Nolan hopes goals are first of many at Croft Park

Striker Rob Nolan was more than pleased to have grabbed his maiden Croft Park goals after netting a brace in Blyth Spartans’ 4-1 win over Clitheroe on Saturday.

The former North Shields forward netted in the previous weekend’s impressive win at Whitley Bay, but got off the mark in front of the Croft Park faithful with a wonderful 25-yard effort on Saturday.

He went on to add to that late on with a rather more straightforward one-on-one finish.

“It was really good and I was getting worried when my first goal at Croft Park would come, but I’m delighted it has,” he said.

“It’s great to be off the mark and hopefully it will be the first of many because I really love it here, I’ve settled in straight away.”

With only one Spartans player reaching double figures last season, manager Tom Wade identified Nolan as a player who would give the side more of a threat in front of goal.

The striker was a regular scorer for North Shields in last season’s Northern League and is hopeful that he can repay the faith Wade has shown in him by continuing to be a regular source of goals once the competitive action gets under way at Marine on August 18.

He added: “Obviously it’s what I am here to do and it’s what I am known for, scoring goals is what I’ve been brought in to do and hopefully I can continue to do that.

“I can’t wait for the first game of the season, obviously in pre-season we have played some really good sides and we are getting some good results, so hopefully we can take that into the new season.”