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Dobwalls hoping to cause cup shock against giants of Bodmin

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

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All three divisons of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League have reduced programmes today due to the county Football Associations staging the quarter-finals of their cup competitions.

Four Peninsula West teams all meet opponents from their Premier Division in the last eight of the Cornwall Senior Cup.

Dobwalls take part in a real in a real 'David versus Goliath' cup-tie when they entertain holders Bodmin Town at Lantoom Park.

Last weekend Bodmin were losing their fifth-round FA Carlsberg Vase tie, 1-0 to Gornal Athletic, at Priory Park in front of a crowd of over 350 but they will have to refocus their attentions to the confines of Lantoom and a Dobwalls side who have a good cup record this season.

Seven various cup ties have seen Paul Andrews' side lose just once, 4-1 at Newquay in the Throgmorton Cup, which has seen them reach the last eight of the Senior Cup and the semi-finals of the Charity Cup.

The last time Dobwalls entertained Bodmin was in the second round of the Throgmorton Cup in October 2008, when Dan Tapper and Martyn Hake scored the goals that gave them a 2-2 draw, after extra time, only for Bodmin to triumph 4-2 on penalties. Unfortunately for Dobwalls, Hake misses this tie as he is still sidelined with a hamstring injury, while striker Joe Knight is cup-tied. Manager Andrews can otherwise select from the squad that won 5-2 at Porthleven in last weekend's Charity Cup quarter-final at Gala Parc.

Liskeard Athletic's fine midweek victory at St Blazey earned them a quarter-final tie at home to high-scoring West Divison outfit Helston Athletic.

The Blues will be aware that Helston are the highest scorers in the Peninsula League and in Mark Goldsworthy and Liam Eddy have two of the most prolific strikers in the league with the pair sharing 60 goals between them in all competitions this season.

Liskeard boss Paul Blatchford will rely on Wednesday's successful squad, with the exception of new signing Miles Hatfield, who is unavailable for the game.

Torpoint Athletic will be aware that they will not be able to take anything for granted when they entertain West Division high-flyers Penryn Athletic at The Mill.

Point boss Darren Edwards will be forced to make changes as striker Liam Thornton is unavailable and central defender Gavin Welson is cup-tied meaning a return for assistant manager Karl Curtis.

St Dennis have been working hard on their pitch at Boscawen Park in an effort to make sure that their home tie against Newquay goes ahead.

The Senior Cup affects both Premier and West Division fixtures while the Devon Premier Cup has cut the East Division down to five fixtures as three of the quarter-final ties are all-Peninsula East affairs with the odd one out being Buckland Athletic reserves entertaining St Martins.

East league leaders Exmouth entertain Exeter Civil Service, while there is a south Devon affair at Stoke Gabriel, who entertain Teignmouth, with the Exeter derby between Alphington and the University taking place at The Chronicles, with all ties kicking off at 2pm.

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