St Blazey 1v0 Liskeard Att. 150 (15 away est)
St Blazey went into this friday encounter with top of the table Liskeard noing that defeat would servery dent any promotion ambitions. Stuart Morgan returned to manage the side after missing last weeks trip to Millbrook while away with the marines over remembrance weekend. While Morgan returned, Lee Whetters was unavailable, Paddy West and leading goal scorer Dan Perryman working and Harry Eaton still out injured with a bad ankle.
A seasons best crowd of 150 turned up including league secretary Phil Hiscox and Dave Deacon who reports on all Cornish football clubs on a dry and very cold evening with temperatures below 5 degrees.
St Blazey kicked off and were being pushed back with the pace from Liskeards midfield but it was Morgan who had the first real effort on goal for St Blazey when he was played in down the right but his shot went well wide. Liskeard were awarded a freekick to the left of the goal for a trip but the free kick was curled round the wall but straight at Chapman who saved well. Back came St Blazey and after winning a throw in, the throw was taken and Morgan controlled well and turned two defenders and fired a low shot which the Liskeard goalkeeper did well to keep out. The first half was end to end and Liskeard had a good spell with the ball. A good cross had be punched clear by Chapman. The loose ball falling to a liskeard player on the edge of the box who’s left foot shot sliced wide. A poor pass out from the back from St Blazey was picked up in midfield by Liskeard and a good ball into their striker needed two St Blazey defenders to win the ball with Ollie Deadman making up ground to win the ball and put it out for a corner. St Blazey had another free kick out on the left of the box and a great ball in from Josh Harris evaded everyone and lewis Vooght almost getting a foot on it only for the Liskeard goalkeeper to grab the loose ball. Another free kick into the box was headed clear and Liskeard broke away with Chapman rushing out and the liskeard striker going round him but the linesman had his flag up much to the anger of the liskeard bench. Liskeard continued to put good balls into the box but Chapman in goal was punching everything clear and St Blazey ended the first half the stronger with more possession and they ended the first half with a good passing move with Morgan firing wide.
Half Time. St Blazey 0v0 Liskeard
St Blazey started the second half where they ended the first creating chances from the start. Lewis Vooght put in a great cross with Morgan running in but the Liskeard goalkeeper was quick to get to the loose ball. Minutes later a good move ended with Lyle Johnson picking up the loose ball and his curled shot flew just wide of the top corner with the goalkeeper beaten. The liskeard goalkeeper was being kept busy and he needed to make another excellent save after Josh Harris smashed the loose ball taking a big deflection but he was equal to it and pushed it away for a corner. Finally after 63 minutes the crucial break through, St Blazey winning the ball in midfield, Morgan picked up the ball and tried to chip the ball out wide but the pass was poor. The ball was came straight back to him and he volleyed an unstoppable shot from all of 30 yards over the stranded goalkeeper who could do nothing about it. Cue the celebrations. The game was far from over and Liskeard were straight back at St Blazey with a shot out on the right which Chapman needed to save. St Blazey almost added a second when good work down the left from Hayden and Johnson found Howie who’s shot was well saved at the near post and pushed away for a corner. The corner was whipped in and Vooght had a free header at the near post and that went wide of the near post. Morgan went off to be replaced by Seb Broomfield and after suffering with cramp he then pulled his hamstring and had to go off. With no more substitutions, St Blazey were forced to see out the final 15 minutes with 10 men. It was back to the wall stuff and Liskeard threw everything at St Blazey in the final minutes. The Liskeard bench thought they had scored but for a great header from Stone to head over and Chapman needed to be alert to keep Liskeard out. St Blazey were happy just to hack the ball out of play and the when the final whistle it was job done and another huge 3 points and their 7th league win of the season to ove up to 4th in the table.
Full time. St Blazey 1v0 Liskeard
Man of the match, Joe Stone. Fantastic performance at the back. Won everything.
Next up for St Blazey is a trip to Plymstock next Saturday in the S.W.P.L West division, Kick off is 2.15pm. The following Saturday St Blazey will travel to S.W.P.L Premier side Torpoint for their 2nd round Cornwall Senior cup tie with a 2.00pm kick off.