Rhys Evans calls for Blyth Spartans to 'stand up and be counted' against AFC Telford

Blyth Spartans full-back Rhys Evans has insisted that Tuesday night’s 4-0 defeat at Guiseley was not a true reflection of his side.

By Mark Carruthers
Friday, 9th October 2020, 12:06 pm
Blyth Spartans right-back Rhys Evans. (Photo credit: Kris Hodgetts)
Blyth Spartans right-back Rhys Evans. (Photo credit: Kris Hodgetts)

It was a bad night all-round for Evans and his team-mates as they conceded a penalty inside the first minute and had defender Matthew Elsdon sent-off in the early-stages of the second-half at Nethermoor.

The hosts made the most of their numerical advantage as they eased to all three points against Michael Nelson’s side – but ahead of Saturday’s home game against AFC Telford United, Evans revealed that the Spartans squad are confident that they can improve throughout the season.

He said: “We are a new squad; we need time to gel and learn how each other play – but we are confident that we can do well.

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“Every pre-season game we got better, and we need to take that attitude into the season too.

“Obviously, it was a quiet dressing room after Tuesday night, but we can’t get too down after we lose, and we can’t get too high after we win.

“There has to be a balance.

“It’s a hard league, we have to understand that, but we are confident that we can compete and do well.”

Spartans get their home campaign underway when Telford visit Croft Park as their new-look side look to replicate last season’s 3-1 home win against the Bucks.

After a hectic summer of transfer business, Evans and young team-mate Olly Scott will be the only players in Michael Nelson’s squad that featured in that win.

And the former Newcastle Benfield full-back has called on his side to “stand up and be counted” as they look to get off the mark for the season.

“Telford had a good win earlier in the week, and they will fancy their chances coming up here and getting a win against us too,” he explained.

“We have to stand up and be counted, we have to show what we can do, we have to be confident and have a go.

“We beat them last season up here, now we have to show that we can do it again.”

With the Covid-19 pandemic and current regulations still forbidding supporters to attend the game, Spartans are providing a live stream and full-match commentary of the fixture.

Price details and information on gaining access can be found here.