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Wimborne 'not a million miles away' says boss Cuss
WIMBORNE boss Steve Cuss insisted he was not feeling the pressure of a six-match winless run as the wasteful Magpies had their wings clipped by Stratford Town.
In an entertaining encounter in which the lead changed hands no fewer than three times, the Cuthbury outfit were forced to share the spoils despite dominating the second half.
And although Cuss has seen his side endure a run of two wins from nine league matches, as well as a swift exit from the FA Cup, the Magpies manager remained steadfast over Wimborne's prospects this season.
Cuss told the Daily Echo: “We brought in some new players over the summer and some haven’t quite clicked yet, but we have seen plenty of positive signs and we’re not a million miles away.
“We’ve ticked along but haven’t quite found our feet yet and it has taken longer than we would have liked. We haven’t won enough games so far but I have been more than happy with the squad and we don’t feel any kind of pressure at all.”
Cuss acknowledged that his side had been second best during an opening 20 minutes against a Stratford team who set about their task with gusto.
It came as no surprise when Richard Gregory swept home the opening goal of the game in the ninth minute, but the tide appeared to have turned when Jamie Davidson’s close range volley was quickly followed by Mark Gamble’s clinical finish.
Matt West leveled matters once more but Wimborne found another gear and played the majority of the second half on the front foot.
However, the hosts blew a golden opportunity to retake the lead when a debatable foul on Davidson handed Micky Hubbard the chance to score from the penalty spot, only for the Magpies midfielder to see his effort saved from 12 yards.
Worse was to follow for the home side when Stratford were awarded their own questionable spot kick which the grateful Phil Green finished with aplomb.
Wimborne saved their best until last when James Stokoe lashed home the rebound from Billy Maybury’s effort with 20 minutes to go, but Cuss’s charges could not convert their late pressure into three points, leaving the Cuthbury chief crestfallen.
“On reflection, it was two points dropped,” said Cuss.
“We were disappointed not to win the game and it was a shame we didn’t have a little longer because it was all us for the last 20 minutes.
“We had to weather the storm because we were second best against a strong, powerful side early on, but we gradually grew into the game.”
Magpies: Harvell, Arnold, Maybury, Wilson, Brian, Blake, Davidson, Hubbard, Stokoe, Gamble, Webb. Unused subs: Costello, Ackerman, Griffin, Kemble, Cole.
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