REVENGE could never have been sweeter. When Blyth Spartans lost at Vauxhall Motors earlier in the season, it changed their campaign.
At 2-0 down – to goals from Obi Onoruo and Leighton McGivern – on Saturday, things didn’t look a lot better. But then, Blyth believed. And 45 minutes later goals from John Alexander, Stephen Turnbull, Paul Brayson (3) and Alan White turned the tables, and left manager Mick Tait delighted.
“We played well, and didn’t deserve to be 2-0 down at half-time,” he said. “We had all of the ball, and put them under pressure but somehow we were behind.
“Then we got one back just before half-time and that was a lifeline for us.
“The lads’ confidence had been dented and deflated but we said to the lads at half-time that they needed to sharpen up and get the ball into the right areas, to play football and have some purpose about ourselves.
“Once we had that, we got on top of them and tortured them.
“When we play as well as we can, not many teams can live with us. We could have had 10 by the end. The lads knew they hadn’t played very well, but once they started playing, and knew what was required of them, we showed our class. We just hadn’t been quick enough. We were getting into good areas but were delaying a lot of our final passes. Once we got going properly, they couldn’t live with us.
“That’s three wins in a row now and the lads are buzzing. We had spoke about what was wrong after the Gateshead game (when Blyth lost in the FA Trophy semi-final) and just decided that we didn’t want the season to fizzle out.
“We’ve gone with a small squad because that’s what I decided was the best way to go.
“I didn’t want a squad of 18 players of lesser quality, because how many times does the club just want to be fighting against relegation?
“Instead we’ve given it a right good go and we’ll keep doing that until the end of the season.”
VAUXHALL MOTORS: Tynan, Grocott, Lee Dames, Taylor, Hannigan, Mannix, Mahon, Brown, Wilson, McGivern, Anorou. Subs (not used): Roberts, Moogan, Wright, Ritchie.
Goals: Anorou 24, McGivern 45.
BLYTH SPARTANS: Lowson, Buchanan, Cave, Tait, Swailes, White, Hooks, Turnbull, Brayson, Dale, Deverdics. Subs (not used): Ridley, Alexander, Dan Groves, O’Mahoney, Cunningham.
Goals: Alexander 45, Turnbull 48, Brayson 57, 67, 75, White 77.
Referee: Michael Denton (Lancashire).