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News Archive > Sport > Long old trip for Lillywhites

Long old trip for Lillywhites

By Gareth Rowett 9th August 2017

Long old trip for Lillywhites
CLOSE GAME: Mark Goldsworthy tries to force the ball home

ST AUSTELL will travel to Dorset this afternoon hoping to keep their FA Cup adventure alive after being forced into a replay with Western League Bridport.

The Lillywhites played out a 1-1 draw with the Bees at Poltair on Saturday and will now have to make the two-and-a-half hour trip in a bid to reach the first qualifying round of the competition.

£1,500 prize money will be at stake with the victors taking on the winners of the Hallen v Street tie, who drew 1-1 on Saturday and were due to replay last night.

St Austell were understrength on Saturday, missing five first-team players but tonight will welcome back Will Tinsley, Kirk Davies and Liam Eddy into the squad, when they travel up this afternoon.

Assistant manager Kelvin Hunkin spoke to the Voice after Saturday’s draw and said: “After last week’s poor performance against Tavistock the lads were keen to put things right.

“We started nervously but were much more on our game and despite going behind our work-rate and team spirit kept us in the tie.

“Both sides had chances but overall we felt we edged it and only some excellent keeping stopped us taking a lead.

“Rob Wearne was particularly unlucky and Chris Reski's delivery in to the box unsettled them all game.”

Hunkin had praise also for the club’s supporters who turned out in their numbers for the first game of the season.

He added: “I think the supporters who are excellent for St Austell, were happier as they at least saw us battling and creating things against higher league opponents.

“The most important thing was staying in the tie and we now travel to Bridport with Eds,Tins and Kirk returning, all offering experience and pace.

“We are hopeful that this will cause them even more problems at the back and secure our place in next round.”

Tonight’s replay kicks-off at 7.45pm.

By Gareth Rowett 9th August 2017

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