April 4, 2018 at 10:17 pm #14942
Wednesday 4th April
SWP Division One East : Budleigh Salterton 3 Axminster Town 3
With 11 of the 14 matches tonight postponed, including several that were higher on my “to do” list, I ended up at Greenway Lane to watch hosts Budleigh Salterton on their superbly playable pitch. Not for the first time this season the Robins have staged matches when others have been unable to.
Whilst it was not my intended destination, the match certainly did not disappoint as the Robins and the Tigers of visitors Axminster Town produced a cracking 3-3 draw with both teams full of attacking endeavour.
The visitors took an early lead through Sam Dibling with the hosts levelling it up before half time with a Kyle Bassett strike from the edge of the box to make it 1-1 at the break.
The second half was just 3 minutes old when Mark Lever gave the hosts the lead for the first time but back came the Tigers to level through Aaron Daniels and then take the lead with a stunning effort from player / boss Jon Hurford who scored from pretty well the halfway line with a high and dipping effort that landed just under the bar. The goal was worthy of winning any game, but the Robins ensured it was only worth a share of the points when 3 minutes from time Aaron Denny was on hand to complete the scoring.
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April 5, 2018 at 10:48 pm #14953
Thursday 5th April
SWP Premier Division : Launceston 1 Cullompton Rangers 0
Despite two games being pushed back from Wednesday to Thursday night, I stayed loyal to my intended destination to watch Launceston against Cullompton Rangers which had the bonus of being my first visit to Pennygillam this season.
Before the game even started it was great to view the recently laid concrete path and fencing that has been installed at the car park end of the ground which was work the Clarets had to do to reach the FA “G” Grade standard.
Onto the game, it may have been a much brighter and drier day, but it was still cold as darkness fell. The game saw both teams create some good chances but with only an early goal from the hosts to show for the endeavour. The Clarets could have scored more to put the game safe, whilst Cullompton created quite a few chances of their own and will feel that with a bit of luck they would have earnt a share of the points.
April 7, 2018 at 6:17 pm #14990
Saturday 7th April
SWP Premier Division : Cullompton Rangers 0 Torpoint Athletic 1
Yet again my choice of Saturday afternoon action was dictated to by the weather and I am greatful to Cullompton Rangers for getting Speeds Meadow into a playable state and allowed me to at least see a Torpoint Athletic side in action that I had seen just twice before this season.
The game proved a leggy slog in a heavy pitch with both sides creating some half chances, but a 0-0 draw seemingly on the cards until Rory Simmons finally unlocked the home defence and gave the visitors an 86th minute lead for what proved to be the only goal of the game.
April 8, 2018 at 6:48 pm #15000
Sunday 8th April
SWP Division One West: Plymstock United 2 Wendron United 4
I chalked up my 100th SWP match of the season on a bright and sunny Dean Cross with a rare SWP Sunday fixture that saw two sides catch up on another of the games lost through the awful winter.
The fact this was on a Sunday was down to the distance involved for the visitors, the home club not having lights, and the fact they share with cricket – indeed it was one of the games that an FA extension would probably not of helped as Plymstock have to vacate the ground to Cricket at the end of April anyway.
An added bonus for me was that I had not been to Dean Cross this season and had not seen Wendron United in action at all this campaign.
The game belied the fact that 23 hours earlier both sides had been playing a Saturday afternoon 3pm start as they both put in a decent shift in an entertaining game.
Mike O’Neill opened the scoring from a scramble after 12 and doubled the lead after 25. The hosts pulled one back before the break through Chris Maskell to give a half time score of 1-2.
The second half saw Cameron Wheat make it 3-1 for the visitors only for Travis Skerton to again reduce the arrears but the final word when to Wendron, and Mike O’Neill, as he completed his hat trick and gave a final score of 2-4.
April 11, 2018 at 10:39 pm #15054
Wednesday 11th April
SWP Division One East : Newton Abbot Spurs 5 Torridgeside 0
With three of tonight’s games postponed, including both my first and second choices, it was a quick train ride to the Recreation Ground to see Newton Abbot Spurs hosting Torridgeside in another catch up fixture from the wet weather.
