Not had a chance to get to Croft Park that much over pre-season? Get the know the new lads a little better before Spartans opener against Gloucester City this Saturday.
Mark Foden (Goalkeeper)
Let’s face It, this one will still be a hard sell for most of us. Mark’s debut against Brackley last season during his emergency loan spell will live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons.
Despite a shaky performance in the opening friendly against Stranraer, he’s shown signs of improvement as pre-season has gone on and looks to be a good shot stopper. Of course, he still isn’t the best in air and needs to improve his handling but given time, he may well go onto to become a decent player.
Rhys Evans (Right back)
Provided Scotty Fenwick doesn’t assault him over a misplaced cross, Rhys could be a really good addition for us and an improvement on the outgoing Alex Nicholson. For starters, Rhys can defend competently. He does seem like a more modern style full back who loves to bomb forward help the attack, which I personally love to see.
Tom Devitt (Centre back)
Tom spent a few years in the USA college leagues before plying his trade with the Goats last season. So far, he’s looked like a decent addition and alongside Hutchy at the back they’ve looked a solid partnership.
Obviously he’s got some big shoes to fill with the departures of Nathan Buddle and Jordan Watson but I’m confident he’ll prove to be solid player provided he gets regular first team football.
Josh Nearney (Centre back)
Joining from Northern League side North Shields, it’s a bit tricky to judge Josh thus far as he’s not had loads of action throughout pre-season. From what I have seen of him so far though, he seems a capable player who looks decent on the ball.
He comes with a fairly good track record and I’m hoping to see him get a shot in the first team sometime soon to give him a chance to shine.
Anthony Callaghan (Left back)
After a lengthy lay off due to a back injury, Calla had the chance to stay at South Shields this summer but opted to join Blyth this summer. Provided his injury troubles are behind him, he seems like going to be a bit of a coup.
Very confident on the ball and looks good going forward although, he doesn’t seem to posses the same levels of pace that Evans does. He does come highly rated and I’m rather confident he will adapt to this level of football very well.
Craig Spooner (Centre mid)
Signed after a successful train period, Spooner has already nabbed a few goals throughout pre-season impressing the Croft Park faithful. He’s many people’s pick to start with Ursene Mouanda in the centre of midfield for Saturday’s opening game.
Ursene Mouanda (Centre mid)
Admittedly I found this to be an odd transfer at first. Loaning someone in from a lower league side is a strange move to say the least at this level but, I’ve been really pleased with Ursene so far this Summer.
A bit of all-rounder who’s comfortable on the ball, can certainly win a tackle and possess some power behind his shots. I’m already hoping this move gets made permanent if possible.
Joe Robson (Centre mid)
A versatile player who seems to best suited to a defensive midfield role, Joe can certainly pick out a pass and he’s jelled together well with the players around him in defence and across the midfield.
Another one who will likely get better with more first team exposure.
Jake Orrell (Attacking mid, Winger)
A similar type of player to Adam Wrightson, Jake has shone in pre-season and I’m really hoping he gets some game time early on to show what he can do.
Capable of playing on both wings and in the number 10 role, he’s quick and skilful on the ball and is definitely going to be a goal threat. If he’s not on contract already, I’d expect him to be by the end of the season.
Scotty Fenwick (Striker)
A MAJOR coup this summer. Personally I expected him to go to Darlington or maybe even back into full time football but, thankfully we’ve snatched him up.
Simply put, Scott is a ruthless goal scorer. With a wealth of experience across various levels of the game. For the most part our hopes of success rest on his shoulders but I’m more than confident he’ll thrive on that fact. He seems to enjoying tormenting opposition defenders and I absolutely loved that. Very keen to see how him and Michael Sweet do upfront together.
Michael Sweet (Striker)
Another big signing for the club this summer. Sweet has been one of the deadliest strikers in the Northern League for years now with 128 goals in 173 games for Consett.
Making the long overdue move up the league pyramid, Sweet’s partnership up top with Scotty Fenwick is something that every Blyth supporter should look forward to witnessing.
Dale Pearson (Striker)
Originally I didn’t have high hopes for Dale as having seen him play, some of the other lads reckoned he wouldn’t be up to this level. So far though, he’s proved them all wrong.
Versatile with a keen eye for goal, Dale’s good form across pre-season has earned him a contract with the club and deservedly so.