Blyth Spartans boss Alun Armstrong is baffled by the ‘longest injury list he’s ever see after Spartans lost a fourth centre-half of the season in side’s 3-1 defeat to Alfreton Town.

Hartlepool United loanee Aaron Cunningham – who put in a man of the match performance on Wednesday evening at Darlington – suffered an ankle injury early in the second half with Spartans level with The Reds adding to a mounting injury list in the Croft Park treatment room.

Ryan Hutchinson is a long term absentee, with Sam Brotherton now out for two months due to ligament damage, Jordan Watson still recovering from an ACL injury and Damen Mullen recovering from a pre-season injury.

Armstrong was forced to move midfielder Sean Reid into the centre-back role, and he believes that was the catalyst for Spartans downfall – losing the goal-scoring threat from midfield.

“Moving Reidy cost us the game, no doubt about that,” exclaimed Armstrong moments after the final whistle.

“Aaron rolled his ankle which meant I had to move Reidy into centre-half, that killed our midfield – which is no disrespect to those who came off the bench – but the three in the middle were playing some great football, it was a joy to watch.”

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