BLYTH Spartans manager Tom Wade was pleased with his side’s continuing improvement in the 3 -2 victory over Worksop at Croft Park on Saturday.
“In the first half we played the best we have done so far since I took over,” he said.
“We held the ball well and created loads of chances. When you’re playing well and creating chances usually you have to take them. We didn’t in the first half but deserved the win in the end.
“We showed good character and all the lads were superb.”
A penalty miss by Joe Kendrick meant the sides went in level with no score at the break.
Worksop then took the lead early in the second half before Robbie Dale missed Blyth’s second spot kick of the day.
However, he made up for it with a superb equaliser from a free kick.
Craig Hubbard took the Spartans’ third penalty of the day and scored before Lee Mason extended the home side’s lead to 3-1.
An added time goal for Worksop concluded a rousing match.
Wade added: “It was a great comeback by us. Missing penalties can kill you, but the lads believe in themselves more now.
“It was a big ask for us but our work rate was good.”
The Blyth boss agreed that the game was another step forward for his team.
“I said to the players before the game that they were playing for next season,” he said.
“If they want to be at Croft Park then they have to show it and I was pleased with the response.”
And Wade thought there should have been a fourth penalty.
“Within a couple of minutes we should have had one,” he added.
“I think if it had been later in the game it would have been given.
“But maybe then we would have missed three rather than two.
“To be honest the referee did well throughout the game in letting play flow.”
Wade revealed that midfielder Jack Stanger has left the club.
“I spoke to Jack on Saturday morning and he asked to leave to get games under his belt.
“I’m a bit disappointed as I saw him coming through next season, but I can understand his point of view.”
It is understood Stanger is returning to Consett.