Spurs started the game knowing leaders St Martins had their game at the University of Exeter washed out, so a victory would send Spurs back to the top of the table by a clear point. Spurs never looked in any danger of missing out as they raced into a 3-0 lead before the break and ran out comfortable 5-0 winners by the final whistle.
Jake Chisholm scored early with Jon Holding heading in the second before Shaun Bowden scored direct from a free kick taken right out by the corner flag.
After the break Chisholm added his second and then with virtually the last kick of the game a goal keeping error handed Chisholm the easiest of chances to seal the win, and his hat-trick.
April 12, 2018 at 10:48 pm #15067
Thursday 12th April
SWP Premier Division : Witheridge 1 Launceston 2
The games are starting to come thick and fast now and it was great to visit Edge Down Park for their first Home game of 2018 – Yep with postponements they had not staged a game since last December !
On a dry but murky night the game was not of the highest quality to be honest but bottom side Witheridge were dogged and kept Launceston at bay for the best part of an hour only to be dealt the kind of bad luck that sides down the bottom seem to get as their keeper was injured and had to be replaced by an outfield player.
Within 5 minutes of the change in custodian it was 2-0 to Launceston as they took full advantage with goals in the 57th and 60th minutes but any late rout was averted by the hosts who even pulled a goal back in the 87th minute and had a glimmer of grabbing an unlikely point. The Clarets held on for the win though and collected all three points.
April 13, 2018 at 10:58 pm #15085
Friday 13th April
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle 0 Torpoint Athletic 1
Visiting Torpoint Athletic completed a double over the Pilgrims tonight, having won 2-0 at The Mill back in November, and have thus inflicted 2 of the 7 defeats that Argyle have suffered this season.
In truth it was a tight game with precious few chances and the all important goal coming from a set piece with Lee Bevan firing home a penalty kick in pretty well the last action of the first half.
Argyle fielded a very young team who tried hard but Torpoint were defensively sound and kept their clean sheet without much threat and moved two places up the table with their second away win in a week, having also won 1-0 at Cullompton last Saturday.
Few talking points in the game, but the amount of foul throws given against the young professionals may be visited on the training ground soon whilst I was a little richer for tonight’s experience having scooped the half time 50/50 draw money !
April 14, 2018 at 7:15 pm #15095
Saturday 14th April
SWP Premier Division : Camelford 1 Ivybridge Town 2
With the weather finally behaving itself on a Saturday I was able to both go to my first choice game and leave my desk early enough to go off to a game at one of the grounds I had not yet visited this season, with a cheery, happy welcome always assured from Hilary at Trefrew Park !
The pitch was, in Grand National Speak, “Good to soft” and no doubt they were as pleased as anyone to see the sun shining and the wind blowing.
The game itself lacked a spark and was in many ways typical of an end to season affair with both teams starting to show signs as the busy schedule of matches starts to bite. The game in fact appeared to have 0-0 written all over it, as despite the Camels shading the first half, the closest we had to a goal in the first 80 minutes was an effort from the hosts that was ruled out for offside.
The last 10 minutes though saw a late flurry of action as first Sam Stevens bundled home from close range to open the scoring and 7 minutes later his angled drive past Bobby Hopkinson in the Camels goal, made it 2-0. Hopkinson who normally plays outfield was wearing the gloves whilst the regular keeper was on County youth duty down the Road at Wadebridge.
Camelford finally gained some reward for their efforts with the best goal of the game coming from Josh Insley but it was virtually the last kick of the game and so the Ivy’s were able to register a third win in the past five days as they push themselves more into mid-table.
April 15, 2018 at 6:40 pm #15108
Sunday 15th April
SWP Premier Division : Witheridge 1 Helston Athletic 7
Despite some rain around Witheridge were able to host a 2nd league game in 2 days, and a third in 4 days, as the bottom club catch up on games at Edge Down Park.
