Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall
Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall

Launceston 2 Sticker 1

Sticker playing their last game of the 2018/9 season finally bow out losing 2-1. It must be a releif to player/manager Andrew Avery to at last see the back of this season and no one has worked harder in trying to get a team on the pitch week after week than him. 

Sticker 1 St Austell 4

Sticker playing their penultimate game of the season were playing local rivals St Austell in this Good Friday fixture on a warm sunny morning in front of Stickers biggest crowd of the season. The game got off to a brisk start with St Austell opening the scoring in the fourth minute with a goal from Liam Eddy. 0-1. Sticker weathered this early onslaught and almost equalised when Joel Cockings chasing a long high ball got the better of defender Martin Watts turned and hit a good shot which alas just whistled past the far post with keeper Jason Chapman stranded. This would have lifted the whole team and Joel deserved to score for the effort he put in. The team however were battling well especially in defence and midfield and were blocking passes and tackling well to disrupt the talented opposition. Ethen Ellwel in the Sticker goal was also playing his part with two stunning saves tipping the ball over the bar from thundering shots. However St Austell increased the lead when from a corner Martin Watts jumping high at the near post headed in a fine goal. 0-2. Just before half time they scored a third goal when after a fine run through  the centre of the Sticker defence and receiving an equally fine through ball Aidan Dingle latched onto the pass and fired past the onrushing keeper.0-3. H/T.

With the big crowd enjoying the sunny weather the teams returned to commence the second half and with St Austell already three up they eased off the gas somewhat with only Liam Eddy up front to try and conjure up further goals but he was well policed by the Sticker defenders and the only goal he did score was from a very dubious penalty. When Joel Cockings bravely jumping to block a fierce shot from the edge of the area and Joel only a couple of feet away was alleged to have handled the ball. The referee who had a good match overall awarded the penalty, An absolutely crazy decision but that has been Stickers fate this season. Liam Eddy duly stepped up and scored his second goal and St Austell's fourth. 0-4. Sticker still trying to play football didn't give up trying and scored a consolation goal when Bobby Hopkinson fired a corner near post and it looked a stunning near post bullit header from player/manager Andy Avery but no it was Olly Brokenshire with an own goal. 1-4. F/T. Sticker's last game of this torrid season is on Easter Monday at Launceston K.O.11.00pm.

Team. E.Elwell, J.Walker, A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, B.Hoskin, T.Peers, D.Lucas, B.Hopkinson, J.Hooper, G.Smith, J.Cockings, Subs All used: S.Walker, A.Taylor, T.Boulton.

   

Tavistock 4 Sticker 0

Playing against a strong Tavistock side on course to win another league title and Sticker made life very difficult for the home side. Throughout the first half Sticker showed great determination and work rate to frustrate Tavistock who probably thought they would be able to walk through the Sticker side at a canter. Sticker though did catch Tavistock out a few times when some good vision from Bobby Hopkinson kept freeing up Jack Hooper to try and race in behind the high lined defence. Tavistock attacked in numbers but every effort was blocked, saved and scrambled free from a resilient Sticker side working incredibly hard for each other. Tavistock kept trying to work the ball around the final 3rd but found it hard to break through., Ethan Elwell did well to tip over with a fine save and Bobby Hopkinson watched a effort from his own fall just short of beating the advanced Tavistock goalkeeper.

The second half and Sticker would have had plans to do exactly the same but a free kick was awarded on the edge of the area 48minutes in, the ball was delivered into the back stick for the towering Tavistock defender to head home unchallenged, very disappointing to have conceded the goal so early after a valid first half performance. Tavistock soon added the 2nd when a scuffed shot across goal felt typically to a red shirt to fire home. Tavistock dominated possession in the second half and forced two more goals, perhaps the three week break for Sticker did the side no favours especially after their opponents are flying high and if they go on to win the league do it deservedly as they probably are the best footballing side Sticker have faced this season.

