Hooper's praise for Cooper's Clarets
NEWQUAY boss Glynn Hooper has described tomorrow's opponents at Mount Wise, Launceston, the 'most honest side I have seen this season.'
The Peppermints prepare to take on Leigh Cooper's high-riding Clarets side who have been beaten only five times in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League this season.
They were top of the premier division for several weeks before being overtaken last week by Bodmin Town, and Hooper said: "There is no great secret to their success.
"They are the most honest and the hardest working team I have seen this season, and they have a threat on the counter attack.
"Individually there are not many of their players that other top teams would take, but as a team, they work together so well.
"Coops has done a really great job there and continues to do a great job."
But Hooper added: "We have a plan and we will hope to make it work against them."
Hooper took the opportunity to watch Launceston in their Cornwall Senior Cup tie at St Austell last Friday night but admits he didn't learn much.
He said: "To be honest I left with five minutes to go and Launceston were losing 3-1. There didn't seem any way back for them.
"But they went on to win in extra time, which says all you need to know about the character in their side."
The Peppermints retain an interest in tomorrow's Westinsure Cornwall Senior Cup third round draw after surviving a tough test away to East Cornwall Premier League side Lanreath at the weekend.
Newquay won 3-1 courtesy of goals from Danny Brook (2) and Mark Vercesi and Hooper said: "It wasn't a vintage performance from us, but we're still in the competition.
"We dominated possession for large parts of the game, got two goals ahead, but were desperate to get the third which would have killed it off. Luke Weldhen had a chance to make it 3-0 before half-time but missed it, and then they got one back just after half-time.
"Fortunately we quickly made it 3-1 and that was good enough to see us through a tricky cup tie."
Match report, Page 102.
Godolphin Atlantic will be looking to shrug off their Cornwall Senior Cup disappointment when they travel to face Truro City Reserves tomorrow in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League division one west.
The G Men were knocked out of the Cup by a goal in the last minute of extra time at Torpoint after holding the premier division outfit to 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes (report, Page 103).
Godolphin are top of division one west by eight points.