Helston ran out very comfortable 7-1 winners but not before being given an early shock as Tornado Bello fired the hosts into the lead with the first attack of the match. It took the visitors until the 27th minute to get on terms with Steve Jenkins scoring and Jenkins also edged them in front at 2-1 ten minutes later with Harrison Jewell making it 3-1 at the break.
The second half was punctuated by further goals for the visitors with Scott Beattie heading home in the 63rd, Charlie Young scoring with a 72nd minute free kick, an own goal after 81 and Jamie Thirkle completing the scoring in the 88th minute.
Great to see Steve Massey on the winning side, he often teases me that his teams always lose when I watch them, whilst the Chocolate Fudge & Strawberry home made cake at half time was more than adequate replacement for my missed Sunday Roast !
April 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm #15120
Monday 16th April
SWP Premier Division : Tavistock 2 Bodmin Town 1
On a very windy, but thankfully dry, Langsford Park, two of the leagues heavy weights slugged out another important game at the top of the Premier Division. Tavistock need to keep winning to force runaway leaders Plymouth Parkway into any kind of pressure, but the Lambs also need the points to ensure at least runners-up spot as several sides, including Bodmin Town are not far away.
The visitors took the lead with Harry Evans heading in a 28th minute corner but Bodmin could not hold the lead until half time as Tallan Burns levelled with a low drive from the edge of the box.
The second half was an even affair with neither side able to open up the others defences but just when a draw looked the likely outcome a rash challenge saw the referee point to the penalty spot and Jack Crago duly converted the 84th minute spot kick to seal the win. Late on the Lambs had a player red carded, but the 10 men held out for the stoppage time period.
April 17, 2018 at 9:00 pm #15130
Tuesday 17th April
SWP Division One East : Alphington 2 University of Exeter 2
For my 7th consecutive day of watch a game I decided to stay local with a trip to my nearest ground at Alphington, although I was due a visit having only been to the Chronicles once all season. It was also a benefit as I was still at my desk at 5pm working out new dates for Liverton v Teignmouth and Bovey Tracey v Ilfracombe which were both off tonight!
This Exeter Derby was played on a damp, murky night, certainly no sign of this Spring heat wave that they keep forecasting but never seems to arrive ! It was also the Alphas first home game back at The Chronicles after the recent sewerage leak forced them to give up home advantage to Torridgeside last weekend.
As for the game, it was an entertaining tussle with the Students taking the lead with the only goal of the first half. The Alphas restored parity with a Ryan Moody penalty 5 minutes after the re-start and then took the lead from a fine strike by young Luke White with 17 minutes to go. The visiting Students though grabbed a share of the spoils with a looping header 8 minutes from the end.
April 18, 2018 at 10:53 pm #15147
Wednesday 18th April
SWP Premier Division: Exmouth Town 1 Camelford 4
The 8th game in 8 days saw a trip to the seaside and a visit to Southern Road where the out of form Exmouth Town were hosting Camelford who were playing their 2nd game in 3 days as they catch up on games. Exmouth had started the season quite well and had played lots of games in the first half of the season and picked up all their 28 points before Christmas, which is just as well as they have not collected a single point so far in 2018 !
Camelford did have reasonable fears about relegation but two wins this week, having beaten Godolphin on Monday, means they have not only pulled away from danger but also climbed a place in the table tonight.
The opening goal was probably an own goal, though no doubt someone will try to claim it, but a 2nd goal before the break gave the Camels a 2-0 half time lead. Exmouth pulled a goal back after 5 minutes of the second half with another own goal, and for a while they looked as if they could get back on level terms, having a few efforts of their own at the right end whilst Martin Rice made several fine saves at the back.
However late on the Camels ensured the victory with a great strike from Ed Harrison to make it 3-1 and with time fast running out Adam Sleep completed the scoring from an acute angle.
April 19, 2018 at 9:17 pm #15158
Thursday 19th April
SWP Division One East : Teignmouth 2 Bovey Tracey 3
Well the weather was for once nice enough to be beside the seaside and so a trip to Coombe Valley to see a repeat of last months Devon Premier Cup semi final, with this time visiting Bovey Tracey gaining revenge for that cup defeat with a 3-2 win.
