BEFORE Blyth’s game at Colwyn Bay on Saturday, the hosts offered Spartans supporters pie, chips, peas and a pint for six quid.
The charity extended beyond kick-off as well., but credit to Tommy Cassidy’s men. They remain bottom of Blue Square Bet North, 14 points from a position of safety.
They have their first league win in 168 days, their first in any competition under Cassidy and their first away from home this season. Phil Bannister has his first goal for the club and Joe Kendrick – with a penalty after Danny Meadowcroft upended Graeme Armstrong in the area – his second, a second in two games.
So finally, something to shout about for the Spartans. A little hope, too. They will have enjoyed the journey home from Wales.
However, it will take a good deal more than a third league victory to salvage this troubled campaign.
Wayne Buchanan knows as much and, while delighted at claiming three points, knows there remains much work to do.
The Blyth captain thought his side had turned the corner with recent results, but insipid defeat at Worcester City nine days ago gave “everyone a kick up the backside.” Buchanan says he and his team-mates must keep playing for pride to ensure they either stay in Blue Square North or are around to get Blyth back into it.
Buchanan said: “I thought things were starting to pick up until last Saturday at Worcester, which was a big downer.
“We thought we had turned a corner but it was back to the bad old days.
“That gave everyone a kick up the backside and everybody is looking over their shoulder now, myself included.
“We know the manager is not happy, that he wants to get players in.
“So we need to be looking at ourselves and our own performances and making sure that as things go on we are still at the club. I want to be here, playing in this league next year.
“You have to have pride in yourself, and if you are you are looking to move nobody is going to want you if, when things are hard, you are not performing.
“So it is not only about this season but making sure we are in the right shape to come back up if we do go down.
“You do not like to think that way but you have to want to put it right.”
COLWYN BAY: Metcalf, Denson, Lea, Meadowcroft, Sinclair, McKenna, Evans, McLachlan (Davey 74), Hopley, Newby, Noon (Payne 59). Subs (not used): Benson, McKernan, King. Booked: Evans, Lea.
BLYTH SPARTANS: Birdsall, Groves, Kendrick, Anzevui, Buchanan, Mellish, Utterson (Slaughter 59), Hooks, Armstrong, Bannister (Taylor 70), Phillips (Cave 85). Subs (not used): Jones, Knight. Booked: Anzevui, Armstrong, Kendrick, Cave. Goals: Bannister 30, Kendrick 75.
Ref: Lee Metcalfe (Lancashire) Att: 279