Kneeshaw was unplayable – Spartans boss Tom Wade

Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade receives the Evo-Stik Team of the Month Award from the league's Alan Ogley.
Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade receives the Evo-Stik Team of the Month Award from the league's Alan Ogley.

Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade felt his side could have won by a bigger margin following their comprehensive 5-0 victory over Ramsbottom at the weekend.

Despite the boss’s assessment, the game produced a stunning performance from young striker Wilson Kneeshaw.

Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade receives the Evo-Stik Fair Play Award for January from the league's Alan Ogley.

Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade receives the Evo-Stik Fair Play Award for January from the league's Alan Ogley.

Wade said: “We were a bit tentative early on, we weren’t playing at our usual tempo and our game wasn’t flowing the way we like it to.

“But the early goal settled us and we went on to play some good stuff on what was a heavy pitch.

“Some of our one touch stuff was excellent considering how ‘clarty’ it was out there.

“The pace we played with might have been down but our overall quality was still good.

Blyth Spartans midfielder Matty Wade collects the Port of Blyth Player of the Month Award from Colin Bassam before Saturday's win over Ramsbottom at Croft Park.

Blyth Spartans midfielder Matty Wade collects the Port of Blyth Player of the Month Award from Colin Bassam before Saturday's win over Ramsbottom at Croft Park.

“It’s true we were strolling the game a bit and switched off at times to allow them a couple of chances.

“To be honest, though, and no disrespect to Ramsbottom, we didn’t really have to stretch ourselves. Despite scoring five we missed some good chances.”

Twenty-one-year-old lone striker Wilson Kneeshaw bagged all five goals and the boss was delighted.

Wade said: “Wilson isn’t used to playing up there by himself, he’s always played alongside another striker or on the wing. But on Saturday he could have scored ten! He was unplayable.

“He’s a great talent with unbelievable pace and he occupied the Ramsbottom defence expertly.

“It was such an impressive display by Wilson including the way he scored; the way he finished.

“He needed to control the balls which came in to him with pace; they weren’t simple tap-ins.

“He’s a young lad with a bright future.”

Meanwhile, before kick-off on Saturday, the Spartans boss was presented with the team of the month and fair play awards by the Evo-Stik League.

And a further award saw midfielder Matty Wade presented with the Port of Blyth player of the month award.