Ludlam's late strike seals first league win for Bodmin
Liskeard Athletic 2 Bodmin Town 3
Champions Bodmin recorded their first Carlsberg South West Peninsula League win of the season at the third attempt with Jonny Ludlam’s 88th minute strike securing all three points at Lux Park.
The result condemned Liskeard to their fourth successive premier division defeat but they pushed Bodmin all the way in a bruising encounter.
Indeed the Blues swept into a surprise lead after eight minutes with a cool finish from Tom Hall after he had beat the Bodmin offside trap.
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It took a lacklustre Bodmin until the 33rd minute to equalise when Lewis Reed’s through ball sent Huw Morgan clear down the right, and he laid the ball square for Lee Doel to finish off from ten yards.
Bodmin looked more purposeful in the second half and took the lead for the first time after 58 minutes when substitute Sammy Matthews, who had only been on for five minutes, ran the ball into the net after a mix-up in the Liskeard defence.
But the home side refused to buckle and they were back on level terms in the 72nd minute with a superb left foot strike from Lee Blatchford which curled over Bodmin keeper Kevin Miller into the top corner.
Bodmin poured forward in search of a winner and it arrived with two minutes of normal time remaining. Lee Doel’s corner from the left was only half cleared and Ludlam brought the ball under control before drilling a low shot into the net from 15 yards.
There were injuries on both sides. Bodmin keeper Miller suffered a cut inside his right ear after Liskeard striker went in late with his boot. Miller was able to continue but is likely to require hospital treatment.
And young Liskeard full back Connor Brimicombe limped off after only 17 minutes with a suspected broken ankle.
Liskeard: J Blatchford, Lowton, Crawford, Quaintance, Steve Matthews, Outtram, Woods, L Blatchford, Waters (Matcham 79), Hall, Brimicombe (Small 17). Sub not used: Rowbotham.
Goals: Hall (8), L Blatchford (72).
Yellow cards: Waters (20), Steve Matthews (36), Crawford (52), Lowton (60).
Bodmin: Miller, Reed, Jewell, Chambers, Simmonds, N Doel (Sam Matthews 53), Lindsay, Ludlam, Hodge, L Doel, Morgan. Subs not used: McNary, Thompson.
Goals: L Doel (33), Sam Matthews (58), Ludlam (88).
Yellow card: L Doel (64).
Referee: Oliver Green (Plymouth).