Bovey Tracey 4v1 St Blazey Att. 52 Away 10.
St Blazey made the trip to Devon for their only away pre season friendly of the season on another warm afternoon. St Blazey, missing 10 players, either on holiday, work or injured, still traveled with a squad of 13 as the beginning of the season becomes ever closer.
St Blazey’s starting line up was as follows.
Bovey Tracey’s Western Counties ground.
St Blazey started slowly as they did on Thursday night. Bovey Tracey looked a threat from the start and took the lead in the opening minutes. St Blazey looked rattled and with challenges flying in, the referee awarded a free kick on the edge of the penalty area to the left of the goal. The free kick was well struck, flying into the top right hand corner giving Cole no chance to put Bovey Tracey two up after just ten minutes. Bovey had the ball in the net and thought they had made it 3v0 but the linesman put his flag up for offside. Alexander had the first real effort on goal for St Blazey, picking up the ball and driving at the Bovey defence but his shot was tame and straight at the Bovey goalkeeper. St Blazey forced a corner soon after that was swung in and the downward header was well claimed by the goalkeeper before a St Blazey player could toe poke it home. Another Bovey chance came and went as a shot from the left curled past the post, and another good save from Cole prevented a third goal. Just like Thursday, St Blazey pulled a goal back right on half time out of nothing. A through ball sent Walton away and his effort on goal was well saved, only for the rebound to come back to Cliften who took a touch and fired the ball into the back of the net.
Half time, Bovey Tracey 2v1 St Blazey
The half time break seemed to take the sting out the game with little goal action from either side until mid way through the second half. Bovey forced a corner, and from that, they took it short. The ball was crossed and a good header went wide of the far post. As the heat was taking its toll on both sides, a short drinks break broke up play again.
Drinks break at Bovey Tracey as the heat takes its toll.
St Blazey were running out of steam, and Bovey finally made sure of the result late on. A good cross was punched clear by Cole to the edge of the area, only for the ball to be drilled back low and it found its way into the corner of the net. That goal seemed to sap any energy St Blazey did have, and moments later they added a fourth. Another cross from the right was headed back across goal and the loose ball hooked home. Bovey almost made it five, but for a fine save from Cole and the rebound headed wide when it seemed easier to score. A tough afternoon for St Blazey.
Full time, Bovey Tracey 4v1 St Blazey
Joint manager Shaun Vincent had this to say after today’s defeat.
Man of the match, Elliot Rendle. Shaun Vincent had this to say about his performance.
Next up for St Blazey, Mid week action at Blaise Park as Ivybridge are the visitors on Tuesday night. 7.30ko