The hosts had gone 1-0 and 2-0 up and were firmly in control at half time but the second period saw the visitors storm back with an early goal and then levelled the contest at 2-2 which looked as if it would be the final score until an injury time winner gave them the full turn-around and the victory.
This was my 9th straight day of watching an SWP game and with the Friday fare being at Camelford (who I visited last weekend) I will be staying in to wash my hair on Friday night – But plans already in place for another marathon run of games from Saturday onwards !
April 21, 2018 at 7:17 pm #15188
Saturday 21st April
SWP Premier Division : Launceston 1 Tavistock 3
A Saturday trip over the Tamar to see a game that still meant something in the Premier Division as Tavistock needed to win to keep alive any hopes of retaining the title and were faced with a tricky looking local derby at a Launceston side who are now firmly in the top half of the table themselves.
It looked for a while as if the title would indeed be settled this afternoon especially when Launceston took an 11th minute lead, but the Lambs were back on level terms before the break and then completed the turn-around with two further goals in the second half.
A pleasant day with a good sized crowd, with most in the stand, and in the shade, and happy to partake in the banter that local derbies inspire !
April 22, 2018 at 6:50 pm #15200
Sunday 22nd April
SWP Division One West : Ludgvan 8 Dobwalls 1
After nearly a whole season of trying, I finally got to Fairfield this afternoon to see Ludgvan play a home game and re-complete the set of SWP Grounds, having only previously been to the West Cornwall club for ground inspections rather than to see a match.
With both clubs playing a second game of the weekend, and the warm temps, it was no surprise to see lots of team changes by both clubs but despite the end result their was no sign in the first half of the eventual margin of victory.
Geren James had opened the scoring midway through the half and Josh Magin had made it 2-0 at the break – which was taken with the host club whose hospitality was excellent, especially the home made cakes !
The second half was pretty well one way traffic though with an own goal from debutant Tom Scott making it 3-0 in the 56th, 2 minutes later Rosss Duncan made it 4-0, 3 minutes later it was 5-0 after substitute Wade Brown scored with his first touch and 3 minutes later – making it 4 goals in 10 minutes – it was 6-0 as James scored his second.
The last quarter of the game saw the pace slack but Dobwalls did pull a goal back through Dan Perryman before two last goals from Magin and Ross Williams completed the scoring.
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April 23, 2018 at 8:57 pm #15210
Monday 23rd April
SWP Division One East : Alphington 2 Teignmouth 2
After Saturday and Sunday trips over the Tamar and into Cornwall, a much shorter trip to Alphington this evening and a 6.30pm kick off with Teignmouth the visitors to the Chronicles.
A decent match with both teams playing at a good tempo despite the fatigue of all these games in quick succession and in the end a score draw was probably about right.
Teignmouth took the lead midway through the first half with the Alphas levelling up the scores six minutes before the break.
The second half was a tale of two penalties – The first in the 77th minute was awarded to the visitors for a handball which the Alphas defenders argued was “ball to hand” rather than “hand to ball” but from the resultant spot kick home keeper Jack McAndrews did well to keep out Geoff Breslans effort only for the former Exeter City player to react first and slot home the rebound. The lead did not last long though as 5 minutes later a handball at the opposite end saw the hosts awarded a penalty of their own which Lucas White scored from to make it 2-2.
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April 24, 2018 at 9:21 pm #15227
Tuesday 24th April
SWP Division One East : St Martins 2 Bovey Tracey 1
The East Division title race is still neck and neck as St Martins and rivals Newton Abbot Spurs slog it out with win after win for each of them at the top of the table.
This was a potentially trick match for the Exminster based side with Bovey Tracey a more than capable opponent, but they gilt edged the first chance as the conceded a penalty in more or less the very first minute, but St Martins wasted the opportunity with the initial shot saved and the rebound blazed wide.
The hosts though did dominate the first half and opened the scoring through Stuart Davies after 22 minutes and their dominance was rewarded in first half stoppage time when Jamie Dirrane made it 2-0.
