Bodmin Town continued pre-season with a 4-1 loss to Southern League Bristol Manor Farm PICTURE: COLIN BRADBURY
4th August 2021
Manager Darren Gilbert says a youthful looking Bodmin Town side ‘more than matched’ a Plymouth Parkway outfit gearing up for Southern League football this season.
With Tom Chambers missing from the heart of Bodmin’s defence, new signing Jordan Bentley came in to make his debut ironically against the team which had dispensed of his services in the preceding hours. Fellow new signings Tyler Cove, Reece Shanley, Stevie Colwell, Lyle Johnson and Sonny Dover all featured alongside another fresh face in Levi Landricombe who, also playing against his former side, netted both Bodmin goals in a 3-2 defeat.
Tom Bath had given Parkway an early lead before Landricombe, pictured, levelled things up when turning home a Sol Wheatley cross after 12 minutes. Bath added to his tally before the break before ex-Bodmin ace Shane Krac made it three, only for Landricombe to reduce the deficit once more when timing a run to perfection and lobbing the goalkeeper with 17 to play.
“I am disappointed as I thought we gave away three silly goals tonight to be honest,” said Gilbert to the Voice at full-time.
“That comes with Tom Chambers not being available and Tom Harris playing at centre- half. He has had to play there because of the numbers we have had and obviously it was Jordan’s first game for us.”
“It is a mixed pairing and they weren’t great goals to give away. The first one is right over the top and we should know better. The second one is a poor goal and the third one is even poorer so from our point of view these are not goals you want to be conceding.”
“Jordan is done and dusted but we missed Tom Chambers. We missed his leadership, he is our captain and you don’t want to be without your captain for games like this. It is a friendly and we want to be ready for Callington, that is what we are striving for.”
“We have played a very good Parkway side and come up short. Not too short though. In the first five minutes of the firsthalf they scored a goal but for 40 minutes after that I thought we caused them all sorts of problems. We just didn’t take our opportunities.”
“We have got enough quality in the team, we just need to get the balance right. Alex Cairo and Jordan have come into the side but it is not an ideal situation to come in for a game against Parkway but it has been a test for us, we have enjoyed it, we will dust ourselves down and go again.”
“At the end of the day, these boys are two leagues above us and we have more than matched them.”
The second half was marred by a straight red card shown by referee Simon Long to young substitute Jake Smith, who was adjudged to have committed serious foul play. “It is a red I don’t know what happened,” Gilbert said.
“The boy is not just going to go across and kick someone so something has happened which he wasn’t very happy with and he has gone and retaliated. No-one has red mist because they want to go and kick somebody. He has got to go, he has booted him but the boy was apologetic. “
“It is a bit frustrating but you are playing a top, top side that will compete and be near the top of their league I should imagine. We had Tyler who is 18 or 19 and Harvey who is 16 plus the boy that got sent off who is 16 or 17. Tom Harris is only 18 as well.”
“We have got a lot of youngsters and we are playing against your Shane Kracs, your River Allens, your Tom Baths and Billy Palfreys.”
“You look around at the quality that they have got, people like Jack Crago, and when you look at our youngsters coming up against that, I think they have done very, very well.”
Bodmin continued their preseason preparations against two more Southern League opponents, losing 4-1 at home to Bristol Manor Farm on Saturday before completing their programme against Bideford last evening (Tuesday). Town start their South West Peninsula League season with a home game against Callington on Saturday (August 7).