Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall
Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall

Torpoint 6 Sticker 0

Sticker started the game in a competitive mood and for the first 20 minutes looked to be matching Torpoint for energy and football. Torpoint were awarded a dubious penalty when Andy Avery`s tackle was put out for a corner and the referee awarded a penalty, 1-0. Torpoint soon put the game to bed with two goals from corners in the  next 10 minutes to  gain a 3-0 lead. Sticker started to play some good football after this and Callum Kenny nearly had two goals after some good build play from Sticker with some good passing and work rate off the ball.

The second half had Torpoint on the attack breaking down any move that Sticker tried as they pressed hard in numbers and with speed, this put even more pressure on Sticker which resulted in Torpoint running away with the game. Sticker only  managed one shot in the second half with Scott best trying to insert some drive into the side wiggling his way through the Torpoint midfield to shot from distance.

E Elwell

B Hoskin  - Scott Best 45 Minutes

A Butler

A Avery

J Walker

J Hooper – Bailey Smith 70 Minutes

T Piers

A Solomon

B Rosevear – Steve Mooney 70 Minutes

J Yelland

C Kenny

Plymouth Argyle Reserves 9 Sticker 0

What a day  for Sticker to have to play Plymouth Argyle Reserves with first team players in the team!! They ended up losing 9-0.It's hard enough playing against a team top of the league with such an inexperienced squad but all credit to them as they never gave up and battled away, Further report and team details to follow!

After a week of two hard and tough fixtures this was one step too far Sticker but it wasn’t for the want of trying and hard work that was applied.

Plymouth’s movement was of a different standard to what was usually seen at this level and they took the lead early on with good movement that deceived the Sticker team to start the scoring.

Sticker battled hard and when they did get the ball down played some good passes and with Jack Hooper and Callum Kenny looking strong and a threat up top it did show some good signs of trying to hit Argyle on the break.

Plymouth added further goals before the break with more good movement and a good eye for goal. 

The 2nd half started slowly but then Argyle added 5 goals in a very small period with every tackle and deflection falling kindly in Plymouth’s way. 

The club can take heart with so many regulars missing that the team and the young lads that were involved kept trying to play football against a very strong Argyle side and with Jowan Annear and Lewis Clapham joining the team for the day from the 2’s it was great to see them both on the pitch and getting involved. 

Onwards to Tuesday night against Torpoint and a further run of fixtures.

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, A.Butler(L.Clapham), A.Avery, B.Hoskin, B.Rosevear(J.Annear),M.Boynton, J.Yelland, S.Best,J.Hooper, C.Kenny.

Sticker 2 Saltash 2

Sticker facing one of the top fancied teams in the SWPL Premier League  more than held their own in the opening exchanges defending well and going forward. Saltash were trying to press and were playing some neat close football. The game swung Stickers way on 25 minutes when  a cross on the edge of the box found Calum Kenny's head and he directed the ball into the path of Jack Boardman who got control of the ball and was about to take it wide of the keeper but the keeper brought him down. Penalty said the referee. Up stepped Jack who hit the ball to the keepers right who read it well but could only push the ball away into the path of Ben Rosevear who smashed it home. 1-0.  The game was playing to the same pattern with Saltash pressing forward but without much effect and no clear cut chances as Sticker were defending so well. Saltash were having plenty of corners and it was after one of these and the ball going for a goal kick that Frank McAvoy and a Saltash player had a handbag moment when they faced each other head to head and the Saltash player should get an Oscar for his reaction as he went down as if Mike Tyson had hit him!! The referee then proceeded to give Frank a red card and the stricken Saltash player a yellow card! Absolute nonesense!! Playing against Saltash is difficult with eleven players but to do so with ten was going to be a struggle.H/T. 1-0.

