Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall
Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall

Sticker 3 Penry1

Sticker in the final of the Cornwall Charity Cup once again facing Penryn at Godolphin! The game kicked off at a lively pace and Sticker found them selves ahead in the first minute. Frank McAvoy won a corner on the left which he duly swung over and in a crowded area the keeper could only punch the ball clear, out to his left where Martin Duff was lurking he immediately vollyed the ball back into the area where a Penryn player took a swing at the ball and miscued right into the path of Joel Cockings who made no mistake from close range. 1-0. Sticker went further ahead on five minutes when after another corner the Referee spotted a hand ball and awarded a penalty. Up stepped Andrew Butler who smashed it high into the net. 2-0.  With Penryn playing a long ball game for their forwards to try and latch onto Sticker were trying to play therir usual game of working the ball on the ground but so many balls were disappearing into neighbours gardens because of miscued clearances the game didn't flow. Sam Marchant on one of his surging runs nearly brought goal no. 3 when he went round the keeper and slotted the ball goalwards only for a defender to make a marvelous recovery and clear the ball for a corner. Frank McAvoy was next to go close when he surged past the defence only to see his shot take a deflection and hit post with the keeper stranded. Penryn were now beginning to play some decent football and Andrew Avery was now the busiest keeper and had to make a few decent saves. Then came a defining moment in the game that you get to see once in a while when after a good flowing move from Sticker a lovely ball from the magnificent Martyn Duff was placed out to Jack Bowyer who sprinted past the last defender and as the ball was on its second bounce he volleyed a chip over the advancing keeper to make it 3-0. With the Sticker supporters cheering wildly and all his teammates piling on top of him you could see this was a really quality goal. Penryn tried to get back into the game but half time came with Sticker ahead by the same margin.

The second half commenced and with the supporters hoping for the usual Sticker second half performance of more goals were a little disappointed as it was Penryn who did most of the pressing and looked very dangerous especially on the right but such has been the strength of the Sticker defence this season they were able to soak up the pressure , none more so than Micker Rowles-Jane who dominated. However Penryn did score what was to be their consolation goal when from a free kick into the area the ball was headed home powerfully by Luke Brabyn. 3-1. Time for some subs. and Sticker nearly added to their tally when Callum Kenny went close as the ball went the wrong side of the post. Finally the referee blew the whistle to end the game for the players to celebrate a second trophy in this remarkable season. F/T. 3-1. Manager Andrew and Gary will be as overjoyed as the players to win this cup for a second time and to end the season as league and cup winners. They can all relax for a while now and enjoy the glory and look forward to what will be a super presentation evening this coming Saturday at the St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre.

Team: A.Avery, A.Butler, M.Rowles-Jane, S.Kenny. M.Body(J.Rogers), M.Duff, B.Rosevear, S.Marchant, F.McAvoy, J.Cockings(M.Lloyd), J.Bowyer(C.Kenny)

Sticker 3 Penzance 1

Champions Sticker wound up their SWPL West  League Season with a win over a much improved Penzance side than their previous encounter which Sticker won 8-0. 

With a strong easterly wind wind blowing down the pitch, Penzance had the better of the early exchanges and spent the first ten minutes camped in the Sticker half but the home soon got their game to-gether and were making inroads into the Penzance half down both flanks and looked the most likely of the two teams to score and they eventually did after twenty minutes when  a fine ball from Captain Ben Rosevear found Mike Body racing up the right hand wing and he sent over a deep cross and he found the head of Matt Lloyd to open the scoring. 1-0.  Now Sticker began to play some lovely football and were opening up the Penzance defence at will but were caught offside on many occasions but finally the defence was breached when Joel Cockings after a fine ball from my player of the season Martin Duff drove in a fierce shot. 2-0. H/T.

