TOMMY CASSIDY admits the scale of Blyth Spartans' predicament is more serious now, after Boxing Day's defeat at Workington, than he first thought.
However, the Croft Park club boss – whose side entertain the Cumbrians in today’s “massive” return fixture – says they simply must make a go of it.
Cassidy has added Bury midfielder Max Harrop on a month-long loan, Sam Hodgson, a midfielder he managed at Whitby Town, and ex-Hartlepool United defender Jordon Mellish.
More may follow, though not Robbie Dale. Despite the clamour, he is contracted to Whitley Bay.
The former Newcastle United midfielder said: “It is starting to get more serious now, I did not think we were so far behind.
“I had a good Christmas but losing on Boxing Day was disappointing.
“Workington are fourth bottom and were the better team.
“Conditions were terrible, the wind was blowing,.
“We played slightly better than them in the first half, but they were better in the second half and that is what won it.
“I have only seen the team play the once. It is hard to establish anything this soon, but I will know more after Monday.”
He added: Now we have to make a go of it and we have brought in three players to help us out.
“Max Harrop comes highly recommended by (Bury boss) Richie Barker, he isa left-footed midfield player with bags of energy and is a good footballer.
“With Jordon and Sam, the two lads will come to training and we will take it from there.
“While I know Sam well from my time at Whitby Town, I don’t know a great deal about Jordon, although he comes with good pedigree and the people I have spoken to about him confirm he is a good solid defender.
“It is difficult to get people registered at this time of year, and with us playing today and other clubs playing yesterday that has not helped. We just have to try to get points on the board as quickly as we can and however we can.
“It is a daunting task but all we can do is get on with it.
“Today’s game is massive now. There is no doubt about that.
“We are six or seven points short of safety and we have to get back into it somehow.”