Bodmin Town – 0
Falmouth Town – 1
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.
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
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