Sticker AFC Football Club Cornwall

Sticker Reserves lose out in the first round the Kernow cup against Perranportch 6-2 with a depleted side even had to call on Assistant Manager Martin Smith to make up the numbers.

Sticker wanting to gain revenge on Liskeard as they inflicted their first defeat at the start of this new season. As it turned out revenge was sweet!! 

Sticker started the slower of the two teams due to Liskeard winning most of the battles and Sticker conceded a penalty in the opening minutes when Morgan in goal dived at the feet of the onrushing striker got the ball away but the striker tripped on his outstretched arm, a dubious decision to some but not the referee nor the Liskeard players. Fortunately the ball was blazed over the bar!

 Liskeard continued to move the ball about better due to their influential no.8 midfield player who seemed to be involved in everything for his team going forward wheras Stickers passing was not to their usual standard as they were trying the long passing tactic and it was not working. There was a debut for experienced player just moved into the area Glen Cox who had some neat touches and I'm sure will fit into the squad as time progresses. Liskeard did take the lead when from a good cross from the left was bundled into the net with Morgan not able to get his hand to the ball. 0-1. Sticker had to make an early change when Adam Dalby went off injured and had to reorganise their shape. Finally they were beginning to take some control in midfield especially from the hardworking Dan Hocking and James Martin finally managed to find a bit of space and scored an absolute cracker of a goal shooting from a long way out the ball dipped and hit the underside of the crossbar and landed in the bottom the net much to the delight of his teammates and all the supporters.(Especially Keith his Dad) H/T.1-1. Sticker came out for the second half earlier than Liskeard and seemed keen to get on with the game and get on with it they did!! They didn't give Liskeard any space or time on the ball (Roy must have fed them all Shredded Wheat!!) and they were pushing forward at every opportunity and should have taken the lead when Tom Hocking managed to wiggle through and with a one on one with keeper was unable to shoot past the keeper who made a good save. Shortly after Dan Hocking who was winning everthing now in midfield managed to run through on the left and fired in a crossfiled shot that whistled past the far post and James Martin arriving late was unable to steer it into the net. Liskeard were getting frustrated and starting to lose their discipline and their no.8 was sinbinned! Sticker took advantage and Dan Hocking had another attempt from the left and this time succeded in firing a shot into the far corner of the goal. 2-1. Which was no more than they deserved. Liskeard were now begining to push forward more but they were unable to find the same rythym and succes as the first half with Jack Boardman marshalling his defence superbly and star of the show was his younger brother Tom who was absolutely oustanding up against players double his size Tom was like a Jack Russel with a bone snapping at the Liskeard players heels and making telling forward runs and playing short passes to his teammates. Liskeard seemed to be getting more wound up as the game progressed and their play was just not effective. They could have scored an equaliser near the end but for Morgan who saved a point black shot after a corner came zooming across . The referee finall blew for time much to the relief of the Sticker bench, F/T.2-1. A thoroughly deserved and hard won victory for Roy and Martins young squad!  A cup game next week away to Perranporth which will be a tough encounter. Team: M.Coxhead, T.Boardman, A.Taylor, J.Boardman, E.Warren-Knight,  A,Dalby, H.Boardman, D.Hocking J.Martin, G.Cox, T.Hocking..Subs: E.Gatley, B.Renowden, MoM: Tom Boardman absolutely outstanding battling performance! Well done young Tom!!

Sticker took control of the game early with goal s from James Martin (20) Lewis Clapham (26) and Ethan Gatley (27). However by this time they had used their one substitute as Adam Dalby had retired injured after just ten minutes. There was no further scoring during the first half although Sticker were guilty of missing a number of chances. With the second half progressing and neither side capable of finding the net, the game turned when Aidan Lees was red carded for a rash tackle in the seventy third minute. Sticker were down to ten men and worse was to follow when Tristan Wood also went off injured with ten minutes remaining. Wadebridge at last seized the initiative and pulled two goals back in the eighty sixth and seventh minutes which made for a nail biting end to the game. To their credit Sticker stuck to the task and took the points for the third win of the season.

