Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall
Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall

Sticker 0 Cullumpton 2

Sticker suffer another agonising defeat at home to Cullumpton 0-2.

An afternoon where numerous regular faces were missing and Sticker managed to field a team thanks to the weather cancelling various local teams matches.

The weather played a big factor in this match, the wind took control of the game and generally ruined what should have been a very good contest between the two teams.

The first half was a very even contest with some good football from both sides being played but Cullumpton took the lead 1 minute before the break when Sticker failed to clear the lines playing the ball into the path of the Cullompton midfielder to lay the ball through to be bent around the advancing Ethan Elwell into the far corner of the net by the Collumpton striker. 

Stickers 2nd half game planned changed immediately when the wind picked up and changed direction just after the break, this hampered Sticker trying to play the positive football they had showed in the first half and the new faces struggled to break down the Collumpton defence as they had threatened in the first period. 

Collumpton got the 2nd goal again from a poor clearance that was first time played in behind for the Collumpton striker in a dubious looking off side position to lobb the advancing goal keeper to make it 2-0.

For a make shift team the lads performed very well and showed great attitude throughout this match.

Team: E.Elwell, B.Hoskin, A.Avery(M.Rowles-Jane), A.Cleaves, J.Walker, J.Turner(M.Boynton), M.Searle, H.Haan, J.Hooper(D.Lucas), C.Kilbey, J.Frampton,

Sticker 0 Ivybridge 5

Sticker started this game with five regular first team players missing and had to rely on reserve team players willing to step up from St Austell and Stickers reserve team and by and large they handled thenselves very well and should take great credit for the way they played but the difference between ECPL and Duchy league is a big step. 

 Ivybridge only two places above Sticker in the league and  having beaten St Austell in the previous weeks were hoping to make it another win but Sticker were holding their own until a through ball cut right through the defence for the striker to score an easy goal. Sticker kept the score at 0-1 to half time.

  The second half commenced and Sticker now playing down the pitch began to have more of the play and looked the more likely team to score but alas it was not to be and Ivybridge got a second to make 0-2. Things then steadily went downhill from there firstly with Ben Rosevear sent off for what looked like a second bookable offence and now down to ten men Sticker began to struggle and tire. Ivybridge went on to score three more goals and wrap the game up winning 0-5.

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, A.Avery(M.Rowles-Jane), A.Cleaves, B.Hoskin, B.Rosevear, B.Smith(D.Hockin), T.Peers(J.Martin), B.Hopkinson, J.Turner, C.Kilsbey

Cullumpton 4 Sticker 0

Sticker travelled to Cullompton and the game started very well, Sticker had a game plan and for 30minutes had good shape and worked well as a team trying to play on the counter against a good passing Cullompton side.

Cullompton were denied the open goal after a good one on one save by Elwell in the Sticker goal, but they did get ahead after a good through ball and link up play to smash home the first goal.

Sticker stayed strong for the half and kept working hard as a team.

The 2nd half started very even and Sticker could maybe sniff a chance of getting back in the game if they could keep plugging away but 15minutes into the 2nd half Cullompton we’re awarded a penalty to double the score, this felt very harsh for The Sticky as this came straight after the referee had refused to issue a 2nd yellow to the Cullompton full back who blatantly disrespected the rules and potentially could have given Sticker a real chance of points on the road.

The day got worse as Adam Solomon received a red card for a tackle that left players and supporters expecting to see the Cullompton midfielder have his name taken instead, a bemusing decision that finished the day off.

Cullompton added 2 further goals to make the performance look far worse than the players efforts deserved.

With players unavailable the teams attitude on the pitch showed that the team still believe in trying to play the right way and represented the club to the best of there abilities.

Team: E.Elwell, A.Solomon, A.Avery, B.Hoskin, J.Annera, B.Rosevear, J.Yelland, B.Hopkinson, A.Butler, B.Smith, J.Hooper, Sub:Not used M.Rowles-Jane

Launceston 4 Sticker 1

Sticker bow out of the Cornwall Senior Cup against Launceston 4-1. Stickers Goal scored by Bailey Smith for his first senior goal and one of the reserve team players who have stepped up from the reserves.

