Sticker 5 Launceston 3
Sticker at last gave their loyal supporters something to cheer about in to-nights match under lights against Launceston. After their sterling defensive display against league leaders Plymouth Parkway last saturday even though they sttill lost manager Andrew Avery and coach Gary Wheildon felt that the team could move on from that game and to-night proved them so right. In a fast moving game from both sides it was pretty even for the first part until Sticker finally opened the scoring after a slick move involving Martin Duff and Tim Peers, Matt Lloyd was put through on goal and he made no mistake shooting into the far corner. 1-0.Launceston came back and equalised after some defensive errors and a slightly deflected shot caught Jamie Blatchford on the hop and the ball also ended in the far corner.1-1. Sticker came roaring back a it was Matt Lloyd once again. to make it 2-1. In fact Lloydy could have scored his second earlier after being put through but failed to beat the keeper. H/T. 2-1.
The second half kicked off again at a quick pace and Launceston equalised once more. A corner was sent over and the Sticker defence failed to clear and a Launceston player pounced to slam the ball into the roof of the net. 2-2. Sticker were not to be denied and took the lead again through Matt Lloyd to get his thoroughly deserved hat trick for all his hard work and not just in this game. 3-2. The next goal was typical Jack Bowyer, Jack has had a lean time of late not having scored for what seems ages and it has also affected his performances but to-night he was much like his old self hassling and harrying defenders and generally making a right nuisance of himself and he finally got his reward when a long high ball was punted forward and Jack outmuscled the defender and as the keeper came out Jack sent a superb chip over his head and into the net. Get In!! 4-2. Rory Jarvis came on for Lloydy and it was he who got the ball near the corner flag and whipped in a cross to the near post and found Martin Duff who deftly flicked the ball in past the keeper for only his second goal of this season. 5-2. Still Launceston were not finished and after a a positive run through the centre of the pitch a quick strike beat Jamie in goal. 5-3. Sticker were not to be denied and hung on and saw the game out for a thoroughly and at last a decent home win. The whole team themselves justice to-night none more so than Jason Rogers and Tim Peers both constantly breaking down attacks and always wanting to push forward. F/T. 5-3 Another home game this weekend against Witheridge and hopefully the team can continue in this same form.
Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery. M.Rowles-Jane, S.Kenny, B.Rosevear, T.Peers, M.Duff, J.Rogers, J.Bowyer, M.Lloyd. Subs: A.Butler, R.Jarvis, T.Mayes. Man of the Match: Matt Lloyd finally all his hard work paid dividends with a well desrved hat trick!