October 19, 2018 at 10:54 pm #17002
Friday 19th October
Walter C Parson Cup 2nd Round : Tavistock 1 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 3
A first visit of the season to the always immaculate Langsford Park to see not only an eagerly awaited West Devon “derby” in the league cup but also a chance to present the Lambs groundsman with an FA certificate for his placing in the 2018 FA Budweiser Groundsman’s Awards.
The cup tie itself saw the young Pilgrims side knock out last seasons beaten finalists with a powerful first half display that saw the Pilgrims reach the interval 3-0 to the good.
The opening goal was a scrambled effort that was tucked home by Callum Dyson in the 18th minute. On the half hour it was 2-0 as Tom Purrington scored with a sweetly struck effort from distance and 5 minutes before the break Dyson was on hand to score his second, this time with a well placed header.
The second half was a much more even contest although the hosts were thankful to their keeper who made several fine saves and with 77 minutes played they were able to reduce the arrears when they were awarded a penalty which Josh Grant duly scored from.
October 20, 2018 at 6:41 pm #17013
Saturday 20th October
Walter C Parson Cup 2nd Round : Bovey Tracey 2 Launceston 4
A quick trip back to Mill Marsh Park as I had been there for the league game with Honiton in midweek, but today was Cup action as they hosted Premier Division Launceston who I had not seen in action away from home so far this season.
On a very warm day at anytime, and unseasonably so in mid-October the home pitch was in fine condition and the hosts were superbly organised as league officials were in town to do the cup draw as well. It was great to see Mike Pett and Peter Stevenson and a real bonus that Carl & Valerie Throgmorton were present too.
As for the game, the visiting Clarets (wearing sky blue!) took an 11th minute lead through the evergreen Sam Davey but were pegged back before half time as Sean Finch levelled with a looping header. Before the break the visitors should have restored the lead when they were awarded a penalty but Davey’s spot kick was well saved.
The second half saw the hosts threaten an upset when just before the hour they took the lead as Sean Finch was left unmarked at the far post and he shot home, but the visitors soon responded with substitute Rhys Walton levelling before Rueben Kane gave them the lead after 68 minutes and Jordan Walton completed the scoring ten minutes later.
October 22, 2018 at 10:00 pm #17038
Monday 22nd October
SWP Division One East : Crediton United 2 Alphington 1
A good Monday night attendance at Lords Meadow to watch an East Devon Derby with hosts Crediton United narrowly claiming a 2-1 win which lifts them up four places in the crowded mid-table section of the standings.
The hosts took the lead in the 15th minute when Simon Durrant shot home low into the opposite corner for what proved to be the only goal of the first half.
The visitors wasted no time at the start of the second half in drawing level as a ball across the six yard box was tucked home at the far post by Ryan Moody to make it 1-1 after 47 minutes.
Both sides then had strong claims for penalties, with Alphington probably having two good “shouts” to Kirton’s one, but the referee waived away all appeals in a game that became rather feisty in the traditional local derby sense. What proved to be the winning goal came in the 69th minute when Durrant hooked home a loose ball in a crowded penalty area for his second goal of the night.
Toby Bonus : Sporting his new “Adidog” sweatshirt Toby is fast becoming a fashion icon but that didn’t stop him being fastest to reach when Alphas stalwart Norman Lyne-ley dropped a biscuit during the half time hospitality !
October 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm #17045
Tuesday 23rd October
SWP Division One West : Plymouth Marjon 5 Plymstock United 1
A chance to watch two of the clubs that I had yet to see in action this season face each other under the campus floodlights in what is probably the only true Plymouth Derby this season. (Elburton having been promoted and Argyle not playing in Plymouth etc).
The game was just 28 seconds old and in the first attacking move when the hosts took the lead through Liam Donovan, but the initial lead was not for long as Plymstock were awarded a 7th minute penalty following a clear foul and with Jacob Smale netting from the spot the game was back level at 1-1. After two goals in the opening 7 minutes the play settled down with no further goals in the first half.
The second period saw Marjon take control of the game with Jacob Cameron restoring the lead in the 51st minute and then making it 3-1 in the 57th with his second strike. Two late goals saw further gloss to the scoreline with Liam Donovan making it 4-1 after 81 and Sam Macgowan completing the scoring in the 83rd minute.
The win lifts Marjon up two places to 8th whilst Plymstock fall one spit to 10th.
Always good to catch up with some old stalwarts and David Baskwill was in fine form as usual along with Dave Saunders and Ian Palmer and for the hosts it was nice to meet up with Kevin & Michelle Taylor and Chris “chaos” Smietanka !
October 24, 2018 at 10:32 pm #17053
Wednesday 24th October
SWP Division One East : Sidmouth Town 1 Honiton Town 0
The Vikings newly installed managerial team of Danny Burwood and Kevin Tooze got off to a winning start in their first league game in charge thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over local rivals Honiton Town in a real East Devon “derby”, with a good crowd of 153 present to watch on.
After a goalless first half the all important goal came just eight minutes into the second half as a free kick from outside the box was scored by the experienced Danny Clay.
Both sides hit the woodwork late on as first Honiton came close the levelling up when a shot from wide out on the touchline clipped the far post and later Sidmouth came close to doubling the lead when a close range header hit the top of the crossbar.