 The second half started and as expected Saltash were pushing and pushing but such was Stickers resolve they could not break through the defence.Cross after cross came in and Sticker dealt with everything just leaving Calm Kenny up front as the loan striker and boy oh boy did he work hard chasing and harrying with some success but without much support from his team mates as he was so far up the field but on one occasion with 20 minutes to go he won a free kick wide on the left. At last time for a Bobby Hopkinson special and although not his fiercest shot he did manage to score Stickers second of the night with thanks to the keeper who left it slip through his fingers and the ball rolled into the net. 2-0. The home supporters were ecstatic! Could Sticker hang on and get their first league win of the season. The simple answer is no because of the depth of the Saltash squad and Sticker having to defend and and play with only ten men but they did deserve to win simply because of their gutsy performance. However Saltash did manage to score the two goals for the draw and could have won the game but for Ethan Ellwel in the Sticker goal who made two outstanding saves low down to his right. F/T. 2-2. Sticker are showing that they can compete with the top teams in this league and the whole team should be very proud of their performance to-night. I am sure Manager Andy Avery will congratulate his team with this result. Next game Plymouth Argyle awy on Saturday 13th October 2018 3.00pm.

Team.E.Elwell, J.Walker, T.Peers, A.Butler(A.Avery), B.Hopkins, B.Rosevear, J.Boardman(M.Boynton), B.Hopkinson, F.McAvoy, J.Yelland(S.Best), C.Kenny.

Man of the Match: The whole squad!!!

 

Sticker 2 St Blazey 1

Sticker started this 1st round Senior cup tie without usual kepper Jamie Blatchford who has transferred to Callington Town but manager Andy Avery persuaded Ethan Elwell to return to Sticker from St Austell. The game started at a lively pace with Sticker having a lot of the play and being very creative down both flanks but young Jack Hooper was injured in a nasty tackle which needed treatment by Physio Bill Avery. Jack gamely carried on and was his usual busy self soon after.There were some nasty tackles coming from St Blazey in this first period the worst against Andrew Butler when a player went in two footed and was booked by the referee.

 Not long after this Sticker had their best chance to take the lead when good work by Calum Kenny who received the ball on the edge of the box and turned and laid on a pass to one of his players who blazed the shot wide. Not long after St Blazey took the lead with a fluke of a goal. They had a free kick wide on the right and although it was well taken with a lot of curve on the  ball which missed everyone and ended up in the corner of the net 0-1.

 Sticker kept their shape and were playing the ball to feet and were getting their fair share of free kicks just outside the area duly taken by free kick expert Bobby Hopkinson and it was the second one which created the equalising goal for Sticker. Bobby struck the ball beutifully low down round the wall with a vicious bend on the ball and it looked like it was headed into the corner of the goal but the keeper manged to save the shot but could not hold onto it and Josh Yelland quick as a flash got to the ball a flicked it back for Calum Kenny to head home his first goal of the season. 1-1. This is what Calum has needed as he certainly played with more confidence after this muscling his way past the robust St Blazey defenders throughout the game. H/T.

 The second half started with St Blazey attacking trying to gain an advantage but the Sticker defence  held firm without player/manager Andy Avery who was sitting this game out. Then came one of those rare moments in any game when  a magical goal is scored. Andrew Butler who has been a Sticker favourite for a number of years who is normally a midfield player but who has been playing superbly in defence due to Mickey Rowles-Jane injury received the ball in his own half and went on one his mazy dribbles ghosting past a number of players before striking a wonderful drive from outside the area and into the top corner of the goal. 2-1.Much to the delight of the Sticker bench, the supporters and the rest of the team. The game then started to spiral out of control somewhat and the referee had a torrid time in dealing with even more robust tackling this time from both sides and the St Blazey playing constantly berating the referee. The Sticker players were also guilty of this but only due to the harsh treatment they were receiving. Jack Hooper eventually had to be replaced as he was fouled yet again. He was replaced by Bailey Smith and Butts was replaced by Adam Cleaves who is the reserve team captain and he looked right at home in the centre of defence. Sticker were playing keep the ball as the game was nearing its end which is probably why the frustration of the St Blazey players and their attitude. The referee finally ended the game with Sticker deserving this close fought game and avenging the defeat by their opponents in a pre season friendly. F/T. 2-1.

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, T.Peers, A.Butler(A.Cleaves), B.Hopkin, B.Rosevear, B.Hopkinson, F.McAvoy, J.Yelland(R.Yelland), J.Hooper(B.Smith), C.Kenny.

   My Man of the Match: Tim Peers worked his socks off in defence!

