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     Stoke Gabriel 0 Launceston 2

    In recent home games the Stoke Gabriel faithful have been used to seeing a committed flowing passing game with more often than not three points at the end of it. Those that came today expecting more of the same were to be disappointed in what was a very disjointed and disappointing performance from the hosts.

    The start of the games gave a totally different impression as after only two minutes George Dandridge hit a pot shot from twenty five yards just wide, unfortunately that was probably as good as it got.

    The first half generally was not great for either side but at least the visitors managed to bring a few saves out of Scott Corderoy in the home goal.

    Stoke did produce just the one chance of note when a good move on the left resulted in a low cross which Stuart Bowker managed to do a complete airshot at and the chance was gone.

    As the half came towards a close even the Stoke defence were trying to assist the visitors as Ryan O’Callaghan managed to put a header just wide of his own post.

    The referee finally put everyone out of their misery and brought the first half to a close, surely it had to get better after the break.

    Stoke started the second half and the game needed something to pick it up and it was the visitors who got the edge. Just two minutes in Mark Ashworth got in a bit of a tangle and managed to concede a penalty. Sam Davey stepped up and calmly sent Scott Corderoy the wrong way for one nil.

    Stoke did seem then to up the tempo a bit and briefly looked like having a bash at getting back into the game and Nathan Hebbes managed to strike one against the post from a tight angle.

    A number of free kicks around the edge of the box followed with resulting yellow cards for the visitors but it certainly did not look like taking set pieces had been high up on the training routine as none managed to trouble the visitors keeper.

    As for the visitors when they had a couple of free kicks of their own they managed again to bring saves out of Corderoy in goal tipping one smartly over for a corner.

    Half an hour into the half a melee in the Stoke box saw the ball ricochet off a post for Liam Tilley to poke it in from six yards to seal the points.

    Stoke never really looked like pulling anything back from two down and the game drifted to its conclusion. Launceston have undoubtedly played better than today and lost while Stoke can hardly have played any worse this season. The visitors certainly wanted it more and fully deserved the three points. Stoke need now to get back on song for Monday nights visit to Callington.

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