Sticker 0 Saltash 3
Sticker started this SWPL game brightly enough and were a match against their high flying opponents and to be fair were playing the better football and creating the better chances. The best of all was when the away side keeper let the ball slip from his hand and Matt Lloyd pounced and at the second attempt shot for goal after the keeper had made a desperate claw at the ball and just as the ball was about to go into the net a defender blocked the ball and it went out for a corner. Sticker had numerous corners which came to nothing and at times did not even attack the ball and made it easy for the keeper to catch. Just before half time Mickey-Rowles Jane had a 50-50 challenge with the Saltash striker which the referee Steve Annis who incidently had a good game awarded a free kick just outside the area for Saltash. The resultant free kick was cleared but spewed out to an unmarked striker on the right who struck the ball home. H/t. 0-1.
The second half started with Saltash now kicking with the wind which had got noticably stronger and took advantage of this putting the Sticker defence under sever pressure. But they held on and at last Matt Lloyd got through on goal with a great opportunity to equalise but his powerful shot didn't even test the keeper as it flashed wide of the post! Saltash then scored a bizarre goal! The away side keeper launched an enormous kick deep into the Sticker half. Sticker keeper Jamie Blatchford came out to collect and it hit the Saltash striker on the back of his head and fell convniiently at his feet and he kept his balance and slotted the ball home into an empty net. 0-2. Sticker made some changes to try and get something from the game and were certainly battling especially in midfield but the Saltash defence were just too good and Sticker will once again rue the missed chances in front of goal.To rub salt in the wound Saltash scored a third goal minutes from the end to give the home supporters another miserable journey home. F/T.0-3. Andy and Gary will be pleased with some aspects of the teams play to-day mainly the interplay as they were the better Team first half and saw Saltash mostly just hump the ball forward but will be disappointed that they could'nt convert any of the chances that were created. Bodmin away next Friday night which will be a massive test.
Team:J.Blatchford, J.Rogers(J.Walker), A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, L.Knowles, S.Kenny, A.Butler(F.McAvoy), M.Duff, B.Rosevear, M.Lloyd(J.Cockings), J.Bowyer,