Doddridge give Saltash a boost for Vase tie against Buckland
Saltash United's preparations for the visit of Western Premier outfit Buckland Athletic, in the first-round proper of the FA Vase, were boosted by the news that highly-rated winger Luke Doddridge had turned down approaches from Liskeard Athletic and Plymouth Parkway.
Doddridge will be part of a squad that could also see Steve Sargison (ankle), Sam Hughes (work), Gavin Coulton (hamstring), Stuart Clark (calf) and Richard Maddison (hip) all returning as they renew rivalries with former Peninsula side Buckland.
Young midfielder Oscar Bennetts is away with the Cornwall youth squad while central defender Lewis Russell could by out for some time after suffering a broken rib.
"It's always tough playing a team from the Premier Division of the Western League, especially when it's one of the top sides. But it's a cup game and anything can happen on the day and we will approach it with optimism and give it our best shot," said a confident Ashes boss Stuart Dudley.
Bodmin boss Darren Gilbert will be awaiting news on several of his squad before naming his starting line-up for the visit of Western Premier outfit Brislington.
Bodmin are aware of the challenge presented by Brislington who led 1-0 at the interval of their extra preliminary round FA Cup game at Priory Park last August before a second half hat-trick from Chris Luxton saw the Peninsula champions win 3-1.
Gilbert will have noted that Brislington have shown a marked improvement since that game and are currently top of the Western Premier having won seven on their opening 11 league games.
"Obviously the league is our priority but it would be good to have a run in the Vase as it would be fantastic for the club to do well in this competition," said Gilbert.
Division One East side Exmouth Town entertain Western League Division One side Sherborne Town in their third Vase tie of the season.
Elmore were their first victims and that 2-0 success was followed by a 1-0 win at Western Premier side Wells City.
St Blazey also face Western League Premier opposition when the host Barnstaple.
The Green & Blacks await a late fitness test on Josh Sims (hamstring) but central defender Ryan Williams is out.
The only all-Peninsula tie takes place at Poltair Park where St Austell host Bovey Tracey, who earned their trip to Cornwall by defeating Welton Rovers 3-0, while the Lillywhites beat visiting Ashton & Backwell 1-0.