Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall
Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall

Sticker 0 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 11

Sticker playing with a depleted squad after losing yet another player who just upped and left faced a talented and experienced Argyle side and were simply no match for them. Argyle  rattled in six goals before half time and then added another five after the break to end the game with Sticker losing 0-11. The biggest defeat of the season and the biggest in the twelve years the author of these reports has been involved with the club. A heartbreaking time for Player/Manager Andrew Avery who can't field a settled side from one match to the next because of too many reasons to mention! What hasn't helped is the league aranging two matches per week since the start of the season and players having to play with niggling injuries and not able to get over them. Also not having a big enough first team squad and having to bring in inexperienced reserve team players to help out. Another two games next week Tuesday and Friday Newquay Home and Callington away followed by Helston home the next Tuesday. Then Launceston on the Saturday 10th which will be the start of one match per week at last! The club are 100% behind Andrew and a special mention must go to Reserve team Manager Roy Boardman who has helped out in releasing his own players to bolster the first team at a possible cost to him with his players becoming senior players after two first team appearances which is one of the Duchy league rules.

Team: T.Moody, J.Walker, A.Avery, A.Cleaves, B.Hoskin, A.Butler, J.Yelland, T.Peers, B.Smith, A.Solomon(K.Grainger) F.McAvoy.

Sticker 1 Camelford 7

Sticker started very brightly and put pressure on the Camelford defence but went a goal down after five minutes when a long ball over the top of the back line and their speedy forward latched onto the ball and fired it past Ethan in the Sticker goal.0-1. However they battled on playing some decent football at times but without any shots on goal to test the away sides keeper. Just before half time came a defining moment in the game when Tim Peers in trying to break up a Camelford attack tried to clear the ball from a striker, he kicked the ball and it flicked up and hit him on the arm. No appeals from any of the Camelford players but the referee straight away awarded a penalty which was duly converted. 0-2. A heartbreaking decision for Andrew and the whole Sticker team. H/T.

 Things went from bad to worse directly after half time when Sticker conceded a third goal. 0-3  Sticker then made a couple of changes and although they battled well and tried to break through the Camelford defence it all came to nothing until near the end of the game Andrew Butler sent over a cross which the keeper gathered but then lost it and Andrew Avery scooped it into the net. In between this Camelford had scored a further four goals it seemed whenever they made a serious attack they scored. The game ended disappointingly 1-7. Manager Andrew Avery will be disappointed in losing this particular game as he probably thought like me it was game he could have won but the penalty decision seemed to knock the stuffing out of the team. The referee decisions are certainly not helping our lads this season. Still chins up lads a nice easy game on Friday when Plymouth Argyle Reserves visit Burngullow.One wonders who will be in their team in this game!!!!

Team: E.Elwell, J.Walker, A.Avery. A.Solomon, T.Peers( A.Cleaves), A.Butler, J.Yelland, J.Boardman, T.Maye, J.Hooper(B.Smith),C.Kenny(K.Grainger)

Le Mousehole 4 Sticker 0

Sticker bowed out of the WCP cup beaten by a strong foreign Mousehole side who played some lovely football and they were matched by a very youthful Sticker team but as has happened on more than a couple of occasions this season when Mousehole were awarded a dubious penalty which was duly smashed home. 0-1. Before this Sticker had three chances to take the lead and should have scored at least one of these if only to give the team some well deserved confidence but when the lucks against you etc.etc However after this setback they still matched the French imports with some delightful football only for the attacks to breakdown when a quck pass would have made the difference. Mousehole added a second when their speedy left winger was sent a defence splitting pass and headed for goal and with a smart shot placed the ball into the far corner With Ethan unable to push it away. 0-2. H/T. 

 The second half started and Mousehole still pressing and Sticker defending and trying to get forward whenever they could but again the attacks continued to break down with no one able to hold the ball up long enough to enable more players to join in and put the Mousehole defence under pressure. Sticker conceded four more goals this half but fortunately two were disallowed for offside. So the final score was 0-4. A big well done to the reserve team players who stepped up and Theo Maye who came in at the last minute also for Alex Woodcock who came to help. Without these players Sticker wouldn't have had a team. Because of suspensions, injuries and holidays. I'm sure Manager Andrew Avery  is more than gratefull and pleased with their response and effort!

Team: E.Ellwell, J.Walker, A.Avery,T.Peers, A.Taylor, A.Butler, J.Yelland(A.Woodcock), T.Maye, C.Kenny(J.Turner), J.Hooper, J.Boardman(B.Smith)

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.