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News Archive > General > Town old boys suffer night to forget on Poltair return

Town old boys suffer night to forget on Poltair return

By Gareth Davies 21st October 2020

Town old boys suffer night to forget on Poltair return
George Marris netted St Austell’s second goal against Bodmin and inset, Chris Reski is shown yellow and then a red card on his Poltair Park return


An old boys reunion is normally a joyous occasion, but for those Bodmin players facing their former club St Austell last Tuesday night, it was perhaps a return to Poltair Park they would rather forget.

For Chris Reski, a player that had been instrumental in St Austell’s trophy-laden period under Phil Lafferty, his night was one that won’t live long in the memory. Booked early for a foul on Matt Searle, the midfielder, who was Bodmin’s stand-out player during a tight first-half, was then sent-off five minutes before half-time.

Amidst farcical scenes, another ex-Lillywhite in Jordan Dingle upended Searle again. However, referee Richard Butter then inexplicably brandished a second yellow card to the former home favourite. Confusion then reigned and despite strong protests from the Bodmin bench, Reski was on his way.

It appeared that Butter, after his error was pointed out, then argued that Reski’s second  booking had been for dissent. If this was the case, he should have been sent to the sin-bin and not from the field of play. Although of little comfort to Bodmin as they felt the red card changed the game, Reski’s dismissal was subsequently quashed on appeal, with two referee’s assessors present at the match.

With talk amongst the season best crowd of 256 still overshadowed by Reski’s red card, St Austell dominated the second half and goals from Kieron Bishop and George Marris sealed yet another brilliant win.

Before the first half drama, Bodmin had gone close with former St Dennis man Dan Jennings forcing home custodian Jason Chapman into a fine stop.

But that was the pinnacle for Bodmin, who for all their experience in the shape of Reski, Dingle and Tom Chambers, were second best.

This result was possibly the most eye-catching of St Austell manager Mark Smith’s tenure to date although at full-time, the rookie boss said the win meant more to the home supporters than him personally.

“We defeated a local rival and with that in mind, the supporters would have enjoyed that victory more than any other we have had so far,” he told the Voice.

“We have beaten an established group of players, but I’m not so sure that they are a cohesive team as such. I think that showed the real difference as it was a team (St Austell) against a collection of players (Bodmin).

“The sending off did change the game a little bit but even before that, I thought we had settled into the game after a shaky start. We had started to control possession and create opportunities and again, it was a really mature and intelligent performance from a young set of lads who just keep proving people wrong.”

Smith went onto add that a Bodmin side which also contained Western league experience in the shape of Tallan Burns and one-time Town striker Liam Prynn, only helped spur his own side to victory.

He added: “If anything (the opposition) made the lads more motivated. It had the wrong effect from a Bodmin point of view because the lads were even more up for it than they were before they saw the team sheet.

“Anyone who saw the Callington game a few weeks ago will be able to see why I think we perform better against the better team when the challenge is greater.

“If only Darren had known that, he might not have (brought Western League players in).

“It didn’t alter my tactics at all because I’m not a huge believer in changing for the opposition. I’m more about having our own methods and principals that we have worked on over a period of time. We can always then make subtle changes and tweaks, whilst always emphasising key points that are going to make an impact against certain opposition or in certain circumstances.

“I’m not really one to change things dependent on an opposition and that is helpful for the lads because they know that it will the same approach for each game.”

By Gareth Davies 21st October 2020

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