Spartans boss Wade wants FA Trophy run
Blyth Spartans manager Tom Wade is penciling in a run in the FA Trophy as the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League club’s next priority.
The title-chasing Spartans beat Premier Division rivals Whitby Town 1-0 at Croft Park on Saturday to progress and Wade was targeting a run in the competition ahead of Monday lunchtime’s scheduled draw at Wembley for the third qualifying round.
Wade’s side banked £3,250 in prize money from their weekend win and he told the TheFA.com: “You always like to have a good run in the Trophy. If you can get past the first couple of rounds, you’re well in the tournament, so it’s a huge competition for us which brings good revenue as well.
“We had a five-year plan when we took over at Blyth and this is our third season at the club. We’re just trying to build momentum up season by season.
“We thought we’d be fighting for the league in the fifth season but we’re doing exceptionally well this year. Getting into the play-offs would be a fantastic achievement and having an FA Trophy run would make it even better.”