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October 26, 2018 at 11:33 pm #17071
Friday 26th October
SWP Premier Division : Camelford 2 Newquay 3
A very wet, windy and at times hail filled night at Trefrew Park for this weeks Friday Night outing, but plenty of hot drinks from Hilary ensured that even at the highest ground in the SWP, I was kept warm !
The match saw both teams create plenty of chances with each testing out the woodwork on several occasions, and drama to the very end. The visiting Peppermints took the lead after 32 minutes when an effort from distance hit the crossbar, bounced back and was then pin-balled around before ending up in the net for probably an own goal. The lead didn’t last long though and the Camels leveller also had a touch of good fortune as a deflected shot made it 1-1 in the 34th minute. The next goal, and the last of the first half, needed no good fortune though as a firm 41st minute header gave the Camels a 2-1 half time lead.
The second half saw both sides create and spurn chances with eventually Newquay getting on level terms 13 minutes from time through Jack Bray-Evans. With the score at 2-2 and the game in stoppage time a draw was probably a fair result, but a loose clearance found Bray-Evans who volleyed home a dramatic stoppage time winner for the visitors that lifts them up three places in the table, including climbing above the Camels.
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October 27, 2018 at 7:34 pm #17083
Saturday 27th October
SWP Division One East : Teignmouth 2 Brixham 3
Having seen 17 of the 19 East Division clubs this season the missing two were Teignmouth & Brixham, so too good a chance to pick them both up at once with a train ride down to the seaside.
Teignmouth’s Coombe Valley pitch was looking by far the best I can recall it ever being, very lush grass and well prepared and the club have also purchased new goalposts and started extending the hard standing down the complete main side of the ground. At the bottom end bushes and trees have gone and the area opened up a bit with a much less hemmed in feel to the place.
As for the match, the two teams traded early goals with Liam McAuley firing Brixham in front after 8 minutes and the hosts bringing it back level at 1-1 just two minutes later through Sean Ayre. The goal scoring then stopped with the score remaining 1-1 through til half time.
The second period saw Brixham start on top with debutant Steve Bowker heading home to restore the lead on 54 minutes and then Jack Turek making it 3-1 after 71 minutes with Brixham at that time full value for the win. Late on however Teignmouth rallied and when Sean Ayre scored his 2nd to make it 2-3 there was still 7 minutes plus stoppage time to play as the hosts searched for an equaliser, they indeed came close on a couple of occasions, but in the end Brixham collected all 3 points to take back to Wall Park and climbed a place in the table and into the Top 6.
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October 30, 2018 at 10:34 pm #17103
Tuesday 30th October
SWP Premier Division : Sticker 1 Newquay 2
A train trip down to Burngullow Park and a chance to both see and visit Sticker for the first time this season.
The main purpose tonight was to help present the home club groundsman, Clive Julian, with an FA certificate to recognise first place in the league groundsman award for Premier. As always the pitch and facilities were in superb condition and I watched the game from the new seated stand a feisty encounter.
The home club have been on the wrong end of some heavy defeats recently, and although they lost tonight, they were very much in the contest.
The visiting Peppermints went two up in the opening period with Hayden Turner scoring both with shots in the 15th and 22nd minutes but Sticker reduced the arrears when they were awarded a 38th minute penalty which Frankie Mcavoy scored from.
The second half was a feisty affair with some frantic play but few scoring opportunties for either side. The visitors were reduced to 10 men a quarter hour from time following an alleged headbutt and after that they were happy to hang on for the win, their second on the road inside a week, as they climbed a place in the table.
October 31, 2018 at 10:21 pm #17123
Wednesday 31st October
SWP Division One East : Elmore 6 Alphington 0
Elmore who had taken just 2 points from their last 4 league games were back to winning ways in some style with a 6-0 win against Alphington tonight on a damp Horsden Park pitch. The Eagles were pretty clinical in front of goal as the contest was not as one-sided as the score sounds, the Alphas having created several clear cut chances of their own.
The scoring started after just 4 minutes with Jordan Bastin firing home to open the Eagles account and midway through the half they were awarded a clear penalty when Jamie Mudge was brought down, with Mudge picking himself up to score from the spot kick. Two minutes before half time it was 3-0 as Jordan Bastin netted his second of the night and ensure the points were heading to the league leaders.
The second half saw Ian Patchett make it 4-0 after 58 minutes and just 3 minutes later Jamie Mudge with a smartly taken volley made it 5-0 although the visitors rallied and restricted the hosts to just one more goal with Lloyd Copp on target with 17 minutes to go.
TOBY Bonus : Toby was taken out tonight as his “Halloween Treat” and Eagles physio Joanne Cavill treated him to a Bonio, but he thought it was a “Trick” as he isn’t quite big enough for them ! Don’t worry though I had a couple of his doggy chewsticks in my pocket !
November 3, 2018 at 6:31 pm #17146
Saturday 3rd November
Devon Premier Cup : St Martins 6 Plymouth Marjon 2
Certain Saturdays are busier than others for me, and this one is one of the busiest with FA Vase and Devon County Cup ties and the knock on those have with other matches. So a 2pm kick off fairly local suited me so I could get home early and this one enabled me to take in West Division side Plymouth Marjon making a rare trip East for their match.
The early stages saw the visitors give the hosts, and former Cup winners, a real fright as Sam McGowan shot them into a 9th minute lead and a clever flick enabled Jacob Cameron to steer the ball between the control of defender & keeper to make it 2-0 with just 16 minutes on the clock.
