Dale is backed to lead Blyth from front af­ter ac­co­lade boost

The Chronicle - - Nufc -

ALUN Arm­strong has paid trib­ute to cap­tain Rob­bie Dale - and urged the Blyth Spar­tans tal­is­man to lead from the front in the run-in.

Dale was among ex­alted com­pany that in­cluded Eng­land star Jamie Vardy when he was named in the North­ern Premier League 50th an­niver­sary team.

All play­ers who have fea­tured in the com­pe­ti­tion in the last half cen­tury were con­sid­ered.

So Vardy and for­mer Nor­wich City striker Grant Holt were among those in the side.

Dale made the start­ing eleven ahead of Lee Trun­dle and An­thony Ormerod, who both went on to make their mark in the pro­fes­sional game.

Blyth leg­end Dale will lead the side out tonight when rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened AFC Telford United come to Croft Park. It is the start of a piv­otal penul­ti­mate week of the cam­paign and man­ager Arm­strong said: “What Rob­bie Dale has done at Blyth has been phe­nom­e­nal and it’s a great ac­co­lade to be named in the NPL 50th an­niver­sary team.

“Hope­fully that will give him a lift and spur him on to pro­duce the goods in the last six games, as it hasn’t been hap­pen­ing for him. We need ev­ery­one fir­ing if we’re to make the top seven and, hope­fully, we’ll have Dan Maguire on the bench tonight.”

Eng­land C star Maguire faces a fit­ness test as Blyth look to end a dam­ag­ing run of six straight de­feats.

Maguire has been a big miss, along with de­fender Ryan Hutchin­son, who could miss all of next sea­son.

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