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Hillson is determined to keep title race alive

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 23, 2013

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Having quashed rumours of an end-of-season move to home-town team Liskeard Athletic, Bodmin Town manager Darren Gilbert could take his side a long way to retaining the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League title when they visit second-placed Plymouth Parkway today.

A win for the Cornish side would leave their hosts six points adrift, having played a game.

Gilbert awaits late news on midfielder Steve Colwell's ankle injury that saw him carried off just before half-time in Wednesday's 10-0 Throgmorton Cup victory over Torpoint Athletic at Priory Park, where Adam Carter's tally of seven goals set a cup record and equalled the league's best.

Parkway boss Wayne Hillson said: "Will we give Bodmin the respect they deserve but we will be going all out to get the result which will keep the title chase alive." His son, Sam Hillson, has turned down an approach by Torpoint and celebrated by scoring his side's first goal in Wednesday's 2-1 Devon St Luke's Challenge Cup victory at Tavistock.

Central defender John Heveran made a late second-half appearance and is hopeful his knee will not suffer any reaction, but Hillson Snr awaits news on winger Dan Griffiths' groin injury.

Elburton Villa managers Simon Westlake and Mark Bowden will be looking for a positive response when they travel to Camelford, after a 7-2 home defeat to St Austell last weekend.

Westlake is aware of how good the Camels are. "They are a good side and will present us with a real challenge, which is good as the lads let themselves down last weekend," he said.

Elburton top scorer Levi Landricombe is still unavailable, while youngsters Charlie Penwill and Mike Smith are both with the Devon county youth squad, but striker Lee Salmon returns.

St Austell will be looking to build on that result at Haye Road when they entertain Tavistock, as victory could take them into the top six.

Saltash United will bid to bounce back from last weekend's home draw with Cullompton Rangers when they travel to Torpoint.

Falmouth Town celebrated their first victory in 13 games last weekend and entertain a Bovey Tracey side who have only lost once in six games.

Liskeard boss Paul Blatchford will be looking for a response from his side at home to Newquay, after the 6-0 defeat his side suffered at Mount Wise three weeks ago.

Witheridge visit bottom club Penzance while St Blazey entertain Ivybridge Town.

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