The hosts though didn’t panic and turned the tie around with recent signing from Cullompton Rangers Bradley Riggs reducing the arrears before Jake Chisholm levelled the scores at 2-2 before the half time whistle.
Two goals right at the start of the 2nd half with Riggs making it 3-2 in the 47th and Chisholm 4-2 in the 49th knocked the fight out of the visitors and their was only one winner from that point, Chisholm completed his hat trick in the 83rd minute and shortly after Marjon were reduced to 10 men after a red card for a last man challenge with the resultant free kick being scored by Riggs who also completed his hat-trick.
A word about the Minstermens programme – Clive Martin has a superb, full colour production which would not be out of place much higher in the pyramid.
November 7, 2018 at 10:56 pm #17179
Wednesday 7th November
SWP Premier Division : Bodmin Town 7 Tavistock 2
With 18 of the 19 Premier Division sides seen this season, the missing one was Bodmin Town, so a trip down to Priory Park was in order to bring up the set and what a game I choose !
In August Tavistock had beaten Bodmin 7-1 at Langsford Park and since an opening day draw at Godolphin the Lambs had chalked up 11 straight league victories and were the only side remaining unbeaten. 90 minutes later all that was over as Bodmin Town produced a vintage performance that was pretty much flawless to win 7-2, and in truth could have been by more.
After a cagey start the hosts broke the deadlock in the 17th minute with a Tom Moody shot and just two minutes later they made it 2-0 when Jake Ash saw his free kick from out wide deceive all and end up in the net. Tavistock then responded and were awarded a 22nd minute penalty which Josh Grant scored from to reduce the arrears and look to get them back in the game. The hosts though had other ideas and Ben Steer made it 3-1 in the 29th minute before a deflected shot from Steve Colwell made it 4-1 at the break.
Any chance of a second half fightback was over as early as the 53rd minute as Josh Robbins conceded a penalty and although Glynn Hobbs spot kick was well saved, the dismissal of Robbins for a 2nd yellow card left the visitors a man short. Hobbs made up for the penalty miss in the 58th when he made it 5-1 and with 17 minutes to go that became 6-1 before a 75th minute shot from distance from Max Gilbert made it 7-1 with all 7 goals (and a missed penalty) having come in the space of an hours play. Tavistock grabbed an 83rd minute consolation through Grant, but in truth they had been given a stiff lesson by a Bodmn side who on this form can still have a major say in this seasons honours.
Tavistock remain 2nd and remain favourites for the title, but they will need to bounce back and their next game, away at Exmouth Town on Saturday, looks another big test which I think I may well go along to see how it pans out !
November 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm #17216
Saturday 10th November
SWP Premier Division : Exmouth Town 1 Tavistock 0
I may well be barred from watching the Lambs this season as I followed up seeing their defeat at Bodmin Town with another loss today at Exmouth.
The two games and the two styles of wins were very much “chalk & cheese” though – Wednesday was an open and attacking game with 9 goals and chances galore, this was a different kind of win – built on a solid defence and with work-rate the name of the game.
The first half was goalless with neither side over committing people forward, both sides had the odd chance with Tavistock having more forward play than Exmouth although neither ‘keeper was made to work over time.
The second half was similar but Exmouth had more forward play than the first period but it was always a tight contest that could have gone either way, indeed until the 72nd minute a draw was distinctly the most likely outcome. The all important goal came 18 minutes from time when Callum Shipton, on as a substitute, found space on the edge of the box and placed his shot past Josh Oak in the visitors goal.
Tavistock pushed for a leveller and had a couple of chances late on to grab a share of the points, but the win was based on Exmouths defence, they showed in ample fashion today why they have conceded the fewest goals of any of the 53 SWP clubs across 3 divisions.
It may not have been 7-2, but the win today was earned and worked for just the same.
November 13, 2018 at 10:39 pm #17228
Tuesday 13th November
SWP Division One East : Axminster Town 4 Budleigh Salterton 0
I had not seen the Tigers in action since the opening Friday night fixture of the East campaign some three months ago, so a trip to the splendid Tiger Way ground was due and a local derby with Budleigh Salterton being the last midweek fixture in the division scheduled until Boxing Day.
The hosts were comfortable winners with the win pushing them up a place to 5th and remaining in touch with the divisions leaders. Three goals before half time ensured the victory with the veteran Sam Dibling firing them into a 10th minute lead before further goals from Ben Allen in the 29th and Luke Finn in the 43rd minutes made it 3-0 at the interval.
The second half saw the games tempo drop as the Tigers saw out the win whilst the visiting Robins kept things tighter at the back, with just a Jamie Barfoot goal in the 73rd minute completing the scoring.
November 14, 2018 at 10:31 pm #17234
Wednesday 14th November
SWP Premier Division : Exmouth Town 0 Elburton Villa 0
An intriguing, rather than exciting, clash tonight as Exmouth Town missed the chance to climb into 2nd spot in the table as they were held at home to a goalless draw by lowly Elburton Villa.
Exmouth had won all their home league contests so far this season including against the likes of Saltash United & Tavistock, but found lowly Elburton a tough nut to crack and in the end its difficult to argue that Villa’s work rate and determination did not deserve a share of the points.
The first half in particular was dominated by Exmouth with Elburton – who had played Exmouth twice already this season, and lost twice – being a tight defensive unit, but in the second half Villa themselves created as many chances as the hosts and could have snatch an unlikely win late on.