 A thoroughly deserved win today at Rally Park. Lanreath scored somewhat against the run of play on nine minutes. Sticker with the strong wind at their backs kept the home defence on their toes but it took until the forty first minute to find the equaliser, James Martin beating the goalkeeper to the ball and forcing home. The visitors always looked the more likely winners in the second period and there were a number of chances to put the game to bed. In the end two late strikes in the eighty third and ninetieth minutes from Dan Hocking secured all three points. Roy will be pleased to get a second maximum in three weeks and with Callington and Wadebridge next up there is the chance of more points in the offing.

Sticker unable to beat a strong Saltash Utd.even though they were down to ten men losing eventually 0-6.

Sticker Reserves at last get some points on the board by defeating Morwenstow 4-1 and they thoroughly deserved the win. Sticker started on the front foot from the off and put the Morwenstow defence under fierce pressure and Sticker scored the opening goal when a superb ball from Dan Hocking split the defence and his namesake Tom Hocking latched onto the ball and ran forward with the defence in his wake and measured his shot past the onrushing keeper. 1-0. Sticker were growing in confidence more and more and utilising all areas of the pitch and whenever Morwenstow did get forward the found the Sticker defence resolute, led by a commanding performance once again from Jack Boardman and he was ably assisted by Ewan Warren, Aidan Lees and Tom Boardman. The second goal when it came was a cracker scored directly from a free kick by Dan Hocking who bent it around the defensive wall and into the top corner of the goal. 2-0. Sticker added a third when Aidan lees this time the provider who sent a superb diagonal ball and found James Martin who powered the ball home with his head. 3-0. H/T.

 The second half started with Morwenstow determined to get back into the game and Sticker equally determined to not let them so the game was somewhat of a stalemate with Sticker making use of a long ball tactic rather than short ball passing but with that tactic they allowed Morwenstow to have more of the ball and finally got a dubious penaly when Morgan Coxhead came out to dive at the feet of the oncoming Striker who dived theatrically in the  area to gain a penalty. After consulting the Sticker linesman awarded the kick which had to be taken twice but successfully converted. 3-1. Sticker made some well needed substitutions to bring on fresh legs and finally started to open up the Morwenstow once again could only add one further goal scored again by Tom Hocking as the away sides keeper made some outstanding one on one stops. 4-1. F/T. Roy, Martin and the whole squad will be buzzing after this result as it was richly deserved and we hope its a springboard for some more results. Team: M.Coxhead, A.Lees, J.Boardman, E.Warren-Knight, T.Boardman, H.Boardman, D.Hocking, C.Rundle, L.Clapham, J.Martin, T.Hocking, Subs Used: B.Renowden, B.Smith, A.Taylor, E.Gatley. Man Of the Match: Dan Hocking scoring a superb free kick and an assist also kept the ball moving forward and helped in defence and kept it simple!

Sticker came up against a strong looking Millbrook side and more than held there own in the first half but for two misplaced passes  which crucially led to Millbrook taking a two goal advantage into half time. 0-2.

  The second half was however a different kettle of fish with Sticker pushing to get something from the game and they so very nearly did! With Roy and Martin deploying all their substitutes throughout this half they were tigerishly tackling and winning the tackles which belies their young age( At Least for most of them) Superbly driven on from the back by Jack Boardman and new boy Callan Rundle seeing plenty of the ball down the left side surely a goal would come and when it did late on it was superbly taken by the ever hardworking Dan Hocking who also got booked for alate challenge later on. With ten minutes to go they threw avery they could at the Millbrook defence which had become ragged and the best chance fell to Aidan Lees who as usual also was instrumental in driving the team forward as the ball came across the penalty area Aidan struck the ball fiercely with the goal at his mercy bat alas the shot went wide of the post. So the excellent referee Kevin Knowles finally blew for full time!. F/T. 1-2. Wow what a second half that was! Roy and Martin will take heart from this game as they did in their previous game with the attitude that this young Sticker side showed and they will very soon get the result their endeavour deserves! Next game is against Morewenstow at home Saturday 7th September 2019.