The first half was a very even contest but not to a high standard of football.

Sticker looked a threat when they did get it down and play on the surface but this wasn’t often enough to create any clear chances.

Launceston missed a penalty late in the 1st half when the striker got the last touch on a late tackle. They fired the spot kick over the bar but Sticker conceded a goal with 2 minutes of the half left to go after trying to play out from the back got caught napping off the ball.

The 2nd half and Sticker started the livelier of the two sides and got themselves back into the game when after a good move Bailey Smith slotted home at the back post with his first goal of the season.

This woke Launceston up and within 5 minutes were back in front after being allowed too much time to deliver a ball into the box which was cleverly finished to slot in at the front post.

Sticker tried to press forward to get back in the match but legs looked heavy and the final finish was lacking in front of goal.

Launceston finished the game off after Sticker tried to attack in the last 10 minutes and got caught twice to make the match look a one sided game.

Sticker will be disappointed with the overall performance but now with no mid week games to play perhaps this will give the squad time to recover and re group going forward over the coming weeks.

Team: E.Elwell, B.Hoskin, A.Avery, T.Peers, A.Solomon, B.Hopkinson, J.Yelland, B.Smith, B.Rosevear, A.Butler, J.Hooper. Sub.Not used J.Walker

Sticker 1 Helston 3

Sticker hoping to get their first win of this very difficult season in what can only be described as horrendous conditions with strong winds and driving rain. However Helston took the lead in the first half and kept hold of this up to half time. 0-1. With in two minutes of the second half starting Helston increased their lead to 0-2. Young Jack Hooper Stickers star find of the season reduced the defecit with his first goal for the club but as much as this hardworking Sticker side tried they just could not find an equaliser. Helston then scored a killer third goal to inflict yet another defeat on Sticker. F/T.1-3. Sticker now face Launceston in the Cornwall Senior Cup 2nd. Rd. on Saturday 10th November 2018 away at PennyGilliam 2.00pm K.O.

Team: E.Ellwel, J.Walker, A.Cleaves, T.Peers, B.Hoskin, B.Rosevear(J.Yelland), B.Hopkinson, A.Solomon(B.Smith), A.Butler, F.McAvoy, J.Hooper.

Callington 1 Sticker 1

 Sticker on their travels once again on a Friday night and grab a point with an absolute beauty from Frank McAvoy in the 75th minute  after falling behind in the first half against Callington F/T. 1-1

Team:E.Ellwel, J.Walker, H.Haan, T.Peers, B.Hoskins, B.Rosevear, A.Solomon(J.Street),B.Hopkinson,J.Yelland, J.Hooper, F.McAvoy. 

Sticker 1 Newquay 2

Sticker determined to try and get their first win of the season found themselves 0-2 after twenty two minutes but fought back with a Frank McAvoy penalty but try as they might they just could score anymore even after Newquay were reduced to ten men after a straight red card for one of their players..F/T. 1-2 Next game away to Callington Friday 2nd November 2018 7.30pm K.O.

Team: E.Ellwell, J.Walker, T.Peers, A.Cleaves, B.Hoskin, B.Rosevear(J.Hooper), A.Solomon,B.Hopkinson, A,Butler, J.Yelland(S.Best), F.McAvoy. Subs.Not Used: B.Smith, A.Avery.