Toby Bonus : Going with one of my pals in a posh car to the match, Toby stayed at home tonight but a kind Exmouth supporter had brought along a bag of dog treats which Toby has made a start on as I sit here typing up his report !
November 17, 2018 at 7:12 pm #17255
Saturday 17th November
SWP Premier Division : Cullompton Rangers 4 Sticker 0
Having had only seen Sticker once this season, and not away from home at all, I took the opportunity of seeing them up in my neck of the woods where they played a Cullompton Rangers side that are in their best form for quite sometime.
The Speeds Meadow pitch looked in lush condition and with the sun shining and the visitors having a good amount of travelling support it was a fine afternoon for watching football.
The first half saw the hosts having the majority of the play but they were only able to breach the visitors defence once with Brandon Parsons sweeping home in the 24th minute and for the duration that only one goal split the teams it was a close contest. The crucial next goal did not come until the 68th minute when the hosts were awarded a clear enough penalty with Dan Baily duly scoring to double the lead.
Fifteen minutes from time a clash between two opposing players saw Adam Soloman of Sticker given a straight red card, much to his and the Stickers supporters angst. With the man advantage the hosts duly added two late goals with Parsons making it 3-0 with his second goal and in stoppage time Baily also grabbed his second of the game to complete the scoring.
November 21, 2018 at 11:22 pm #17287
Wednesday 21st November
Walter C Parson Cup 3rd Rd : St Austell 5 Bodmin Town 1
Having not yet ventured to Poltair Park this season this tasty looking Cup tie between two of the leagues “heavyweights” was too good an opportunity to miss and as always a great reception at St Austell from the friendly committee who are always a pleasure to visit.
Having seen Bodmin Town recently in their superb 7-2 win over Tavistock I was expecting a really tight game, but St Austell were simply too hot for them to handle and cheered on by another good crowd of 256, the lilly-whites stole a march with two goals in the opening 4 minutes !
Timings around me pointed to 64 seconds on the clock as Jack Calver scored direct from a free kick just outside the box and three minutes later Mark Goldsworthy struck home a low shot past Cory Harvey for 2-0. To be fair to Bodmin they then played their way back into the contest and fashioned some forward play of their own, but any chance of a fightback was probably thwarted in the 33rd minute when Neil Slateford picked up a loose ball from an attack to sweep the ball into the unguarded net to make it 3-0 at the break.
The second half was just 6 minutes old when a delightful lofted header from Liam Eddy made it 4-0 and that was very much game over. Midway through the half the two sides traded goals as first Glynn Hobbs reduced the arrears for the visitors but straight from kick off Matt Lloyd responded to complete the scoring.
With 17 minutes remaining Bodmin’s night got worse as Ed Timmons was shown a straight red card as he brought down a player through on goal and he will now miss Bodmins’ Vase tie at Willand Rovers.
The night though belonged to St Austell, they have had some inconsistent results in the league, but in the Cups, especially at Poltair Park, they are likely to take some stopping.
November 24, 2018 at 6:21 pm #17317
Saturday 24th November
SWP Division One East : Liverton United 3 Appledore 3
After the midweek outing to watch St Austell v Bodmin Town, a trip today to watch Liverton United at Home for the first time this season and take in a side who had yet to collect a single point all season against an Appledore side who had not won a game in two months themselves – Glory hunting (not!).
A crowd of around 20 huddled for cover at a damp Halford ground and although it cannot be argued that the football had any great quality, the honest endeavour and the fact it was a close game helped to keep us entertained.
Liverton started well and were in front after just 3 minutes when a Nick Edmunds shot took a deflection past the visiting keeper but the scores were soon level again as Owen Cox replied after 16 minutes. The hosts took the lead again midway through the half through Chris Newnham and 2-1 it stayed at the break.
The second half saw Appledore level again as Ben Whitecross beat the offside trap and shot home and in doing so the goal brought up the “100” in the hosts goals against column. With quarter of an hour to go Liverton took the lead for the third time with Simon Ross on target, but again the visitors brought the scores level with Keith Shapland, the Appledore manager, on as a substitute, making it 3-3 with 12 minutes remaining on the clock.
So a 3-3 draw, 101 goals against for Liverton, but a 1st point in the bag and for the visitors plenty to take too, coming from behind three times and collecting a point themselves.
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December 1, 2018 at 6:52 pm #17395
Saturday 1st December
FA Vase 3rd Round : Willand Rovers 3 Bodmin Town 0
A chance to go and watch at a local, but not Peninsula League, venue today as Western League Premier side Willand Rovers hosted Bodmin Town in the last 64 of the FA Vase with this tie the only one locally to survive the wet weather.
The Silver Street pitch was heavy, but playable, and a good crowd was present to watch on.
Bodmin travelled with a squad down to the bare bones as several players signed recently were cup tied, add in a suspension and injuries and they only fielded 11 plus Darren Gilbert as the only substitute. Despite that they were a good match for their higher league opponents in the first half with them giving as good as they got in an even and goalless first half.
The second half was just two minutes old when the deadlock was broken as Luke Mortimore fired home and in truth the result was rarely in doubt after that. Mortimore made it 2-0 midway through the half and with 4 minutes left on the clock former Cullompton striker Brett Worbey completed the scoring.
It was as always going to be a big ask away at Willand Rovers who are a good side at their level, and they may well go far in this years competition.
