BLYTH Spartans striker Robbie Dale reflected on the 3-1 win over Sunderland RCA Tuesday night and insisted that the signs of improvement are there as they progress through pre-season.
The 99-goal striker said: “I think we played better against Gateshead than tonight and there was a lot of graft from the lads on Saturday against a full-time team.
“The lads are coming back in and with a win tonight we are getting better and getting ready for a good test on Saturday.”
At the weekend Spartans entertain Blue Square South side Tonbridge Angels
Dale has been impressed with the impact fellow striker Craig Farrell has made since joining in June.
And the former York City front man blasted home his third goal in three appearances, with Dale playing a helping hand with a vicious in-swinging cross from the left.
“We could have had a few more goals tonight but Craig’s done well up front and he’s got three in three now,” said Dale.
“It seems getting the ball to him could be the best tactic.”
Whilst still waiting for his first goal since returning from Whitley Bay on a permanent basis in the summer, Dale has one big target on his mind as he looks to crack three figures for his beloved Spartans.
Stuck on 99 goals since his loan spell back at Croft Park last season, he said: “I’m loving being back, I love the club and it’s great being back, but I want that hundredth goal.”