Sticker now with the wind behind them were hoping to add to their tally but again were caught offside on many occasions and when they did get through they were foiled by the Penzance keeper and some desperate defending. Penzance were still trying to push forward and got their reward and scored to make it 2-1. Time for some subs. and on came Jack Bowyer and Callum Kenny in place of Joel and Lloydy. Within five minutes Jack had got the ball and sped through and pushed the ball too far forward it seemed but he managed to reach the ball before it went over the goal line and chipped the ball past the keeper and with the help of the wind the ball settled into the far corner of the goal. 3-1. Sticker had many chances to add to their score but failed to take them but in the end ran out deserved winners. F/T. 3-1.  A big, big well done from me to Andrew, Gary and the whole squad for what has been an amazing season in winning the SWPL West division by such a margin scoring 126 goals and only conceding 26 with a goal difference of a big 100!! and 91 points. Just one final big game to go and that is the Charity Cup Final against Penryn on 10th May 2017 at Godolphin K.O.7.30pm. Up the Sticky!!

Team:A.Avery, J.Rogers, M.Rowles-Jane, L.Knowles, M.Body, M.Duff, B.Rosevear, A.Butler(S.Marchant), S.Kenny, J.Cockings(C.Kenny), M.Lloyd(J.Bowyer).

Elburton Villa 1 Sticker 3

Sticker arrived  at Haye Lane with a coach load of suporters to cheer on the champions in their penultimate league game of this magnificent season and it must have had the right effect as can be seen by the result as they beat Elburton 1-3.

Sticker travelled to Haye Road to meet Elburton Villa in a top the table clash and it was the home side that made the better early chances but were wasteful in front of goal. Bowyer had the best chance to open the scoring for Sticker when he shot straight at the keeper when either side would almost certainly have found the net. Elburton did eventually take the lead when Sticker lost possession and a quick passing move was finished well on 35 mins.

Rosevear was replaced by Rogers with an ankle injury before Duff levelled the scores with a shot from distance that the home custodian would have hoped to have saved. 1-1 HT.

Sticker came out for the second half showing better tempo and more desire and although chances fell at both ends it was Marchant who came more into the game and fed the ball through for Lloyd to finish well after 65 mins. With Sticker able to introduce fresh legs from a strong bench they finished the game strongly and on 90 mins McAvoy made a determined run down the left sending in a great cross that produced an OG under pressure from Cockings.

Overall a good performance to finish unbeaten on the road in a remarkable season, 1-3 FT.

Team: A.Avery, S Kenny, M.Rowles-Jane, A.Butler,M. Body,S. Marchant, B.Rosevear (J.Rogers), M.Duff (C. Kenny),F. McAvoy, M.Lloyd,J. Bowyer (J.Cockings).

St Dennis 0 Sticker 4

Sticker travelled to local rivals St Dennis for this Good Friday encounter and got back to championship winnings form! After last weeks disappointing first league defeat of the season there was a steely determination to put things right and they did it in fine style. They opened the scoring in fifteen minutes when Frank McAvoy was brought down by keeper Brett Allen. Andrew Butler stepped up and slotted the penalty home to make it .0-1.No more goals in the first half. The second half got underway and Sticker were pushing forward and a lovely move saw Sam Marchant slot the ball home under a despairing Brett Allen. 0-2. Next came a moment of madness when Lee Whetter for the home team was given a red card and sent off! This obviously did not help St Dennis. Jack Bowyer who was causing the defence all kinds of problems with his pace was finally brought down for another penalty and he calmly got up and slotted the ball home. 0-3. Finally from a super cross from Mike Body Matt Lloyd powered in a header to wrap up the game and silence the home crowd behind the goal. F/T. 0-4. Andrew, Gary and the squad will be well satisfied with this result to show last week was just a blip  and also another clean sheet especially over their clay country rivals. Elburton Villa next week away which will be another tough match.

Team: A.Avery, A.Butler, M.Rowles-Jane, S.Kenny, M.Duff, B.Rosevear, S.Marchant, F.McAvoy, M.Body, C.Kenny(M.Lloyd), J.Bowyer.