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December 8, 2018 at 6:22 pm #17468
Saturday 8th December
Walter C Parson Funeral Directors Cup 3rd Round : Launceston 4 Dobwalls 3
A cracking cup tie on a heavy and damp Pennygillam pitch for me today. Having not seen Dobwalls this season it was a good chance to catch up with them and I was suitably impressed as they made Premier side Launceston fight all the way for a place in the last 8 of the league cup.
What proved to be the only goal of the first half arrived on 16 minutes with a defensive mix-up gifting Aaron Spear an easy chance to put the visitors in front which he duly took. If the first half lacked goals the opening period of the second half more than made up for with 4 goals inside a ten minute spell !
Launceston levelled at 1-1 through Rueben Kane after 52 minutes but Dobwalls then restored their lead just 4 minutes later when Ray Spear scored with a superb shot from distance. By the 59th minute it was all back level again as substitute Jordan Walton smashed home from close range and two minutes later a cross come shot from well out wide by the touchline went in to give the Clarets the lead for the first time with 61 minutes on the clock.
With 18 minutes left the game looked up as Launceston doubled their advantage with the ever-green Liam Tilley making it 4-2 but even then the visitors ensured a nervy last 10 minutes when Ryan Howe reduced the arrears.
A cracking cup tie which was a credit to both teams and a real effort from the West Division visitors who will feel a tad hard done by !
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December 11, 2018 at 10:47 pm #17489
Tuesday 11th December
Devon St Lukes Bowl Quarter Final : Cullompton Rangers 3 Barnstaple Town 3 (4-3 on Pens)
This was not my intended destination tonight but with Liskeard Athletic off in the league cup and Exmouth Town postponed in the Devon Bowl it was a trip to Speeds Meadow and I got lucky with a cracking cup tie that saw Cullompton fight back from 2 goals down to force penalties, then proceed to miss the first spot kick and yet still manage the win.
Southern League side Barnstaple Town who ply their trade at Step 4 were the visitors and started brightly and it was something against the run of play when Cullompton opened the scoring through Bradley Parsons cool 24th minute finish. The visitors then scored the next three goals, either side of the break to seemingly go through as first Jack Jenkins made it 1-1 in the 38th minute, Jenkins then scored from a 41st minute penalty to give Barum the lead and 7 minutes after the break they went 3-1 up.
Cullompton though had ideas of their own and played exceptionally well throughout the second half as they took the game to the higher placed visitors. Ash Donohue gave them a lifeline when he made it 2-3 in the 62nd minute but a leveller didn’t come despite going mighty close several times including a header that beat the’keeper, bounced back off the inside of the post and straight into the arms of the lucky custodian.
With time running out, Cully committed players forward including their own keeper but when the leveller came it was Lloyd Beech played through with 3 minutes of stoppage time on the clock but he kept his head to shoot home.
In the St Lukes its straight to penalties without extra time, and Cullompton went first but saw the effort saved. then next 4 penalties were all scored before Barum missed the target with their 3rd kick to leave it at 2-2. Both sides scored their next to make it 3-3 and then James Ansell scored Cullys last regulation kick. Barnstaple needed to score to extend the shoot out but the striker blazed off target and so Cullomptons fight back was complete and they will now host Plymouth Parkway in the Semi-Finals in 2019!
December 22, 2018 at 6:03 pm #17594
Saturday 22nd December
SWP Premier Division : Exmouth Town 1 Bodmin Town 0
After nearly a fortnight of being “confined to barracks” by either the weather or by Doctors orders, it was good to be back out watching a game and an early kick off at Exmouth Town, due to a problem waiting on spare parts for the floodlights, was a good local match with Bodmin Town the visitors.
A very hard fought and at times fractious match saw plenty of effort from both sides although not too many clear cut chances for either side. What proved to be the winning goal arrived shortly before half time with Jordan Harris, making his debut following his recent transfer from Cullompton Rangers, heading home. The second half could have seen Exmouth make the game safe except for some smart saves from Corey Harvey, whilst with just the one goal separating the two teams the home sides defence had to be on their guard until the final whistle.
Toby Bonus: Exmouth Town had a “Non League Dogs” day with at least half a dozen of man’s best pals in attendance and special Christmas gifts wrapped up for our four legged friends, Toby was very smart in his green & blue checked coat and has his present neatly tucked under the tree, lets just hope he doesn’t pee on the tree before the big day !!!
December 26, 2018 at 6:20 pm #17612
Boxing Day 26th December
SWP Premier Division : Saltash United 1 Tavistock 4
I had not been to Kimberley Stadium so far this season, so a top of the table clash with Tavistock seemed as good a game to catch as any, and indeed it proved to be very entertaining.
The Ashes bossed the first half, but only scored once, through Chris Menhenicks 40th minute free kick, and were made to pay for the lack of goals in the second half. Before the Lambs started the scoring though they faced going 2 down in the 54th minute as the Ashes were awarded a penalty, but Dave Trotts effort was well saved by the visiting ‘keeper.
Within 6 minutes of facing going 2 down, the Lambs were 2-1 up as they turned the game around with Warren Daw heading home to make it 1-1 and then Jack Crago slotting home to give the Lambs the lead on the hour.
Two further goals were both scored by Sam Davey, who was making his debut following his recent transfer from Launceston. Davey scoring his first from the penalty spot in the 70th minute and then making it 4-1 with a close range header on 83 minutes to complete the scoring.
