Spartans hopeful of finding a happy ending

Six goals, a penalty and two committed sides saw Blyth Spartans and Witton Albion put on a show that could have been set on the silver screen.

It was a blustery day at Croft Park and Spartans assistant manager Colin Myers was relieved to see his side’s play-off hopes were not Gone with the Wind and that they were very much among the ‘Usual Suspects’ for a top five place after a second half comeback against a dogged Albion side.

Braces from Robbie Dale and Dan Maguire ensured that the Cheshire-based side have a big task on their hands if they are to stage a performance of The Great Escape from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League relegation zone.

“It was really tough and to be fair we expected a tough game from Witton because they aren’t a bad side, and if they play how they have today they will be OK this season,” said Myers.

“The first half was as expected with the conditions the way they were. It was hard to play into the wind but after going in behind I was certain we would turn it around second half.”

With Spartans looking for inspiration on a day that was always going to be tough, Dale stepped up to the mark with two goals, the first of which Myers described as “fantastic”.

His calm second half penalty then got his side back on level terms before playing his part in the fourth.

Myers said: “He was outstanding, his first goal was fantastic but that’s just what we expect from Robbie.

“When he gets in those positions I just expect something to happen, and from a supporters point of view it must be great to see. It’s so exciting to watch.”

It was an eventful pre-match at Croft Park with a presentation to Mark Allison, also known as ‘Run Geordie Run’, Spartans defender Dan Parker receiving Player of the Month for January and Tom Wade receiving the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Team of the Month award.

Myers was happy to have avoided the ‘curse’ of winning the award that has seen recipients lose their first game after, but he did have doubts during a frustrating second half.

“We’ve managed to avoid that curse and at one point in the second half I did start to wonder but we got there,” he said.

“The fourth was the icing on the cake, but to be fair for the endeavour and graft they put in maybe Witton did deserve something, but we are delighted to take the points.”

Those thoughts will be echoed by everyone at Croft Park and should Spartans continue to pick up points then just like the greatest movies this season could have a happy ending for the Green Army after all.