Wimborne boss Cuss: 'We won't throw in the towel'

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MAGPIES boss Steve Cuss has refused to throw in the towel despite watching his team’s slender play-off hopes being dealt another blow against Cirencester at Cuthbury.

Jody Bevan’s prodded finish proved the decisive factor in sinking the sorry Magpies, who have now lost six out of their past seven league games.

But defiant Cuss has not given up on the Magpies claiming a top-five berth.

“As long as there are enough points to play for we are determined to give it a go,” Cuss told the Daily Echo.

“It’s going to take an absolute marathon run to get into the top five but we are never just going to throw in the towel.

“I saw a lot from my players today and I’m confident we can turn this slump around and start picking up points again.”

Bevan sealed the victory for the high-flying visitors just three minutes after coming off the bench as a second-half substitute.

He found space inside the area to nudge home a scruffy effort which nearly got stuck in the mud as it dribbled past Magpies goalkeeper Jason Harvell.

Cuss added: “It was a soft goal. He (Bevan) didn’t really hit it well and it went through the legs of our defender, while Jason was unsighted. I didn’t think they deserved it at the time.

“We didn’t make any clear-cut chances but, in the last 25 minutes, we certainly had enough of the ball and got it into their box enough to put them under a bit of pressure.”

A Mark Gamble free-kick and Ian Oliver’s early strike, that whistled past the post, were notable highlights for the home side but Cuss’s men lacked a cutting edge to test the abilities of visiting goalkeeper Glyn Garner.

The defeat has left Wimborne 12 points adrift of the play-off spots in the Southern League South and West standings.

It was also their eighth single-goal deficit in the division this term.

“We have to learn how to win the tight games 1-0 and we haven’t done enough of that this year,” admitted Cuss.

“We’ve lost by the odd goal on too many occasions. These are the type of games that show why they (Cirencester) are at the top of the league and we are mid-table.”

With four players leaving the club over the past two weeks, Cuss is determined to capture the signature of midfielder Scott Costello from Bournemouth Poppies, as reported in Friday’s Daily Echo.

“He is a player I like, so hopefully, we can sort something out because we are a bit thin on the ground player-wise,” added Cuss. “It showed today that we need to add a couple of players to see us through the busy period of games.”

Cuss’s threadbare squad was further hampered by James Stokoe limping off during yesterday’s game with an ankle problem.

Wimborne entertain fourth-placed Yate on Tuesday.

Magpies: Harvell, Arnold, Oliver, Maybury, A Costello, Blake, Webb, Kemble, Stokoe (Burton-Hemmings, 80), Gamble, Griffin. Unused subs: Phillipson-Masters, Grose, Roast.

  • Poole Town’s Southern League Premier Division visit to Redditch and Bashley’s home game against Cambridge were both postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
  •  Only two matches were played in the Wessex League, with Downton losing 3-2 at home to Fawley and leaders Andover Town toppling Amesbury 4-0 in Division One.

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7:26pm Sun 16 Feb 14

steve.p. says...

The players Cuss brought in from Bashley couldn't cut it in the Southern League Premier, you would've thought they would excel in the South and West but they haven't. Makes you wonder if they are just there for the money.
The players Cuss brought in from Bashley couldn't cut it in the Southern League Premier, you would've thought they would excel in the South and West but they haven't. Makes you wonder if they are just there for the money. steve.p.

1:18pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Kickit says...

Time for a rant.

There are few things Cuss could do to help his cause;

1) Dump Griffin. He's the worst player in the squad and delivers nothing. Out of approximately 10 corners on Saturday, he managed to get 1 or 2 into a dangerous area. Most were overhit and one went straight out. He loses the ball virtually every time he has it. I can't recall a seeing single passage of play where I've thought, "Oh, I see why he's in the team."

2) Coach the players to do more than hoof the ball as far as they can for Gamble. A week ago, the wind was blowing a hoolie, with Wimborne kicking into the wind in the first half. First goal kick, the ball lands just outside our own area due to the blow back effect. So, what do you think they did the next 10 goal kicks? Yep, the same. Finally, a short kick was taken! Hallelujah! Straight to the feet of matey boy at leftback. What words of wisdom did he receive from Cuss? Turn away? You've got time? Carry it?

No.

"Put your foot through it", was the cry. He did, and the ball landed behind him.

3) Stop trying to convince everyone, through the press, that Wimborne play in a "pure" fooball style and "we can only play that way". If that's the case, stop humping it long. Tell your players to take a touch. I'll continue to believe my eyes rather than what I'm told, thanks.

