Cup form bodes well for the future, says boss Duff
Saltash United first-team will return for pre-season on June 21.
5th May 2021
By Lee Hall
Saltash United reserves’ hopes of progressing in this season’s St Piran League Cup may be all but over, but manager Robin Duff says the form his side have shown in recent weeks bodes well for next season.
The Ashes beat Morwenstow 3-2 at the weekend thanks to goals from Craig Brenton (10), Cameron Dymond (17) and Alfie Daw (55).
However, unless there was a monumental goal swing in their favour in last night’s final group game against Callington Town last night, Saltash’s cup campaign will be over for another season.
The top two sides from the east group progress, and Saltash were third going into last night’s same, three points behind second-placed Launceston reserves, who have a superior goal difference to the Ashes. Launceston are on 12, while Saltash are on -4.
But while their cup campaign is now effectively over, with Launceston and leaders Bude Town set to progress, Duff has been hugely encouraged by their form in the competition, and hopes they can sign off with a win.
He said: “It was another good performance against Morwenstow. We were dominant, and looked comfortable going 3-0 up inside the first 55 minutes.
“My only issue was that we let them back into it. They pulled a goal back and then scored with the last kick of the game so it looked a lot closer than it actually was. We just have to manage moments better.
“But overall I’ve been really pleased with the way we’ve been playing and it would be nice to win our final game which would set us up nicely for pre-season.
“The only two sides to beat us this season are the two who are going through, Bude and Launceston, so I think we have a lot to feel happy about going into next season.”
Duff says the League Cup group format has been a great idea, after their league campaign was curtailed by the pandemic.
The Ashes’ boss says the competition has given his players something to play for, and they will benefit from it before they take an end of season break.
He said: “The players have really enjoyed it. They have been training with purpose and have been looking forward to the games.
“We haven’t progressed, but we did well and I think that bodes well for next season.”
Elsewhere, Millbrook reserves’ disappointing League Cup campaign continued as they were beaten 5-0 at Launceston reserves on Saturday.
Millbrook have picked up just one point from their five group stage games and they conclude their season with a trip to Saltash Borough on Saturday.
Kevin McCann’s Borough were beaten 2-0 at home to Bude Town at the weekend. It was Saltash’s third successive 2-0 defeat, and McCann will be looking for a response from his players on Saturday.
They are currently second from bottom in the group after picking up three points from their opening four games. After their penultimate game of the League Cup season against Millbrook, Saltash play their final game of the season at Morwenstow on Saturday week.