Non-league: We'll beat the drop says Christchurch boss Cuffie

PRIORY MANAGER: Michael Cuffie

PRIORY MANAGER: Michael Cuffie

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BULLISH boss Michael Cuffie believes Christchurch’s nine-point buffer will be enough to stave off a late relegation scrap – despite another heavy defeat on Saturday.

Cuffie’s charges suffered a repeat of their 4-0 derby thrashing at Hamworthy United in midweek as high-flying Folland Sports put Priory to the sword by the same scoreline.

Substitute Jamie Betteridge struck a treble to accompany Matthew Burt’s strike on a miserable afternoon for the Hurn Bridge outfit, who also had midfielder Mark Smith sent off in the second half.

Christchurch, winless in six league outings, dropped into the bottom five as a result, but while Cuffie acknowledged that relegation-haunted duo Fawley and Romsey had picked up of late he argued it would take a much sharper turnaround to cause his club a problem.

Asked whether he had any concerns about becoming embroiled in the dogfight, Cuffie told the Daily Echo: “I am not too concerned at all at the moment.

“The bottom two have played quite a few games more than us and they would have to do something they had not done all season and put together three or four wins.

“You can never say never and we have got to pick up some results for ourselves as much as looking at what other teams are doing, but I am confident we can turn things around. Once we get to the games against teams in and around us we will be okay.

On the match, Cuffie added: “Despite the result, I came away feeling very positive because the performance was a lot better and the new guys we drafted in established themselves very well.

“We were probably the better side in the first 20 minutes and we were quite happy to be one down but still in the game at half-time.

“But we do have to learn that playing well isn’t always good enough. We’re in a results game and we have to turn those displays into points.”

Priory: Field, Donachy, Steer (Doe, 70), Taylor, Baker, Cullen, Smith, Fairbrother, Dibigbo (Burden, 55), Carter (Head, 75), Hanratty. Unused subs: Proudley, Whittaker.

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9:41am Mon 10 Mar 14

Ham United For The Title says...

Cuffie wont be there next season anyway. Adi Arnold will takeover as he cant be happy with Verwood, no money, no team most weeks, and one of the worst pitches in our league, he will go to Christchurch and spend their budget (sorry expenses!)
Cuffie wont be there next season anyway. Adi Arnold will takeover as he cant be happy with Verwood, no money, no team most weeks, and one of the worst pitches in our league, he will go to Christchurch and spend their budget (sorry expenses!) Ham United For The Title
  • Score: 8

11:11am Mon 10 Mar 14

Ben Dingrun says...

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From winning the title to avoiding the drop in a relatively short space of time!
AA would definitely do a better job at Christchurch, Verwood is a bit of a Hampshire League set up.
http://www.bournemou thecho.co.uk/sport/1 0435981.Non_league__ Bullish_Cuffie_targe ts_Christchurch_titl e_tilt/ From winning the title to avoiding the drop in a relatively short space of time! AA would definitely do a better job at Christchurch, Verwood is a bit of a Hampshire League set up. Ben Dingrun
  • Score: 11

11:43pm Mon 10 Mar 14

cheeriedriteup says...

I've said before this cuff chap is nothing short of afoul mouth clown, he doesn't understand formations or the opposition set up, he has totally blabbed his way into this position ! One complete joke for local football
I've said before this cuff chap is nothing short of afoul mouth clown, he doesn't understand formations or the opposition set up, he has totally blabbed his way into this position ! One complete joke for local football cheeriedriteup
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