AFTER watching his side bravely bow out of the Cornwall Senior Cup on Tuesday night, St Day manager Matt Harris is ready to turn his focus on ending his last season in charge of the club by winning the Combination League.
Harris, whose side were beaten 6-3 by South West Peninsula League premier division St Austell, confirmed earlier this month that he would be standing down at the end of the current campaign after almost three years at Vogue Park.
Speaking to West Briton Sport yesterday, Harris revealed how he was disappointed to learn the club have no interest in making the step up to the South West Peninsula League if they win the league this season.
He said: "I'm desperate to manage at a higher level and I would love to do that at St Day.
"Unfortunately the club see it as too much of a financial risk to go up, which is fair enough.
"I want to progress as a manager but we're at a crossroads, and that's why I have told them I will be standing down at the end of the season."
The Saints are currently fifth in the table, 18 points behind leaders Illogan RBL – a club who have stated they want promotion. But with four games in hand, and Illogan visiting Vogue later this season, there is still everything to play for.
Harris added: "We've played four or five games less than the teams above us and if we win them we won't be far off.
"We still have 19 games to play this season and the majority of them are at home, with the likes of Illogan and Wendron still to come here.
"I honestly think we will win the league this season and we still have a good chance of winning the Combination League Cup."
St Day's hopes of progressing to the semi-finals of the Cornwall Senior Cup at Poltair Park on Wednesday night ended as goals from Will Tinsley, Chris Reski, Carl Rickard (2), Mike Body and Ben Douglas clinched the Lillywhites their place in the last four.
The Saints, playing in their first ever Senior Cup quarter-final, had shocked their hosts by taking an early lead through Terry Rowe. St Austell then stormed into 6-1 lead, before Shane Richards and Danny Ford (penalty) pulled goals back.
Harris, who was sent to the stands for comments made to the officials, said: "If we had taken our chances then it might have been a different story."
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