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Vase challenge for Town

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 16, 2012

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BODMIN Town are hoping to get their season back on track tomorrow when Odd Down are in town for a big FA Carlsberg Vase tie at Priory Park (3pm kick-off).

Darren Gilbert's side have hit the buffers at home in the last fortnight, suffering their first league defeat in a year at home to Elburton Villa after drawing a blank against Launceston.

But Gilbert believes the squad which has set itself such high standards in the last two seasons, is capable of rediscovering its top form.

He said: "We are looking for a big performance against Odd Down, because we need to bounce back after our recent indifferent spell.

"It might be a blessing in disguise that we have a break from league action. We've got bogged down a little bit.

"Every game in the league is like a cup final because everybody wants to beat us, but that's what happens when you go a year without losing.

"I am hoping we can defend properly on Saturday and take our chances, which we didn't do in the home games against Launceston and Elburton Villa.

"I don't think we played particularly badly in either of those games, but we didn't take our chances when they came along. Launceston are a good side and they worked extremely hard to get a draw against us."

Gilbert admitted, however, that the 1-0 defeat by Elburton had 'knocked the stuffing out of us.'

He said: "We went into that game with one of the best, if not the best, disciplinary records in the premier division, and finished the game with a red card and six yellows.

"Shane Krac deserved his red but so did the Elburton player who retaliated, and he wasn't even booked. When things like that happen, you have to question what the referee is up to."

Saltash United will be looking to rediscover their winning form tonight when they take on Plymouth Parkway at Kimberley Stadium in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League premier division (7.30).

The Ashes crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Camelford on Tuesday night after last weekend's 2-0 win at home to Ivybridge and joint manager Stuart Dudley wants to see a return to the side's consistency.

Liskeard are at home to Witheridge tomorrow afternoon (3pm).

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