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Ivybridge Town general manager Brian Howard is hoping a mouth-watering fixture against title-challenging Bodmin Town on Tuesday can provide a boost to his team in a season which he admitted was in danger of petering out.
Wednesday night saw Ivybridge travel just across the county border to visit Callington in a match which ended in an unsatisfying 1-0 loss for the Bridgers, their third straight defeat. They currently sit seventh in the table, but have played more games than teams around them.
A busy week which sees them host Bodmin on Tuesday, 7.30pm kick-off, at Erme Valley before travelling to Camelford on Thursday night could reignite their season, but it will be a tough task.
Bodmin sit second in the table, six points behind champions St Austell but with two games in hand and a far superior goal difference. Camelford should on paper present an easier challenge, as they sit 19th in the table, but as Wednesday’s game proved teams playing at home are always dangerous.
Howard admitted his side, who conceded the only goal of the game in the first quarter of the match, were slow out of the blocks, but thought they played well enough from there on to deserve at least a point. He said: ‘It’s another disappointing result, a game we should have won, but it’s just not happening at the moment. We were very disappointing the first 20 minutes, went in at half time 1-0 down, but in the second half we absolutely dominated.
‘We hit the woodwork, we had what I thought was a good penalty shout for a foul on Steve Sutton turned down, and it was one of those games where you’re banging your head against a brick wall, we just couldn’t score.
‘Nicky Marker was back with the team and even he couldn’t inspire us, though it’s good to have him back.’
Town have just four games of the season left and will be looking to at least win one of these next two to get back on track in a season which promised so much but is in danger of failing to deliver on its promise.