Ethan Elwell

Brad Hoskin

Mickey Rowles-jane

Andrew Avery – Gareth Smith (60min)

Jack Walker

Derek Lucas

Tim Piers

Josh Yelland – Bailey Smith (70min)

Jack Hooper

Bobby Hopkinson

Joel Cockings

Exmouth Town 3 Sticker 1

After at last getting last weeks win it may have seemed that any pressures had been lifted off the lads as they started the game very well, applying good pressure and doing their  upmost to prevent Exmouth from playing the physical style of game that they do. Exmouth has some early chances but were denied by some good defending or some decent goal keeping by Ethan Elwell.

Sticker took the lead after 20 minutes when a good move down the left resulted in Jack Hooper being upended in the Exmouth box, from the resulting foul Joel Cockings cooly netted from the spot. Five minutes later the Exmouth player who gave away the penalty made a lunging tackle on Jack Hooper which resulted in a red card and left Sticker 1-0 up against the league leaders.

Sticker held on and looked to be contesting the match until they gave away a needless penalty after withstanding an Exmouth onslaught.

On the strike of half time Exmouth took the lead, a free kick into the box was headed down for the unmarked Exmouth midfielder to smash home from 8 yards.

Exmouth sealed the win 5 minutes into the second half, an inswinging corner was not dealt with and on the goal line was scrambled in.

The game was played out as a highly contested match with Sticker actually playing the better football and passing the ball around with intent but unfortunately could not force the way back into the match.

Exmouths physical dominance on the day had forced the victory in a very hostile ground.

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, A.Avery,T.Peers, B.Hoskin, J.Hooper, J.Yelland, D.Lucas, G.Smith, B.Hopkinson, J.Cockings.

Sticker 3 Elburton Villa 2

At  long last Sticker get their first win of the season against Elburton Villa with a gutsy display of courage and some stunning goals from Bobby Hopkinson in horrible conditions which got worse as the game progressed as did the players tempers!  Villa looked the livlier of the two teams in the first quarter of the game but Sticker gradually began to get some passing together and Derek Lucas on the left side was looking threatening and could have opened the scoring on a couple of occasions.  Then just before half time with Sticker pressing Bobby had one powerful shot blocked but followed up to fire home the opener. 1-0. Villa then had a player booked for a nasty tackle who then got a second yellow for kicking the ball away. H/T.1-0.

  The second half kicked off and Sticker attacking up the slope started a good attack which broke down and straight away Villa mounted an attack down the right side where a good cross was glanced into the far corner with keeper Andy Avery stranded. 1-1. Sticker were having plenty of the ball and as usual were defending and being resolute but still being able to make some decent attacking moves. With Bobby Hopkinson involved in most of the good attacking display it was no suprise that it was he who scored the next goal and what a stunner it was. He received the ball in the centre of the pitch and shimmied to his right and let fly from distance missing all the players in front of him and as the ball skidded off the surface it hit the inside of the post and flew in with Villa keeper Jack Dixon as a spectator. 2-1.

Elburton now threatening with some good attacking especially down the left side but with the ever present Jack Walker policing the winger most efforts were thwarted. However that same winger caused some consternation when after coming back from an offside position he was tackled and fell over theatrically and the referee awarded a penalty. The Sticker players were not happy as they thought the player had dived and had players booked and Adam Solomon sent off. Still a draw was better that a defeat but Bobby Hopkinson had other ideas and scored an idendical screamer which flew past the Villa keeper and into the goal the whole team and Sticker bench and supporters errupted into the loudest cheers we have heard in a long time. 3-2. With quite a few minutes of time to be added to due to injuries and the earlier fracas we all had a nervous time but finally the final whistle came and another big cheer was heard. F/T. 3-2. Andrew Avery who was in goal for this game will be delighted to get the teams first win with no small effort from him and for the gutsy performance from all his players.

Team: A.Avery, J.Walker, M.Rowles-Jane A.Solomon, H.Haan, B.Hoskin, F.McAvoy, D.Lucas, B.Hopkinson, J.Yelland, J.Cockings. Subs used: C,Kilbey, B.Smith.

