St Blazey 2v0 Plymouth Marjons Att. 50 (4 away)
St Blazey looking to complete the league double over Plymouth Marjons went into the game with Lewis Vooght and Ollie Deadman both injured along with Ollie Kennedy who pulled his hamstring against St Dennis on Good Friday. Josh Harris went in at left back and Harry Eaton returned in midfield after missing the last match. Seb Broomfield was unavailable so Stuart Morgan and Lewis Coombes started up front with Jason Vincent starting on the bench.
A morning pitch inspection took place after more over night rain but the sun had finally made an appearance and the pitch was more than good enough to get the match played.
St Blazey kicked off playing towards the Laundry End and made several early half chances to score. After a foul on the grandstand side of the ground, Morgan whipped in a free kick that Joe Stone could only head wide at the far post. Lewis Coombes then created a chance by getting to the by line before squaring the ball for Yeoman who couldn’t get enough on the ball and the Marjon goal keeper grabbed the loose ball leaving assistant manager Yeoman still searching for his first league goal of the season. Lyle Johnson then played a good ball into Coombes who turned and side stepped one challenge and shot only for the Marjon goal keeper to make a good save low down to his right pushing the ball round the post for a corner. Morgan swung the corner in and Joe stone up from the back headered the ball towards goal and the goal keeper could only push the ball onto the bar before a scramble on the goal line seen the ball hooked clear. The referee stopped the game as the Marjon goal keeper had sustained a head injury. Marjon were struggling to even get out their own half and the best chance of the first half came when Johnson collected the loose ball from his own tackle and he played a good ball into Morgan who turned and unleashed a good effort but right at the goal keeper. Eaton had a header go wide before Marjon had a couple late chances against the run of play just before half time. A poor challenge just outside the box was awarded with a free kick and the Marjon player curled a lovely effort up over the wall but Chapman in the St Blazey goal was alert and pulled a great save diving down low to his left to palm the ball away. St Blazey then gave the ball away in midfield and the ball was worked out on the left and Chapman needed to make another save from a good low drive. St Blazey had the final chance of the half when Coombes played the ball to Eaton who took a shot from distance but his effort was straight at the goal keeper.
Half Time. St Blazey 0v0 Plymouth Marjons
St Blazey would have been disappointed not to have been in front at half time after dominating the first half. A similar performance in the second half would surly earn the three points. Lewis Coombes was booked for a late challenge on the Majon goal keeper in the first minute of the second half after leaving a foot in. But within a minute that was all forgotten as Stuart Morgan ran clear of the Marjon defence. His shot was well saved but the loose ball fell to Coombes who’s shot was saved again only for Coombes to have a second bite and slot the ball home to put St Blazey in front. Marjon had a chance from another free kick but Chapman in goal pushed a strong stinging effort over the bar. St Blazey were soon back on the front foot and Rendle calmly collecting the ball put in a good cross that Morgan headered wide. Johnson picked up another loose ball, playing in Paddy West who’s cross was only cleared to the edge of the penalty area and Morgan’s shot was deflected wide for a corner. St Blazey worked the corner out wide but lost possession but a ball back to the Marjon goalkeeper went straight to Morgan who calmly squeezed the ball under the goalkeeper to put St Blazey 2v0 up. St Blazey could have made it three when good hold up play from Coombes found Johnson in acres of space only for him to cross to Morgan who’s cross come shot went out for a throw in. Coombes then had an effort himself, turning the defender and hitting a great effort which almost caught the Marjon goalkeeper out who needed a leg to keep the score at two. Harry Eaton saved the best bit of skill for the day dragging the ball past two midfielders much to the delight of some of the crowd and his team mates as St Blazey saw the game out and collect another 3 points in the quest for promotion.
Full Time. St Blazey 2v0 Plymouth Marjons
Man of the match, Harry Eaton. Never gave the Marjons midfield a second and kept St Blazey going forward. Another solid performance in midfield.
Next up for St Blazey is a rare Monday night encounter on the 16th April as we welcome Mousehole to Blaise Park for a real 6 pointer. Kick off 7.30pm.