Team: M.Coxhead, A.Lees, L.Clapham. J.Boardman, H.Simms, T.Boardman, H.Boardman, J.Martin, D.Hocking, C.Rundle, T.Hocking. Subs. All used.R.McKnight, E.Gatley, E.Warren-Knight, A.Rundle. B.Renowden,

An excellent shift from the reserves this evening and perhaps unlucky with the final score line. Dan Hocking put them ahead in the seventh minute a lead they held until the sixty sixth minute. Once St. Austell had equalised they turned the screw somewhat and scored three further goals on 81  87  and 91 aided by some inconsistent refereeing decisions. New player Callan Rundle looks promising. If they continue to play as they did today points will surely come their way.

Team: M.Coxhead, J.Annear, L.Clapham, J.Boardman, C.Rundle, M.Barresi, A.Lees,D.Hocking, H.Sims, T.Boardman, T.Hocking, Sub.B.Smith.

Sticker Reserves playing in the new St Pirans league against St Mawagan who came up from the Duchy Premier division with them  and what a battle was played between the two teams tonight. Sticker more than held their own in the first half matching their opponents in the tackle and playing the ball around with confidence and had the better of the earlier chances but were unable to capitalise and it was St Mawgan who opened the scoring after a smart move down the left side and a swift straight ball across the edge of the penalty area saw the striker fire the ball past Morgan in the Sticker goal which maybe he should have saved. 0-1. Sticker came roaring back driven on by captain Jack Boardman and the tireless Dan Hocking. Sticker equalised when finally the other Hocking Tom this time was finally rewarded for his persistence when in the box he managed to get the ball then lose it then get it back again before chipping the St Magan keeper to score to make it 1-1. Not long after St Mawgan scored was to be the eventual winner when a tame shot toward the corner of the Sticker was covered by Morgan only he let the ball slip through his fingers and the ball squirmed into the net. 1-2. If Morgan was upset by the first goal he was absolutely gutted by this one. H/T. 1-1.

 Sticker came out the second half determined to try and get something from the game and boy oh boy did both teams  work hard but they were just unable to lay that final killing pass to open up the St Mawagn defence and likewise St Mawagn were unable to open up the Sticker defence, F/T.1-2. 

Team: M.Coxhead, A.Lees, L.Clapham, J.Annear, T.Wood, J.Boardman, H.Boardman, T.Boardman, D.Hocking,M.Barresi, T.Hocking. Subs Used: R.McKnight, E.Gatley, B.Renowden.

Sticker Reserves playing their third league game in the new St Piran league East found the going tough against a tight Torpoint outfit and unfortunately went a goal behind in the first minute. 0-1, They were playing with one man up front namely Tom Hocking and he gamely battled against the strong Torpoint defence all game. THey were playing deeper than on Tuesday when they were well beaten by Polperro and these tactics were working to some degree but were having to rely on the long ball mostly down the left to young Tom Boardman but he was not finding life easy like the rest of the team. Sticker's best chance of the half came after a good piece of battling when  a cross come shot found Marco Barresi at the far post and his first time shot close in was somehow saved by the Torpoint keeper. Not long after this Torpoint scored no.2 when out of nothing a ball knocked over the top of the Sticker defence found the Torpoint striker race onto the ball and score. 0-2. H/T The second half resumed with Sticker just defending and stopping Torpoint from scoring which to their credit they did. F/T. 0-2. Roy and Martin will know that this league will be a deep learning curve for the Sticker youngsters and also know that they have to be sharper and pass the ball quicker and not dwell on the ball like they were able to in the Duchy Leagues.They did at times play some nice football as they always do though!

Team: C.Clarke, A.Lees, J.Annear T.Wood, L.Clapham, J.Boardman, H.Boardman, T.Boardman, M.Barresi, D.Hocking, T.Hocking.Subs.Used.M.Coxhead,