Bonaparte laments budget gap as guest stars shine for Parkway
BOVEY TRACEY player-manager Roger Bonaparte lamented the gap in club finances after several guest stars sunk his team against Plymouth Parkway on Tuesday.
Buckland Athletic stars Chris Wright and Danny Lewis both appeared for Parkway, and it was Wright who scored two goals in a 3-0 result for the Plymothians.
This weekend, Bonaparte's side are at home to Ivybridge Town who are now managed by former Bovey boss Graeme Kirkup and also have had money to spend.
"It was the fourth game in 10 days and we looked a bit tired," said Bonaparte.
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"Everyone still comments on how well we're playing but because Parkway have a budget they were able to bring in the two guest players from Buckland Athletic.
"In the end, four games in 10 days is too much for any side."
Bonaparte played at centre-half on Tuesday and may have to do the same this weekend with Ben Head and Ed Plackett both unavailable.
Last weekend, Bovey were beaten 2-1 by Division One East side Alphington in a Throgmorton Cup first round exit.
Hayden Roe volleyed the Moorlanders back into the game after Alphas had taken a first-half lead, and it was the hosts who went on to grab the winner after the break.
Bonaparte admitted there was a touch of fatigue which affected his side.
"You could see why we were a Premier Division team at times, but we let ourselves down at times by a lack of concentration. We're disappointed with the result and after the game people were angry with themselves which is a good sign in a way."
LIVERTON United boss Tony Bowker said his side need to pick themselves up from their disastrous cup exit when Witheridge are the visitors to the Halford Ground on Saturday (3pm).
Bowker's side were beaten 7-2 by Teignmouth last Saturday – the ignominy made even greater by the fact that it was played on home turf. Six of the seven goals were also scored by former Liverton players, with five coming from Carl Cliff-Brown and another from Liam McAuley.
Liverton handed several goals to Teignmouth on a plate after defensive errors, including a dropped ball by keeper Nathan Murphy at the feet of Cliff-Brown.
But Bowker is far from ready to throw in the towel, and believes the return of centre-halves Simon Laughton and Craig Fenner will end their three-game losing run which has also seen then drop back in the Premier Division table.
"For 36 minutes you would never have thought it was going to be 7-2 to Teignmouth," he said.
"Before we went 1-0 up we hit the bar and post, and then Owen Gilding scored a great goal.
"But we went from being the best side for 36 minutes to going in 3-1 down at half-time."
He added: "I can't knock the side for their effort and endeavour, but we've got to cut out these silly mistakes.
"We haven't had a recognised centre-half for the last couple of games and it doesn't half make a difference."
Danny Broadway, suspended last weekend, comes back into the squad to add another boost.
"I can't remember the last time I was beaten three games on the trot," said Bowker. "It was a long time ago. But the lads are young are learning all the time. They will be okay."