Spartans win first friendly
The Lee Clark era got underway at Croft Park on Sunday with a brand new squad of players taking on Scottish First Division outfit Stranraer FC. The visitors led at half time 0-1, but three second half goals secured the victory for the Spartans.
Meanwhile, Blyth are delighted to announce that five of last season’s squad have re-signed for the club.
Robert Dale, 34, returns to the club for the 15th consecutive season. Now the club’s record holder for appearances with 643 he’ll look to add to the impressive mark.
Joining him in the Spartans dressing room will be central defender Ryan Hutchinson who returns after missing the entire 2018/19 season with a knee injury.
Jack Butler, 18, has signed his first contract with the club after impressing over the last two seasons.
Popular winger Adam Wrightson has opted to stay with the club for a third consecutive season after a playing a vital part in Blyth’s surge for the play-offs last term.
And last but not least, Lewis Horner has put pen to paper on a new deal, offering versatilty in the central midfield and right-back slots.
Spartans have also completed the signing of central midfielder Ursene Mouanda on a season-long loan deal from South Shields.
The 20-year-old joins from the Evo-Stik Premier side having made 26 appearances for Graham Fenton and Lee Picton’s men last season.
Born in Ivory Coast, Mouanda moved to the North East when he was five years old and had previously trained with Newcastle and Sunderland before joining South Shields.