Kendrick dedicates Spartans’ win to the travelling Green Army

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GOALSCORING left back Joe Kendrick praised the commitment and attitude of the travelling Green Army after Blyth Spartans’ 3-1 win over Whitby Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

The former Newcastle United and Darlington defender made a point of celebrating with the travelling Spartans fans when he slotted home a last minute penalty that put his side in front.

And he was quickly followed by a Robbie Dale clincher in the second minute of four added on for injury time.

Dale’s goal was also celebrated with the fans and Kendrick praised the supporters.

He said: “They’ve spent a lot of money to come down here and it’s important to recognise what they are doing.

“It’s Bank Holiday Monday and they could be with their families, but they’ve come down here and they have to know that all of the players really appreciate what they have done.”

At times the Turnbull Ground felt more like Croft Park, and it was for more reasons than the blustery North Sea wind and rain with the Spartans fans giving an excellent account of themselves, again something recognised by Kendrick.

“Yes, there were certainly a fair few of us there and the fans have been very good today,” he added.

“Everyone of them has been really good and the fans are important for us. It’s a long season ahead and they need to stick with us.”

Reflecting on the win, Kendrick believes that his side need to stop making life hard for themselves by giving away sloppy goals, but he does see improvement from Spartans.

“It was a very good win, we once again made it difficult for ourselves and it took us a while to get going,” he said.

“Second half we were much better and we deserved it. It did seem like we were going to be frustrated but we got there in the end.”