It is always good to get off to a quick start and Blyth Spartans certainly did that in the win over Stafford Rangers as four goals in 22 minutes laid the foundations for yet another Croft Park win.
A quick fire Dan Maguire hat-trick – his first for the club – and a maiden Spartans strike from Ian Watson gave manager Tom Wade the opening he had demanded.
“It was a great start to the game with three goals inside ten minutes from Maguire,” he said.
“We wanted to start the game quickly and we were nice and fast. The game was won after 15 minutes for me.”
Former Seaton Delaval hitman Maguire is in the form of his life. His first hat-trick for the club made it 18 for the season and ten in his last six Croft Park appearances.
Wade paid tribute to the striker, who celebrated his 21st birthday during the week, and took particular pleasure in the second of Maguire’s three goals.
Wade said: “Maguire is in great form at the moment and they were three great goals.
“The second one was a lovely move and all three of the midfield players played a part with a nice flick to play him in.
“He’s shown the keeper the eyes and put it in at the near post. That was the best goal of the three.”
Ian Watson added his first ever goal for the club to put Spartans four up shortly after the 20-minute mark.
In the process the former Whitley Bay full back became the 17th different Spartans player to score this season, leaving only one outfield player in the squad to find the net this season, midfielder Lewis Horner.
However, Wade feels it is only a matter of time before Horner gets his name on the score sheet.
He added: “It was a six-inch header from Watson I think. It’s nice to get another midfielder in the goals and we are sharing them around this season, which is good to see.
“Lewis Horner will get goals and he’s just been unlucky so far.”