Wade looking for Blyth Spartans to improve as season goes on

Blyth Spartans boss Tom Wade. Picture by Bill Broadley
Blyth Spartans boss Tom Wade. Picture by Bill Broadley

Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade saw his side totally dominate hosts Colwyn Bay on Saturday to record a 3-1 victory.

And the boss believes his team can only improve as the season goes on.

“It was very one-sided,” he said. “We had loads of the ball although we didn’t actually create as many chances that the amount of time we had on the ball might have brought about.

“We lack a little composure at times but it’s still early days and we will kick on in the second half of the season.”

After controlling the game Spartans surprisingly found themselves a goal down with five minutes of the opening period remaining.

“We lost our shape a bit for their goal,” Wade said.

“They hadn’t troubled us at all till then. To be honest, though, it was a rocket shot which went in off the inside of the post and I wouldn’t expect the keeper to get near it.

“We just needed the break to re-organise a little. There wasn’t that much to say because we had bossed the game so much and played some fantastic football after five hours on the coach.

“The lads said themselves we just had to go out and keep on going. They were raring to go for the second half.”

Central defender Danny Parker equalised after 68 minutes despite appeals for offside from the Colwyn Bay players and supporters.

Wade said: “It wasn’t offside – they had two players on the line! I was pleased for Danny as he’s been settling in well to playing in the side again.

“His goal and the substitutions pushed us on and we were unplayable.

“Sean Reid did a job in attack and defence. Michael [Richardson] came on to stretch the game and scored two good goals.

“Plus we had one of our most attacking players at left back, Alex Nicholson, who had come on for the injured Jordan Watson.

“All in all it was a fantastic squad performance”.