Dale sees signs of improvement from Spartans

Spartans striker Robbie Dale reflected on the 3-1 win over Sunderland RCA tonight and insisted that the signs of improvement are there as they progress through pre-season. The 99 goal striker commented “I think we played better against Gateshead than tonight and there was a lot of graft from the lads on Saturday against a full time side. The lads are coming back in and with a win tonight we…

24th July 2012
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Utterson right back at home

Speaking after the 3-1 win at Sunderland RCA, Spartans full back Shaun Utterson spoke of his happiness at returning to his natural right back position. Utterson was highly impressive in the 1-1 draw with Gateshead on Saturday and carried on that form in tonight’s win on Wearside. “I played out of position in midfield last season just trying to help out but right back has always been my position and…

24th July 2012
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Sunderland RCA 1 Blyth Spartans 3 (Match Report)

Goals from Craig Farrell, Jordon Mellish and Chris Fairless gave Blyth Spartans their first pre-season win at the third attempt with a 3-1 at Sunderland RCA. Tommy Cassidy’s side continued their improvement during the pre-season campaign and followed up the impressive draw with local rivals Gateshead with a comprehensive win on Wearside. Cassidy made two changes from the game on Saturday with goalkeeper Matty Hunter making his first appearance of…

24th July 2012
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Sunderland RCA(a) Match Preview

After the opening friendly defeat to Ashington and the 1-1 draw at home to Gateshead on Saturday, Spartans go in search of their first pre-season win as they travel to Northern League First Division side Sunderland RCA on Tuesday night. This will be the first time Spartans have ever faced the team from Meadow Park. Tommy Cassidy’s men should go to Meadow Park full of confidence after the much improved…

23rd July 2012
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Farrell hoping to fire Spartans up

Spartans’ new boy Craig Farrell hopes to continue his good start to his career at Croft Park and score the goals that get the club back to the Blue Square North Division. Speaking after his goal in the 1-1 draw with local rivals Gateshead the former Carlisle United and York City striker said “Personally I’d like to have an injury free year and hopefully carry on the goalscoring form that…

22nd July 2012
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Foundations in place for Cassidy

Following his side’s 1-1 draw with Blue Square Premier side Gateshead, Spartans manager Tommy Cassidy declared himself happy that the core of side is in place as preparations are made for the upcoming season. The former Newcastle United midfielder said “The core of the team is right but we just need to fill in and around it but we do need more experienced players to help these kids and if…

21st July 2012
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Blyth Spartans 1 Gateshead 1 (Match Report)

Blyth Spartans produced a massively improved performance from Tuesday’s opening friendly defeat at Ashington and drew 1-1 with local rivals Gateshead at Croft Park. A second goal in two Spartans games for former Carlisle United striker Craig Farrell gave the home side the lead in the first half and although Gateshead midfielder Michael Cummins equalised with a second half header, a draw was the very least Tommy Cassidy’s side deserved…

21st July 2012
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Gateshead FC (h) Match Preview

Following Tuesday’s opening pre-season fixture at Ashington AFC, Blyth Spartans will make their Croft Park debut for the 2012/13 season this coming Saturday as they entertain Blue Square Premier Division side Gateshead in their second friendly. Tommy Cassidy’s side will take on the Tynesiders in a 3pm kick off as they continue their preparations for their upcoming Evo-Stik Northern Premier League campaign. As well as seeing a number of players…

19th July 2012
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Ashington AFC 3 Blyth Spartans 1 (Match Report)

Blyth Spartans travelled to Northern League side Ashington AFC in their opening friendly of the 2012/13 season and were beaten 3-1 by the Colliers. The home side had already won two warm up matches and during the game it was obvious that they were closer to match sharpness than the Spartans players in a fixture that saw Tommy Cassidy take the opportunity to view several trialists as his side prepare…

17th July 2012
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