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Football: Saltash United v Illogan RBL Cornwall Senior Cup preview

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

HEADS I WIN:  Alresford defender and captain Stuart Mott gets his head to the ball to beat Saltash United striker Kelvin Fyneboy during Saturday's FA Carlsberg Vase third round clash at Kimberley Stadium.   by Sean Hernon.

HEADS I WIN: Alresford defender and captain Stuart Mott gets his head to the ball to beat Saltash United striker Kelvin Fyneboy during Saturday's FA Carlsberg Vase third round clash at Kimberley Stadium. by Sean Hernon.

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SALTASH United will be bidding to keep their season alive at Kimberley Stadium tonight, according to manager Martin Burgess.

Following their dramatic exit from the FA Carlsberg Vase at the weekend, the Ashes turn their attention to the Cornwall Senior Cup with the visit of Illogan RBL.

And Burgess told Guardian Sport: "In realistic terms, the Senior Cup offers us a chance of winning a trophy so we will be taking this game very seriously.

"We'll be aiming to keep our season alive, that's how important the Illogan game is."

Burgess will make changes to the starting line-up after Saturday's 7-2 defeat in the Vase at the hands of impressive Wessex League premier division side Alresford.

He said: "We need to dust ourselves off and perform as we know we can against Illogan. We can't let Saturday's result affect us, we really can't dwell on it.

"We need to freshen things up, this is where our squad comes into its own. A few tired legs need a rest, while others will come in with an opportunity to make their mark."

Striker Sam Hughes misses the tie due to work commitments but everybody else is available for selection.

Burgess said he hadn't been too despondent after Saturday's heavy defeat. He said: "I'm going to give the lads a lot of credit for getting that far in the FA Vase.

"We got two very good results against Western League premier division sides and the team deserve credit for that. Alresford were a different prospect altogether. It is clear that there is a significant gap between our league and the Wessex premier."

Burgess pointed to the poor start the Ashes made as the main reason why the tie went so badly against them.

He said: "We could have been four or five down in the first 30 minutes. I don't know whether the occasion got to us but we forgot to do all the basics.

"After that we got back into it. We scored a penalty and had two other good shouts, as well as Sam Hughes hitting the post.

"At half-time me and Aaron (Cusack, assistant manager) gave the players a bit of a roasting – but then we praised them for the last 15 minutes of the first half.

"But two early goals in the second half for them killed us off and I put their fifth, sixth and seventh goals down to me really because I brought on three subs and changed our formation.

"We were already 4-1 down so I went for it. We could have just left the team as it was and closed things up but we decided to have a go.

"They deserved to win, they were a better side than us, and in Warren Bentley they had a player who was different class.

"You could see how he had scored 27 goals already this season. He wasn't particularly fast but he was very busy and was involved in most of their best moments."

Match report and more pictures, see Page 84.

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