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SWP Prem; AFC St Austell 4-1 Sticker AFC

AFC St Austell – 4

Sticker AFC – 1


A bumper crowd flocked to Poltair Park on Boxing Day to see St Austell race into a three goal lead by half-time, but credit to Sticker who came out for the second period and scored within a minute, then only conceded once more to draw the half and take some small comfort in a season that’s been difficult from match day one to say the least. In all fairness the first half could have seen the host side score enough to hammer their guests into waving the white flag, but they went for their half-time oranges knowing they’d done enough to win the game, and secure the points that keeps up the pressure on the top three in the South West Peninsula League Premier Division table.

The home side attacked from the off and were ahead in the fourth minute when Neil Slateford got forward and squared to Matt Lloyd inside the box who from ten yards slotted past Sticker keeper Ethan Elwell into the bottom corner. Sensing goals galore the hosts piled forward at any given opportunity, one such attack saw full back Jack Calver fed on the corner of the eighteen yard box where he unleashed a stinging drive over the crossbar, moments later a corner from the Austell left saw some head tennis inside the area eventually fall to Tom Chambers but his attempted side footed lob bounced the wrong side of the bar.

Matt Lloyd opens scoring

Liam Eddy was next to try from twenty yards which saw Elwell having to dive to his right to push away with both hands, Lloyd slipped a great pass through the visiting backline for Slateford to latch onto but his shot took a deflection for a corner, then on twenty-seven minutes the home side won a penalty when Will Tinsley was brought down in front of goal, Slateford took responsibility and duly despatched into the keepers bottom left hand corner. The pressure continued, an Eddy shot was charged down but rolled kindly to Tinsley who fired at goal where Elwell had to turn away for a corner using both his feet, the corner curled into the far post where Eddy headed wide.

The third arrived with six minutes of the half remaining, a superb pass through midfield saw Lloyd through on goal where Elwell made a great save but the loose ball lay perfectly for Eddy to follow up and fire into the unguarded net. A corner to the hosts was then flicked on and from six yards out Sticker midfielder Bobby Hopkinson attempted to head back to his own keeper which an unprepared Elwell had to tip over, from the corner Calver evaded a couple of tackles before curling around the far post. H/T: 3-0

Those hoping for more goals after the break were not disappointed when just thirty-one seconds in the ball was in the back of the net again, but most were surprised it came from the visitor’s, a free kick in the middle of the pitch was floated into the box by Hopkinson and as home custodian Jason Chapman stood waiting to collect Andy Avery nipped in first to glance a header past the keeper. Stirred into action by the goal St Austell went close straight from the kick-off, a cross from the wing saw Eddy shoot which Elwell blocked however with the keeper stranded the ball rolled towards the unguarded net until Andy Butler covered and cleared off the line, Calver swung in the resulting corner and climbing highest at the back post Chambers headed wide.

Liam Eddy slots home third goal

A free kick from some twenty-five yards then saw Martin Watts curl straight into the waiting gloves of Elwell, Tinsley crossed from the right and found the head of Lloyd but he could only glance wide, and another set piece awarded to Sticker saw Hopkinson absolutely smash over the bar albeit with a slight deflection off a defenders foot. A host of substitutions saw fresh legs introduced as the half wore on, and it almost paid off immediately when Mark Goldsworthy was put through to fire low from twelve yards but Elwell pulled off a stunning save to earn applause from all four sides of the pitch.

Austell grabbed their fourth on seventy minutes, Jordan Dingle found space out on the left to pull back across the goal mouth and at the near post Goldsworthy got ahead of his marker to get the slightest of flicks to lift the ball up into the roof of the net. The game then petered out with little action of note, a final minute through ball saw a deflection off a defender to set Goldsworthy away on goal again, but Elwell came out to meet his opponent and again thwarted by blocking with his legs. F/T: 4-1

Attendance: 445

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SWP Prem; Millbrook AFC 2-0 Godolphin Atlantic AFC

Millbrook AFC – 2

Godolphin Atlantic AFC – 0


Millbrook AFC scored early and then in the dying moments to record the win over Godolphin on a reasonably warm afternoon at Jenkins Park, but the Atlantic side had more than one chance after the break to cancel out the early opener and had they scored the result could have been much different. But those missed opportunities were punished with a very late second to ensure the three points stayed on the south coast that the home side more than deserved on the balance of play, and means they keep the pressure on those teams above them in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division table.

Both sides opened cautiously getting to grips with a very heavy pitch but the home sides early dominance was rewarded in the ninth minute when a ball played across the box was not dealt with and waiting at the back post captain Tom Payne advanced to thump home inside the near post of Atlantic keeper Ethan Fearn, within sixty seconds a hopeful lob over the visiting backline almost fed in Ryan Knight when the conditions hindered Fearn’s attempt to gather but the Godolphin custodian just got to the ball ahead of his opponent. It took until the fourteenth minute for the away side to register a serious attempt on goal when Harry Pawsey attacked from midfield and with little other option but to shoot, he drove over the crossbar posing no threat to Chris Wearing in the home goal, whilst back at the opposite end Knight evaded a tackle to get a shot away that saw Fearn have to throw himself away to his left to save with both hands.

Tom Payne celebrates opener

Knight continued to trouble the visiting defence when a cross that looked over hit and destined for the gloves of Fearn was met by the outstretched boot of the front man, as he tried to twist and turn he lost control and whilst the keeper committed to the dive at his feet the Millbrook man flashed his desperate lunge wide of the target, then on the half hour mark Atlantic won a corner which was swung in towards the near post and as a host of bodies tried to get something on it Wearing was waiting to catch but challenged by centre-half Joe Stone resulting in the ball ending up in the net, however the referee blew immediately for the foul and disallowed the goal. Knight put in a cross that found Jack Wood right in front of goal, as he took a touch to control a defender slung himself in front of the ball which was enough to force the midfielder to snatch at his shot pulling it wide, whilst another corner for the away side was met by Stone sliding in which took it over the bar, the official pointing for a corner saw a deflection that not many in black and white agreed with! H/T: 1-0

Three minutes after the restart a long ball downfield saw Godolphin threaten with Ash Winkworth but he couldn’t connect as he wished & simply rolled it back to Wearing, the second period was then bereft of clear cut chances for either side, until Knight from the corner of the eighteen yard box tried to bend one in the far post but the curl wasn’t enough as it sailed past Fearn’s right hand upright, seconds later a great one-two saw the Millbrook man in again but some great defending saw a last gasp lunge block his shot and the danger was cleared. For all of the home sides lion’s share of the play they were almost caught out with less than fifteen minutes of play left when a free kick some thirty yards out on the right was fired at goal by Winkworth, initially it appeared to be sailing over everyone but it dipped and Wearing had to back pedal a couple of steps and was concerned enough to have to tip it over from underneath his crossbar.

Ben Applegate scores late second goal

The visitors were given another sight of goal moments later when a cross found its way to Matt Saunders but with the outside of his foot be screwed wide, a slip in the Godolphin box then saw Ben Applegate in on goal where he advanced a yard before drilling into the side netting, but this was just a warm up for the midfielder as he got his sights bang on two minutes into added time. As the away side looked for something from the game they lost possession high up the pitch and the ball knocked long found Applegate out on the left wing, as Fearn advanced he looked up and executed the perfect chip over and into the empty net to seal the win. F/T: 2-0

Attendance: 32

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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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