Archive for Cornish Football

SWP Prem; Bodmin Town 0-1 Falmouth Town

Bodmin Town – 0

Falmouth Town – 1

Bodmin Town FC


Our final game last week from the South West Peninsula Premier Division saw second place Falmouth Town visit top eight side Bodmin Town in what was looking to be a closely fought encounter, and so it proved to be as a single goal late in the first half sent the three points back with the visitors to maintain their push at the top of the table. So often in football strikers chase down goalkeepers as they prepare to kick the ball long, launching themselves into the air in the vain attempt to try and block and most of the time all their hard work proves fruitless, but occasionally it does work out as was the case at Priory Park on Wednesday night when on the stroke of half time Jack Bowyer not only got up quick enough to block Cory Harvey’s kick, but the rebound bounced into the unguarded net to score the only goal of the game.

A poor third minute goal kick to the hosts only found Tim Nixon who advanced five yards before shooting but only succeeded in giving the ball back to the grateful Harvey, whilst the first chance at the opposite end fell to Bodmin skipper Steve Colwell who picked up a loose ball in midfield before firing well wide of Ryan Barnes in the visitor’s goal, closely followed by Stuart Bowker being fed to the left of goal but again he fired the wrong side of the woodwork. Max Gilbert was next to have a go, driving wide from the right, then on the quarter hour mark Falmouth went mighty close when David Brizzard did well down the flank and his cross was met first time by Luke Brabyn who drove narrowly over the crossbar, from the goal kick the ball went long downfield where Callum McGhee tussled with his marker to win possession, taking control on his chest he fired over the top.

A ball over the home backline then saw the entire defence calling for offside but no flag arrived leaving Bowyer the opportunity to shoot but a poor connection saw him screw over the bar, a cross from the Falmouth right then saw Nixon sandwiched between two defenders as all three went up to challenge in the air, whoever got the final touch only diverted into the waiting gloves of Harvey, ahead of some fine passing moves from the hosts that saw McGhee in on goal but from six yards he fired straight at Barnes. Bodmin probed again and after some desperate challenges and good blocks inside the box the ball rolled out to defender Tom Harris whose shot seemed destined for the top corner until a last gasp out stretched boot deflected for a corner, straight up the other end Brabyn was brilliantly found down the right where he drove at goal and from close range Harvey had to save with his feet.

Jack Bowyer charges down goal kick to score

As it seemed we were going into the break goalless came the moment of opportunity for Bowyer; Bodmin were comfortable in possession near enough on the half way line when with little ahead to aim at the ball was played back towards their keeper, it was a little short but seemed regulatory for Harvey to just clear away, but Bowyer made that extra pace count as he leapt into the path of the ball to get the rebound that saw it loop over the keeper before bouncing inside the six yard box and up into the roof of the net. There was just enough time at the other end for McGhee to round Barnes and cut back into a crowded penalty area where several bodies threw themselves at the ball, as players went down the cries from the home faithful were for a penalty, but the officials saw the offence in the opposite favour. H/T: 0-1

From the restart the home side were screaming for a penalty again when Harry Clarke was sent away on goal on his own, as he attempted to round the Falmouth shot stopper the challenge from Barnes saw the defender floored but as the ball rolled away to safety the referee awarded a goal kick much to the disgust of those in yellow. Harris then attacked the right wing and centred a cross that seemed on a plate for a defender to head clear but a moment of hesitation saw Kai Fisher nip in to get his head to it first but he could only thump wide of the left hand post, the next home attack broke down high up the pitch where the visitors sent it long for Ollie Moody to chase after, he raced away from his marker but as he entered the box he could only lift high over the top.

Back came Falmouth down their left where a cross was flicked on inside the area by a defender and inside the six yard box Jordan Annear side footed over the crossbar, before another cross from Brizzard on the wing into the Bodmin eighteen yard area saw the ball hit a defender which in turn wrong footed Harvey and with the ball loose in slid Nixon at the back post but his attempt hit the post and rolled wide. A free kick to the visitors then saw a clearance out by the home defence fall to Brabyn where from twenty yards his shot bounced just past Harvey’s left hand post, and Annear was then fed into to the right of goal but off balance and going away from the target he could only screw wide.

