Craig seeks consistency within team

Craig Ferrell uses all of his strength to hold off the challenge from Wayne Daniel. Picture by Bill Broadley.
Craig Ferrell uses all of his strength to hold off the challenge from Wayne Daniel. Picture by Bill Broadley.

TOP scorer Craig Farrell demanded more consistency from Blyth Spartans after another patchy show against Rushall Olympic meant that his late penalty was required to take a point from the Midlanders.

Farrell’s spot kick was his eighth goal of the season but it was a low key first half that was at the front of the former Carlisle United forward’s mind.

And he insists that if the team are to kick on they have to put in 90-minute performances.

He said: “Again, like we always say, the second half performance was much better than the first, if we put in 90 minutes like we did in the second half we will be OK this season, but over the whole game I think the scoreline was just about even.

“We do it every game and we are such a better team when we play in the opposition’s half, we just don’t do it enough.”

With both sides seemingly low on confidence after recent runs, it was a rather uninspiring game and low on quality.

But Farrell feels Spartans will start to improve as their injured players return to the pitch.

“We haven’t won in a while now and we know that but we will improve,” he added.

“We had Robbie (Dale) back and Lee Mason was on the bench and got on. We had Ryan McGorrigan making his debut and he has done very well for a young lad.

“He has looked very sharp in training and with some games under his belt he could be a real asset for us.”

It has been said that Spartans’ recent injuries have given some of the younger members of the squad a chance, and recent signing Darryll Donnelly is one example of that.

The former Whitley Bay man did in fact get the sponsors’ man of the match award and Farrell was quick to pay tribute to the centre back.

He said: “We are struggling and we have lost two of our key centre halves and Darryll has come in and done very well for us.”