Darren Gilbert on road to watch Vase opponents
DARREN Gilbert will be taking the opportunity this weekend to watch Bodmin Town's opponents in the last 16 of the FA Carlsberg Vase.
The Bodmin boss is travelling to the West Midlands to watch Gornal Athletic play Wisbech Town on Saturday for the right to meet Bodmin in the fifth round at Priory Park on Saturday week, February 9.
Bodmin booked their place in the fifth round of the prestigious national competition – they have not been as far as this stage before – by beating Northern League side Ashington 3-2 on Saturday.
But the Gornal v Wisbech tie was postponed because of snow and the rearrangement this Saturday gives Gilbert the perfect opportunity to run the rule over both teams.
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Gilbert told Guardian Sport: "It's fortunate the way it has worked out and I will go and have a look at the game.
"A home draw is all you can ask for at this stage of the competition but it is also good to get the chance to see your next opponents."
Gilbert will be leaving coaches Ronnie Swiggs and Terry Huddy in charge of the Bodmin side for Saturday's league clash at Bovey Tracey.
The Priory Park club are buzzing after Saturday's victory over much-fancied Ashington, who had been the competition's fourth favourites, and arrived in Cornwall boasting only one defeat in their last 15 games.
But Bodmin had won their previous 12 matches in all competitions and their self-belief carried them through a pulsating tie.
Gilbert said: "From the groundsman, Paul Willis, to the people in the tea hut, everybody at the club did a fantastic job and I am so pleased we managed to win for them.
"A lot of hard work went in behind the scenes in the lead-up to the match. It was a massive effort by all concerned, and I would like to thank each and every one of them."
Of the game, Gilbert said: "We played very well in the first 20 minutes. We came out of the blocks strongly and got ourselves a goal, which is what I wanted.
"But then we seemed to sit back a bit, as if we were happy to defend a 1-0 lead rather than press forward, and there were a few heated words at half-time.
"We were giving them the ball back too easily and we almost invited the penalty they got because we played deeper and deeper.
"But these boys don't seem to know when they are beaten because they just went up the other end and put us back into the lead within minutes.
"That was a crucial five minutes because Ashington suddenly thought they could go on and win. But our boys had other ideas.
"Then Carts (Adam Carter) came on and got his goal to make it 3-1 and we were full value for it. They got a goal back right at the end to make the score look a lot closer than the game was.
"It was brilliant when we scored the third goal and everybody went crazy. That's when I love to be at Priory Park, for moments like that."