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December 26, 2018 at 6:29 pm #17613
Boxing Day 26th December
SWP Division One West : St Dennis 4 St Blazey 2
The second part of my Boxing Day’s “double” was a trip to St Dennis to see the hosts at home for the first time this season, and also see St Blazey in action for the first time, Home or Away, this campaign.
All six goals were scored inside the first hour with St Dennis running into a 3-0 lead by the break as they converted pretty well every chance they had early on. Callum Kenny opened the scoring after 8 minutes, Mike Davies then doubled the advantage after 18 minutes and St Dennis made it 3-0, two minutes before the break as Paul Robertson hit a powerful shot which the visiting keeper got a hand too, but the balls momentum still took it into the net.
The second half saw St Blazey threaten a come back as first Ryan Oxley reduced the arrears, but almost straight from kick off St Dennis restored the 3 goal cushion through Callum Kennys second goal. With 53 minutes played St Blazey were awarded a penalty which Oxley duly scored his second goal of the game from. Any realistic chance of getting back into the contest was scuppered just after the hour mark when Kevin Kendell was adjudged to have stamped on a home midfielder with Kendell shown a straight red card.
The last 30 minutes failed to reach any heights as St Dennis saw out the game, and with the maximum points in the bag they climb a place to 4th in the league table.
Pre-Match, I was accused as always seeing St Dennis lose when I turn up to their games, so at least I can knock that one on the head!
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December 29, 2018 at 6:28 pm #17630
Saturday 29th December
SWP Division One West : Plymstock Unired 1 Mousehole 1
My last outing of 2018 saw a first trip of the season to Dean Cross to see 5th placed Plymstock United host 6th placed Mousehole with the added bonus of not having seen the visitors in action at all yet this campaign.
Perhaps it will not be a surprise to say that the two sides, who are separated by just 1 single point, were very evenly matched ! The opening 45 minutes saw the hosts probably shade the scoring chances, but neither keeper was seriously tested and it was goalless at the interval.
Early in the second half the two sides traded goals as first Mousehole struck in the 48th minute with the impressive Steven Ziboth netting with a low dr1ve, but within just two minutes the sides were back on level terms with Connor Rush scoring for the hosts to make it 1-1.
Late on Mousehole, who had brought on player/boss and former Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson, pushed for the winner with some last ditch defending, including a goal-line clearance, keeping the scores level.
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January 2, 2019 at 11:27 pm #17655
Wednesday 2nd January
Walter C Parson Cup 3rd Round : Elmore 1 Saltash United 1 (Saltash Win 5-4 on Penalties)
The New Year less than 48 hours old and back into action with a cracking league cup tie at Horsden Park which saw the Premier side Saltash United scrape through to the last 8, and a home tie with Launceston, against a plucky East Division side in Elmore.
On a very cold night the Horsden Park pitch had a slight covering of frost but the effort on the pitch from both sets of players ensured a full blooded contest which went the full distance.
The first half was goalless with chances at both ends at a premium although the hosts probably shaded the forward play in the opening period. The second half started in similar fashion and in the 50th minute the hosts were awarded a clear cut penalty after Jordan Bastin was fouled just inside the box and Bastin picked himself up to fire home the resulting penalty to make it 1-0.
The visiting Ashes then came more into the game and as the minutes ticked by, they pressured the home defence looking to get back on level terms. It seemed though that the hosts would see out the danger until two minutes into stoppage time the visitors pressure finally gained its reward as substitute Shaun Cleary bundled home from a wide free kick to send the tie to extra time.
The additional 30 minutes of play saw the Ashes again look the more likely to grab the win but always had to be on their guard and with barely a minute left the hosts almost snatched victory for a 2nd time as Bastin found space in the box only to be denied by a fine save from Ryan Rickard in the Ashes goal. So penalties it was and the shoot out was almos perfect. Elmore went first and they scored their first 3 kicks, the Ashes responded each time so that it was 3-3 from the first half a dozen kicks. The telling moment came when Tom Tricker saw his spot kick hit the bar and then after the two teams traded another successful kick it fell to Dave Trott to score the 10th penalty and to earn a 5-4 victory that sets up a home quarter final tie with Launceston.
January 5, 2019 at 9:56 pm #17684
Saturday 5th January
FA Vase 4th Round Proper : Chertsey Town 5 St Austell 0
St Austells, and the SWP Leagues, interest in the FA Vase, is over for another season after what on paper looks a heavy defeat away at Combined Counties League Premier Division leaders Chertsey Town.
In reality Chertsey deserved the win and could well make serious progress in this years Vase and be promoted back to Step 4 and entry into the FA Trophy next season, but 5-0 was harsh on St Austell who gave as good as they got for the first period of the contest.
Although the hosts always looked dangerous going forward, St Austell had a goal ruled out for a foul on the home keeper in the 14th minute which many felt was harsh and Liam Eddy forced the home keeper into a superb acrobatic save in the 23rd minute. Throw in a couple of penalty shouts (from my position first probably wasn’t, 2nd looked a solid shout) and the first half hour gave the high flying hosts much to think about.
However, as I already said they always looked dangerous going forward and Jake Baxter shot past Jason Chapman in the 33rd minute to open the scoring and then some soft defending gave Baxter a chance to make it 2-0 just 5 minutes later.
