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Bodmin v Helston Senior Cup final preview

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 27, 2013

GOAL MACHINE: Mark Goldsworthy scored in Helston's semi-final win over Newquay, and with 46 goals this season, Bodmin boss Darren Gilbert believes he and strike partner Liam Eddy possess the biggest threat in Easter Monday's cup final in Saltash.

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BODMIN Town's incredible run of success in the Cornwall Senior Cup is likely to be tested to the full on Easter Monday when they face two strikers who have scored 83 goals between them for Helston.

Mark Goldsworthy (46 goals) and Liam Eddy (37) have terrorised defences in division one west of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League as Sid Taylor's Blues push for promotion.

They are likely to be a handful for Bodmin's defenders too – but manager Darren Gilbert is not worrying too much about the dynamic duo.

As his side bid for a record-equalling fourth successive Senior Cup triumph, Gilbert said: "We know all about their two front men, who are having very good seasons for them.

"But I'm more concerned about how we play, because if we play as we know we can, we will be okay.

"Don't get me wrong. Helston will be a tough test for us, but we need to concentrate on getting our performance right."


Of Bodmin's bid to win their fourth successive Senior Cup, Gilbert said: "All credit to the players. To go four years without losing in this competition is a great achievement.

"I would imagine that record is going to take some beating."

Bodmin have not been at their best since being knocked out of the FA Carlsberg Vase by Gornal in early February, but Gilbert believes they are rediscovering their touch.

He said: "We looked as though we had a new lease of life at Camelford last week when we won 3-0 and completely bossed the second half.

"It's not the easiest of places to go, and they made it difficult for us in the first half, but when we got going, we looked like our old selves.

"Olly (Brokenshire) played very well and was spraying 60 yard passes across the pitch, and we kept our second successive clean sheet, which sends out a message that we are difficult to score against again."

Before Monday's final, however, Bodmin face a tough league trip to Glynn Hooper's Newquay on Good Friday following last night's scheduled game at Saltash United.

Gilbert said: "It's a big week for us and we will need to be using our squad to the full extent in these three games."

Bodmin have been boosted by the availability over the Easter break of college student Neil Slateford, while midfield man Shane Krac is expected to return to the squad in the next week or so.

But wayward striker Glynn Hobbs has left the club. Gilbert said: "It is disappointing but the decision was in the best interests of all concerned."

Bodmin (from): Miller, Doel, Rundle, Chambers, Simmonds, Brokenshire, Colwell, Matthews, Carter, Luxton, Slateford, Morgan, Swiggs, Reed, Hodge.

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