Sticker 1 Plymouth Marjons 2

Sticker playing their second game in a week with a changed starting line-up to-day had plenty of possession in this first half on a bright and sunny yet breezy April Saturday afternoon but not a lot of goalmouth action except for one stunning shot from Frank McAvoy which struck the wrong side of the left upright. Marjons were certainly fit and harrassed the Sticker players and didn't give them any time on the ball. Sticker's one two's weren't working either so there were no other shots on goal but with all the possession they had and the experience they have gained this season should have worked out a way through! Needless to say Marjon's took the lead in quite a bizzare way. When they had an attack which ended up in the far left corner and a headed clearance from a Sticker defender went wrong and ended up on the far side of the penalty area and Frank McAvoy tried to rescue the situation but in his efforts commited a foul. A direct free kick was taken and struck through the wall and into the corner of the net giving Andrew Avery in goal no chance. 0-1. No worries you thought as Sticker have been in this position before and eventually came out on top. But you felt there was some frustration in the team as things jsut wern't working. H/T. 0-1.

     No Gary Whielden to coax and gee them up today in the half time chat but the supporters were hoping for an improved performance in the second half kicking down the slope with wind behind them and it was certainly better. Sam Kenny was on in place of Jason Rogers injured just before half time and eventually Jack Bowyer on the for the out of touch Jay Hill but as hard as they pressed that Killer pass just wasn't there. There were too many misplaced passes and too much individual type of play where a pass would have been more effective. Still Sticker had most of the possession and did make better attacking play than in the first half but Marjon's were defending as if their life depended on it and then another misplaced pass from Sticker set up goal no. 2 for Marjons and made it even more difficult for Sticker to get a result. Because of this they got a bit desperate and frantic and their usual quality just was not there.  Then with just minutes on the clock Jack Bowyer was bundled off the ball in a crowded area for a penalty which Andrew Butler stroked home to make it 1-2. But alas too little too late as the referee Jimmy Stroud blew for full time. Andrew Avery and the whole team will be as disappointed as the supporters in losing their unbeaten league run especially after coming from behind in Wednesday's semi-final win in the Cornwall Charity Cup against Wendron but onwards and upwards, St Dennis next week on Good Friday where they can make ammends!

Team: A.Avery, J.Rogers(S.Kenny), M.Rowles-Jane, L.Knowles, F.McAvoy, M.Duff, A.Butler, S.Marchant, J.Hill(J.Bowyer), M.Body, M.Lloyd(C.Kenny).

Wendron 1 Sticker 3

Sticker playing Wendron in the Cornwall Charity. Game switched to Helston due to floodlight failure at Penryn.

 After a bright start the game slowed to an almost standstill until Wenfron took the lead and the score stayed the same up to half time. H/T. 1-0.

  The second half started with Sticker starting brightly once again and at last equalised when a great cross from Frank McAvoy saw Sam Kenny power in a header for the equaliser. 1-1. Sticker then introduced Matt Lloyd  who scores with another header from a corner. 1-2.  Frank McAvoy then seals the game majestically curling a shot into the top right hand corner, what a goal! F/T. 1-3. We Are in the final again! Up The Sticky!!

Team: A.Avery, J.Rogers, M.Rowles-Jane, S.Kenny, F.McAvoy, A.Butler, M.Duff, M.Body, S.Marchant, J.Bowyer, C.Kenny. Subs: M.Lloyd, J.Cockings, J.Walker, J.Hill, L.Knowles. 

Sticker 3 Porthleven 2

On a damp and windy March Saturday afternoon Sticker were hoping to tie up the SWPL West League Championship with just one point needed from this game. The game started off at a brisk pace and Porthleven were going to be no push overs as they were speedy and played the ball around skillfully making life uncomfortable for Sticker players but the home side stuck to their task and were gradually moving deeper into the Porthleven half of the pitch and forced a few corners on the left which Frank McAvoy swung in with the strong wind but the Port Keeper with great handling managed to catch nearly all of them. Sticker then won a corner on the right which produced the first fine goal of the game. It looked straight from the training ground as Mike Body struck a ball all along the ground and saw Sam Marchant running to-wards the near post with pace and he got his shot in the back of the net before any Port player could react. Fabulous Goal! 1-0.

