After playing each and every minute of Blyth Spartans’ four games in the last eight days, full back Alex Nicholson could be forgiven for letting his standards drop.
However with seven minutes remaining of the last of those games, against Stourbridge, the former Newcastle United academy product lashed home his first goal in green and white to seal, not only three points for his side, but also round off a man of the match performance.
The 20-yard strike was Nicholson’s first senior goal and one that comes during his best run of form for Spartans.
And the player said he is enjoying how things are going on the pitch.
“I have never been the sort of defender who just wants to sit back, defend and knock it long when I do get it,” he said.
“I want to join in attacks, go and overlap my winger and link up with the midfield.
“We are now playing how I want to play and how I enjoy playing. Plenty of lads in the dressing room are saying the same thing, that’s why we are happy.”
The win over Stourbridge made it one defeat in 16, and the latest three points were “deserved”, according to Nicholson, who paid tribute to his side for the patience they showed during the game against a dogged Glassboys side.
He said: “The first half we got frustrated, we had chances but couldn’t put them away. But, we kept our patience and we kept playing the football that we are encouraged to play now and eventually we ran out comfortable winners.
“We deserved it because we played very well on the day.”
As for his goal, he admitted he was relieved to see the ball hit the back of the net to spark a noisy reaction from the majority inside Croft Park.
“It is a first senior goal and I have had a few sniffs recently, but it just hasn’t happened. But today it fell to me and I was more relieved than anything to see it go in. It was a great feeling.”