THEY face a gruelling four games in eight days, and with a squad reduced to as few as just 10 outfield players in one recent outing, but Blyth Spartans will not spend frivolously simply to make up the numbers, writes STEVE BROWN.
The Croft Park club – who are still looking to appoint former Hartlepool United star Brian Honour as assistant manager, most probably in the summer, if at all – play host to Hyde United in Blue Square North today, then have league games at Droylsden and Harrogate Town separated by Wednesday’s Tynetec Northumberland Senior Cup semi-final at Northern League Ashington.
They drew at Hinckley United a fortnight ago when work commitments and injuries left manager Mick Tait with a bare 11 plus one substitute – and that was a goalkeeper.
But while the Spartans saw off the threat of relegation last season by signing a vast array of players to ensure survival, their current mid-table standing – safe from the drop but out of range of the promotion play-offs – mean the club will resist any temptation to waste money now which might better be spent building for next term.
“We’ve been a bit short of players recently which again has seen us drop points and league placings but we don’t want to cut into next season’s budget,” said Tait, relieved now Simon Davey’s appointment as manager of Darlington has diffused speculation suggesting the Blyth boss was set to return to the Quakers helm.
“It’s a bit disheartening to see us not where I think we ought to be in the table but it’s pointless throwing money away at this time.
“We’ll battle on with what we’ve got and re-assess the situation in the summer. I’m slightly disappointed in the league position but bearing in mind the new players brought in, it augurs well for next season.
“There is still room for improvement and, with the existing players I hope to keep, and subject to the availability of others, the team will be stronger next season”.