Spartans end pre-season programme with a defeat

Blyth Spartans boss Tom Wade was satisfied with his side’s showing in their final pre-season friendly against Farsley Celtic at the weekend, despite losing 1-0.

The game at Croft Park against their fellow Evo-Stick Premier League side saw Spartans make numerous substitutions to give players game time.

Wade said: “Obviously conceding early on wasn’t great, but it was a good work out for us.

“At this stage of things it’s all about shape and fitness. We made nine changes during the game to have a good look at options.

“It’s true that we didn’t create enough chances, but it’s still pre-season and in addition Nipa [Daniel Maguire] has just returned to the club and he needs to train on and regain his sharpness, which will return when he gets a few games under his belt.

“We will be different when we shift in to competitive mode when the season starts.

“When we have nothing to play for we tend to over-play a little, but we will play fast attacking football when we get going properly.

“This week we will have a final squad fitness testing and try and make it a fun week generally.

“The lads are a bit down after Saturday’s match so we will be putting that right.”

Spartans open their Evo-Stik Premier League season with a trip to Barwell on Saturday before Whitby Town on Tuesday, August 18, at Croft Park.