Football: Liskeard search for new manager as Blatchford leaves
LISKEARD Athletic have started their search for a new manager after Paul Blatchford stepped down following Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Godolphin Atlantic.
The setback was Liskeard's tenth defeat in 12 league games and saw the club slump to second from bottom in the table, only a point above Tavistock, who have five games in hand.
Liskeard chairman Roger Williams said: "We had a chat with Paul on Sunday and it was mutually agreed that he should step down.
"Things haven't been going well and on Saturday we were struggling to field a team. We felt it was time for a change."
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Second team manager Martin McHugh has taken temporary charge until the club make an appointment.
Quite where Liskeard go from here is anybody's guess as their beleaguered committee try to maintain two teams at Lux Park.
Godolphin, meanwhile, go from strength to strength on the back of a squad of local players – but it was a new boy who made the difference on Saturday.
Carl Rickard, signed from St Dennis, helped himself to two second half goals after a first half which saw a goal apiece for the teams.
Ollie Pinnell had fired the G Men in front after 14 minutes only for Phil Burgoyne to stun the home supporters with a superb 36th minute equaliser.
Luke Hodge is proving there's no substitute for experience and quality as he spearheads Bodmin Town's recovery after a poor start to the season.
Hodge helped himself to a hat-trick on Saturday as Bodmin swept aside poor Elburton Villa 6-0 at Priory Park, with other goals coming from Lee Doel and Nick Doel (2).
The popular striker spent much of last season warming the bench but the exodus of players from the club during the summer meant he started this campaign as first choice up front.
And as his fitness has improved, the goals have started to flow and he was very much central to all that was good about Bodmin's romp against Villa. His strikes in the 25th and 38th minutes set Darren Gilbert's side on their way and after Lee Doel had made it 3-0 with the first attack of the second half, Hodge completed his treble in the 64th minute.
Substitute Nick Doel, set up by Hodge, increased Bodmin's lead to 5-0 in the 71st minute and the same player completed the scoring three minutes later.
Bodmin boss Darren Gilbert said: "Luke's getting fitter and fitter and he is a real handful for defenders.
"The scoreline possibly flattered us a bit but having said that we did have plenty of other chances."
Gilbert also heaped praise on central defender Tom Chambers, who played his part in the team's first clean sheet of the season.
Gilbert said: "There are not many better than him. He was magnificent on Saturday and he never causes us a moment's problem off the field."
Bodmin have now gone seven games unbeaten in the league, having opened the season with two successive home defeats to Witheridge and Godolphin.
St Austell lifted themselves to seventh place in the table with a 4-2 victory over fifth-placed Launceston at Poltair Park.
But the Clarets certainly made an impression, responding to Lillywhites player-manager Dan Nancarrow's 17th minute opener to lead 2-1 with goals from Sam Davey (21) and Dan Jefferis (33).
To their credit, St Austell were quick to hit back themselves with Chris Reski equalising in the 39th minute before Mike Body put them ahead on the stroke of half-time.
There was little to choose between the sides in a much tighter second half but Lee Whetter's penalty seven minutes from time made sure of the points for the home side.
Torpoint Athletic's recent improvement in results came to a halt against Witheridge at Edge Down Park with Jack Langford scoring the only goal of the game ten minutes before half-time.
But the Cornish side gave a good account of themselves and might have come away with something with more clinical finishing.