4) Give the season up, it' embarrassing. The set of games against teams lower than us was classed as 'crucial'. What do we classify this run of games against the top end? Yeah, they're crucial too, apparently. You're not Arsene Wenger so don't go all mathematical probability on us.

5) Might be an idea to do something with the goalmouths at halftime, especially when they're as churned up as they were on Saturday. The goal we conceded in was in an appalling state. A quick roller would have helped, but what happened? Yeah, we conceded in the first 5 minutes of the half because the ball was bouncing around like a pinball.

Sometimes, you need to help yourself, Mr Cuss.
Time for a rant. There are few things Cuss could do to help his cause; 1) Dump Griffin. He's the worst player in the squad and delivers nothing. Out of approximately 10 corners on Saturday, he managed to get 1 or 2 into a dangerous area. Most were overhit and one went straight out. He loses the ball virtually every time he has it. I can't recall a seeing single passage of play where I've thought, "Oh, I see why he's in the team." 2) Coach the players to do more than hoof the ball as far as they can for Gamble. A week ago, the wind was blowing a hoolie, with Wimborne kicking into the wind in the first half. First goal kick, the ball lands just outside our own area due to the blow back effect. So, what do you think they did the next 10 goal kicks? Yep, the same. Finally, a short kick was taken! Hallelujah! Straight to the feet of matey boy at leftback. What words of wisdom did he receive from Cuss? Turn away? You've got time? Carry it? No. "Put your foot through it", was the cry. He did, and the ball landed behind him. 3) Stop trying to convince everyone, through the press, that Wimborne play in a "pure" fooball style and "we can only play that way". If that's the case, stop humping it long. Tell your players to take a touch. I'll continue to believe my eyes rather than what I'm told, thanks. 4) Give the season up, it' embarrassing. The set of games against teams lower than us was classed as 'crucial'. What do we classify this run of games against the top end? Yeah, they're crucial too, apparently. You're not Arsene Wenger so don't go all mathematical probability on us. 5) Might be an idea to do something with the goalmouths at halftime, especially when they're as churned up as they were on Saturday. The goal we conceded in was in an appalling state. A quick roller would have helped, but what happened? Yeah, we conceded in the first 5 minutes of the half because the ball was bouncing around like a pinball. Sometimes, you need to help yourself, Mr Cuss. Kickit

8:09pm Mon 17 Feb 14

curryandstella says...

Kickit wrote:
Time for a rant.

There are few things Cuss could do to help his cause;

1) Dump Griffin. He's the worst player in the squad and delivers nothing. Out of approximately 10 corners on Saturday, he managed to get 1 or 2 into a dangerous area. Most were overhit and one went straight out. He loses the ball virtually every time he has it. I can't recall a seeing single passage of play where I've thought, "Oh, I see why he's in the team."

2) Coach the players to do more than hoof the ball as far as they can for Gamble. A week ago, the wind was blowing a hoolie, with Wimborne kicking into the wind in the first half. First goal kick, the ball lands just outside our own area due to the blow back effect. So, what do you think they did the next 10 goal kicks? Yep, the same. Finally, a short kick was taken! Hallelujah! Straight to the feet of matey boy at leftback. What words of wisdom did he receive from Cuss? Turn away? You've got time? Carry it?

No.

"Put your foot through it", was the cry. He did, and the ball landed behind him.

3) Stop trying to convince everyone, through the press, that Wimborne play in a "pure" fooball style and "we can only play that way". If that's the case, stop humping it long. Tell your players to take a touch. I'll continue to believe my eyes rather than what I'm told, thanks.

4) Give the season up, it' embarrassing. The set of games against teams lower than us was classed as 'crucial'. What do we classify this run of games against the top end? Yeah, they're crucial too, apparently. You're not Arsene Wenger so don't go all mathematical probability on us.

5) Might be an idea to do something with the goalmouths at halftime, especially when they're as churned up as they were on Saturday. The goal we conceded in was in an appalling state. A quick roller would have helped, but what happened? Yeah, we conceded in the first 5 minutes of the half because the ball was bouncing around like a pinball.