Bovey though came back from 0-2 down at Teignmouth just 5 days ago and when Dean Stevens reduced the arrears from a 58th minute penalty the complexion of the game changed. St Martins became more defensive and had to fight their way through to full time with the one goal margin which keeps the title destination in their own hands, but only just !
April 25, 2018 at 11:17 pm #15252
Wednesday 25th April
SWP Division ONe East : Axminster Town 1 Ilfracombe Town 3
The Tiger Way hosts became just the third club (Budleigh & Marjon being the others) to complete their home programme of matches, but there was no great happy ending as the North Devon visitors, making their debut at Tiger Way, were the victors.
The Blue-Birds were in front after just 5 minutes with Tom Hannah on target but they could not keep the lead as the hosts levelled in the 18th minute through Charlie Skilton and it remained at 1-1 until the half time break.
The second half again saw the visitors score early, this time through Brodie Montague and they were able to keep the lead against some pressure from the hosts, but late on the visitors sealed the win with Max Smith scoring in the 88th minute.
A pleasant evening in the company of club stalwarts from two respected clubs and for the half time entertainment nothing can beat seeing three ducks not just in the ground – but walking around in the clubhouse too !
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April 26, 2018 at 11:16 pm #15269
Thursday 26th April
SWP Division One West : Elburton Villa 3 Ludgvan 1
It’s been that kind of season when it takes until April 26th for me to finally watch the closest West Division team to my abode, in fact it was a relief to tick off Elburton and also visit the always improving Haye Road (great to view the new referees changing room too !)
Ludgvan had the unenviable trip from West to East midweek and like many other clubs this season they bore the short straw well and contributed to a good top of the table clash between two sides who were both playing their 2nd game in 3 days.
The first half was goalless with neither side really on top and it looked as if it would be a slender slip either way to separate the two teams, but a purple patch early in the second half put paid to all that.
Elburton scored three times in 12 minutes to steal a march back into the title race for themselves and shake up an already complicated title run in for all contenders. Will Matthews ran on and fired Villa in to the lead after 52, a superb long range strike form Jordan Rundle made it 2-0 after 61 and a handball leading to a 64th minute penalty allowed Nick Aplin to make it 3-0.
Ludgvan re-grouped and steadied the ship but were only able to grab a late 88th minute consolation through Mark Richards looping header.
April 27, 2018 at 9:52 pm #15283
Friday 27th April
SWP Division One East : Crediton United 1 St Martins 3
St Martins battled through to a 3-1 Friday night win away at near neighbours, and keen rivals, Crediton United to retain the destination of the title into their own hands, albeit with more work to do yet.
Stuart Davies fired them into a 16th minute lead but they then spurned several good chances before finally doubling the lead with Davies again the scorer in the 66th minute.
Kyrton threw themselves a lifeline when Matt Trenaman reduced the arrears from a 76th minute corner, but 5 minutes later Ben Watson beat the offiside trap and restored the two goal cushion.
A good night out with a decent Friday night crowd, and a keenly contested game that was far from much of the end of season fare, but the night was tainted by poor Crediton Secretary Mary Avery suffering a nasty fall and knocking her head on a concrete step, thankfully despite a bloodied face, Aunty Mary is made of stern stuff and was soon back on her feet – take it easy Mary !
April 28, 2018 at 7:02 pm #15300
Saturday 28th April
SWP Division One West : Plymstock United 1 Bude Town 6
This afternoons match was chosen mainly because having watched 53 of the 54 SWP clubs this season, I had not until now seen Bude Town. Before the game I had even joked that I had “saved the best to last” which given Bude were 17th in Division One West was hardly accurate – however an hour and a half or so later I can certainly say they were not the worst of the clubs I have seen with my own eyes !
After 25 minutes with no goals and no great clue as to how the game would unfold Bude hit 4 goals in 15 minutes with strikes in the 25th, 27th, 32nd and 40th minutes to effectively win the game, and with Illogan the “17th side” this weekend they were off the bottom of the table for pretty well the first time all season.
Plymstock briefly threatened at the start of the second half to make a game of it with Chris Maskell reducing the arrears but further Bude goals in the 73rd and 86th minutes ensured an away day win in some style.