Sticker 0 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 11

Sticker playing with a depleted squad after losing yet another player who just upped and left faced a talented and experienced Argyle side and were simply no match for them. Argyle  rattled in six goals before half time and then added another five after the break to end the game with Sticker losing 0-11. The biggest defeat of the season and the biggest in the twelve years the author of these reports has been involved with the club. A heartbreaking time for Player/Manager Andrew Avery who can't field a settled side from one match to the next because of too many reasons to mention! What hasn't helped is the league aranging two matches per week since the start of the season and players having to play with niggling injuries and not able to get over them. Also not having a big enough first team squad and having to bring in inexperienced reserve team players to help out. Another two games next week Tuesday and Friday Newquay Home and Callington away followed by Helston home the next Tuesday. Then Launceston on the Saturday 10th which will be the start of one match per week at last! The club are 100% behind Andrew and a special mention must go to Reserve team Manager Roy Boardman who has helped out in releasing his own players to bolster the first team at a possible cost to him with his players becoming senior players after two first team appearances which is one of the Duchy league rules.

Team: T.Moody, J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Cleaves, B.Hoskin, A.Butler, J.Yelland, T.Peers, B.Smith, A.Solomon(K.Grainger) F.McAvoy.

Sticker 1 Camelford 7

Sticker started very brightly and put pressure on the Camelford defence but went a goal down after five minutes when a long ball over the top of the back line and their speedy forward latched onto the ball and fired it past Ethan in the Sticker goal.0-1. However they battled on playing some decent football at times but without any shots on goal to test the away sides keeper. Just before half time came a defining moment in the game when Tim Peers in trying to break up a Camelford attack tried to clear the ball from a striker, he kicked the ball and it flicked up and hit him on the arm. No appeals from any of the Camelford players but the referee straight away awarded a penalty which was duly converted. 0-2. A heartbreaking decision for Andrew and the whole Sticker team. H/T.

 Things went from bad to worse directly after half time when Sticker conceded a third goal. 0-3  Sticker then made a couple of changes and although they battled well and tried to break through the Camelford defence it all came to nothing until near the end of the game Andrew Butler sent over a cross which the keeper gathered but then lost it and Andrew Avery scooped it into the net. In between this Camelford had scored a further four goals it seemed whenever they made a serious attack they scored. The game ended disappointingly 1-7. Manager Andrew Avery will be disappointed in losing this particular game as he probably thought like me it was game he could have won but the penalty decision seemed to knock the stuffing out of the team. The referee decisions are certainly not helping our lads this season. Still chins up lads a nice easy game on Friday when Plymouth Argyle Reserves visit Burngullow.One wonders who will be in their team in this game!!!!

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, A.Avery. A.Solomon, T.Peers( A.Cleaves), A.Butler, J.Yelland, J.Boardman, T.Maye, J.Hooper(B.Smith),C.Kenny(K.Grainger)

Le Mousehole 4 Sticker 0

Sticker bowed out of the WCP cup beaten by a strong foreign Mousehole side who played some lovely football and they were matched by a very youthful Sticker team but as has happened on more than a couple of occasions this season when Mousehole were awarded a dubious penalty which was duly smashed home. 0-1. Before this Sticker had three chances to take the lead and should have scored at least one of these if only to give the team some well deserved confidence but when the lucks against you etc.etc However after this setback they still matched the French imports with some delightful football only for the attacks to breakdown when a quck pass would have made the difference. Mousehole added a second when their speedy left winger was sent a defence splitting pass and headed for goal and with a smart shot placed the ball into the far corner With Ethan unable to push it away. 0-2. H/T. 

 The second half started and Mousehole still pressing and Sticker defending and trying to get forward whenever they could but again the attacks continued to break down with no one able to hold the ball up long enough to enable more players to join in and put the Mousehole defence under pressure. Sticker conceded four more goals this half but fortunately two were disallowed for offside. So the final score was 0-4. A big well done to the reserve team players who stepped up and Theo Maye who came in at the last minute also for Alex Woodcock who came to help. Without these players Sticker wouldn't have had a team. Because of suspensions, injuries and holidays. I'm sure Manager Andrew Avery  is more than gratefull and pleased with their response and effort!

Team: E.Ellwell, J.Walker, A.Avery,T.Peers, A.Taylor, A.Butler, J.Yelland(A.Woodcock), T.Maye, C.Kenny(J.Turner), J.Hooper, J.Boardman(B.Smith)