Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bay Boys Are Still Hungry for Cups; Seahorses Have Vase Appetite

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bay Boys Are Still Hungry for Cups; Seahorses Have Vase Appetite

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Byline: Steve Brown

JUST as power inevitably corrupts, so success can stifle hunger, and dilute the appetite for more. Not at Whitley Bay Football Club. Yet while last Saturday's thrilling FA Vase fightback at Barwell answered any doubts - assistant manager Steve Cuggy's, no less - over the holders' desire to defend their title, it is clear that a return to Wembley is not necessarily all.

Not when captain David Coulson would as happily lift the trophy at West Allotment.

For the Seahorses, you see, the winning's the thing. Hence they head into this coming Saturday's second-leg at Hillheads - advance tickets are available, as is payment on the gate - utterly focused.

No doubts, no distractions. "What we were a little bit concerned about going into the first leg was how much our lads really wanted to go back to Wembley, because they've done it once before," said Cuggy. "Would the Barwell lads want it more because they haven't been there? But to be 3-1 down and come back as we did pretty much answers any doubts we might have had.

"Then what hit the nail on the head was David Coulson saying after the game that he wouldn't care if the final was at West Allotment, he'd still want to win the Vase. "I think that pretty much says everything you need to know that our lads aren't here for the glory of playing at Wembley, for all that that's brilliant.

"They are here to win trophies and if we do get through we're not going to go just to have a nice day and enjoy ourselves. We'll be going to win a game."

Same goes for Saturday too, after what occurred in Leicestershire four days ago.

At 3-1 down with two minutes remaining, the Bay had a mountain to climb not quite of the scale of Lowestoft two years ago (when Whitley trailed 4-0 after the first leg) but still daunting nonetheless.

At 3-2 with 90 minutes almost up, chasing the game would have been best with the risk of counter-attack. …

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