April 30, 2018 at 11:39 pm #15324
Monday 30th April
SWP Premier Division : Callington Town 1 Bodmin Town 6
For my 22nd and final game of April ! Another chance in this crazy season to tick off another host club as I had not yet managed to get to Marshfield Park this season.
The ground has undergone a lot of work over the past couple of seasons and its always a delight, on a dry and sunny day at least, to visit the Pasty Men’s HQ.
As for the game, the early signs pointed to a close contest with only one goal in the first 45 minutes with talisman Adam Carter opening the scoring. The second half though saw the visitors run away with the contest as Carter doubled the lead in the 49th minute (although strong protests about offside) and then Ethan Phillips made it 0-3 after 56 minutes.
Callington reduced the arrears just before the hour mark and for a while looked as if they might get back into the match but three late goals gave the visitors dual strike force a hat trick each. Ethan Phillips made it 1-4 before Carter scored to complete his hat trick with the 5th goal and just two minutes later a fine individual goal from Phillips made it 1-6 and gave the former Tiverton player his hat-trick too.
May 1, 2018 at 11:06 pm #15340
Tuesday 1st May
SWP Premier Division : Ivybridge Town 0 Tavistock 8
I had not been to Erme Valley since the opening Friday Night fixture of the league season back in August – it rained that night and for my re-visit in May it still rained and was throughly winter like conditions once more !
Like a lot of clubs, the Ivy’s were down to the bare bones squad wise and the weakened nature of the team can be summed up by central defender Josh Zimmerman having to play in goal tonight.
However that takes nothing away from Tavistock who were comfortably the better side from start to finish and that showed in the margin of victory which also leaves the Lambs officially needing one win from their final three games, but as Bodmin & Falmouth play each other on Wednesday night that could actually mean the next time they play the Lambs may actually only need a draw.
The scoring was shared around tonight with Lewis Daw heading them in front, Josh Grant and Tyler Elliott both scored to make it 3-0 at the break. The second half saw Tallan Burns make it 4-0 before Josh Grant got his 2nd with a scissor kick and further goals late on were shared around with Liam Prynn, Dan Sullivan and Warren Daw all finding the target.
May 2, 2018 at 11:18 pm #15354
Wednesday 2nd May
SWP Premier Division: Exmouth Town 2 Helston Athletic 1
Having had to collect poor Toby from the Vet after him having his “knackers, knackered” I had to stay fairly local tonight and caught the train down to see Exmouth Town hosting a Helston Athletic side who had to make the long journey midweek.
Exmouth, after an awful run of results, have picked up recently with a draw at Torpoint and a Win at Cullompton and they made it 7 out of the last 9 points tonight with a 2-1 win.
After a goalless and largely uneventful first half, the game came alive early in the second period. Scott Beattie headed past Martin Rice to give the visitors a 53rd minute lead but Exmouth were back on level terms just two minutes later with Simon Withers also heading home.
The deciding goal came in the 68th minute and saw Helston keeper Barry Wyatt try to play himself out of trouble on the edge of his own box only to be disposed by Exmouth forward Ace High who duly punished the mistake and score what proved to be the winning goal.
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May 3, 2018 at 11:15 pm #15371
Thursday 3rd May
SWP Premier Division : Tavistock 5 Newquay 2
The Runners Up position in the Premier Division was secured by Tavistock this evening after the Lambs collected the 3 points they needed with still two games to play.
The game, although having an end of the season feel about it, provided great entertainment with plenty of goals and a match played in generally a very good manner.
Tavistock started off in dominant mood against a young Peppermints side that was missing several regulars and the hosts were 3-0 up at the break after two goals from Warren Daw and one from Tallan Burns.
The second half though saw the Peppermints much improved and they gave as good as they got with Louis Price reducing arrears to 3-1 before the goal of the night, a superb shot from distance, by Josh Robins made it 4-1. Newquay came back again with Price again reducing the arrears before Lewis Daw completed the scoring late on.
At the final whistle league Vice Chairman Mike Pett presented the Tavvy skipper with the league Runners Up trophy.