The second half needed a St Austell goal to get back in the contest, but in reality the hosts were far superior in the second period with Baxter completing his hat-trick on the hour before a 71st minute tap in from Lubiomir Guentcher and the scoring was completed by Sam Murphy in the 75th minute.
A good Vase run, several fine scalps taken, but back to earth next week for St Austell with a trip to Perranwell in a delayed Cornwall Senior Cup tie!
January 12, 2019 at 7:32 pm #17715
Saturday 12th January
SWP Premier Division : Tavistock 4 Launceston 0
Only a second visit of the season to Langsford Park for me today and a chance to watch the cross-Tamar derby with Launceston the visitors. The Clarets arrived with a wafer thin squad and probably feared the worst against the title favourites, but credit to them, they battled well and kept themselves in the game until very late on.
What proved to be the only goal of the first half arrived after 18 minutes with Josh Grant heading home from close range and although the Lambs always looked the better side, it wasn’t until midway through the second half that they doubled the lead. A low effort across the face of the visitors goal was met at the far post by Jack Crago who slammed home from a few yards out.
Tavistock were on top but were not able to add to the scoreline until very late on with an 89th minute penalty duly converted by Josh Grant for his second of the game and with the game entering stoppage time Jack Crago also notched his second of the match with a low drive from the edge of the box.
January 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm #17761
Saturday 19th January
SWP Premier Division : Exmouth Town 1 St Austell 1
A top of the table clash at Southern Road today, and a trip on the train to the seaside! Exmouth Town sit in 3rd and are a very solid outfit this season, with a strong defence (Just 17 against being 8 better than any other team) whilst St Austell sit just one place behind them in 4th, so a tight contest was always to be expected.
A physical, and at times feisty, encounter saw both teams fully committed with little to choose between them. What looked for a long time to be the decisive goal came in the 36th minute. A foul on Aaron Denny saw the referee point to the spot, much to the visitors protests, with Karl Rickard duly despatching from 12 yards.
The second half started with Exmouth looking to extend the lead as Denny hit the post then Callum Shipton blazing over when well placed and in the end they were made to pay for those missed chances. St Austell had already given due warning when Martin Watts free kick had to be deflected off the wall to go inches wide of the post but they were not to be denied. With the game just about 90 minutes old an Ollie Brokenshire low drive was palmed away but not held by home ‘keeper Robbie Powell and St Austell striker Liam Eddy was fastest to react as he reached and then rammed home the loose ball.
Both sides will say they could have won it, I thought a draw a fair result, but in both clubs cases the solitary point was probably not what was needed.
January 23, 2019 at 10:44 pm #17775
Wednesday 23rd January
Walter C Parson Cup Quarter Final
St Austell 0 Falmouth Town 1
Holders Falmouth Town became the first side to book a semi final place in the league cup, tonight with a narrow win away at Premier rivals, and previous winners, St Austell.
A good sized crowd of 246 were at Poltair Park to watch an intriguing, rather than exciting, cup clash with the two teams separated only by Jordan Annears 69th minute strike following good work by Tim Nixon.
Falmouth will have to wait to find out who they will meet in the last 4 as the three remaining quarter finals are scheduled for February 9th, 12th & 13th.
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January 26, 2019 at 7:18 pm #17806
Saturday 26th January
SWP Premier Division : Bodmin Town 0 Torpoint Athletic 1
A rare excursion on a Saturday to watch Bodmin Town in action at Priory Park, which I normally visit for midweek floodlit football. A lift from the referees observer was welcomed and a chance to watch a Bodmin side take on a Torpoint squad that have been in fine form of late.
The Priory Park pitch was heavy as rain in the hour before kick off took its toll, but thankfully the game itself was played in mainly drier conditions. The first half an hour saw both sides go close to scoring with one-on-ones being placed wide or over the top but as the game wore on the scoring chances decreased.
The last ten minutes however saw the games biggest two chances with both clubs involved and both with fresh legged substitutes involved. First in the 82nd minute Bodmin Town sub Sam Ryan let fly from just outside the box only to see his shot beat the ‘keeper but crash against the crossbar and then two minutes later the all important goal came when Torpoint sub Gary Hird was able to run onto a ball out of defence and calmly slot his effort past Corey Harvey in the home goal.
February 2, 2019 at 6:24 pm #17875
Saturday 2nd February
SWP Division One East : Brixham 2 Waldon Athletic 1
The wet weather caused a lot of games to be off today and they included my intended destination, but with the Wall Park HQ of Brixham declaring themselves as game on it allowed me to alter my plans and go to a ground that I had not yet visited this season.
The Wall Park pitch was in fine condition and had none of the snow or waterlogging at so many clubs in the region today. A good crowd gathered with a local derby against new boys Waldon Athletic the visitors.
Brixham were made to work very hard for the points, but a late,late winner ensured they climbed three places to the dizzy heights of 2nd in the table.
Liam McAuley had fired the hosts in front in the 16th minute but shortly before half time a well struck low drive from Spike Bond gave the visitors a 1-1 scoreline at the interval. The second half was rather played out in midfield with few scoring chances at either end, and when the hosts striker Stuart Bowker shot wide when well placed in the 89th minute it seemed a draw was to be the result. However in the first minute of stoppage time a good cross was met by McAuley with a powerful header that secured the win and the 3 points.
