There were lessons learnt for Nathan Buddle and his Blyth Spartans team-mates as they beat Evo-Stik Northern Premier League title favourites Chorley at Croft Park on Saturday.
The Magpies inflicted Spartans first defeat of the season in September as they outclassed Tom Wade’s side, but Buddle felt his team more than made up for that loss and pointed to the two goals scored by Dan Maguire and Neal Hooks on the brink of half-time as a ‘kick in the teeth’ for the visitors.
He said: “When we played down there we came away knowing we had played the best team in this league.
“We sat in the changing room before today’s game and just said we will give this a good go and that is exactly what we did.
“To get the two goals before half-time after battling for the entire first half was a real kick in the teeth for them and we just kicked on from there.”
There are big moments in any big game and with 20 minutes left there was probably the biggest in Spartans’ win when Conor Grant produced a world class stop to deny Josh Hine.
Having gifted Hine the chance to score, Buddle was grateful to his keeper for denying the Magpies winger and providing the platform for Spartans to go on and seal the win.
“He pulled me right out of it really,” said Buddle.
“I’ve tried to clear the ball and it’s taken a lucky nick of their number 11. There was no way I was catching him so when the ball has gone across goal and Conor has made that save it was absolutely brilliant, top drawer stuff.”
After completing January unbeaten, Buddle described the win over Gary Flitcroft’s men as a ‘massive confidence boost’.
A noisy and boisterous Spartans changing room celebrated the win, something Buddle feels shows exactly what it means for the players to play for the club.
“As soon as we went back into the changing rooms you could hear it,” he said.
“Everyone is up a height in there, it shows how much it means in there.
“Everyone is enjoying it and getting a result like that against the best team in the league is a massive confidence boost.”