Sticker Reserves 2 Liskeard Reserves 1
Sticker wanting to gain revenge on Liskeard as they inflicted their first defeat at the start of this new season. As it turned out revenge was sweet!!
Sticker started the slower of the two teams due to Liskeard winning most of the battles and Sticker conceded a penalty in the opening minutes when Morgan in goal dived at the feet of the onrushing striker got the ball away but the striker tripped on his outstretched arm, a dubious decision to some but not the referee nor the Liskeard players. Fortunately the ball was blazed over the bar!
Liskeard continued to move the ball about better due to their influential no.8 midfield player who seemed to be involved in everything for his team going forward wheras Stickers passing was not to their usual standard as they were trying the long passing tactic and it was not working. There was a debut for experienced player just moved into the area Glen Cox who had some neat touches and I'm sure will fit into the squad as time progresses. Liskeard did take the lead when from a good cross from the left was bundled into the net with Morgan not able to get his hand to the ball. 0-1. Sticker had to make an early change when Adam Dalby went off injured and had to reorganise their shape. Finally they were beginning to take some control in midfield especially from the hardworking Dan Hocking and James Martin finally managed to find a bit of space and scored an absolute cracker of a goal shooting from a long way out the ball dipped and hit the underside of the crossbar and landed in the bottom the net much to the delight of his teammates and all the supporters.(Especially Keith his Dad) H/T.1-1.
Sticker came out for the second half earlier than Liskeard and seemed keen to get on with the game and get on with it they did!! They didn't give Liskeard any space or time on the ball (Roy must have fed them all Shredded Wheat!!) and they were pushing forward at every opportunity and should have taken the lead when Tom Hocking managed to wiggle through and with a one on one with keeper was unable to shoot past the keeper who made a good save. Shortly after Dan Hocking who was winning everthing now in midfield managed to run through on the left and fired in a crossfiled shot that whistled past the far post and James Martin arriving late was unable to steer it into the net. Liskeard were getting frustrated and starting to lose their discipline and their no.8 was sinbinned! Sticker took advantage and Dan Hocking had another attempt from the left and this time succeded in firing a shot into the far corner of the goal. 2-1. Which was no more than they deserved. Liskeard were now begining to push forward more but they were unable to find the same rythym and succes as the first half with Jack Boardman marshalling his defence superbly and star of the show was his younger brother Tom who was absolutely oustanding up against players double his size Tom was like a Jack Russel with a bone snapping at the Liskeard players heels and making telling forward runs and playing short passes to his teammates. Liskeard seemed to be getting more wound up as the game progressed and their play was just not effective. They could have scored an equaliser near the end but for Morgan who saved a point black shot after a corner came zooming across . The referee finall blew for time much to the relief of the Sticker bench, F/T.2-1. A thoroughly deserved and hard won victory for Roy and Martins young squad! A cup game next week away to Perranporth which will be a tough encounter.
Team: M.Freeman, T.Boardman, A.Taylor, J.Boardman, E.Warren-Knight, A,Dalby, H.Boardman, D.Hocking J.Martin, G.Cox, T.Hocking..Subs: E.Gatley, B.Renowden, MoM: Tom Boardman absolutely outstanding battling performance! Well done young Tom!!