A relief for unwell Nolan to get off the mark

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After finding the perfect moment to net his first competitive Blyth Spartans goal, striker Rob Nolan admitted that he did not think he would find himself in the position to do so after being ill the night before the game.

The former North Shields front man grabbed a late equaliser to ensure Spartans took a much deserved point from Stocksbridge Park Steels and carried on their unbeaten start to the season.

And Nolan said he was relieved to get off the mark.

“I’m really happy with the goal and to be honest I didn’t think I would get on,” he said after entering the fray as a second half substitute.

“I was feeling really ill before the match ... but got on and it was a relief to get on and grab the goal.”

During pre-season Nolan proved on several occasions that he is a deadly finisher when give a chance one-on-one with the opposing goalkeeper.

That was why many were surprised to see him narrowly miss a chance in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Worksop Town, but he made up for that with a neat finish to get Spartans back on even terms on Monday.

With Matlock Town visiting Croft Park this coming Saturday, the striker admitted he wanted to see his side carry on their unbeaten run in front of the Green Army.

He added: “I hope I made amends for the miss on Saturday and it’s great that we are still unbeaten.

“I was happy to get the goal and I don’t think many thought we were going to be unbeaten, so we are really looking forward to Matlock Town on Saturday and hopefully with our supporters behind us we can carry on our good form.”