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STEVE Cuggy admits Blyth Spartans are in "trouble" at the bottom of Blue Square Bet North.

STEVE Cuggy admits Blyth Spartans are in "trouble" at the bottom of Blue Square Bet North.

However, the Croft Park boss is confident his side can kick-start their campaign with a win and start climbing the table.

The Spartans drew 3-3 at home to Hinckley United on Saturday, Chris Emms, Graeme Armstrong and Glen Taylor cancelling out goals from Charlie Raglan and Danny Newton (2). Cuggy said: “I cannot be too disappointed because there were a lot of positives to take out of the game.

“We scored a few goals and although we conceded a few we had to play with a makeshift defence again so I cannot fault the lads. You have to give them some leeway.

“We went 1-0 up through a good goal from Chris Emms and had a good spell of pressure. We dominated.

“Unfortunately, we could not take any of the chances we created and conceded with two crazy lapses of concentration.

“In between their two goals, Neal Hooks missed a great chance to put us back in front, and you just thought it was going to be one of those days.

“In the second half we did not play as well as we had in the first half, and David Knight kept us in the game with two great saves.

“Then Graeme Armstrong put us back on level terms, and I was delighted for him because he has had the weight of the world on his shoulders during the recent little goal drought he has had.

“We always had faith in him, he works his socks off and got his reward.

“They went back in front but the lads showed a lot of character and Glen Taylor equalised with just about the last kick of the game.”

Cuggy added: “I am not worried because in the position we are in, it is going to take character to get us out of it and the lads have shown they have that.

“We know we are in trouble down there, no one is in any doubt about that, but we have more than a glimmer of hope because of our character.

“The big picture is we probably need 29 points from the next 25 games, to get to 40 points as soon as possible.

“We all know we are in a battle , but one win could kick-start us.”

The Croft Park side host Newcastle Benfield in their Northumberland Senior Cup quarter-final tomorrow night (7.30pm).

BLYTH SPARTANS: Knight, Slaughter, Cave, Briggs, Groves, Greg Pearson, Emms, Hooks, Armstrong, Mole, Phillips. Subs (not used): Mason, Forster, Buchanan, Taylor, Crook.

Goals: Emms 16, Armstrong 55, Taylor 90.

HINCKLEY UTD: Hinds, Oddy, Dudley, Lavery, Raglan, Belcher, Kerry, Gooding, Newton, Gray, Byrne. Subs (not used): Joyce, Jake Holt, Flanagan, Richards-Everton.

Goals: Raglan 23, Newton 45, 73.

Attendance: 364


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