Football: Bodmin Town facing crucial month of fixtures
BODMIN Town are facing a massive month of fixtures as they continue their quest for honours after recovering from a nightmare start to the season.
Darren Gilbert's rebuilt squad, unbeaten in 13 league games, will be tested in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League, the Throgmorton League Cup and the FA Carlsberg Vase over the next few weeks.
And Gilbert said: "The next month will be the test of character of our team.
"It's a big month and we will find out how much this squad of players really want to win trophies.
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"They have done really well to recover from losing the first two games of the season, and we are now unbeaten in 13 league games. Now comes the big test."
Bodmin's tough task starts on Friday night when they take on North Cornwall rivals Camelford in the Throgmorton Cup second round at Priory Park (7.30 kick-off).
Bodmin have dominated the competition, winning it four times in the last five seasons, and the only season they didn't win it (2009-10) they finished as runners-up.
Attention will then turn back to the league with Bodmin travelling to Newquay next Tuesday evening before facing in-form St Austell at Priory Park on Friday November 1, a game switched from the Saturday.
That is followed by a showdown on Saturday November 9 away to title rivals Plymouth Parkway, who have won all ten of their league games so far. Gilbert said: "We've got to go and get three points at Newquay next Tuesday and take it from there. The games against St Austell and Parkway are going to be massive."
The tough month will be completed by an FA Carlsberg Vase second round tie at home to Wessex League side Bemerton Heath Harlequins on Saturday November 16.
Gilbert said: "We've got to be happy that the tie is at our place. We don't know much about Bemerton but I'll be putting a call in to St Austell, who they played last season."
Bodmin have released three players. Midfielder Matt Lindsay has returned to Liskeard Athletic, defender Rob Stapleton has joined Perranporth, and striker Matt Drummond has decided to rejoin Falmouth Town.
Gilbert said: "I didn't want Matt to go but he wants regular football and with the strikers we have now, we couldn't guarantee him that."
Following the recent signing of Seb Broomfield from Truro City, Bodmin are in the process of trying to strengthen their midfield, having missed out on George Swain, who decided to join St Blazey after leaving Truro last week.