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Match Preview from Kimberley Stadium: Saltash United v Bovey Tracey


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BOVEY TRACEY Manager Ryan German was quoted in his weekly interview that Saltash was the best footballing side he has faced this season.

German takes the Moorlanders to the other side of the border with two more games before the season ends.

Bovey have been up and down recently in terms of results and performances but will be boosted by their improvement on Wednesday when they were 2-1 victors against Witheridge at Mill Marsh Park.

Attackingly, Bovey were excellent down the wings and defensively won airial battles and kept their shape well, but still seem to get caught on the break which German wants to rectify.

Against Saltash at Mill Marsh Park earlier in 2013 both sides played out a 1-1 draw but going into Saturdays game German faces a selection headache for a number of reasons with players away and also the return of Tom Brooks.

Jamie Micklewright is the latest player to have left for another club, joining Buckland Athletic. Ryan Stanbridge is away on stag doo duty, Jared Lewington starts his suspension, Dale O'Donaghue is working and Alex Sanderson is away. Ed Plackett has decided to continue playing for the thirds therefore German is hoping all players who play Saturday impress to continue in their remainder of games which keeps the rest of the squad out.

In goal, Tom Brooks returns after completing the London Marathon, missing both Liskeard last weekend and Witheridge on Wednesday. However Aaron Ibbetson, who was released by Torquay United Academy has signed permanently for Bovey and has deputised for Brooks. Ibbetson's performances have shown his quality and German must decide whether to stick with Ibbetson or recall Brooks. 16-year old Jake Welch will also be included again after an excellent 90 minutes against Liskeard.

Saltash plan to hit Bovey hard on Saturday after ending on the losing side against Newquay in an eventful game on Tuesday night. A fracas seemed the changing point in their mind set, but all players and management will put that behind the as they look to gain three more points. The Ashes haven't won since the start of April, having drawn two and lost two of their four games since then.

Saltash currently sit two points ahead of St Blazey in the top six and will look to keep that position come the end of a difficult season for them.

Saturday will also be Saltash's final home game of the season and hope for a bumper crowd at the Kimberley Stadium.

Taken from Plymouth's Herald, Saltash United will be without two of their first team squad for the rest of the season; Shane Jewell is suspended for the last three games while Richard Maddison's knee injury keeps him on the sidelines. There are also doubts over defender Rikki Allen who requires a late fitness test on an injured knee.

Bovey are now just two points from 40 points which could see them enter the FA Cup next season, although a draw will still require another point from two games, but will go all out to try and steal a win.

As long as the desire and committment stays the same German is confident that the breaks will come in front of goal more.

Saltash United (from): N Murphy, A Cusack, S Hughes, M Cusack, D Zalick, R Saint, G Coulton, S Sargison, O Bennetts, M. Godfree, S Clark, R Allen, T Clark, L Russell, D Kanaki.

Bovey Tracey (from:) T Brooks, A Ibbetson, C Walters, T Arnold, K Fisher, L Pascoe, L Plackett, J Welch, D Maric, L Head, H Roe, S Dicken, J Cordice

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Was at the game today and agree the standard of Saltashs play was good at times. I have been to watch a number of games this season. I see Saltash had their top goalscorer on the bench today and Bovey had 4 players missing from their win against Witheridge. Although Saltash played well out the back, they lacked class in the final third and perhaps is the difference why their not a major team in the league (i.e top 4)! Bovey although worked hard, looked a very tired team at times. The referee was very poor and refused to let the game flow. Saltash had a penalty and the Bovey player should have been booked. Saltashs keeper handled from a backpass on his goal line and could have possibly been sent off but no action taken. I think a 3-1 scoreline would have been fair but still both teams have a lot to do to become a top team in the league

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First real chance since the game yesterday to comment on the match.

Was good to see Gavin Coulton playing further up the pitch today. Although he has been our saviour many times in defence this season, still like in midfield/attack.

As you say Stuart, a win by 5-6 goals would not have flattered.

Always good to see Sam Hughes in attack. Guess we were resting Danny Zallick for the remaining two games this season.

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