Falmouth Town 5 Sticker 0

Sticker once again on their travels get beaten by FalmouthTown 5-0 but played really well!

Cup action again next week this time 1st round of the senior cup versus St Blazey Home Friday 5th October 2018 K.O.7.30pm.The team will be wanting to avenge their defeat in a friendly before this season started.

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, B.Hoskin, M.Boynton, T.Peers(B.Smith), B,Rosevear, J.Yelland, S.Best, J.Hooper, C.Kenny.

Millbrook 4 Sticker 0

Sticker on their travels lose yet again away to Millbrook. 4-0.

Team: J.Blatchford. J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Butler, B.Hoskin, T.Peers, M.Boynton, B.Smith(J.Boardman), J.Yelland(S.Best), C.Kenny, J.Hooper.

Wadebridge Town 0 Sticker 3

 Sticker at last get a win, albeit in the WCP cup against lower league opposition but Wadebridge have been scoring goals for fun in the SWPL West division so to keep a clean sheet and score three cracking goals, two from open play is truly remarkable and a real credit to Player/Manager Andy Avery and his inspiration and courage. 

The game started with Wadebridge pressing hard at Sticker and trying to use their pace to beat the back line but Sticker stood strong and took the first 15 minutes of pressure and then came into the game starting to play some good football and  maintaining possession of the ball. Callum Kenny was asked to be a strong target and with him linking up with Frank McAvoy in the front line Sticker to assert  some good pressure on the Wadebridge defence. Callum Kenny’s pure strength on the edge of the 18 yard box won Sticker a free kick on the right of the box from which Bobby Hopkinson smashed home with a thunderous low drive to the keepers right side.0-1.  Wadebridge did force an attack on goal with Dan Jennings pulling out wide from the Sticker defence to drive a ball across the Sticker back line but with no attacking threat the ball ran wide of the goal. The game was played at a  steady tempo with Wadebridge reluctant to press the ball which allowed Sticker more possession and to start passing the ball around with more confidence. The game came to life with an off the ball incident that left Jack Walker receiving treatment, this sparked a bit of fire into their bellies and from this point on Sticker didn’t lose a tackle in the last 5minutes of the game and played at a much higher tempo.

The 2nd half was soon over, some good play with movement off the ball starting from our own defensive line, and Frank McAvoy got his first of the game, beating three players and  driving the ball home into the far corner of the net.0-2.  Sticker by  now had control of the game, generally winning most of the tackles and keeping possession of the ball far better than Wadebridge, Bobby Hopkinson and Ben Rosevear in the middle were enjoying a good night on and off the ball which then started showing throughout the rest of the team. The third goal didn’t take long to follow with Sticker pressurising the Wadebridge left back and forcing the ball through the defence for Frank McAvoy to slip his defenders and coolly slot home his 2nd and Stickers 3rd..

The game at this point was over, Wadebridge had changed their shape at half time trying to play with an extra midfielder which did add extra pressure on Stickers midfield two but the team stayed organised and limited Wadebridge to shots from distance.

A good win and Stickers first since the opening friendly of the season, progress can be seen in the team play, individual attitudes to succeeding is improving  and with the young players now settling in and starting to give the loyal few that have stayed at Sticker some good performance this can now be seen on the pitch that slowly the team can put in performances and can play some good football when they keep believing in each other!

 Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Butler, B.Hoskin, B.Rosevear, B.Hopkinson, B.Smith(J.Hooper), F.McAvoy(M.Boynton), J.Boardman(J.Yelland), C.Kenny. Subs: M.Boynton, T.Peers, J.Hooper, J.Yelland.

Sticker 1 Callington 1

Sticker playing their tenth game of the season so far were up against Callington who also have not been fairing too well and it was easy to see why there was no quality to their play but they still managed to go in front when another ball was knocked over the top of the Sticker defence and this time they did not deal with it which allowed the Cally striker to fire them into the lead. 0-1. Sticker were at least trying to play passing football and some of their approach play was very good but as soon as the ball got  anywhere near the centre of penalty area they lost it. There best play was down the right wing with Jack Hooper, Jack Boardman and Jack Walker were all involved and forced a few corners and there best change fell to player/manager Andrew Avery but his first time strike hit Ben Rosevear unfortunately when it looked like it was on its way into the net. H/T.0-1.

