Wade finds positives to take from Spartans’ missed opportunity

After seeing his side held to a draw at Stamford on Saturday, Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade said there were plenty of positives to take from the game, despite it being a ‘missed opportunity’.

Jarrett Rivers’ first competitive goal for the club got Spartans back on level terms after Ryan Robbins had given the home side the lead on the quarter of an hour mark.

But despite creating a number of chances, Spartans could not find a winner and that left Wade a frustrated figure on the journey home.

“It’s frustrating but we have played well and tried to play the right way,” he said.

“We dominated at times during the game and it feels like a missed opportunity, but with a lot of positives.

“We just needed to take one chance and the game was ours, I think we would have deserved it.”

Wade believes the partnerships in defence and attacking options gave him reasons to be cheerful.

“Our front three of Rivers, Maguire and Dale were excellent today,” he said.

“Their energy and link up play was top notch and they were at the heart of everything we created.

“At the back Jordan Watson and Nathan Buddle were impressive again.

“Jordan has come in and just got on with things with no fuss and Buddle is back to his form from last season.”

Wade said that rather than training on Tuesday night his side would face Seaton Delaval at Croft Park (kick-off 7.30pm), in a match he would use to give a few players a run out.

“We are playing Seaton Delaval on Tuesday and the gates will be open.

“It gives us the chance to give some of the lads who haven’t had game time some match practice and we can try a few things out too.”