It Will Be A Dream To Lift The League Says Spartan’s Captain Robbie Dale

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Blyth Spartans captain Robbie Dale says he wants to lift the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League title before considering what he does next.

The Spartans sit top of the division some 14 points clear of second place Spennymoor Town and providing they don’t drop points against Halesowen Town on Saturday, they will be confirmed as league champions.

Dale said: “I think that is what I want to do before anything else happens.

“It’s what I’ve always wanted to do is get Blyth Spartans back into the National League North before I finish playing football and that is where they belong.

“It would be lovely to pick up the trophy as captain and lifting it would be a proud moment for me.

Despite being clear at the top of the table the Croft Park outfit isn’t getting ahead of themselves yet as they know that there is still a long way to go in terms of winning the league.

But as the man who made his Spartans debut back in 2005 against Wakefield & Emley explains the team do have a peak at how their rivals have got on after each game.

He said: “I think when you find out the other results you have a little look and you see where you are in the table.

“Like everyone says, take each game as it comes.

“But you have got to look at it, we have four games to go and we shouldn’t throw it away now. Hopefully, we can get it wrapped up, the quicker the better and we can relax at the end of the season.”

One of the reasons why the 32-year-old is hoping the club can win the title as quickly as possible is because of last season when Darlington 1883 went on a run of wins to pip the Green Army to promotion.

Spartans had to settle for the playoffs where Workington won a thrilling game in the semi-final coming out on top in a seven-goal thriller.

He said: “Winning promotion has been the aim for a few seasons now, last time Darlington knocked us off top spot.

“They went on a ridiculous run and we drew a couple of games and dropped a couple of points while they won something like 20 out of their last 23 games so you got to tip your cap and say well done to them.

“We were then beaten in the playoffs by Workington, they played really well and it was a great game of football.

“But it makes you come back a bit more determined the following season and makes you stronger and we have done that so far we just need to finish it off.”

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