Bodmin missed a glorious chance to equalise when Bowker was fed in acres of space to the right of goal but he took the shot on hurriedly resulting in him stabbing wide when he had more time than he realised, then with ten minutes left the away team wasted a great chance to seal the game when a cross saw Bowyer get ahead of his marker but then put his header over the bar. From the kick off Brizzard received the ball on the wing where he drove into the box and fired into the goal support parallel to the near post, at the opposite end the home side won a free kick when substitute Tom Moody was brought down inside the penalty arc, Gilbert curling the set piece inches wide of the post, before a corner to the hosts found Moody twelve yards out but he volleyed high into the dark evening skies. As much as Bodmin matched their opponents for the ninety minutes, and pushed hard in the second half for an equaliser, it was a moment of chance that won the game for Falmouth. F/T: 0-1

Attendance: 161

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SWP Prem; Sticker AFC 1-7 Camelford AFC

Sticker AFC – 1

Camelford AFC – 7

Sticker AFC clubhouse


Sports Shots second Cornish trip of the week saw a visit to the ‘One Pub, One Shop Village’ boasting Sticker AFC on the Tuesday evening, which saw the hosts bottom of the South West Peninsula League Premier Division table facing mid-table Camelford. Sticker without a win in fifteen league games were always going to be up against it, but for forty minutes were in the game trailing by an early opener but looking good to be heading for their half-time oranges with something to build on. But as the cliché goes when you’re struggling at the bottom lady luck never shines, and she clearly ignored Burngullow Park as a dubious penalty moments before the break saw the visitor’s grab a second and from there dominate the remainder.

The home side took the game to their guests from the off, winning an early corner the ball was cut back across the box for the incoming player-manager Andrew Avery to fire over the crossbar, and their next move saw Jack Boardman cushion a cross field pass into the path of Andrew Butler who also fired over the top. From the goal kick Camelford took the lead on seven minutes when skipper Adam Sleep knocked on for Harry Wilshaw to race away and slot home. The goal lifted the Camelford attack and a long upfield ball saw Sleep away on goal, reaching the eighteen yard line he flashed the ball across the goal face but no team mates were anywhere near advanced enough to connect.

A long range effort from Charlie Hambly then saw Sticker keeper Ethan Elwell dive away to his right to push away, Sleep retrieved and laid off to Andy Boxall who drove across goal and wide of the back post, before Boxall returned the favour when crossing from the wing into Sleep who headed straight at the keeper. Sticker won themselves a free kick twenty yards from goal which Theo Maye curled around the wall but straight into the waiting gloves of Luke Gwillam, and at the other end Josh Insley curled wide from twenty yards; the very next Camels attack was then half cleared but running in Wilshaw flashed his shot across goal and narrowly wide of the back post.

Josh Insley scores from spot

Wilshaw collected a pass on the right touchline before cutting across the pitch and firing wide, before a corner from their left was met by the head of Sleep which deflected off his marker and bounced back off the crossbar before being cleared, as Sticker became more & more camped in their own half Avery tried his luck from inside the centre circle but easily cleared Gwillam’s crossbar. Then with five minutes of the half remaining came the gut wrenching blow to the home side, defender Tim Peers attempting to clear saw the ball thumped at him and strike his arm, the referee pointing to the spot despite very little appeal from the visiting side, and no chance whatsoever of avoiding the ball hitting him. Insley took responsibility and duly despatched to double his sides lead. H/T: 0-2

If the goal five minutes before the break was a kick in the stomach of Sticker, a third just two minutes after the restart truly ripped the stuffing from them, a left wing cross from Mike Kempthorne was allowed to find Wilshaw at the back post who volleyed home. From here the heads of the home side visibly dropped, and they were almost undone again when trying to play out from the back they conceded possession to Kempthorne, he teed up Boxall who fired wide but then just before the hour they did find a fourth when a cross from the left saw two defenders make a complete mess of the clearance allowing Sleep to pick his moment to slot home.

The next Camels cross saw Kempthorne force Elwell to block with his feet, and Sticker were still trying to create chances of their own with two runs down either flank from Maye and Adam Solomon respectively, both looked promising but were simply crossed straight into the keepers waiting gloves. Again Camelford knocked their hosts back with a fifth on sixty-nine minutes when Wilshaw completed his hatrick, an attack into the Sticker box was half cleared to just outside the box where the midfielder drove home with the aid of a slight deflection. Sticker almost grabbed an immediate response when Maye had shot from the right loop up off a defender & over Gwillam but then bounce up off the goal frame and over the top.