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February 9, 2019 at 7:12 pm #17951
Saturday 9th February
SWP Premier Division : Tavistock 4 Millbrook 1
With a lift from the Exeter based Referee, it was a trip to Langsford Park this week and on arrival we found the pitch in remarkably good condition and a credit to the Lambs ground staff.
Tavistock knew that with 3rd playing 1st at Exmouth v Plymouth Argyle today, a win of their own was bound to have a significant affect and indeed the win this afternoon and the result from Southern Road, by 5pm Tavistock were at the Top of the league table.
Visitors Millbrook though did not make it easy for them as they battled well and, especially in the first half, they threatened to pull off a shock. In fact the only goal of the first period came as late as the 41st minute and even then came from the penalty spot after a Millbrook defender was adjudged to have handled. Josh Grant made no mistake from 12 yards to ensure a 1-0 lead at the break.
The second half saw the hosts have more of the play and they duly doubled the lead midway through the half as Liam Prynn shot home low from close range. The latter stages of the match saw the visitors perhaps run out of legs a bit as first a fine move ended with Tallan Burns making it 3-0 in the 83rd minute and then in the 86th it was 4-0 after a powerful header from Warren Daw. There was still time though for Millbrook to pick up a consolation goal as Dan Chapman neatly rifled home in stoppage time.
February 12, 2019 at 10:30 pm #17964
Tuesday 12th February
Walter C Parson Cup Quarter Final : Ivybridge Town 0 Cullompton Rangers 1
A late, late winner gave Cullompton Rangers the narrowest of victories and a place in the Semi Finals of the league cup with a 1-0 win away at fellow Premier side Ivybridge Town.
The main drama of the night came two minutes into, and then two minutes from the end of a cup tie that was very tight with both teams very evenly matched.
Right at the start Cullompton Rangers thought they had been awarded a penalty with the Referee pointing to the spot, but before the kick could be taken the assistant referee indicated he wanted to be consulted and after the two officials had spoken the referee rescinded the awarding of the spot kick.
With the game seemingly destined for an extra time period, Cullompton grabbed an 88th minute winner. They had forced a succession of corners which had been defended by the home defence but the last corner was taken by Ashley Donohue and the swinging kick went in direct from the corner taker to book a last 4 place with the draw expected to be made in 24 hours after the Saltash United v Launceston tie.
February 13, 2019 at 10:51 pm #17973
Wednesday 13th February
Walter C Parson Cup Quarter Final : Saltash United 6 Launceston 1
The second quarter final this week, and the third so far, saw Saltash United join Cullompton Rangers and Falmouth Town in the semi finals next month with tonight’s tie being the clearest in terms of a winner as both quarters so far had ended 1-0.
The first half provided little evidence of the eventual winning margin as it was just 2-1 at the break, but the Ashes rather ran away with the tie in the second half.
Ryan Richards opened the scoring after 17 minutes for the hosts but 7 minutes later they were pegged back to 1-1 as Lee Rundle levelled for the Clarets. Ryan Richards lofted effort just before the break made it 2-1 to the hosts and then two goals early in the second half – Caleb Summerfield after 55 and Sam Farrant on the hour mark – made it 4-1. Further gloss was added with two late goals as Sam Hughes made it 5-1 in the 85th and Dave Barker completed the scoring in stoppage time.
Saltash will have to wait to see who they face in the last 4 as they will play either Elburton Villa or Mousehole, whilst holders Falmouth Town were drawn against Cullompton Rangers in the other semi final.
February 15, 2019 at 10:23 pm #17985
Friday 15th February
SWP Premier Division : Plymouth Argyle 1 Torpoint Athletic 0
Friday night football returned after several weeks as the Pilgrims ground out a narrow 1-0 victory which sends them back to the top of the table, until 5pm on Saturday at least.
Torpoint arrived at Coach Road in excellent form with just one defeat in their last 7 outings, and showed why with an impressive defensive performance whilst also threatening on the break when going forward. Indeed the game looked destined to be a stalemate as both sides were evenly matched but drama late on saw first Torpoint reduced to 10 men after John Heveran was red carded and with time running out the Pilgrims made the extra man count as Alex Fletcher pounced to score the all important goal.
Toby was in attendance tonight and was happy to share Torpoint Secretary, Robbie Morris, half time cake!
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February 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm #17998
Saturday 16th February
SWP Premier Division : Exmouth Town 3 Callington Town 0
Having not watched Callington for quite sometime and with Exmouth going great-guns at present it was a trip to the seaside today to take in this Premier Division fixture.
The day’s headline will of course be that Exmouth’s win (and Tavistocks defeat at St Austell) puts them top of the table for the first time this season, but the actual game was very competitive. Indeed Callington started the game well and for the first twenty minutes they looked as f they could be providing the day’s shock result, but the hosts clinical finishing and a three goal burst in around ten minutes meant otherwise.
The first goal came in the 23rd minute with a shot from Ace High hitting the post and rebounding out to Aaron Denny who made no mistake. 6 minutes later it was 2-0 as Ace High headed powerfully home and by the 33rd minute it was 3-0 after Mark Lever rose well to head past the outstretched Callington keepers dive.
After that the game rather bogged down, Exmouth failed to push forward in any great numbers or with any real urgency, whilst Callington toiled away without ever really threatening to get back into the game, their efforts best summed up with the awarding of a 71st minute penalty kick, which was then struck at the woodwork and cleared away.
Exmouth are genuine title challengers for sure, today was another 3 points on that journey, but their are still a few twists & turns to play out yet.
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