Sometimes, you need to help yourself, Mr Cuss.
look to the bench, you don't know until you try.
[quote][p][bold]Kickit[/bold] wrote: Time for a rant. There are few things Cuss could do to help his cause; 1) Dump Griffin. He's the worst player in the squad and delivers nothing. Out of approximately 10 corners on Saturday, he managed to get 1 or 2 into a dangerous area. Most were overhit and one went straight out. He loses the ball virtually every time he has it. I can't recall a seeing single passage of play where I've thought, "Oh, I see why he's in the team." 2) Coach the players to do more than hoof the ball as far as they can for Gamble. A week ago, the wind was blowing a hoolie, with Wimborne kicking into the wind in the first half. First goal kick, the ball lands just outside our own area due to the blow back effect. So, what do you think they did the next 10 goal kicks? Yep, the same. Finally, a short kick was taken! Hallelujah! Straight to the feet of matey boy at leftback. What words of wisdom did he receive from Cuss? Turn away? You've got time? Carry it? No. "Put your foot through it", was the cry. He did, and the ball landed behind him. 3) Stop trying to convince everyone, through the press, that Wimborne play in a "pure" fooball style and "we can only play that way". If that's the case, stop humping it long. Tell your players to take a touch. I'll continue to believe my eyes rather than what I'm told, thanks. 4) Give the season up, it' embarrassing. The set of games against teams lower than us was classed as 'crucial'. What do we classify this run of games against the top end? Yeah, they're crucial too, apparently. You're not Arsene Wenger so don't go all mathematical probability on us. 5) Might be an idea to do something with the goalmouths at halftime, especially when they're as churned up as they were on Saturday. The goal we conceded in was in an appalling state. A quick roller would have helped, but what happened? Yeah, we conceded in the first 5 minutes of the half because the ball was bouncing around like a pinball. Sometimes, you need to help yourself, Mr Cuss.[/p][/quote]look to the bench, you don't know until you try. curryandstella

11:30pm Mon 17 Feb 14

trolley says...

kickit, you obviously know very little about football with most of your comments.
we are not a long ball team and sam has done okay since he joined, it was difficult to read the wind saturday nd his set pieces as a result werent great, it happens.
who would you suggest replaces him on our budget?
raheem sterling maybe?
clueless post
kickit, you obviously know very little about football with most of your comments. we are not a long ball team and sam has done okay since he joined, it was difficult to read the wind saturday nd his set pieces as a result werent great, it happens. who would you suggest replaces him on our budget? raheem sterling maybe? clueless post trolley

11:32pm Mon 17 Feb 14

trolley says...

steve.p. wrote:
The players Cuss brought in from Bashley couldn't cut it in the Southern League Premier, you would've thought they would excel in the South and West but they haven't. Makes you wonder if they are just there for the money.
couldnt cut it?
stokes and gambo who is second top scorer in the division??
another ridiculous post
[quote][p][bold]steve.p.[/bold] wrote: The players Cuss brought in from Bashley couldn't cut it in the Southern League Premier, you would've thought they would excel in the South and West but they haven't. Makes you wonder if they are just there for the money.[/p][/quote]couldnt cut it? stokes and gambo who is second top scorer in the division?? another ridiculous post trolley

7:13pm Wed 19 Feb 14

steve.p. says...

trolley wrote:
steve.p. wrote:
The players Cuss brought in from Bashley couldn't cut it in the Southern League Premier, you would've thought they would excel in the South and West but they haven't. Makes you wonder if they are just there for the money.
couldnt cut it?
stokes and gambo who is second top scorer in the division??
another ridiculous post
If you read the original post properly it says "couldn't cut it in the Southern League premier" I would have thought Mark Gamble wouldn't be happy with second best, a striker of his caliber should be runaway leading scorer in the South and West. #ofhistrolley?
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steve.p.[/bold] wrote: The players Cuss brought in from Bashley couldn't cut it in the Southern League Premier, you would've thought they would excel in the South and West but they haven't. Makes you wonder if they are just there for the money.[/p][/quote]couldnt cut it? stokes and gambo who is second top scorer in the division?? another ridiculous post[/p][/quote]If you read the original post properly it says "couldn't cut it in the Southern League premier" I would have thought Mark Gamble wouldn't be happy with second best, a striker of his caliber should be runaway leading scorer in the South and West. #ofhistrolley? steve.p.

7:17pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Kickit says...

Wimborne are a long ball team. You should take a look at the coaching yourself, stop believing what you read & watch the evidence.

As for blaming the wind .. wow.
Wimborne are a long ball team. You should take a look at the coaching yourself, stop believing what you read & watch the evidence. As for blaming the wind .. wow. Kickit

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