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.