Spartans skipper Dale puts team first after hat-trick heroics

Blyth Spartans skipper Robbie Dale in action against Stamford. Picture by Bill Broadley
Blyth Spartans skipper Robbie Dale in action against Stamford. Picture by Bill Broadley

Hat-trick hero Robbie Dale was quick to stress that Blyth Spartans’ win over Stamford was more about the end result than his stunning treble.

Dale produced a hat-trick that would match almost anything in world football with three devastating finishes. But he emphasised that it was a case of the team coming first against the Daniels.

He said: “It’s always nice to get a hat-trick but the most important thing was to get back on a winning run after the last two results, but it’s been a good day.

“It was massive, we have to win as many home games as possible and that is what matters.”

This was Dale’s first treble since at Belper Town in September 2014, and he admitted that they are becoming more rare.

“I have scored a few for the club but they are a bit more rare these days,” he said.

“It was nice to get it. The third one was my favourite, I think, but just getting the win is more important.”

Tuesday night sees Spartans heading to one of the Evo-Stik NPL premier division’s title favourites, Salford City, and Dale challenged his side, revealing he would be happy to take anything from the trip.

He said: “It sets us up nicely for Salford on Tuesday night and it will be tough down there. If we can take anything from the game we will be happy.”