  Porthleven however weren't going to take that lying down and scored a super goal themselves with Sticker on the back foot, they worked the ball quickly down the right and a ball was crossed over all the Sticker defenders and found Kyle Marks who controlled the ball before firing an unstoppable shot into the far right of the goal.1-1. There then came some unusual Refereeing decisions from Adam Price who was being assessed at to-days match. After some good interplay deep in the Sticker half a Port player was tackled by a Sticker defender who won the ball and the Port player fell over but no mad appeals for a penalty but the Ref awarded one anyway which Port Captain Matt Fox fired in confidently. 2-1. Sticker weren't going to let this upset the party and pushed forward with even more purpose and Mike Body hit an incredible volley goalwards which the Port keeper tipped over the bar then Jack Bowyer wriggled his way into the penalty area and was tripped but no penalty said the Ref much to everyone's surprise but Sticker carried on regardless and Jack Bowyer this time running with the ball and into the penalty area got a slight nudge and because of his extraordinary pace he fell over. No penalty appeals from any of the Sticker players but the Ref awards one, it was if he was trying to make amends for the earlier penalty shout! Still beggars cant be choosers and Jack Bowyer steps up this week and smashes the ball past the keeper. H/T. 2-2.

  The second half kicked off after some well earned refreshments and for those supporters unlucky to be still in the clubhouse missed what was to be the winning goal. Sticker from the kick off pushed the ball forward and a super through ball saw lightening fast Jack Bowyer homing in on goal and as he got past the keeper and just about to shoot into an empty net a defender got to the ball and it squirmed out to the right and there was Mike Body who had one chance and that was to hit it first time and he struck it perfectly into the net from a tight angle. 3-2. Mike the Hero was then duly mobbed by his team mates! Sticker then began to take control but Porthleven were still a threat but were tending to overhit their passes which ran away from them because of the strong wind and shots on goal which went over the bar. Time for some subs. Matt Lloyd on for Callum Kenny, Jay Hill on for Mike Body and finally Jack Walker on for Frank McAvoy. Jack received a rapturous applause from the Sticker faithfull as this was his first appearance in a Sticker shirt for many, many months after surgery on his knee and getting back to fitness, it was great to see him back especially on this day! There were a few chances to increase the score but they failed to materialise and finally the ref blew the final whistle much to the delight of the team who were able to breath a massive sigh of relief at finally clinching the title and celebrate their achievement! F/T. 3-2.

 A fitting sporting gesture from the Porthleven managers and team who lined up and applauded as the Sticker players left the field to be presented with the League Trophy by Mark Hayman and Phil Hiscox the league chairman and league secretary. With the St Austell Voice cameraman Paul Williams and reporter Gareth Rowett in attendance for the whole match there is sure to be a big spread in nexts weeks edition. Much celebrations were then enjoyed in the dressing room and clubhouse by everyone.

   Manager Andy Avery and coach Gary Whielden must take great credit for the way they have coached, coaxed and encouraged the squad this season and their reward was finally realised to-day so a massive well done to them! 

Team: Andrew Avery, Andrew Butler, Micky Rowles-Jane, Sam Kenny, Frank McAvoy(Jack Walker), Ben Rosevear(Capt), Martyn Duff, Sam Marchant, Mike Body(Jay Hill), Callum Kenny(Matt Lloyd), Jack Bowyer.

Sticker 4 Mousehole 1

Sticker kicked off this afternoons SWPL West as Champions after last weeks victory and celebrations. In bright March sunshine they entertained last years Champions Mousehole and in a real sporting gesture Player/Manager Steve Parker-Billinge and his team lined up and applauded the Sticker Team onto the pitch. The Match was also dedicated to Mousehole's former secretary Christine Ann Tonkin who passed away earler this season. 

