Blyth Spartans have to keep striker quiet

Blyth Spartans will have to keep the division’s top scorer quiet to come away with a positive result at Barwell, writes JEFF BOWRON.

Robbie Dale of Blyth Spartans
Robbie Dale of Blyth Spartans

The promoted Leicestershire outfit have hotshot Danny Newton in their ranks, the striker having hit ten goals in 11 games this season, only one from the penalty spot.

While Newton is an obvious threat Spartans boss Tom Wade believes he has a striker of his own starting to make an impression. Youngster Dan Maguire is in his second season at Croft Park and Wade tips the Seaton Deleval product for a bright future.

“Maguire is only 20 but he’s made a big impression in his short time at Blyth,” said Wade. “Like all the young players at the club he will get even better as he gets more experience.

“The future is promising; we have a number of young, hungry players at the club, people like defender Nathan Buddle who has come in from Hartlepool and done well.

“Matty Wade in midfield is another who has produced the goods and the older players have taken the young lads under their wing.

“It has been refreshing to see and I’ve got to be happy with the start we have made to the season. We’ve lost three games out of 12, two against joint leaders AFC Fylde and Chorley, so we’ve proved hard to beat.”

Blyth went down 3-0 at Chorley in midweek; Wade will again be without captain Joe Kendrick and midfield man Craig Hubbard at Barwell.

Both sides are on 19 points, Barwell occupying the final play-off spot, and victory will put either side third. Wade expects a tough game.

“Barwell have come up with a bit of momentum. They are a strong side with a good home record but Tuesday was our first defeat away from home,” he said. “That is a good record. We have kept going in games and got our reward and the lads are champing at the bit to play again after the disappointment at Chorley.

“Lewis Horner, Maguire and Wade were outstanding at Chorley. They played some excellent football. They are on the same wavelength.”

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