Man of the Match:  Bobby Hopkinson at  his Belligerent Best!!

Sticker 1 Exmouth Town 3

Sticker hosted league leaders Exmouth Town in this afternoons match and started in storming fashion racing into a 0-2 lead inside sixteen minutes with goals scored by Ace High and Jordan Harris, But with all their superior strength and time with the ball were unable to add to their tally. H/T. 0-2.

  The second half started and Exmouth did add a third in the first couple of minutes but that was it. With the wind getting stronger as the game progressed it was Sticker who had the better chances and finally got their reward when a fine pass from Adam Solomon found Joel Cockings and he managed to at last outrun the defender and as the keeper came rushing out slotted it past him and into the net. 1-3. Although Exmouth were having a lot of the ball the Sticker players battling like tigers none more so than Tim Peers didn't let them have all their own way and it was Sticker who came closest to scoring with another crisp shot from Joel but alas his shot went staright at the keeper. Then a Bobby Hopkinson free kick which the keeper had to tip over the bar.F/T. 1-3. 

Team: A.Avery, J.Walker, M.Rowles-Jane,.Peers, B.Hoskins, F.McAvoy, A.Solomon(B.Smith), J.Yelland(D.Lucas), J.Hooper, T.Tallis(B.Hopkinson), J.Cockings

Ivybridge 1 Sticker 0

Stickers away trip to Ivybridge was 120 seconds away from being a successful day but 92 minutes into the game Ivybridge took all three points when Sticker could not clear the ball after being pinned back in the later stages of the game.

The game itself was full of high energy and some good football with Sticker creating the two clearest chances of the day. Joel Cockings trying to make it three goals in three games after his return from Wadebridge raced through the Ivybridge defence halfway through the first half to see his lobbed effort narrowly go wide of the opponents goalpost. With 5 minutes of the game left to play Tim Boulton found himself one on one with the keeper 10yards from goal but delayed his shooting effort to eventually be tackled by some very good defending.

Ivybridge had some good attacks and piled forward in numbers but some good defending and goal keeping from some very good deliveries into the Sticker box saw the game stay at 0-0 till the last stages of the game.

Sticker again we’re left hugely disappointed by the result but recent performances have shown a great attitude and desire from the lads, siix games left and the positively on the pitch can be something that at the very least the club can be proud of. F/T. 1-0.

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, B.Hoskins, T.Tallis, J.Yelland, J.Hooper, A.Solomon(T.Boulton), F.McAvoy, J.Cockings.

Godolphin 3 Sticker 1

Sticker still searching for a win in this tough season  were holding their own and even managed to equalise through Joel Cockings in the second half after going a goal down. But were still beaten in the end by 3-1 but great credit to the team in trying to get a result and improving all the time  with the effort they are putting in. Good to see Frank McAvoy back in the fold as he always a touch of quality to the team.F/T. 3-1

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, B.Hoskin, B.Smith, D.Lucas, F.McAvoy, T.Peers, J.Yelland, J.Cockings. Subs: J.Hooper, T.Robinson-Boulton

Elburton Villa 6 Sticker 1

The game started in wet and windy conditions and for the first period of the game was highly contested on a wet and slippery surface.

Neither team stamped their authority on the match until the 20th minute when a dubious free kick was awarded, the free kick led to a penalty (no arguments on that one) and Elburton took the lead.

On 30 minutes Elburton doubled the lead, with Sticker playing the ball around and being pressed hard a ball played down the line rebounded off of the Sticker player straight into the path of the Elburton midfielder to first time play in the Elburton striker who’s strength took him through the last defender to slot past Ethan into the net. 

On 40 minutes Elburton struck in a corner which was bouncing around in the 6 yard box, eventually the ball was diverted into the net via an arm, the referee deemed it to be unintentional although it gained a massive advantage on its way in. At this point heads were down but on the stroke of half time a counter attack with some good play through the midfield released  Joel Cockings on his return to Sticker to out muscle the Elburton defence and slot home, 3-1.