   The match kicked off after a minutes silence in honour of the above mentioned lady and Sticker were on the front foot from the start putting the Mousehole under severe pressure and with Matt Lloyd up front partnering Jack Bowyer this week it was he who was full of running and tormenting Mousehole much like he did in the teams previous encounter earlier this season and which was probably the catalyst to Sticker's championship season. It was Matt who supplied the cross cum shot which Steve Parker Billinge failed to hold as Jack in the Box Bowyer snapped up an easy chance. 1-0. Goal no.2 came when new signing Liam Knowles making his first start for Sticker picked out Jack with a neat pass and Jack chested the ball and spun around all in one movement he was on his way heading for goal and finally smashed in an unstoppable shot. 2-0. Sticker should have taken more advantage of this much weaker Mousehole team but were unable to score anymore before half-time. H/T. 2-0.

  The second half started and unlike the last three previous home games Sticker were unable to really dominate Mousehole, whether they were still a touch hungover after last weeks celebrations only they will know but they were still the stronger of the two sides and scored goal no.3 when Matt Lloyd finally got his reward after putting in a good shift when he rose highest to head the ball home after a good cross. 3-0.  Sticker then relaxed and allowed Mousehole a glimmer of hope when they allowed Lee Robinson through to score with a shot over Andy Avery's head. 3-1. Sticker had to up their game and they did the play especially down the left side with Liam knowles seeing plenty of the ball and he handled himself very well and looks a good prospect. However as much as they applied the pressure they were struggling to add to their tally so substitutions were made. Frank McAvoy on for Ben Rosevear and Callum Kenny on for Matt Lloyd, Jason Rogers had earlier come on for Sam Marchant in the first half who had picked up an injury. Callum saw plenty of the ball and looked very strong in keeping the ball and he got goal no.4 when he got in the box and beat the keeper at the near post with a powerful shot. Jack Bowyer had earlier missed a penalty after trying to outfox the the keeper but he sent in a shot to the keepers left which was well saved. F/T. 4-1.

Another win for Andrew and Gary's team and at the end of the game with a fine gesture they bought the league Trophy out to show the Loyal Sticker fans who follow the team home and away and even filled the cup up with some bubbly and invited them to share a drink with the team. 

Team: A.Avery, L.Knowles, M.Rowles-Jane, A.Butler, J.Hill, B.Rosevear(F.McAvoy), S.Marchant(J.Rogers), M.Duff, S.Kenny, M.Lloyd(.Kenny), J.Bowyer,



Sticker 1 Millbrook 1

Sticker started this game on a dull March Saturday afternoon against a much improved Millbrook side this season who hurried and hustled the Sticker players and didn't allow them to play their usual game  and they also looked threatening in attack and well organised in defence. So they were both cancelling each other out in the first half until five minutes before half time when a shot which took two deflections ended up in Andy Avery's goal. At last Sticker had a good run up the right wing and Sam Marchant sprinted into the penalty area and was unceremoniously tripped giving young referee Matthew Carney an easy decision. Up stepped Frank McAvoy and blow me he did what he did against Elburton and placed his shot to the keepers left who saved it but this time he didn't follow up to score Matt Llloyd did try but alas the ball went wide. H/T. 0-1.

   Sticker had to come out and play better this half and play better they did and equallised after seven minutes.When Matt Lloyd stabbed the ball home after good play from Jack Bowyer who set up Sam Marchant to shoot first time which the goalkeeper parried into Matts path. 1-1. Then it was virtually one way traffic but Sticker could not find that killer goal and Millbrook were adopting time wasting tactics as a draw for them is like a victory as they haven't beaten or got a point from Sticker in three seasons!  But they did give it a go and poor Jack Bowyer could have scored two goals late into time added on when from a lovely cross from new signing Liam Knowles found Jack sprinting round the back of the last defender and his shot hit the post and then from a header which went inches wide. But it wasn't to be and Sticker remain unbeaten in the league and after hearing that their closest rivals Plymstock could only draw against Liskeard to-day makes next weeks game against Porthleven a game they need just a point to make sure of the league title. F/T. 1-1.

Team: A.Avery, A.Butler, M.Rowles-Jane, S.Kenny, F.McAvoy(L.Knowles), S.Marchant, M.Duff, B.Rosevear, M.Body(J.Hill), M.Lloyd(C.Kenny), J.Bowyer.

