Bodmin fail to take chances as Gornal advance in Vase
Dreams of a Wembley final must be put on hold for at least another year after Bodmin Town failed to produce their true form as they lost 1-0 at Priory Park in their FA Carlsberg Vase fifth-round tie against Gornal Athletic.
Most of an attendance of 350 had gathered to cheer the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League champions to a place in the quarter-finals, but the players failed to rise to the occasion and it is the Midlands Alliance League side who will take their place in today's draw for the last eight.
Bodmin have possibly beaten better sides than Gornal on their way to this tie but all credit to the Dudley-based outfit, who defended in depth in the second half, restricting their hosts to a mere handful of chances.
Bodmin boss Darren Gilbert, although disappointed, was honest in his appraisal.
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"Four or five of my players did not turn up on the day and more than anything we let ourselves down," he said.
"If we had turned up, we would have beaten them, but in the end we went out by conceding an early and sloppy goal."
Gornal were quicker out of the blocks and a tenth-minute cross from Kristian Green found Chris Rabone's angled volley hitting Sam Matthews to fly wide of Kevin Miller's goal.
It was only a short reprieve for Gilbert's side, as three minutes later Gornal snatched the all-important goal.
Midfielder Lee Wherton let fly with a shot that took a wicked deflection to leave Miller totally wrong-footed as it found the back of the home goal.
Bodmin came back, with Matthews firing wide of the target before manager Gilbert found himself unlucky to be banished to stand by the referee.
Gilbert was apparently punished for infringing the playing area when reacting to a poor offside decision against the impressive Luke Rundle, who had appeared to have run from his own half to latch on to a pass.
Bodmin then had a good chance to level the scores but Adam Carter headed Steve Colwell's cross over the bar from ten yards before Gornal came close to doubling their lead when Matt Weyman's low cross was deflected goalwards by Marvin Nisbett. However, his effort was cleared by Miller's outstretched foot.
The home side improved after the break and it was Gornal who were forced to defend but Bodmin top scorer Carter was not having one of his better days, heading one good chance over the bar before making a hash of his shot when well placed.
Chris Luxton and Carter both had shouts for a penalty turned down before Luxton forced a fine save out of Gornal goalkeeper James Pemberton.
Bodmin came close to restoring parity four minutes from time when substitute Glyn Hobbs crossed the ball for Carter to send in a header that saw half-time substitute Gurd Wilkhoo clearing off the line to preserve his side's place in the last eight.