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May 4, 2018 at 11:02 pm #15385
Friday 4th May
SWP Premier Division: Plymouth Parkway 2 Bodmin Town 1
With the title already assured Plymouth Parkway signed off their title winning season with a narrow 2-1 win at home to Bodmin Town with another good Friday Night crowd of 304 at Bolitho Park.
Parkway took a 16th minute lead through Mike Williams and doubled the advantage when Glynn Hobbs scored his 41st goal in the league this season with a 33rd minute penalty kick.
The hosts claimed the record for fewest defeats and highest goalscoring in the Premier Divisions history and would have set a new record for fewest goals conceded until Neil Slateford reduced the arrears after the break which meant they had to settle for equalling that particular benchmark.
At the end of the match finance director Peter Stevenson presented the Parkway squad with the Cup and medals and the champagne celebrations started, and they have a long bank holiday weekend to enjoy them !
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May 5, 2018 at 6:52 pm #15397
Saturday 5th May
SWP Premier Division : Cullompton Rangers 2 Camelford 1
With nothing actually being decided in the league today I took one of the easier options and a trip to Cullompton Rangers who were hosting a Camelford side that I had not seen in action taht much this season.
The first half was very much end of season stuff, not really surprising as both clubs having been playing so many games recently, in fact Camelford had played only last night at Callington. The one real incident in the first half saw the visitors awarded a 29th minute penalty, but Dan Balsdons spot kick was well saved by home ‘keeper Adam Seedhouse-Evans.
One real joy about a trip to Cullompton is always the half time spread – I don’t want to be accused of judging – but I have not seen better half time hospitality this season than that at Speeds Meadow!
The second half provided more entertainment than the first and in the end three goals. Camelford opened the scoring with a well placed shot from Andy Boxall in the 59th minute but the hosts were back on level terms within 5 minutes with Alpha Sow getting the final touch. What proved to be the winning goal came 8 minutes from time with Joe O’Loughlin netting to earn the hosts the three points.
May 7, 2018 at 5:08 pm #15412
Monday 7th May
SWP Division One East : St Martins 1 Ilfracombe Town 0
Recently I have seen a lot of goals, in fact their have been high scores almost daily and across all three divisions, but sometimes it’s just the solitary effort that makes all the difference and that was exactly what today was about.
St Martins needed to win all their remaining games to win the title and they were made to work so hard for it today by an Ilfracombe Town side who deserve much credit. They arrived late, kick off put back to 2.15pm, and had players missing and playing out of position but they started the game leading a rather charmed life at first, before proving that they had real fight as they kept the hosts at bay until almost the death.
The Minstermen had all the early play, all the forward possession and yet they were unable to break down a blue birds outfit to the point that frustration had clearly started to get the better of the hosts. When the goal finally came it saw a foul on a St Martins forward, the referee looked to play an advantage but the keeper saved the effort and he pulled it back for a spot kick. The 79th minute penalty was hit with venom from Nathan Cooper to much delight amongst the home faithful.
That was not the end though as the visitors then rallied and tried to get forward late on, leading to a few half chances and some nervous defending.
The result means that the season in the East goes down to May 9th – University v St Martins – a Win for St Martins and they are champions, anything but and Newton Abbot Spurs are home and dry !
May 9, 2018 at 10:24 pm #15440
Wednesday 9th May
SWP Division One East : University of Exeter 0 St Martins 5
A bumper crowd of 109, the largest at University for many years, saw visitors St Martins earn their 17th straight win and in turn the East Division title. The Exminster based club had won every game since, ironically, losing at home to the Students back in November.
After a nervous start the Minster Men had to wait until the 33rd minute to go in front with Aaron Sowden scoring what proved to be the only goal of the first half. The second period was just 6 minutes old when the Champions scored the vital 2nd goal through Dan Gill and from then on they played with much more confidence as they netted a further three times to seal the win and the title.
At the final whistle, league Chairman Steve Ware presented Newton Abbot Spurs with the Runners Up trophy, Spurs were a credit for their play this season and their sportsmanship and congratulations to St Martins. Steve Ware then presented the East Trophy and the celebrations started for the new champions.