Sticker 4 Bude Town 1

Sticker started this game  in a really strong Westerly  wind and found the conditions really difficult to contend with and kept trying to punt the ball to-wards Jack and Matt but invariably the wind caught hold of it and it didn't reach the intended target. Bude were pushing forward and with Billy Hopcroft up front he was proving a real handful as usual. Player/Manager Andy Avery had the unenviable task of marking him and it was even stevens in the first half but Billy popped up on the right hand side and sent in a low cross which was turned in by his teammate beating Sticker keeper Kai Stone at his near post. 0-1. Sticker did not panic and although they were pretty quiet on the pitch Coach Gary Wheildon was encouraging and driving them on. They started to gain control but just could not find the back of the net as much as they tried. There best chance came to level the scoring when from a crisp shot from Ben Rosevear but straight at the keeper who spilled it right onto Matt Lloyds foot which looked a certain net bulging goal but alas it went over the bar!! Next came probably the defining moment of the match with Sticker getting closer and closer the Bude centre half Dan Starkey made a reckless challenge on Matt Lloyd and with the Referee givng the loudest whistle of the day you knew it meant trouble.  Dan had earlier made an awful tackle on Martyn Duff which he was fortunate to get just a yellow. The Referee didn't hesitate and issued a second yellow and consequently a red and off he went. H/T.  0-1.

     The second half started with Sticker now playing with the wind and with obviously some dressing room advice and Bude down to ten men started to play some decent football and playing where they left off in the first half getting closer and closer to finding the equaliser and finally it came when after somewhat of a melee Sam Kenny stabbed the ball home and the supporters breathed a sigh of relief. 1-1.  Now to push on and push on they did but with Bude defending in depth Sticker were finding it tough to break them down that is until Andy Avery pushing forward struck a peach of a half volley just outside the area and went through the defence and although the keeper got his fingertips to the ball such was the pace of the shot there was no way the ball was not going to go in the net. 2-1.  Bude were struggling to keep pace with the now rampant Sticker but it did not stop them trying to push forward but Mickey Rowles-Jane was in no mood to let them past him. Time for some substitutions and new signing Callum Kenny on for Matt Lloyd, Jay Hill on for Frank McAvoy and Mike Body on for Andrew Butler.  Callum staright away took up the centre forwards position and looked right at home holding up the ball well with his strength and ball skills he was right in the action and on one occasion he was put through on the left and decided to lay the ball back rather than probably doing the right thing by having a shot and he found Jack Bowyer but the ball was jsut behind him and despite his best effort could only shoot wide. Jack had earlier headed wide and but such is his determination to get on the goal sheet you knew he would finally wriggle through and score and sure enough he did. With a typical swift piece of movement he got inside the box on the right side and slotted the ball home at the near post. 3-1. Well done Jack your persistence paid off. To cap it off after more good movement from  Jack on the right side he became provider for his new  strike partner  with a beautiful cross and Callum had the easiest of tasks to knock the ball in for a debut goal. 4-1. There could have been more goals when Sam Marchant at last showing some of his earlier good form driving forward and getting in on goal. He  sped through with only the keeper to beat and tried to chip him but failed as the keeper caught the ball. Never mind Sam the rest of your play was excellent to-day. The referee finally blew the whistle and the Sticky boys edged closer to the title with a 27 point lead.  F/T. 4-1.  Andrew and Gary will be delighted tohave turned the match around especially Andrew with his superb strike and maybe the result flattered Sticker a little as Bude were good value until they went down to ten men. But such is the character and persistence in the team you know that sooner or later they overcome any obstacles especially on a decent pitch. A special note for new signing Callum Kenny who looks like a proper centre forward holds the ball up well and has good movement on and off the ball and fits in well with team. Millbrook next week K.O. 3.00pm

Team: K.Stone, A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, S.Kenny, F.McAvoy(J.Hill), M.Duff, B.Rosevear, S.Marchant, A.Butler(M.Body), M.Lloyd(C.Kenny), J.Bowyer.