Ludgvan 0v5 St Blazey Att 40est (Away 12)
St Blazey made the trip to bottom side Ludgvan knowing only a win would do after their Boxing day defeat at St Dennis. Lee Whetters was available to play while Josh Harris returned to the left side of midfield and wore the captains arm band. A squad of 14 made for some good team selection headaches for manager Matt Hayden.
St Blazey were on the front foot from the kick off and had the opening effort on goal when Willmot picked up the ball and his shot smashed off the far post with the Ludgvan goalkeeper beaten. If St Blazey thought they were in for an easy match, that was soon put to bed when within minutes Ludgvan broke down the right. A low shot was well saved only for the ball to fall to a Ludgvan player running in on the edge of the box. His shot was saved, only for Hurst in the St Blazey goal to slip in his effort to clear the danger and it needed a scrambled clearance to keep the scores level. St Blazey took the lead after St Blazey won the ball back on the left with a spell of good pressure. Josh Harris picked up the loose ball and squared the ball to Willmot who turned inside and hit a low left foot shot to make it 0v1. Harris had a free kick deflect over the bar after a foul on the edge of the penalty area. Ludgvan should have equalized soon after when Harris lost the ball and Ludgvan broke away. The Ludgvan players played a 1 – 2 on the edge of the box but the free shot on goal flew over the bar with the goal gaping. St Blazey made Ludgvan pay for that miss as the ball was won back on the left and the ball to McGhee was picked up and his early shot flew into the top corner giving the Ludgvan goalkeeper no chance. St Blazey were grateful for a good double save from Hurst in the St Blazey goal to keep Ludgvan out before a late low shot from St Blazey was saved before half time.
Half time, Ludgvan 0v2 St Blazey
St Blazey kicked of the second half knowing they had to pick up the pace and kill the game off and not let Ludgvan back into the game. Ludgvan had the first real effort on goal from a free kick after a foul near the edge of the penalty area. The resulting free kick beat the wall but never troubled Hurst as it flew over the cross bar. Rodgers in midfield began to run the game, picking the ball up and always looking to play the ball forward. St Blazey were getting most of their joy down the right side with Willmot on the right beating his man and creating chances as St Blazey took control of the game. St Blazey had one chance to seal the win but the first time shot was dragged wide after a good ball through the Ludgvan defence. St Blazey finally made it three when the referee awarded St Blazey a penalty after a trip right on the edge of the box. Ryan Oxley stepped up and scored to seal the 3 points and take his tally for the season to 7. St Blazey continued to dominate possession and almost scored after a corner was swung in and headered clear only for a shot from the edge of the area to be blocked. The loose ball was played forward and flicked into Harris who shot across goal only for the goalkeeper to palm the ball around the post. St Blazey were rewarded for their efforts when Willmot sent in a low cross that Lee Whetters volleyed home to make it 4 and get his second goal of the season. St Blazey almost made it 5 when another shot from outside the area was pushed over the bar. St Blazey had a goal ruled out for offside after a cross was volleyed home at the far post. Further chances went begging as Rodgers was put through on goal only for his shot to be easily saved. Rodgers made amends by winning a loose ball back minutes later and playing in Ray Card who calmly placed the ball low under the goalkeeper to complete the scoring and give St Blazey a comfortable victory in the end. St Blazey had a couple more late chances late on but that would have been harsh on Ludgvan who put up a good fight for the 90 minutes.
Full time, Ludgvan 0v5 St Blazey
Man of the match, Steve Rodgers, another classy performance in midfield. Ran the show and made it look easy.
Next up for St Blazey, the trip to North Cornwall to face second bottom Bude Town who won at Dobwalls in their last outing.
First half highlights.
Second half highlights.