HE admits it seems strange to be talking about a relegation six-pointer in early-December.
But a relaxed Steve Cuggy insists his Blyth Spartans side could not be better prepared for the “biggest game of their season so far”.
The Croft Park club remain bottom of Blue Square Bet North and travel to third-bottom Bishop’s Stortford today.
And Blyth boss Cuggy has called on his players to “leave nothing on the pitch” as they seek the three “massive” points that would constitute a “major step towards safety”.
“I don’t feel under too much pressure, I feel quite relaxed about Saturday,” Cuggy said. “We’re doing everything that we can, preparing properly and going down the day before. That’s going to be a major benefit.
“There are no excuses for anybody, that includes me and the players. We had no game in midweek and that was definitely of benefit to us.
“It gives Darren Timmons, Wayne Buchanan and Carl Jones an extra week to have an outside chance of being involved this weekend. It might be too soon for Carl but Buchs should be OK, and we’ll have to wait and see about Daz.
“We’ve had a free week to make sure we’re as prepared as we possibly can be for Saturday. We’ve had Bishop’s Stortford watched twice this week, so we know all about them.
“We’re under no illusions about how big a game this is, and how important it is. The result is everything on Saturday.
“It’s definitely the biggest game of our season so far, and it’s the difference between us looking like we’re adrift or looking like being right back in it.
“Hopefully it’ll be our day on Saturday and we’ll put ourselves back within touching distance of the clubs just above us.
“It does seem odd to be talking about a relegation six-pointer this early in the season, but that’s the situation we’re in.
“There’s no two ways of dressing it up, if this isn’t a six-pointer, what is?
“We just have to make sure we leave nothing out there on the pitch and hope we come away with three points, which would be massive for us.
“We can take a major step towards getting out of trouble on Saturday. We’ll do our best to put three points on the board, and that’ll put a totally different complexion on things.”