Spartans must make it more comfortable for themselves – Dale

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Chances came and went but in the end it was the two taken that got Blyth Spartans the three points against Stamford on Saturday.

For captain Robbie Dale, though, the scoreline masked what should have been a far more comprehensive win for his side and he urged Spartans to start making life easier for themselves in future.

“It would be nice to have been comfortable and not have a panicky end to the game,” he said.

“We gave away a sloppy goal but we should have been out of sight by then.”

It’s been quite a season for midfielder Craig Hubbard, who was the first Spartans player to reach double figures in the goalscoring charts.

Against Stamford he turned provider as he set up Dan Maguire for his first goal with an inch perfect slide rule pass, and Dale paid tribute to the former West Auckland midfielder.

He said: “It was a brilliant through ball and probably the first time in the first half we actually kept the ball.

“We tried to get through them with a few passes and it was a brilliant ball.

“Nipa [Maguire] took it really well on the pitch which was bobbly.”

As a senior player in a youthful looking squad, Dale has been handed the captain’s armband by manager Tom Wade.

And ater nearly ten years at Croft Park, including some memorable moments, Dale described the role as an “honour” and looked ahead to a bright future.

“It’s the first time since I was at school that I’ve been captain and it’s nice,” he said.

“It’s an honour to be captain and it’s taken ten years to get it but it’s really good.”