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Gilbert pledges future to Bodmin

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

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Darren Gilbert has emphatically ruled out the possibility of leaving Bodmin Town to join Liskeard Athletic at the end of this season.

Following Bodmin's exit from the FA Carlsberg Vase against Gornal Athletic, speculation started about Gilbert's future at the club he has turned into regular trophy winners since he took over as manager in September 2009.

Gilbert, a former Liskeard player who still lives in the town, was linked with a return to Lux Park this coming summer. But this week he said: "The day I finish football management at Bodmin Town is the day I finish with football management.

"I've been at Bodmin for a few seasons now and what we have built has taken a lot of work. There's no way I would give that up. I get fed up with people going on internet forums anonymously with this type of rumour, making out they are in the know.

"All they are trying to do is unsettle Bodmin Town Football Club, but they won't."

Bodmin are set to return to action at Priory Park tonight when they face Torpoint Athletic in a much-delayed Throgmorton Cup tie. Neil Slateford, Sam Matthews, Luke Rundle and Glynn Hobbs, who all missed last Saturday's 3-0 Cornwall Senior Cup win at Dobwalls, are expected to be in tonight's squad.

After tonight, Carlsberg South West Peninsula League leaders Bodmin can look forward to probably their toughest away game of the season, against title rivals Plymouth Parkway on Saturday.

Gilbert said: "Yes, it's another big match for us and we'll have to be at our best."

Chris Luxton will celebrate his 20th birthday tomorrow as a Bodmin player, after rejecting the chance to join Truro City for the rest of the season.

The popular striker held talks with Truro's head of football development, Steve Massey, last Friday. Gilbert said: "I have no doubt that Chris could step up to Truro's level. He wouldn't let them down, he's that good."

Truro were in Blue Square Bet South action last night, when they lost 2-1 at home to Dorchester Town. Devon-based striker Kieffer Moore, who left City to sign for the Magpies last week, scored both of the Dorset club's goals. A Martin Watts free-kick gave the hosts their goal.

Matt Hockley, with two goals, and Matt Andrew gave Bideford a 3-0 home win over Bedworth United in the Premier Division of the Evo-Stik League Southern.

In Division One South and West, Tiverton Town were two down at Shortwood United but hit back to draw 2-2 with goals from Michael Nardiello and David Steele.

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