Gilbert hits out at those who have left Town in lurch
Falmouth Town 0, Bodmin Town 9
BODMIN Town manager Darren Gilbert revealed how he took no pleasure in watching his side put nine goals past Falmouth Town on Saturday – and hit out at those who have left the club in the lurch.
Not so long ago, big spending Falmouth were one of Bodmin's biggest challengers for premier division silverware.
But following a major cull in spending under the club's new owners, Falmouth Town AFC Ltd, and the departure of former Bodmin boss Alan Carey, along with a host of players, the 'sleeping giant' of Cornish football once again finds itself having to rebuild under new managers Les Gilbert and Robbie Stephens.
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And despite namesake Darren's obvious delight in the seeing the Cornwall Senior Cup holders progress to the last 16, he sympathised with Falmouth's predicament.
He said: "I do feel sorry for Falmouth. They are a big club and the way they are at the moment it's a shame to see.
"You come down here and you expect a hard game. I feel sorry for Les and the team. But I give the team their due, they didn't give up fighting.
"It's disappointing for me that we look at a club like this and the loyalty isn't there any more. At our club I am very lucky that the players are loyal to me, and Falmouth have been left like they are.
"I don't want to come down here and win 9-0, but we've got to do a professional job and that's what we've done today."
Falmouth didn't even have the luxury of naming any substitutes on Saturday. Bodmin had four on the bench.
Nevertheless, Bodmin, in full flow, as they were on Saturday, are a daunting prospect for any team.
But having only just scraped together 11 players to start on Saturday, Falmouth's supporters were fearing the worse.
Though while Falmouth were well and truly beaten, nobody can doubt the commitment they showed until the very last minute. That was epitomised by striker Tom Dunstan who, in the first minute of injury time, chased down a Bodmin attack that began deep in the visitors' half and ended on the edge of the Falmouth box.
Les Gilbert, though obviously disappointed, had nothing but praise for his players.
He said: "Our lads tried as hard as they could, we've given it everything we have.
"Bodmin are a credit to the league, with the quality they've got and they are the benchmark that everybody is striving to get to.
"We knew it was going to be difficult today. We didn't have a striker in either of our teams (first or seconds).
"We had 12 players unavailable for various reasons, but I can't criticise our lads, they've give it their all."
Bodmin led after five minutes when Olly Brokenshire acrobatically turned the ball past Jason Chapman after Chris Luxton's effort had been parried by the Town goalkeeper.
After Glynn Hobbs had hit the underside of the bar after nine minutes the striker did manage to find the net after 18 minutes when he nicked the ball past Chapman.
Falmouth conceded a third goal in the 27th minute as Steve Colwell curled a brilliant effort into the far right of Chapman's goal. The Town keeper was beaten again in the 38th minute when Hobbs' effort trickled into the bottom corner.
Sam Matthews then got his name on the scoresheet after 51 minutes with a close range finish, before Luxton slid home Bodmin's sixth goal.
A frustrating afternoon for Town was summed up by Bodmin's seventh goal, as Falmouth defender Jamie Webb turned substitute Luke Doddridge's cross into his own net. The impressive Doddridge then waltzed his way into the Falmouth box to make it 8-0 and substitute Adam Carter completed the rout in the 85th minute with a superb lofted effort into the top corner.