Dale praises team effort as Spartans come from behind

After playing his part with a hard-working display as Blyth Spartans’ lone front man, Robbie Dale was delighted with his side’s start to their Evo-Stik Northern League campaign.

Saturday’s impressive draw at Marine was followed up with a strong team display to overcome a dangerous Trafford side at Croft Park on Tuesday evening.

The striker said: “It’s a great result, both of our first two games have been really tough fixtures but the new lads have settled in and the defence in particular has been amazing.

“If we keep it tight like that we will win a lot of games, because you can see we will definitely score goals.”

One clear sign of progression is the way they bounced back from conceding an early goal.

A penalty from Trafford winger Shelton Payne had put the visitors ahead in the 12th minute, but it took Tom Wade’s side just two minutes to get back on level terms and Dale described that as the ideal response to the early blow.

“We said at half-time we had the perfect reaction to going a goal down and maybe last year we would have folded,” he said.

“You have to be proud of the lads’ efforts today to get the two goals and go in at half-time ahead.

“We got ourselves into a winning position and kept solid to get the win.”

There have been many additions over the summer at Croft Park and the latest made his first appearance in the green and white on Tuesday.

Winger Arron Wearmouth replaced the unfortunate Dean Holmes just before the interval after the former North Shields man had pulled up with a hamstring injury.

Wearmouth has been described by Wade as “a young Robbie Dale” and the striker himself praised the impact the youngster had on his debut.

Dale said: “He’s another option and he’s someone who can run with the ball and takes the pressure off.

“Instead of the ball coming in to me up front, he was another option out wide and he looked really positive and dangerous.

“He was holding it up and he’s a great option.”