Dale hopes for bumper Blyth Spartans crowd

Robbie Dale has scored more than 100 goals for Blyth Spartans, most of them gems

On Tuesday night at Frickley Athletic, in his 350th appearance for the club, he netted one he considers worthy of his “top three”.

Yet ever the team man, Dale says victory was what mattered, and attributed the win as much to Blyth’s defensive display as his individual wonder-goal.

And on Non-League Day, the Spartans legend is hopeful that his side’s impressive start to the Evo-Stik Premier campaign, Tuesday included, attracts a suitable crowd to Croft Park for the visit of Grantham Town.

“It was definitely up there in my top three and more importantly it has given us a great three points,” said Dale, of the Frickley win.

“I have to say I thought Conor (Grant, goalkeeper) and the back four were outstanding and if we can get that clean sheet we are always going to get a goal.

“Hopefully we can get a step up in the crowd on Saturday and they’ll see the performance against Frickley and know we are working hard for them. We need them behind us and we need as many of them there as possible. Croft Park has to be a fortress because it is massive for us.”

Given what Blyth have planned today, it is to be hoped the attendance is fittingly up-sized. A host of Spartans legends will be presented on-pitch before kick-off, while the club’s Under-12s will play a small-sided game during the half-time interval.

Radio Northumberland will broadcast live commentary of the match, every paying entrant to the ground will be entered into a draw to win a Spartans shirt and the regular half-time 50/50 prize will also include a signed shirt.

A special, commemmorative programme has been produced, and club officials have appealed to supporters to come equipped with flags, banners and clothing in club colours.

Meanwhile, midfielder Matthew Wade says he is revelling in life at Croft Park following his summer move from Ebac Northern League outfit Washington –but whilst impressed by Dale’s wonder-strike, refuses to get too carried away by it.

“It’s going well and I’m getting used to the league more and more every game,” he said. “It was a good goal by Robbie, we won’t give him too much praise but it was a good goal. We will give him that at least!”

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