The FA Disability Cup


Sunday 23rd February 2014 was the date for Bodmin Dragons first attempt in the Disability FA Cup 1st Round.

The FA Disability Cup

Bodmin Dragons Ability Counts FC 1 – 3 Twyford Spartans Ability Counts FC

Sunday 23rd February 2014 was the date for Bodmin Dragons first attempt in the Disability FA Cup 1st Round. This came after a postponement of the Preliminary Round where they were due to play Exeter City however due to the late withdrawal of two teams they were advanced to the 1st round.

The venue at Wadebridge was perfect for that big game feeling and the Dragons turned out in force early to try to settle the nerves before the biggest Game of their Ability Counts History. Although the Dragons had a warm up friendly game against St.Kew Highway on Friday night this was their first encounter of 11 v 11 competitive football.

The Dragons play in the Cornwall Ability Counts League at the Championship level and they knew that their Devon opposition also compete at this level, therefore on paper this could be an evenly matched tie. This was proved to be the case...............

The wind was a factor for both sides however it was the Dragons who were playing with the wind which proved not to be an advantage with many passes not finding their intended targets in the early exchanges. Both defences were holding tight with both keepers rarely involved. Twyford however struck first with a first time effort from 20 yards bending into the Dragons near post with Keeper Gary Langmaid at full stretch but unable to stop the superb drive. The Dragons settled again and after several attacks were awarded a penalty. After a short debate as to who would take the spot kick Mark Fuller stepped up and drove low to the Goalkeepers right and although the keeper got a touch the score was levelled. Jubilant scenes followed as the Dragons celebrated. The first half continued to be a level encounter with half time arriving at 1-1.

The Second half began with Twyford Spartans trying, as the Dragons had, to tame the conditions with many over hit passes. It was Twyford however that started to get a foothold in the game and were combining well particularly down the right hand side forcing corners and putting pressure on the Dragons goal. Eventually the pressure was rewarded when a close range effort found its way into the Dragons net. The Dragons mustered a couple more chances in this even game and when Danny Cornwall broke from the left hand side, shrugged off a defender and smashed the ball against the Goalkeepers legs the ball deflected awkwardly with Rob Baron almost capitalising on the re-bound. It was Twyford that killed the game off however with a superbly taken lob which sparked joyous scenes for the Spartans and their travelling support.

The Dragons can all be proud of their first experience in the Disability FA Cup and the experience for all those involved was amazing. Twyford Spartans voted Dragons midfielder Josh Raven as their man of the match. Josh has locally just stepped up from the League to the Championship level so this was well received.

Thank you to Wadebridge Town FC for hosting the game and Good Luck to Twyford Spartans in the Next Round of the Cup.


Bodmin Dragons Squad

Gary Langmaid
Peter Shepherd
Benjamin Bumford
Christopher Parfitt
Danny Cornwall
Jack Mills
Robert Baron
Kylub Wilce
Ashley Foster
Callum Bruce
Mark Fuller
Matthew Robinson
Zachery Taylor
Josh Raven

Michelle Taylor Club Secretary and Steve Borlase Head Coach are already looking forward to preparing the Squad for the FA Cup next season (subject to acceptance).

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