BY Niall Bromley
Kris Thackray was over the moon as Blyth Spartans claimed their first win of the National League North at Curzon Ashton on Saturday.
Thackray played on the left of a four-man defence which defended superbly to keep a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory at the Tameside Stadium.
But he also chipped at the other end too – setting the ball rolling with a 35th-minute opener before Paul Blackett’s brace capped off a fine afternoon.
He told blythspartans.com: “I was trying to get away from my man because he was trying to grab me at the other end.
“Thankfully, I got a bit of space and I couldn’t miss from there really.”
He continued: “We’re over the moon with the win.
“We’ve been getting closer to it over the last few weeks and there is probably a bit in the back of your mind thinking: ‘When is it actually going to come?’
“We did nearly everything today. We took our chances and then basically defended for our lives.”
It’s a quick turnaround for Thackray and his teammates as they welcome Farsley Celtic to Croft Park on Tuesday evening.
He added: “Like the gaffer said, we’ve got to take this feeling we’ve got now and roll on.
“We’re feeling confident. We’ve proved we can keep a clean sheet. We’ve proved we can be clinical – so let’s try and build some momentum.”