HAILING a “tremendous” FA Cup win over Whitby Town, Steve Cuggy has challenged his Blyth Spartans side to take their knockout form into Blue Square Bet North.
The Croft Park club won at “friendly rivals” Whitby courtesy of goals from Michael Tait and Chris Emms.
Jake Faichney struck back for the Evo Stik Premier League outfit with nine minutes left, ensuring “some scary moments” for Blyth in the dying stages.
But, having hung on for a place in the fourth qualifying round – not to mention £7,500 – Cuggy was delighted with the win.
Like Northern League sides Ashington and Hebburn Town, the Spartans are now hoping for a home draw, or at least a big name from the Conference National, in the draw this afternoon.
And with a trip to Worcester City on Saturday, Cuggy is keen to see his side – currently lingering in the Blue Square Bet North drop zone – take some “impetus” from their cup win into their league campaign.
“It was a tremendous win today,” Cuggy said. “It was always going to be hard in the FA Cup away from home against a team we’ve got a big rivalry with, although it’s got to be said, a friendly rivalry.
“We knew they’d raise their game and they did. They gave us some scary moments in the last 15 minutes or so.
“In the first half, I thought we played very well. We got the ball down and opened them up a few times, and got in behind them quite a bit.
“Richard Offiong’s pace and having Graeme Armstrong back were big plusses for us. We knew that would be the case.
“We looked a bit of a threat going forward, which we haven’t so much lately, and that really gives the whole team a bit of impetus.
“We’re just happy to be in the hat and a home tie in the next round would be great. That’s all you can ask for in the cup.
“We know we can get a very good crowd at Croft Park for an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie, so that would be great.
“And I hope we can now take our FA Cup form into the league.
“We’ll see what happens next week at Gloucester City. We’ll go down there and be as positive as possible and hopefully get a result.
“I’m sure it’ll turn for us, we’re gradually improving.”
WHITBY TOWN: Courtney, Williams, White, I Hassan, Burgess, Hodgson, Martin, McTiernan, C Hassan (Faichney), Tymon (Dunford), Robinson.
BLYTH SPARTANS: Knight, Groves, Cave, Tait (Slaughter), Jones, Buchanan, Forster, Hooks, Offiong, Armstrong (Anzevlii), Emms (Mason).
Goals: Tait, Emms.