Sticker 2 St Dennis 0
In today's Clay country clash between local rivals Sticker and St Dennis it was the hosts who came out on top winning by 2-0. As is always it was not the best footballing display by the league leaders too many niggly fouls and the game didn't flow enough but when it did Sticker looked the the more likely team to score and Ben Rosevear and Matt Lloyd both went close with glancing headers. Mind you St Dennis also hit the crossbar from a fierce shot from Lee Rickard. In one of the first tasty incidents referee James Gallagher booked Martin Sleeman for a late challenge on Matt Boynton who needed lengthy treatment. Then came the first real chance of a goal when Matt Lloyd got the ball and completely fooled Lee Whetter and Joe Stone and sprinted between them both heading for goal and with keeper Brett Allen racing out of goal it seemed a certain goal but Matt inexplicably skyed the ball over the bar. Brett in the St Dennis goal was now the busier of the two keepers as Sticker at last started to find their rythym and he made a couple of good finger tip saves to deny the home side. Finally he was beaten when another good move down the right saw Jack Bowyer the leagues top goalscorer again become provider when he sent over a pinpoint cross to the far post and found the head of that Man Lloydy to open the scoring. 1-0. With the large Boxing day crowd (200+) now settled they were now urging Sticker for another goal and it nearly came on a couple of occasions falling to Matt Lloyd again when using his amazing pace and seemingly able to outstrip the static St Dennis defence at will he burst through twice and again with Brett Allen bravely racing out to thart him was unable to find that finishing touch and score. On the first occasion Brett had to go off and have his cut head bandaged. H/T. 1-0.
The second half started with Sticker well in control and patiently building their attacks mainly down the left flank and were gradually pushing the St Dennis defence deeper and deeper but the game was still littered with niggly fouls causing the game to become a bit of a stalemate and Sticker needed that killer goal as St Dennis were still capable of getting something from the game but were using the long ball too many times giving the Sticker defence an easier time. When they did attack with real purpose the looked threatening. With Chris Brown having a fine game on the left flank. On one occason St Dennis came close to an equaliser when from a corner Kai Stone reached up and pushed the ball away instead of punching and from the melee that followed a shot went through the Sticker defence and struck the base of the post and the ball was eventually cleared away. Sticker mounted more attacks after bring on some fresh legs and Joel Cockings on for Matt Lloyd, Sam Kenny on for Frank McAvoy and Mike Body on for the injured Jason Rogers with Andrew Butler switching to right back. Sticker were trying for that second goal and their quest became a little easier when Joe Stone booked earlier, hauled down Sam Marchant as he ghosted past him and the referee duly gave him a second yellow. Sticker now hunting for the second finally got their reward when a square ball from Mike Body found Jack Bowyer who placed his shot wide of Brett Allen to wrap the game up. F/T. 2-0. It is always good to beat local rivals St Dennis and gain another three points and maintain the teams unbeated run and consolidate their now 14 point advantage at the top of the league. Due to second placed Elburton Villa being held to a draw to-day! Now for Sticker's biggest match of the season as they host Premier league side Exmouth in WCP 3rd rd. Saturday 31st December 2016 K.O.1.30pm
Team: K.Stone, J.Rogers(M.Body), M.Rowles-Jane, M.Boynton, F.McAvoy( S.Kenny), S.Marchant, M.Duff, B.Rosevear, A.Butler, M.Lloyd(J.Cockings), J.Bowyer.
My Man of the Match: Matt Lloyd At times impossible to stop!