May 11, 2018 at 10:42 pm #15474
Friday 11th May
SWP Division One West : Millbrook 1 Plymouth Marjon 0
Millbrook clinched the West Division title with the required victory in their final game of the season, but the Jenkins Park side were made to work very hard indeed for the points by a spirited Plymouth Marjon outfit.
A bumper, and highest crowd for several years of 154, saw the only goal of the contest come from the penalty spot just after the hour mark with Tom Payne scoring the decisive, and 100th, goal for Millbrook.
At the final whistle the celebrations started and the Championship Cup was presented by league vice chairman Mike Pett.
May 12, 2018 at 7:31 pm #15492
Saturday 12th May
SWP Premier Division : Camelford 4 Torpoint Athletic 2
With the two sides agreeing to an 11am kick off, I was one of a number of people who took the chance to double up and watch two games in North Cornwall today.
For an end of season match it was feisty and produced several good goals – Andy Boxalls goal for the Camels on the stroke of half time was superb. The Camels leap-frogged Torpoint and climbed to a very respectable 10th place with the three points.
May 12, 2018 at 7:37 pm #15493
Saturday 12th May
Walter C Parson Cup Final : Falmouth Town 4 Tavistock 2 AET (At Wadebridge Town)
A superb final, played in good weather with an excellent host club and watched on by a decent crowd of 405, a fitting end to the season.
Josh Grant gave Tavistock the lead with the only goal of the first half and the Lambs had the better share of the tie until the break. The second half was just 6 minutes old when Jordan Annear made it 1-1 and just past the mid-point of the half Luke Brabyn gave Falmouth a 2-1 lead. Tavistock pushed for a leveller and with 10 minutes remaining Dan Sullivan made it 2-2 and with no further goals the tie went to extra time.
The added 30 minutes saw Annear restore the lead on the stroke of half time with a goal that also put him in front in the Golden Boot race, and three minutes into the second period he completed his hat trick to seal the win.
At the final whistle representatives from Sponsors Walter C Parson Funeral Directors made the presentations and the Falmouth players and large travelling support started the celebrations.
May 14, 2018 at 10:39 pm #15507
Monday 14th May
SWP Division One West : St Dennis 2 Porthleven 6
The final league game in any of the three Divisions took place at Boscawen Park and having not watched St Dennis at home this season it was a chance to tick one more ground off for the season !
A free scoring game with an end of the season feel, but both teams put plenty of effort into attack with the visiting Porthleven side racing into a 0-3 lead at half time thanks to an opening goal from Matt Drummond followed by two from Dan Hindmarch.
With Sean Haskell-Mills making it 0-4 just two minutes after the re-start a big away win seemed likely but the hosts dragged their way back with Nathan Hugh making it 1-4 and then Jacob Rowe bringing it back to 2-4. Their was to be no fightback though as Rob Carey scored the visitors 5th before Matt Drummond in the 89th minute took the honour of scoring the very last goal of the 2017/18 league season.
Well that’s that for another season, quite an eventful one that will be remembered for many by the winter weather that caused disruption from November to early April.
In a perverse sort of way I have really enjoyed this season, in someways its good to be challenged and have been kept busy, so I personally will remember this campaign with a wry amount of satisfaction.
I hope you have enjoyed my “Happy Hoppings” – I have enjoyed most of the 129 matches – If I had to pick a best & worse then Taunton Town v Tavistock in the FA Cup ranks as number 1, the worst ? probably being soaked to the skin watching Honiton v Ilfracombe at Easter !
129 matches, all 54 teams seen, trips from Penzance to the Isle of Wight, 45 of the 54 SWP grounds visited (sorry for the 9 I did not get to this year), and that included at least 3 Saturdays where I simply had nowhere to go because of the weather !
It’s not time for a rest just yet – plenty of admin to close this season down, AGM’s & Dinners etc etc and then starting work on next season – but a chance to recharge the batteries will come and we can start again on July 29th at the Charity Day – Oh and a World Cup to keep us entertained until then !
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