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Western LeaguelogoDane Bunney is hoping to see his Saltash United bounce back quickly when they take on second in the table Bitton at Kimberley Stadium tomorrow.

The Ashes’ six-match unbeaten run in all competitions was ended on Wednesday when Mousehole inflicted a 3-1 defeat on them in front of a crowd of 192.

Bitton, two points behind leaders Tavistock with a game in hand, will provide another tough test with Bunney saying: “It’s another big game and a chance to bounce back immediately.”

Of Wednesday’s setback, which came five days after the Ashes beat Mousehole 2-1 at Trungle Park in the Cornwall Senior Cup, Bunney said: “We didn’t play well, despite having arguably the better chances overall.

“Having said that, the better team won the game.

“I take full responsibility. I should have second-guessed the change of system by Mousehole after Saturday’s game but I kept us the same and that played into their hands.

“It was what they were expecting and this time they were ready.”

The Ashes will make at least one change tomorrow, with striker Ryan Richards returning to his first choice club Torpoint, who are at home to Holsworthy in the SWPL premier division east.

Richards, who played against Mousehole, has signed for the Ashes on dual registration after playing for fellow Western League side Tavistock earlier in the season.

Mousehole, meanwhile, go in search of a fifth successive league win tomorrow when they travel to Bridgwater United.

Jake Ash’s side are a point behind their opponents but have two games in hand and another victory at Fairfax Park would keep them in touch with the top six.

Ash was delighted with the performance at Saltash, saying: “It was a fantastic night for us. Truth be told, Saturday helped us and taught us a lot about how we could approach it.

“The boys learnt from it and adapted to find a different way to win a game.

“That’s four league wins on the spin now so it’s pleasing to keep the good run going, especially away from home against a good side.”

Elsewhere in the premier division tomorrow, game of the day is at Kellaway Park where fourth-placed Helston take on leaders Tavistock.

Millbrook, fresh from a 10-day break following a 3-3 draw at Helston, travel to third-placed Buckland Athletic in another attractive looking fixture.

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