Sticker 0 Plymouth Parkway 5
Sticker playing league leaders Plymouth Parkway started the game very brightly and didn't allow the visitors all their own way and battled as we all know they can and they were holding their own and the most dangerous moment when Parkways striker Glyn Hobbs unleashed a thunderbolt which crashed against the crossbar and went over. Another a couple of near misses and you felt a goal would come along soon and it did most bizarrely form a corner the ball somehow found the back of the Sticker net. 0-1. Shortly after after some good work again by Glyn Hobbs who squared a lovely ball for his team mate who blazed it over the bar much to the annoyance of his manager who was jumping up and down in a frenzy!! Parkway were then denied a a good penalty shout which was denied to them by referee Derek Fox but he made amends later when after an inoccuous knock he did award a penalty which was duly dispatched by Glyn Hobbs.0-2. Sticker then a had a chance to score when the Parkway keeper could only parry a shot and Matt Lloyd managed to reach the ball but from a close angle the keeper managed to scramble back and keep the ball out. H/T. 0-2.
The second half started and straight away sticker were on the front foot with Martin Duff right in the thick showing off some terrific play and pushing forward but still no joy. Parkway then scored goal no.3 and relaxed somewhat and with Sticker bringing on three subs. had their best chances of the match Joel Cockings found some space wide on the right and sent in a deep cross to the far post and found Matt Lloyd rising like a salmon to power a header which looked to be heading for the top corner but alas struck the crossbar. Such a shame as Matt really deserves a goal. Not long after Jack Bowyer struggling to find form like the rest of the team at last got into the area on the left and saw the keeper off his line and sent in a curling chip which again looked to be heading for the top corner but the keeper seemed to grow a few inches and somehow plucked the ball from the air and then amazingly whacked the ball miles up field and it bounced once beat all the defenders but not striker Glyn Hobbs who with one touch planted the ball past Jamie Blatchford for his hat trick. 0-4. A couple of minutes before full time Parkway had another corner and managed to find the back of the net after a goalmouth scramble, F/T 0-5. A not too surprising result really considering Stickers season so far and the fact that Parkway are top of the league with only one away defeat so far. These top teams are fast and fit and show us what we need to aspire to so hopefully we can learn from them without getting too downhearted. I'm sure the goals will come and the strikers will become more clinical.
Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker(J.Rogers), A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, L.Knowles, S.Kenny(M.Body), A.Butler, M.Duff, T.Peers(J.Cockings),M.Lloyd, J.Bowyer.