Gilbey blasts his players as unfit after great escape
DARREN Gilbert accused his Bodmin players of being unfit after watching them labour to a fortunate victory over struggling Cullompton on Saturday.
The reigning champions may have gone back to the top of the table with these three points – but nobody, especially Gilbert, was fooled by this performance.
It took an injury time strike from Chris Wright to secure victory after Bodmin threw away a 2-0 first half lead.
Gilbert said: "We aren't fit because we haven't trained properly as a group for weeks.
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"The unavailability of players for training has become a big problem – we've been down to four or five turning up – and that isn't good enough.
"We've got to get our fitness back up. It was disappointing that on Saturday we looked tired in the last 25 minutes, and that's when we started making mistakes all over the field."
They say it's a sign of a good team when they win having played badly but Gilbert knows his side used their Get Out of Jail card on Saturday.
The game seemed to be going according to script in the first half after goals from Wright (29 minutes) and Sam Matthews (41) appeared to put Bodmin well in control.
Complacency and tiredness appeared to creep into the Bodmin players' minds almost from the restart and they were suddenly second best all over the pitch.
When central defender Dan Kenyan blasted home a close range shot to reduce the arrears in the 57th minute, Bodmin resembled something of a collective nervous wreck for the next 20 minutes.
Cullompton deservedly equalised in the 71st minute from the lively Jack Towill and he should have made it 3-2 shortly afterwards.
Kevin Miller dived low at full stretch to keep out Luke Skinner's shot but the ball broke loose to Towill ten yards out. With a gaping goal in front of him he somehow fired his shot into the side netting.
Cullompton, with nine defeats in ten away games this season, had two more chances in the following five minutes and both involved Skinner. First he sent a low drive past Miller but also wide, then he hit a screamer from 25 yards which Miller had to tip over the bar.
The visitors were also denied a glorious opportunity when substitute Marcus Fanson beat Bodmin's offside trap and was through on his own, but the linesman was flagging for offside.
I was in line with Fanson and he was yards onside when the ball was played – he wasn't even in front of a Bodmin defender when the ball arrived at his feet. It was a very poor decision but saved Bodmin's bacon.
Somehow the home side dragged themselves forward for one last spell of pressure, and as the game moved into the first of two minutes of time added on, defender Tom Chambers found left back Jewell in space wide on the left.
Jewell delivered a hard and low cross into the penalty area and there was Wright to fire into the net from ten yards.
The result was harsh on Cullompton and didn't fool anybody with Bodmin's interests at heart.