Blyth Spartans urged to challenge for Doodson Cup

TOM Wade has challenged his Blyth Spartans side to write another chapter in the club’s proud cup history.

TOM Wade has challenged his Blyth Spartans side to write another chapter in the club’s proud cup history.

The Croft Park club are renowned for giant-killing FA Cup runs in 1978 and 2008.

Tonight they host Evo-Stik Premier league leaders North Ferriby United in the fourth round of the somewhat less-prestigious Doodson Cup, effectively the league cup.

And assistant manager Wade said: “It’d be nice to go a bit further in the cup, because that’s great for confidence and it gives the supporters something to hope for. This club has a proud history in cup competitions, as everybody knows.

“It won’t be easy against North Ferriby but we go into every game we play aiming to win it, and that’s what we’ll be trying to do.

“We’ll put out as strong a team as possible, and go for the win.”

Wade added: “The lads are in good spirits after the win over Ashton, so we’ll go into this game with confidence. It was disappointing that Saturday’s game was postponed, we were really looking forward to going to Hednesford and giving a good account of ourselves.

“But the confidence just carries through and we’ll take into the North Ferriby game.

“They’re a top side, top of the league. They’ve got some good players, and we know it’ll be a tough challenge for us. But it’s a cup match and anything can happen.

“We’re in decent form at home, with the Ashton and Matlock wins and the draw against Buxton.

“We’re improving all the time, it’s small steps but we are getting there, slowly but surely. There’s a buoyancy about the place now, the atmosphere’s much better than it was when I first came in.

“The lads are more together now, and it’s starting to show on the pitch. We’re moving in the right direction, we just need to add a bit more consistency. We’re 16th in the table, we’d like to be a lot higher by the end of the season and there’s no reason why we can’t be.

“We might not make the play-offs but there’s personal pride at stake. There’s a lot still to play for this season, and it’s time we kicked on.”

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