launching a perfectly drilled throw, Andy McIntosh expertly flicked a header beyond a helpless keeper, with his first touch after coming on as sub.
Buoyed by the goal, Fenham drove on and it wasn’t long before the second arrived; Smith whipped in a corner from the left and it was met by the head of Danny Arkle to give the home side the first time. Blyth came back out and pushed for another goal, but the back four were no mood to concede again, the central two marshalled the defence perfectly and in truth, never looked in too much danger.
It would fall to the same combination as the first Fenham goal to ensure the game was safe, as another Hewitson throw was finished by McIntosh, via a Lyall flick-on.
There was still time for Eagle to come back at Fenham – a couple of free kicks and a corner posed a threat for the home side, but later, when the Blyth goalscorer strode free of the defence again, it was Man of the Match, Chris Hewitson racing back to deny him with a tremendous goal saving tackle to keep the two goal cushion safe.
All in all, another great win for Fenham as they closed the gap on second placed Metro to two points with two games in hand. They’ll hope to keep the run going next week, away to last week’s opponents, Philosophers.