Sticker 1 Ivybridge Town 2
Sticker started their third SWPL Premier League game with a much depleted squad due to last seasons suspensions and holidays and were put under pressure straight from the kick off. But Sticker dug in and eventually made some headway into their opponents half where Tyler Cheshire was making his first full start and it was he when bursting through was bundled off the ball in and out of the penalty area. The referee awarded a free kick just outside the area but the Ivybridge wall was able to block the ensuing shot. Not long after Sticker almost opened the scoring when Matt Lloyd smashed in a volley heading for the top corner but Ivybridge keeper Martin Piper pulled off a wonder save to tip the ball over the bar. Ivybridge then did open the scoring when after a stinging shot Sticker keeper Rob Rosevear was unable to hold onto the ball and striker Sam Stevens swept the ball home. H/T.0-1.
Sticker changed their formation after the break similar to last seasons successful campaign bringing on Mike Body out of retirement and in the main it proved more successful as they put the Ivybridge defence under more pressure mainly with long balls but finally came a bit of superb neat football involving Andrew Butler and Martyn Duff and the ball was fed through to Tyler Cheshire to equalise and score his first goal for Sticker and well deserved it was too for all his hard running and soaking up some tough treatment by the Ivybridge defenders. 1-1. Could Sticker hold on and possibly grab a winner? Alas no, as hard as the defence worked and great praise must go to Player/Manager Andrew Avery for driving his team on, Ivybridge to be fair always looked a threat and after some wayward shooting finally found the right combination. After some excellent work down the left a super cross came over and there was the excellent Sam Stevens to head home the winner.1-2. F/T. Andrew and Gary will be disappointed with their frist defeat in this step six level but to be fair with the squad they had at their disposal they did better than perhaps was expected. They now face Helston away on Tuesday under lights with the returning Jack Bowyer available!
Team: R.Rosevear, J.Rogers(M.Body), A.Avery, M.Rowles-Jane, S.Kenny, M.Duff, A.Butler, C.Kilbey(J.Davies), J.Cockings, M.Lloyd, T.Cheshire.