It’s a time to stick together: Cuggy

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BLYTH Spartans manager Steve Cuggy has admitted he was as scathing as anyone after the performance on Tuesday night against Newcastle Benfield.

But the manager isn’t ready to walk away from the role he took on at the start of the season, even though he says it would be quite easy to do so.

Cuggy said: “It would be very easy to throw the towel in at this stage and walk away, and for the fans to do the same.

“But we have got to stick to our principles and get through it. It’s character building. It’s a time to stick together.”

For the first 20 minutes of the Northumberland Senior Cup on Tuesday night Blyth were on top, but then the Spartans dropped their standard and failed to get it going again.

Cuggy added: “Once Benfield got going and back in it they had lots to play for and they were up for it, but our play was poor.”

Results and poor performances from the Spartans have opened the new management duo up to criticism, but Cuggy understands the frustration of the fans.

He said: “They are the life blood of the club, without the fan base you haven’t got a club.

“As I have said to the players it is easy to play in front of the Blyth Spartans fans because they want to see you put in the effort. They applauded us off the pitch when they could see things hadn’t went our way.

“But on Tuesday the performance was not acceptable for the fans, I accept that.”

Looking ahead to this weekend’s FA Trophy tie against Stalybridge Celtic, many would class it as a must win tie but not according to Cuggy.

“It’s a Cup game this Saturday so it would be nice to win,” he said. “But the league is more important.

“They are having a great season, but we have played them before and hopefully we will be able to give them a good game on Saturday.”

Spartans won 2-0 at Stalybridge in the league back in September.

But the side based on the edge of Manchester are currently flying high in the Blue Square Bet North in second place behind Hyde with two games in hand on the leaders.