Bridgers face tough test against holders
The second round of the Throgmorton Cup sees the top Peninsula Premier sides from last season enter the fray with holders Bodmin Town travelling to take on a much-improved Ivybridge Town.
Both teams had fine midweek victories with Bodmin scoring two goals in each half to win 4-0 at Torpoint Athletic – a triumph that moved them up to second in the table.
Bodmin also beat Western League Premier league leaders Brislington 3-2 in last Saturday's FA Vase but manager Darren Gilbert is aware that his side cannot take anything for granted at Erme Valley.
"Ivybridge will be another tough cup-tie but I know that our players will give their all, and I can's ask for any more than that," said Gilbert.
It remains to be seen what line-up Gilbert will start with as he had Steve Simmonds, Neil Slateford, Huw Morgan and Luke Hodge plus long-term injury victim Danny O'Hagan missing from the squad that won at The Mill.
"Ivybridge will fancy their chances against us, especially as they are at home, but if we play to our potential then we should be OK," said Gilbert.
Bridgers joint manager, Graeme Kirkup is aware that his side start the game as underdogs. "We have nothing to lose but we are doing much better this season so we will certainly have a go," he said.
His team bounced back from their inept display at Launceston to win 5-2 at Tavistock on Wednesday.
The Bridgers they have Mike Scott and Stuart Morgan both working while Josh Zimmerman (ankle), Jamie Middleton (back) and Chris Maskell (knee) are all sidelined.
Another all-Premier tie takes place at Haye Road where Elburton Villa could have a full squad available, with the return of Lewis Daw and Saam Khakbazan, for the visit of Witheridge.
Seven Premier teams face the potential "banana skin" tie as they take on opposition from Division One. East Division Alphington, Exeter Civil Service and Galmpton enjoy home advantage over Cullompton, Newquay and Torpoint respectively.
Unbeaten West outfit Wadebridge host Tavistock at while St Austell travel to take on new boys Helston. Camelford enjoy home advantage over West side Holsworthy while Saltash entertain East outfit Teignmouth.
There are two East versus West ties with Newton Abbot Spurs taking on Dobwalls and West league leaders Godolphin travelling to Stoke Gabriel.
In an all-East encounter, Exmouth welcome Axminster while Hayle host Penryn in an all-West meeting.