Bonaparte looking to add 'killer instinct' to Bovey
BOVEY TRACEY player-manager Roger Bonaparte said his team need to harness a 'killer instinct' to win matches – starting with this Saturday's trip to Torpoint Athletic (3pm).
Bovey were beaten 4-2 by Newquay at Mill Marsh Park last weekend, conceding three late goals despite dominating possession.
Last season's Division One West champions Newquay took all three points after going ahead with a goal which had a strong suspicion of offside about it.
Hayden Roe had earlier levelled the scores for Bovey with a shot on the turn, but the hosts were unable to turn their remaining possession into goals.
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At 4-1 down, it was Bonaparte himself who came on and squared the ball for Jason Cordice to hit a late consolation.
He said: "At 1-1 you thought there was only one winner: Bovey Tracey. But what happened next showed that we didn't have the killer instinct.
"They were on the ropes, but we didn't have the drive to get that second goal."
He added: "It was typical of how the season is going for us that we don't seem to be getting the rub of the green. To be told by the linesman after the game that 'I got it wrong' leaves you feeling just cold."
The Moorlanders were missing five players including centre-halves Ben Head and Ed Plackett plus Matty Bear, John Barrow and Lewis Plackett.
This weekend, Jared Lewington is the only doubt having been crunched by a late challenge last weekend.
Bonaparte believes referees need to clamp down on such tackles during the game rather than apologising to him afterwards.
"Referees keep saying sorry to us that they missed it or were following the ball – but it's got to the stage that players are getting injured.
"Jared is a crucial loss for us – the driving runs he makes were a big loss against Newquay.
"We're going to go back to the drawing board and try to get the win on Saturday – it's nice having games in hand but we need to convert those into points now."
Liverton United host St Blazey this Saturday (2.15pm) on the back of two close encounters in four days.
They beat pointless Penzance 2-1 away last Saturday - despite going behind from the penalty spot - when Jordan Lamm levelled before the break and Ollie Booth rifled home what proved to be the winner on the hour.
They went behind early again at Witheridge on Tuesday night when the home team performed well for their new management team, including former Grecians duo Chris Vinnecombe and John Cornforth.
Despite Liverton levelling just after the break, when home defender Dave Rowe sliced a clearance into his own net, it was the hosts who scored the clincher in another 2-1 result.
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