St Blazey 3v2 Wadebridge. Att.56 (4 away)
After Wednesday nights disappointment at Penzance manager Stuart Morgan started on the bench and welcomed back Jason Vincent to the starting line up and a first start for Olly Kennedy who signed from Porthleven. Lee Whetters and Elliot Rendle returned in defence with Harry Eaton replacing Lyle Johnson. Lewis Vooght returned on the right with Paddy West not available. Josh Harris made a welcome return to the St Blazey bench after a serious injury meant he missed the last 5 months of the season.
Finally a home game and sunshine as St Blazey and Wadebridge kicked off the 1st meeting of the season with another two meetings still to come including the charity cup semi final. The opening exchanges were scrappy, with the referee stopping the game for several fouls. Broomfield had the opening chance when he was played through but he couldn’t connect well enough to trouble the Wadebridge goal keeper. The match referee was in no mood for any trouble as a challenge in front the dug outs was met with some strong words from the Wadebridge bench, but the referee soon sent out a clear message that it wouldn’t be tolerated. With free kicks taken being poor in quality the game was void of chances until Bennett picked up the ball out on the right and played the ball into Howe who passed the ball across the box and new signing Olly Kennedy turned and smashed home an unstoppable effort to put St Blazey in front after 20 minutes with a debut goal. With both sides struggling to take control of the match it looked like St Blazey would take a one goal lead into the half time break but then a ball into the box was taken around Chapman in goal and three players collided and the referee pointed straight to the spot. Jennings stepped up and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner to make it 1-1 as half time approached.
Half time. St Blazey 1v1 Wadebridge
St Blazey who had conceded late in the 1st half at Penzance in mid week and gone on to loose needed a response but it was Wadebridge who looked the stronger. A good move down the right in the 50th minute resulted in the ball being cut back across goal and with the goal gaping the Wadebridge player tried placing the ball giving Chapman the chance to make a good save when it should have been buried. That should have been a let off for St Blazey but just minutes later another move resulted in a ball across the six yard box and Jennings running wasn’t going to miss and slotted the ball home to give Wadebridge the lead in the 52nd minute. Player manager Morgan and Josh Harris immediately warmed up and came on for Broomfield and Vooght to try and get back in the game. St Blazey struggled to get hold of the ball and couldn’t mount any serious attacks until with 15 minutes to go they forced a few corners. One corner led to a goal mouth scramble and the ball was finally hooked clear as Wadebridge looked to hang on with former St Blazey player James Baker organising the back line. Kennedy hit the bar with a hooked shot and a Morgan corner almost caught the Wadebridge goal keeper out as the ball hit the bar. Josh Harris was beginning to get into the game after his long spell out injured and he helped earn another St Blazey corner. Morgan swung in the corner which missed several players at the near post and the ball bounced and Howe was at the far post to head home the equaliser with 9 minutes left. You could feel the relief and St Blazey were now looking for a winner and just two minutes later a ball over the top was taken well by Howe who went round the goal keeper and kept his composer and placed the ball in the bottom right corner and went off to celebrate with the supporters gathered behind the goal at the home end. St Blazey seen out the remaining minutes to earn a much needed 3 points as the promotion race hots up. Not the best performance of the season but what could prove a very important result.
Full time. St Blazey 3v2 Wadebridge
Man of the match. Ryan Howe. 2 goals including a very well taken winner rescues all 3 points for St Blazey.
St Blazey are back in action next Saturday at Blaise Park where Millbrook are the visitors for a top of the table clash. St Blazey will be looking to seek revenge for the 3v0 defeat suffered at Millbrook earlier this season.