Blyth Spartans hit Stafford Rangers for six in the Evo-Stik Premier League

Blyth Spartans are eighth in Evo-Stik Premier after a 6-2 success over the side second bottom of the table

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Daniel Maguire hit a 16-minute hat-trick as Blyth Spartans battered Stafford Rangers for six.

The Croft Park club are eighth in Evo-Stik Premier after a 6-2 success over the side second bottom of the table.

That extends Blyth’s unbeaten home run in the league to eight games – and there appeared scant chance of that sequence ending on Saturday.

On six minutes, Maguire latched on to Ian Watson’s pass to slot Spartans’ first past Rangers goalkeeper Jon Brain.

Three minutes later Maguire doubled his and his team’s tally with help from Matthew Wade and he completed his hat-trick courtesy of an assist from Nathan Buddle.

Watson’s first for the club made it 4-0, Robbie Dale added a fifth and, after a Buddle own goal and an Andrew Griffiths effort reduced the deficit, Wade completed the rout.

Manager Tom Wade said: “We’ve been going well and we just need to keep that form going.

“No one expected us to be up near the top of the table, but we’ve punched above our weight and exceeded expectations.

“We always said this would be a transitional season, with such a new team and so many young lads.

“Yet we’ve done really well, especially at home.

“The lads are relishing every game, their enthusiasm is infectious and we just want to keep that going.”

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