  Second half and Sticker started on the front foot and pushed Cally into their own half for long periods and whilst the had most of the play and did create a few chances on goal and Jack Hooper was brought down in the penalty area where it looked a stone wall penalty but referee Derek Fox disagreed. Consequently Jack eventually had to be subbed as he suffered an injury in the tackle.It wasn't until the 75th minute and from a corner that Sticker finally got a deserved equaliser Bobby Hopkinson swung in a near post cross low down and Andrew Avery steaming in stooped low to power in a header. 1-1. Fifteen minutes to find the winner and how they tried and at the same time protect the draw and in the end they were unable to score again so a draw it was. F/T.1-1.  The two Andrews will pleased to have rescued a point but probably disappointed not to have gained all three points after the second half display. Next game against Wadebridge in the first round of the WCP cup. Friday 21st September 2018 K.O. 7.30pm Away.

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Butler, B.Hoskin, B.Rosevear, B.Hopkinson, B.Smith, J.Boardman, J.Hooper(J.Yelland), C.Kenny.

Sticker 0 Bodmin 6

Sticker playing their ninth game of the season started very brightly against a very strong and experienced Bodmin side making excellent use of Frank McAvoy down the right flank and were putting the bodmin defence under pressure without testing the keeper. But as so often happens Bodmin attack high up on the right side and with a player in  an offside position with the young linesman not up with play allowed the striker to curl in a fine goal giving Jamie Blatchford no chance. 0-1. So once again laft Sticker chasing the game which Bodmin exploited and added a second goal soon after, Sticker kept the score down to just 0-2 at half time.

  The second half continued with Sticker trying to make some ground in to the Bodmin half but again a mistake this time coming directly from a Jamie goal kick which went straight to a Bodmin player and it was then 0-3. He made amends after with some purely stunning saves .Game over for Sticker though but they battled playing some good fottball but Bodmin went on and added a further three goals to make the final score F/T. 0-6.    

 Unhappy times for the Sticky boys but good to see the youngsters getting a fair crack and it is a big learning curve for them but they will only get better. Also good to see Andy Hoskin as First team coach as he will be an asset and a great help to Player/Manager Andy Avery.

Team:J.Blatchford,J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Butler, B.Hoskin, J.Hooper, B.Rosvear,J.Boardman(S.Began), B.Hopkinson(B.Smith) C.Kenny, F.McAvoy.

Sticker 2 Godolphin 4

Sticker playing another midweek game under lights were much improved after last Saturdays defeat and were holding a very mobile Godolphin side at bay and were causing the away sides defence problems so much so the livewire Jack Hooper playing wide on the left was upended in the box and Sticker were awarded a penalty duly despatched by Frank McAvoy 1-0. and held on to the lead until H/T.

The second half started with Godolphin bringing on old campaigner Lee Paxton who usually plays for their reserve side and it was he that seemed to make the difference and they were also awarded a penalty when Jamie Blatchford brought down their striker. The penalty was struck and Jamie guessed right and got his hand to the ball but couldn't prevent it going into the net. 1-1. Godolphins tails were up now and went looking for the winner and duly found it scoring two further goals to go 1-3 up. Sticker were not done though and added a second when Bobby Hopkinson sent in a peach of a ball over the defence where Tyler Cheshire was racing in and he got a vital touch as the keeper was coming out and steered the ball into the net. 2-3. Sticker now pushing forward with Andrew Butler released from his defensive duties but a disasterous defensive mistake led to Godolphin scoring a decisive fourth goal. Sticker complained vehemently to the referee that the player was offside which resulted in a booking and they even got the referee to consult the linesman who had not flagged for offside and his original decision stood. The Sticker players were obviously disappointed with this particular decision but they must take blame for it was them that caused it. F/T. 2-4.

Team: J.Blatchford, J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Butler, B.Hoskin, B.Hopkinson, J.Boardman, F.McAvoy, T.Peers(T.Cheshire), J.Hooper, C.Kenny.