BLYTH Spartans were hit by a double-blow, as late goals cost them a point at home to Droylsden and Shaun Vipond was stretchered off with a suspected broken leg.
The visitors led through Steve Hall before Phil Cave equalised from the penalty spot.
However, goals in the 87th and 90th minutes from Danny Rowe left manager Steve Cuggy dejected about the result, but upbeat that he has “something we can work on”. He said: “We’re actually overly-positive at times, we’ve got lads bombing on, and when it breaks down pretty quickly Droylsden were up against our back three,.
“Maybe there are times when we should just be patient and wait and see what we can get out of the game instead of piling forward and trying to go all out for the win, when the win might just take care of itself if we’re a bit more disciplined.
“But that’s something we can work on.
“Our tactic was to get Droylsden to play the long ball because we know they like to play the ball out of defence and through midfield.
“We wanted to make them go long, because that wasn’t causing problems. We don’t want to play long ball either, if we can help it.
“We want good balls through midfield and into Graeme Armstrong.
“We definitely don’t want to be a long-ball team, with the likes of Neal Hooks in midfield, and Shaun Vipond and young Adam Foster and Richie Slaughter.
“They’re all ball players, they can pass a ball.”
Cuggy added: “We got back to 1-1 and I’d have actually been disappointed if it (the penalty) had have been given against us.
“But having said that, I asked the linesman and he was quite adamant that if the goalkeeper’s got the ball in his hands then the ball is classed as being in play. Then when the Droylsden lad’s took Davey Coulson’s legs away, he said it’s a penalty all day long. I didn’t realise that was the rule, and neither did Droylsden, because they went berserk.
“But if that’s the rule, that’s the rule, and maybe the lad was lucky not to get a red card for violent conduct.
“Maybe they got a break there but I wasn’t complaining when we got the penalty, even though at the time I did think it was soft.”
BLYTH SPARTANS: Knight, Groves, Cave, Jones, Coulson, Buchanan, Forster, Hooks, Armstrong, Vipond, Phillips. Subs (not used): Mason, Emms, Slaughter, Purvis, Crook. Goal: Cave 68 pen.
DROYLSDEN: Phillips, Anane, Logan, Kerr, John Hardiker, Hall, Gardmer, Kilheeney, Rowe, Poole, Johnson. Subs (not used): Chris Brown, Vaughan, Langford, Lake. Goals: Hall 56, Rowe 87, 90.