Vinni praises players as Withy bounce back
WITHERIDGE manager Chris Vinnicombe hailed his players' mental strength as they bounced back from consecutive defeats to hammer bottom side Penzance.
Striker Jordan Charran bagged a hat-trick and substitute Steve Ebdy scored twice while Toby Nicholson netted an overhead kick to complete a comfortable win for Withy.
Vinnicombe's men entered the game on the back of a 5-0 league defeat to Plymouth Parkway and a 7-2 midweek hammering at home to Plymouth Argyle in their Devon St Luke's Bowl quarter-final.
But they responded to those setbacks in fine style on Saturday with what Vinnicombe labelled a 'workmanlike display'.
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"I told the boys just to put the defeats behind them and just focus on playing as we have been all season and that is exactly what we did," said Vinnicombe, whose side are likely to face a sterner examination when they travel to Launceston on Saturday.
"After our defeat against Plymouth I did wonder how we'd react if we conceded early, but we played very well.
"It was a bobbily pitch but we managed to move the ball faster than we did last week and got the ball in the right areas.
"We got something like three goals in five second-half minutes and that effectively killed the game."
Cullompton Rangers boss Mike Taylor is optimistic his side will be fit to face Bodmin Town on Saturday, despite illness taking its toll.
Taylor was forced to cancel training last week and had to use a number of second team players in the 3-3 draw at Saltash United after a bug ripped through the team.
"We had to cancel training again because the bug was still doing the rounds and a couple of other players have picked it up since," said Taylor. "Maybe it was a blessing in disguise that we did not have a game this weekend because we would have really struggled to make it.
"But we will have a good blowout in training this week and hopefully be all set and ready for this weekend."