Hat-trick hero Hubbard demands Spartans don’t get carried away

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What a difference a week can make at Blyth Spartans.

Last weekend they came away from Skelmersdale United frustrated and annoyed at losing a seven-goal thriller to a late strike.

Fast forward seven days and the emotions were quite the opposite.

A demolition of the same opposition saw Spartans through to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

But midfielder Craig Hubbard has demanded that his side don’t get carried away with their run of good form.

He said: “I have said it before we have to keep our feet firmly on the floor.

“Particularly heading into autumn and winter, we can’t just go into games expecting to win them, and we have to keep working hard.

“I think we can be right up there and there is nobody we fear, but we have to keep our heads and not get carried away”

It’s been quite a week for Hubbard in particular.

Going into the previous weekend he was still to get off the mark this season, but in the space of a week has plundered seven goals including two hat-tricks against Skelmersdale United.

That included a ‘perfect hat-trick’ with his left foot, right foot and the header that sealed his treble in the Trophy win.

“I don’t think I have ever had a week like it, even from when I was a kid I have never experienced anything like it,” he added.

“I didn’t even realise it was a perfect hat-trick until after the game when Conor Grant told me.

“Looking back the last one just fell nicely with the header.”

A much improved performance from Spartans avenged the defeat in Lancashire and Hubbard felt that there were numerous reasons why they got the win at Croft Park.

A wide open defensive display at Skelmersdale the previous weekend saw Spartans concede four goals, but Hubbard was pleased to see his side frustrate the current Evo-Stik Northern Premier League leaders.

He said: “I think we did certain things a lot better today.

“We looked much more solid as a team and the defence benefitted from that.

“We frustrated them by pressuring them on the ball and part of that was the two red cards.

“We were hard to break down and they ran out of ideas and we just went on to win from there.”