The 2nd half was more open, Sticker had more possession in the final 3rd of the pitch with some good link play but could not find the space to get shots off. Elburton got the 4th with a counter attack down the left crossing the ball into the box to slot home with a deflection past the stranded Elwell.

Sticker never gave up although now it could be seen that the lack of games in January on the heavy pitch was showing against a fitter Elburton team, Sticker forced some good play and did manage to put pressure on the Elburton Defence, Tim Piers shot narrowly wide and Joel Cockings over head kick had the keeper beaten only to go wide of the target.

The game finished with two goals in the later stages with both goals coming from strikes from outside the 18yard box to round of a dismal day for the Sticky.

It was great to have the two Walker brothers on the pitch at the same time which we are sure delighted the ever supporting Gordon Walker! 

Team: E Elwell, J.Walker, A.Avery(T.Boulton), M.Rowles-Jane, B.Hoskin, T.Tallis(S.Walker), J.Yelland, H.Haan, A.Solokon, T.Peers, J.Cockings.

Sticker 2 Falmouth 2

Sticker started this game  and took the lead after five minutes when Bobby Hopkinson took a free kick just over the centre line and with gathering pace from the following wind it sailed into the top corner of the goal completely bamboozling the Falmouth keeper and sending the home fans delirious with delight and the players were pretty pleased too as they haven't taken the lead many times this season. 1-0. The Falmouth team packed with some terrific players including two ex Sticker favourites Martin Duff and Jack Bowyer seemed to be playing some unusual tactics for a team so high up in the league by playing the long ball completely bypassing their midfield making Martin Duff and his teammates ineffective. Sticker didn't mind this as they were able to deal with this threat. Sticker had another free kick taken once again taken by Bobby Hopkinson this time on the opposite side of the pitch and a little closer to the goal and he struck a straight drive towards the penalty spot where Harvey Haan stooped down low with a terrific header which looked a certain top corner goal but the keeper Ryan Barnes made a magnificent to push the ball away for a corner. Then  after another attack Sticker were awarded another corner taken by Bobby and as the ball came swinging in  this time past the keeper into the net. 2-0. A terrific well played for goal! Falmouth continued to press forward and got their reward before half time when a corner was headed down and there the predatory Jack Bowyer made a nuisance of himself and  Ethan Elwell was unsighted as the ball went into the  Sticker goal H/T. 2-1.

 The second half started with Falmouth playing more to their strengths and using their wing backs to greater effect and finally got their reward with a fine goal. 2-2. Sticker now fighting a rearguard action had brought on Jake Street in place of Adam Solomon and he got stuck into the Falmouth  midfield and not giving them an easy time and Sticker gradually weatherd the storm and started to play some attacking football themselves and one move down the right nearly produced a goal for Tim Peers, Tim and Jack Walker had played a one two and then the ball was crossed over to Jack Hooper who layed the ball into the path of Tim who struck the ball goalwards and once again the Falmouth keeper palmed it away. Falmouth were trying to get the winner but Andrew Avery and skipper Mickey Rowles-Jane were marshalling the team to defend and not allowing the Falmouth players a clear cut chance but when on occasion a shot did get through Ethan Elwell was there to save. Finally Sticker had the chance to get the winner themselves when they were awarded a direct free kick just outside the area and up stepped Bobby who struck a beauty alas it struck the crossbar and then the keepers outstretched hand and as the ball dropped to the ground the Sticker players just weren't quick enough to react and prod the ball into the waiting goal instead it went for a corner. Not long after the referee blew for full time much to the relief of the Sticker faithful. F/T.2-2.

 Manager Andy will be pleased by the effort shown by his team and they fully deserved to share the points and could have with a bit of luck won the game!

  Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, A,Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, B.Hoskin, A.Solomon(J.Street), B.Hopkinson, T.Peers(T.Boulton), J.Yelland(B.Smith), J.Hooper, H.Haan.