Spartans’ boss in jubilant mood

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Blyth boss Alun Armstrong was in a jubilant mood after goals from Sean Reid and Jarrett Rivers secured Spartans’ second win of the season against a very competitive Altrincham side.

Reid and Lewis Horner combined to give the hosts a 25th-minute lead, which was cancelled out by Josh Hancock’s tidy finish within 60 seconds.

Rivers became the hero on 82 minutes when he rifled the ball into the roof of the net through a sea of bodies – after a beautifully floated cross by Dan Maguire.

“This was a must win for us,” admitted Armstrong. “Our performances over the last two games deserved something, and unfortunately we came away with nothing.

“We were nowhere near out best, especially in the first half, but we’ve got three points on the board and that is all that matters.”

Spartans went into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at the hands of league leaders Chorley, and a contentious 2-0 defeat to York City.

But it could have been so different, with Altrincham dominating the opening half an hour.

“I was fuming,” said the 43-year-old manager. “It looked like we had packed in after two hard-to-take defeats – I was really annoyed with our first-half display and at half time we got into them and said things had to change – and to be fair, we got the reaction we wanted.”

As happy as the former Middlesbrough striker was about the first goal, he was as equally disgusted with the equaliser 60 seconds later.

“It was simply embarrassing, everyone stood back and watched the goal happen, I was fuming at that. It was ugly. I think the game could have gone either way. They probably deserved something from the game, but then we deserved something against Chorley and York.

“That’s football, we’ve played a lot better in some games and lost.”