Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall
Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall

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.

Sticker 1 Callington 1

Sticker playing their tenth game of the season so far were up against Callington who also have not been fairing too well and it was easy to see why there was no quality to their play but they still managed to go in front when another ball was knocked over the top of the Sticker defence and this time they did not deal with it which allowed the Cally striker to fire them into the lead. 0-1. Sticker were at least trying to play passing football and some of their approach play was very good but as soon as the ball got  anywhere near the centre of penalty area they lost it. There best play was down the right wing with Jack Hooper, Jack Boardman and Jack Walker were all involved and forced a few corners and there best change fell to player/manager Andrew Avery but his first time strike hit Ben Rosevear unfortunately when it looked like it was on its way into the net. H/T.0-1.

  Second half and Sticker started on the front foot and pushed Cally into their own half for long periods and whilst the had most of the play and did create a few chances on goal and Jack Hooper was brought down in the penalty area where it looked a stone wall penalty but referee Derek Fox disagreed. Consequently Jack eventually had to be subbed as he suffered an injury in the tackle.It wasn't until the 75th minute and from a corner that Sticker finally got a deserved equaliser Bobby Hopkinson swung in a near post cross low down and Andrew Avery steaming in stooped low to power in a header. 1-1. Fifteen minutes to find the winner and how they tried and at the same time protect the draw and in the end they were unable to score again so a draw it was. F/T.1-1.  The two Andrews will pleased to have rescued a point but probably disappointed not to have gained all three points after the second half display. Next game against Wadebridge in the first round of the WCP cup. Friday 21st September 2018 K.O. 7.30pm Away.

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Butler, B.Hoskin, B.Rosevear, B.Hopkinson, B.Smith, J.Boardman, J.Hooper(J.Yelland), C.Kenny.

Sticker 0 Bodmin 6

Sticker playing their ninth game of the season started very brightly against a very strong and experienced Bodmin side making excellent use of Frank McAvoy down the right flank and were putting the bodmin defence under pressure without testing the keeper. But as so often happens Bodmin attack high up on the right side and with a player in  an offside position with the young linesman not up with play allowed the striker to curl in a fine goal giving Jamie Blatchford no chance. 0-1. So once again laft Sticker chasing the game which Bodmin exploited and added a second goal soon after, Sticker kept the score down to just 0-2 at half time.

  The second half continued with Sticker trying to make some ground in to the Bodmin half but again a mistake this time coming directly from a Jamie goal kick which went straight to a Bodmin player and it was then 0-3. He made amends after with some purely stunning saves .Game over for Sticker though but they battled playing some good fottball but Bodmin went on and added a further three goals to make the final score F/T. 0-6.    

 Unhappy times for the Sticky boys but good to see the youngsters getting a fair crack and it is a big learning curve for them but they will only get better. Also good to see Andy Hoskin as First team coach as he will be an asset and a great help to Player/Manager Andy Avery.

Team:J.Blatchford,J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Butler, B.Hoskin, J.Hooper, B.Rosvear,J.Boardman(S.Began), B.Hopkinson(B.Smith) C.Kenny, F.McAvoy.

Sticker 2 Godolphin 4

Sticker playing another midweek game under lights were much improved after last Saturdays defeat and were holding a very mobile Godolphin side at bay and were causing the away sides defence problems so much so the livewire Jack Hooper playing wide on the left was upended in the box and Sticker were awarded a penalty duly despatched by Frank McAvoy 1-0. and held on to the lead until H/T.

The second half started with Godolphin bringing on old campaigner Lee Paxton who usually plays for their reserve side and it was he that seemed to make the difference and they were also awarded a penalty when Jamie Blatchford brought down their striker. The penalty was struck and Jamie guessed right and got his hand to the ball but couldn't prevent it going into the net. 1-1. Godolphins tails were up now and went looking for the winner and duly found it scoring two further goals to go 1-3 up. Sticker were not done though and added a second when Bobby Hopkinson sent in a peach of a ball over the defence where Tyler Cheshire was racing in and he got a vital touch as the keeper was coming out and steered the ball into the net. 2-3. Sticker now pushing forward with Andrew Butler released from his defensive duties but a disasterous defensive mistake led to Godolphin scoring a decisive fourth goal. Sticker complained vehemently to the referee that the player was offside which resulted in a booking and they even got the referee to consult the linesman who had not flagged for offside and his original decision stood. The Sticker players were obviously disappointed with this particular decision but they must take blame for it was them that caused it. F/T. 2-4.

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Butler, B.Hoskin, B.Hopkinson, J.Boardman, F.McAvoy, T.Peers(T.Cheshire), J.Hooper, C.Kenny.

Sticker 1 Millbrook 4

Sticker facing newly promoted Millbrook who were full of running and set about running the home team ragged which they did and when Sticker finally got the ball were unable to make any inroads into the Millbrook defence. Millbrook scored an early goal and always looked dangerous going forward but the Sticker defence somehow managed to hold them at bay and try and regroup after halt time. 0-1.

The second half commenced and with Sticker at last showing more determination and pegging Millbrook back still were unable to play that decisive pass to open their defence up. Consequently Millbrook weathered the storm and scored a second goal. 0-2. Sticker made three substitutions and straight away they added more bite with their youthful determination but still unable to create a real opening. Millbrook then struck again when a defensive error led to an easy headed goal. 0-3. Finally Sticker got a consolation goal when a long clearance beat the Millbrook defence and Tyler Cheshire latched onto it and scored a fine goal. Sticker rallied somewhat but Millbrook came storming back and caused Sticker to score an own goal. F/T. 1-4. All in all a bad day at the office for Andy and Gary and the team but it shows that the youngsters that come on as Subs. do inject some enthusiasm, determination and pace so perhaps they will be given the chance to start the game as some of the more experienced players look a little jaded probably because of having to play so many games in such a short space of time. Next game Godolphin at home next Tuesday 4th Sept.

