Tom talks – after the Celtic Nation game

Spartans manager Tom Wade was pleased with his side following their convincing 4-1 win at Celtic Nation on Saturday.

“We played very well and actually probably a little within ourselves,” he said. “We controlled the ball well and had other chances to extend the scoreline. Plus a lot of the lads got a full 90 minutes under their belts which is great for match fitness levels.”

Blyth played former Bishop Auckland striker Dan Hawkins in midfield to great effect.

Wade said: “It was Colin Myers’ [assistant manager] idea. Colin knows Dan well from Bishops. Dan gave us a lot of endeavour in the middle. A lot of teams in our league are very physical and Dan can match that. He certainly gives us another option in terms of how we line up and he did exceedingly well at the weekend – scoring two goals as well.”

Blyth travel to take on Consett in their final pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening in what is likely to be a tough encounter.

Posted by BSAFC Media Team