Sticker 1 Exmouth 2 AET
Sticker started this third round tie of the WCP cup facing Exmouth a SWPL Premier side without Sam Marchant and Jason Rogers both injured on Boxing day and took a while to settle into the game as their opponents were very quick in both defence and attack and stretched Sticker on a number of occasions but without creating any goalscoring chances. Sticker themselves were beginning to find some rythym to their game creating better chances and opened the scoring on the half hour when after a good move down the middle of the park saw Martyn Duff chip a super pass to Andrew Butler deep in the penalty area to stroke the ball into the corner of the net much to the delight of the Sticker bench and supporters. 1-0. Exmouth were mounting more and more attacking moves to try and get get an equaliser and got their reward just before half time when a crisp strike from just outside the penalty area gave Kai Stone no chance. 1-1 H/T.
The second half started and Exmouth looked the stronger with plenty of possession but without creating anything goalworthy such was the Stickers resolute defending. Sticker in fact actually created the better chances, the first when a lovely neat bit of interplay between Martyn Duff, Mike Body and finally Andrew Butler who fired the ball goalwards with the keeper nowhere near but the ball went the wrong side of the post! The next chance Jack Bowyer fired narrowly over and then Mike Body whacks one against the crossbar. In between this Exmouth were overhitting crosses and having shots blocked but nothing to test Kai in goal. F/T.1-1
Extra time started and with both teams now looking tired but the pattern of play was the same with Exmouth having most of the possession but Sticker more dangerous in attack. What looked likely to be the best chance of settling this game fell to Mike Body in the first period of extra time when the Exmouth defence had made hash of a clearence and the ball fell into the path of Mike who intead of burying the ball into the back of the net managed to mishit the ball and it skewed wide of the post much to the dismay of everyone all around the ground!
The second period begun and now it was anyones game and as the time was edging to-wards a penalty shoot out an innocuous challenge on one the Exmouth Strikers resulted in an undeserved penalty was was duly converted 1-2. Sticker tried to find an equaliser but Referee James Gallagher finally blew his whistle to end the game. Andrew and Gary will no doubt be as disappointed as the players at losing this game as if they had taken the 4/5 good chances they would be in the next round. But they defended heroically at times and did the club and themselves proud but now they have to lick their wounds and face a tough trip on Monday to Porthleven in a rescheduled league match.
Team: K.Stone, A.Avery. M.Rowles-Jane, M.Boynton,S.Kenny, A.Butler, M.Duff(M.Searle), B.Rosevear, F.McAvoy(J.Bowyer), J.Cockings(M.Lloyd) M.Body