Harry Wilshaw bagged a hatrick

With fifteen minutes left Camelford made it six when a Sticker attack broke down high up the pitch and a long ball over the top saw Sleep away on goal and after making a couple of yards on his marker he slotted past the advancing Elwell. Boardman curled wide from twenty yards as Sticker were determined to get on the scoresheet, but they conceded again when an attempted clearance hit Boxall and flew into the top corner to make the scoreline seven. Back came the hosts again when Butler was played through the middle and his attempted chip over the keeper saw the Camels custodian have to push over for a corner.

Their perseverance eventually paid off with five minutes left, a cross from the right looked fairly routine for Gwillam to fall away to his right to gather but it escaped his grasp and on hand Avery hooked home. Full back Jack Walker then drove down the right channel before unleashing a fierce drive for the top corner that the keeper had to push over, and the last action of the night saw a cross from their right met on twelve yards by the diving head of Butler but again Gwillam dived away to save. F/T: 1-7

Attendance: 60

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SWP Div1 West; Wadebridge Town 2-0 Penzance

Wadebridge Town – 2

Penzance – 0

Wadebridge Town FC


Top of the South West Peninsula League Division One West table Wadebridge Town beat mid-table Penzance on an afternoon more akin to mid-summer than an Autumnal afternoon at Bodieve Park on Sports Shots first trip on Saturday, and although the game was short of clear cut chances the home side did enough to win the game with two goals inside seven minutes in the second half to cement their place at the summit. In all truth the game had looked to be drifting out without score, but the best move of the game opened up the visiting defence to create the first, and a piece of individual brilliance secured the three points for the league leaders.

The first half started slowly and it took until the thirteenth minute for the first effort of note when Bridgers defender Callum Bertrand floated a cross field ball into the Penzance box where it was met by Dan Jennings who forced visiting keeper Sam Clark down low to his near post to push away for a corner, from the corner Ben Williams saw his effort cleared off the line to keep the scoreline intact. Dan Carne then drove forward from midfield for the hosts and a challenge inside the area saw him go down and vehemently claim for a penalty but the officials were having none of it, & on twenty-six minutes a free kick to the hosts saw Connor Mewton graze the crossbar from twenty yards out.

Wadebridge then missed a glorious chance to open the scoring when a Mewton free kick eluded everyone in the box except Bertrand who got himself free to attack the ball but at the back post he glanced his header wide of the target, before a ball knocked up towards Jennings hit a Penzance defender on the back only to fall nicely for Carne to hit first time but he curled around the wrong side of the upright. Just before the break the visitors won a free kick where Frazer Cadman rolled across the eighteen yard line to Kevin Lawrence but he could only screw past the post. H/T: 0-0

Wadebridge celebrate opener

From the restart Bertrand attacked down the Bridgers left flank before fizzing the ball across the six-yard box where sliding in Jennings was inches away from connecting, whilst at the opposite end home custodian Rob Rosevear kept his side level saving down low despite the entire backline calling for offside. A poor goal kick from Clark was then headed back over his defence for Jennings to chase down and from the angle he attempted to lob over the advanced keeper but got the angle & power all wrong, Penzance midfielder Andreas Staynes then tried his luck from twenty-five yards but Rosevear was behind it all the way to gather comfortably.

As it seemed the game was destined for stalemate the home side opened the scoring on seventy minutes with a well worked goal, Williams attacked the left wing before delivering the perfect cross in to Sam Gerken who got to it first to get the touch needed to tuck into the bottom corner. Just seven minutes later the game was put to bed when Jennings collected the ball with his back to goal some thirty yards from goal, noticing Clark off his line he turned & executed a superb chip that was too high for the outstretched goalkeeping gloves but then dipped enough to nestle in the back of the net.

Penzance pushed forward looking for an opening to get back in the game, a half clearance to the edge of the Bridgers area saw Staynes go for goal first time but he powered his drive way over the top, whilst the hosts were happy to play out time with the occasional foray forward; once such break saw Bertrand absolutely smash at goal and whilst it was off target it did find the metal stand behind the goal, with such a bang it startled the home faithful enjoying the late October sunshine. F/T: 2-0

Attendance: 86

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