Sticker 3 Elburton Villa 2
At long last Sticker get their first win of the season against Elburton Villa with a gutsy display of courage and some stunning goals from Bobby Hopkinson in horrible conditions which got worse as the game progressed as did the players tempers! Villa looked the livlier of the two teams in the first quarter of the game but Sticker gradually began to get some passing together and Derek Lucas on the left side was looking threatening and could have opened the scoring on a couple of occasions. Then just before half time with Sticker pressing Bobby had one powerful shot blocked but followed up to fire home the opener. 1-0. Villa then had a player booked for a nasty tackle who then got a second yellow for kicking the ball away. H/T.1-0.
The second half kicked off and Sticker attacking up the slope started a good attack which broke down and straight away Villa mounted an attack down the right side where a good cross was glanced into the far corner with keeper Andy Avery stranded. 1-1. Sticker were having plenty of the ball and as usual were defending and being resolute but still being able to make some decent attacking moves. With Bobby Hopkinson involved in most of the good attacking display it was no suprise that it was he who scored the next goal and what a stunner it was. He received the ball in the centre of the pitch and shimmied to his right and let fly from distance missing all the players in front of him and as the ball skidded off the surface it hit the inside of the post and flew in with Villa keeper Jack Dixon as a spectator. 2-1.
Elburton now threatening with some good attacking especially down the left side but with the ever present Jack Walker policing the winger most efforts were thwarted. However that same winger caused some consternation when after coming back from an offside position he was tackled and fell over theatrically and the referee awarded a penalty. The Sticker players were not happy as they thought the player had dived and had players booked and Adam Solomon sent off. Still a draw was better that a defeat but Bobby Hopkinson had other ideas and scored an idendical screamer which flew past the Villa keeper and into the goal the whole team and Sticker bench and supporters errupted into the loudest cheers we have heard in a long time. 3-2. With quite a few minutes of time to be added to due to injuries and the earlier fracas we all had a nervous time but finally the final whistle came and another big cheer was heard. F/T. 3-2. Andrew Avery who was in goal for this game will be delighted to get the teams first win with no small effort from him and for the gutsy performance from all his players.
Team: A.Avery, J.Walker, M.Rowles-Jane A.Solomon, H.Haan, B.Hoskin, F.McAvoy, D.Lucas, B.Hopkinson, J.Yelland, J.Cockings. Subs used: C,Kilbey, B.Smith.
Man of the Match: Bobby Hopkinson at his Belligerent Best!!