MANAGER Marc Revell has praised the attitudes of his Newton Abbot Spurs players after they began their pre-season schedule with a win on Saturday.

Peninsula Premier West visitors St Blazey were dispatched 4-2 by the Spurs at Coach Road. Having only had two training sessions before taking to the pitch, Revell was pleased with what he saw.

‘The lads have been quite receptive,’ said Revell. ‘We had only had two training sessions before that game, so the players were quite happy to chase a ball around rather than each other.

‘They’re a good group of lads, too – they’re pretty much all friends away from football so I don’t have to reintroduce everyone.’

Spurs’ four goals came through four different scorers – Lloyd Gardner with a long-distance strike, James Moxon, Sol Barclay and Will Hancox.

‘The game itself went better than expected,’ admitted Revell. ‘I asked the lads for three blocks of 30 minutes rather than two of 45, so that I could look at players and formations.

‘The lads came out of the blocks hungry and had a very good run-out. St Blazey were what I expected and my lads are naturally fit so we destroyed them for the first hour.

‘It was only towards the end when we began to ease off that they got a couple of goals back.’

Having had 20 players at training again on Monday – they haven’t had fewer than 18 so far – Spurs now look towards a trip to Mount Gould this Saturday (3pm).