Journeyman's experience could be key for Bovey's latest clash
BOVEY TRACEY player-manager Roger Bonaparte believes his experience at step five could prove crucial as the Moorlanders take on St Austell at Mill Marsh Park on Saturday (3pm).
Bonaparte said his side should 'assert their authority' during the tie against the Lilywhites, who are a similarly youthful team, having found their feet in the Premier Division.
Bovey wiped away Elburton Villa's unbeaten record with a 2-1 win in Plymouth last Saturday, Hayden Roe scoring both goals, and Bonaparte wants another three points this weekend.
"I said last week that the season has started now and there's a renewed excitement at the club," he said. "There's a buzz that we're on track."
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Roe's finishing as well as some good shot-stopping from Bovey goalkeeper Tom Brooks proved the bedrock of their win according to their manager.
"I know it's clichéd, but we took our chances," added Bonaparte. "They were few and far between but he [Roe] was very clinical.
"And Tom Brooks was awesome – he is a very good goalkeeper and showed his worth for the club."
With three players missing last weekend, Bonaparte brought in midfielder John Barrow from Taunton Town – a link-up aided by former Bovey assistant Leigh Robinson.
Bovey are also boosted by the return of Jarrod Lewington and Matt Taylor this weekend, though Freddy Smith has left for university.
"Against Liskeard it is about carrying on from last week and asserting our authority," added Bonaparte.
"They are similar to us but I think my experience at this level could swing things in our favour. I think we'll start to show what we are about now."
LIVERTON United boss Tony Bowker should have a stronger squad to pick from when his side take on Penzance at home on Saturday (3pm).
Bowker was able to take just 12 players to Liskeard Athletic last weekend – and lost one of those players to a red card a minute into the second half.
Striker Danny Broadway received his marching orders for a second bookable offence, with the scores at 0-0. Yet Liverton went ahead through debutant Tom Stocko before conceding a last-ditch goal.
Bowker said: "It seemed like a defeat rather than a draw to be honest. We went down to 10 men in the first minute of the second half but then probably had our best spell.
"I had a couple of no-shows at the last minute which I was disappointed with, but the 12 lads who went, the effort they put in was fantastic and they deserve a pat on the back for that. To concede in the last minute was a shocker."
Stuart Bowker, Liam Ford and Gareth Judkins are all expected to be back in contention for the clash this weekend.
Home advantage is something which Liverton have enjoyed only once in their four games so far – and Bowker is hoping it will help his team add to their points tally.
"We've played four away games and we're still unbeaten," he added. "Hopefully we can get some momentum and some points on the board."