Blyth Spartans boss Terry Mitchell hailed an ‘outstanding’ performance from his side as they recorded their first away league win of the season.
Dan Maguire popped up with his first goal of the season 10 minutes from time, within just seconds of coming on as a substitute, as Blyth won 1-0 away to Alfreton Town.
Speaking after the match, Mitchell said, “As you can imagine the dressing room is really buzzing. We’ve had to withstand loads of direct ball – corners, long throws, everything – but the backline with the goalie behind were outstanding, and that was backed up by the front lads.
The Spartans boss was also delighted for the matchwinner Maguire, “He’s been unbelievable with his work ethic since I joined the club, but he hasn’t had loads of chances. I said to him ‘go on, get your goal’ and he deserves it, I’m absolutely delighted for him.
For all the work he does off the ball, he deserves it. He’s off and running now, hopefully there is more to come.”
New signing Patrick Almond also impressed Mitchell, in what was only his second ever senior appearance. “He did really well, he defended well and showed real composure when he had the ball. I’m sure the fans were delighted with him – and it’s worth saying they were magnificent once again today.”
There was some concern however as captain Nathan Buddle had to be taken off at half-time following a clash of heads later a few minutes before the break. “There was a clash with Rhead, there’d been a proper battle between them all half and he was outstanding. But with a head injury we had to take a precaution.”
Blyth have now won four of their last five games and are on the road again next weekend when they face Leamington on Saturday.