Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall
Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall

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.

Bodmin Town 2 Sticker 0

The first half was a very disciplined display from a Sticker side with four changes from the recent Boxing Day display, Sticker set out with a structure to play and after a 0-0 half time score they performed with a togetherness and good attitude. Throughout the half Sticker stopped a lot of Bodmin attacks with strong defending and hard work whilst trying on a difficult pitch to get in behind the Bodmin back line. Both teams created some good opportunities and Ethan Elwell performed well in the nets to keep the score at the 0-0 at the break.

The second half started with the same tempo and Bodmin trying to work the ball through the Sticker back line. The lucky break of the game came halfway through the half when I tame shot from the edge of the box that was heading well wide of the 6 yard box unfortunately reflected in off Adam Cleaves inside the near post. This was especially hard to take as although Bodmin had a lot of possession they had not looked a threat in front of goal.

This sprung Sticker into life needing to press to get back in the game, the final 20minutes of the game and Sticker tried hard forcing numerous corners which unfortunately they could not force home.

Bodmin finished the game off with a couple minutes to go, conceding a corner that we poorly defended. No doubt tired legs had set in after a valid performance by the Sticker lads.

Looking back over the whole performance this was a decent display and had the deflected shot not gone in maybe Sticker would have been worthy of a point out of this game. F/T. 2-0

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, M.Rowles-Jane, A.Cleaves, B.Hoskin, A.Avery, D.Lucas, J.Yelland((T.Maye), B.Hopkinson, J.Hooper, J.Turner(T.Tallis)

St Austell 4 Sticker 1

Sticker playing in this Boxing Day derby against one of the top teams in the division and gamely kept the score  down due to some goalkeeping heroics from Ethan Elwell but were unable to avoid  another defeat even though the team battled well in front of a crowd of 400+.F/T. 4-1

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, B.Hoskin, T.Tallis(D.Lucas), F.McAvoy(J.Yelland),A.Butler, B.Hopkinson, J.Hooper(J.Annear),J.Frampton.

Sticker 0 Launceston 6

Sticker playing their final home game of 2018 with once again a very inexperienced side led magnificently as usual by player/manager Andrew Avery and Captain MIckey Rowles -Jane but were unable to stop Launceston inflicting yet another defeat on the team. With having to play reserve team players because of missing regular first team players Andrew is struggling every week to field a team! 

  Sticker started very brightly and looked very dangerous when pushing forward with young Sam Began stretching his legs also Andrew Avery had a flashing near post header which just went wide, But as has happened in nearly ever game this season they went behind when a defensive mistake allowed Launceston to take the lead and they added another before half time to go in 0-2 at the break.

  The second half started and with Sticker now wanting to get a breakthrough goaland did seem to get some good possesion but without realy threatening but as soon as a misplaced pass was made Launceston capitalised and scored four more goals to win 0-6. Another disappointing day for the team and the supporters but good experience for the youngsters in the team and hopefully they will learn from this as they never gave up trying. F/T. 0-6.

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, M.Rowles-Jane, A.Cleaves, B.Hoskins, T.Tallis, A.Avery, A.Butler, D.Hocking, J.Hooper, S.Began. Subs Used: D.Lucas, M.Baresi.

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