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery,M.Rowles-Jane(B.Smith), B.Hoskin, B.Rosevear(J.Boardman), F.McAvoy, T.Peers(J.Hooper), B.Hopkinson, C.Kenny, T.Cheshire.

Saltash 1 Sticker 0

Sticker playing with new signing Brad Hoskin at left back who had a very solid game and in a very defensive game Sticker were well worth a draw and it was 0-0 until the dying minutes when Saltash scored with what looked like an offside goal. The official running the line clearly waved his flag for offside but the referee in his wisdom overuled it!!  It is hard to imagine how he is in a better position to do this when the linesman is in line with play but there it is Sticker lose another game and are now bottom of the Premier league. The controversy didn't end there of course as Mickey Rowles-Jane was sent off and a number of other players booked. So all in all a bad day for Sticker AFC.

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, B.Hoskin, B.Hopkinson, T.Peers, B.Rosevear, F.McAvoy, J.Hooper, C.Kenny. Subs: J.Boardman, R.Jarvis, B.Smith, R.Yelland, T.Cheshire.

Newquay 2 Sticker 1

Sticker continue their disappointing start to this new season with a defeat at Newquay 2-1. Stickers goal scored by Bobby Hopkinson.

 

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, M.Rolwles-Jane, F.McAvoy, B.Rosevea(B.Smith)r, A.Butler(T.Peers), B.Hopkinson, J.Hooper, C.Kenny(J.Boardman), T.Cheshire. Subs.R.Yelland,B.Smith, T.Peers, J.Boardman,

Sticker 0 Tavistock 4

Sticker welcomed Tavistock in to-days Premier game and the away side started very lively and had plenty of the ball but unlike last season when they were 3-0 up in five minutes. Sticker defended bravely and didn't allow the likes of Glyn Hobbs and the rest of his striking teammates a clear shot at goal when they did eventually score it was a scrappy affair scrambled in at the far post. 0-1. Sticker at last got some decent possession and gained a free kick wide on the right and found the head of Callum Kenny and as the supporters were about to cheer a goal the ball struck the post and bounced out. Tavistock gained control once again and drove forward and a well struck goal was saved by Jamie Blatchford but he was unable to hold it and a Tavi player followed up to score.H/T. 0-2.

  The second half started alas without young Jack Hooper who had injured his ankle earlier so reserve team player Jack Boardman came on but within five minutes Tav scored again to make it 0-3. Influential Bobby Hopkinson was trying his best to drive the loan Sticker strikers spraying passes forward especially to Tyler Cheshire so he could use his pace but the Tavi defence usually outnumbered them. The only other chance Sticker had was when Ben Rosevear jumped the highest to head  the ball goalwards but alas it went wide. Tavi finally wrapped up the scoring by adding a further goal to make it 0-4. It could have been more but for Jamie in goal who made several decent saves and for some decent defending.F/T.0-4. 

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, F.McAvoy(B.Smith), B.Rosevear, J.Hooper(J.Boardman), A.Butler, B.Hopkinson, C.Kenny, T.Cheshire.

Sticker 1 Torpoint 1

Sticker at last got a point after three games and thoroughly deserved it. The game started at a lively pace with Torpoint controlling it playing good football but without creating any chances or shots on goal. Sticker finally got into the game in the last twenty minutes of the first half with some gutsy football and putting the Torpoint defence under some pressure. But no goals in the first half. H/T. 0-0.

  The second half started with Sticker kicking down the slope and a raking pass from Bobby Hopkinson who had come on in place of the injured Rory Jarvis sent the diminutive Jack Hooper sprinting down the left side and as he flew past the last defender and into the box he was upended by a desperate tackle. The referee had no hesitation in awarding Sticker a penalty. Up stepped Frank McAvoy who slammed it into the net to give Sticker a deserved lead. 1-0. Torpoint came alive and put Sticker under tremendous but the defence was magnificent including keeper Jamie Blatchford. With Bobby Hopkinson with long searching passes to the two front players Sticker could have taken the lead with Tyler Cheshire beating his man and shooting just wide and then Tyler once again this time being provider when he sped past the defence and cut the ball back for Jack Hooper who brought a good save from the keeper. Torpoint finally scored an equaliser when an excellent move and great running gave their striker the chance to shoot and score in off the far post giving Jamie no chance.1-1. Sticker still defending briliantly managed to see the game out for a well deserved point. F/T. 1-1. Andy and Gary will no doubt be pleased to at least get a point but probably feel that this was a game that should have been won. They will obviously be disappointed in losing Adam Solomon so early in the season to Wadebridge who had started so well.

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, F.McAvoy, B.Rosevear, R.Jarvis(B.Hopkinson),J.Hooper(B.Smith), A.Butler, T.Cheshire, C.Kenny.

Helston 2 Sticker 1

Sticker much improved from their first game at Camelford went a goal down in the first five minutes but fought back to equalise with a fine individual goal scored by Tyler Cheshire and a very even game Stickers next best chance came when Joel Cockings came on in place of Calum Kenny but he was unable to convert! Then came the decider scored by Helston in extra time. F/T. 2-1 The Sticker players would be gutted at losing so late in the game but they have another chance to get some points on the board next Tuesday against Torpoint at Burngullow. The one bright spark of the evening for Sticker was the performance of young Jack Hooper making his first start for the club an exciting prospect!

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, A.Solomon, F.McAvoy, B.Rosevear, J.Hooper(R.Jarvis), A.Butler, T.Cheshire, C.Kenny(J.Cockings). Subs: M.Boynton, R.Jarvis, J.Cockings,B.Smith,S.Began.