Wadebridge Town 0 Sticker 3
Sticker at last get a win, albeit in the WCP cup against lower league opposition but Wadebridge have been scoring goals for fun in the SWPL West division so to keep a clean sheet and score three cracking goals, two from open play is truly remarkable and a real credit to Player/Manager Andy Avery and his inspiration and courage.
The game started with Wadebridge pressing hard at Sticker and trying to use their pace to beat the back line but Sticker stood strong and took the first 15 minutes of pressure and then came into the game starting to play some good football and maintaining possession of the ball. Callum Kenny was asked to be a strong target and with him linking up with Frank McAvoy in the front line Sticker to assert some good pressure on the Wadebridge defence. Callum Kenny’s pure strength on the edge of the 18 yard box won Sticker a free kick on the right of the box from which Bobby Hopkinson smashed home with a thunderous low drive to the keepers right side.0-1. Wadebridge did force an attack on goal with Dan Jennings pulling out wide from the Sticker defence to drive a ball across the Sticker back line but with no attacking threat the ball ran wide of the goal. The game was played at a steady tempo with Wadebridge reluctant to press the ball which allowed Sticker more possession and to start passing the ball around with more confidence. The game came to life with an off the ball incident that left Jack Walker receiving treatment, this sparked a bit of fire into their bellies and from this point on Sticker didn’t lose a tackle in the last 5minutes of the game and played at a much higher tempo.
The 2nd half was soon over, some good play with movement off the ball starting from our own defensive line, and Frank McAvoy got his first of the game, beating three players and driving the ball home into the far corner of the net.0-2. Sticker by now had control of the game, generally winning most of the tackles and keeping possession of the ball far better than Wadebridge, Bobby Hopkinson and Ben Rosevear in the middle were enjoying a good night on and off the ball which then started showing throughout the rest of the team. The third goal didn’t take long to follow with Sticker pressurising the Wadebridge left back and forcing the ball through the defence for Frank McAvoy to slip his defenders and coolly slot home his 2nd and Stickers 3rd..
The game at this point was over, Wadebridge had changed their shape at half time trying to play with an extra midfielder which did add extra pressure on Stickers midfield two but the team stayed organised and limited Wadebridge to shots from distance.
A good win and Stickers first since the opening friendly of the season, progress can be seen in the team play, individual attitudes to succeeding is improving and with the young players now settling in and starting to give the loyal few that have stayed at Sticker some good performance this can now be seen on the pitch that slowly the team can put in performances and can play some good football when they keep believing in each other!
Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Butler, B.Hoskin, B.Rosevear, B.Hopkinson, B.Smith(J.Hooper), F.McAvoy(M.Boynton), J.Boardman(J.Yelland), C.Kenny. Subs: M.Boynton, T.Peers, J.Hooper, J.Yelland.