Blyth Spartans have a solid core, says Mark Cook

MARK COOK insists Blyth Spartans boast the “core of a very good squad” capable of rewarding fans’ loyalty with a strong finish to the season.

MARK COOK insists Blyth Spartans boast the “core of a very good squad” capable of rewarding fans’ loyalty with a strong finish to the season.

The Croft Park club are 15th in Evo-Stik Premier and, subject to a noon pitch inspection, travel to 11th-placed Ashton United tonight.

New manager Tom Wade – who has a full squad to select from – has brought former Sunderland star John Cornforth in as his assistant, while goalkeeping coach Carl King recently returned to the club. And goalkeeper Cook – who made his debut in Saturday’s defeat at FC United of Manchester – said: “There is the core of a very good squad here.

“Tom has us more organised and much more professional so hopefully we can kick on. John has come in and you can see he has been around, what he has been saying is all good stuff and I’ve been impressed.

“Kingy is a good bloke to have around too, he keeps a smile on your face and keeps your confidence up but he’s also a very, very good coach so there’s a good coaching team here.” And enduringly loyal supporters, Cook added.

“The players massively appreciate what the fans do,” he said.

“Everyone knows that the Blyth Spartans fans get behind their team and they’re one of the most loyal groups of fans in the region.

“They are spot on and they know their football, so hopefully we can reward them with a good run between now and the end of the season.

“We just need to keep winning games, we will go far as long as we stay disciplined.”

Meanwhile, the Evo-Stik league have extended the season to May 4 following months of fixture postponements.

A league statement read: “It is with a responsibility to the welfare of players, extensive midweek travelling and spectators getting to games that reluctantly the decision has been made to extend the season to include a full round of fixtures on Saturday 4th May.”

STEVE BROWN

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