St Blazey arrived at Sticker with a good squad of players after having so many players unavailable at the start of the season. Lee Whetter partnered James Baker in central defence. Vooght and Carron made up the back four. Eaton and Rendle were both unavailable due to work commitments so Bass, New and White made up the midfield with Vinny and Harris out wide. New signing Mabin made his debut up front.
St Blazey playing towards the clubhouse end first half created the first chance of the match. A good ball in from Harris on the left was met by Mabin who couldn’t get a full connection on the ball to trouble the Sticker goalkeeper. Sticker grew into the game and Hoskin was given to much time and space and his effort from distance was easily saved. Sticker soon after created a great chance with a lovely defence splitting pass out on the left only for the low shot to be well saved by England. Sticker had another long range effort fly over the bar after a loose ball was cut out. St Blazey worked the ball down the right hand side and a late challenge was awarded with a free kick. Up stepped Harris with his left foot and curled his free kick into the penalty area deceiving everyone and the ball nestled into the far corner of the net to put St Blazey in front after 21 minutes. Just a few minutes later St Blazey were awarded a free kick in almost exactly the same position. Up stepped Harris again who swung in another whipped free kick that whistled just past the far post. Sticker equalized after 35 minutes after another effort from distance was pushed away by England only for the loose ball to be crossed from the left and the loose ball bundled home.
Half time, Sticker 1v1 St Blazey
St Blazey came out in the second half and took the game to Sticker. With Paul and Bass in midfield winning the loose balls, St Blazey carried a threat. New signing Mabin threatened to score after good work from Harris but the final effort on goal was easily saved. St Blazey forced a corner, and the in swinging corner was missed by Stickers goalkeeper and Hoskin slapped the ball clear. The St Blazey fans and players straight away appealed for a hand ball and a penalty yet amazingly the referee claimed he hadn’t seen it much to St Blazey’s dismay. What would have been a certain penalty and a red card was waved away. That decision was soon to cost St Blazey as minutes later Stickers Butler picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and hit an unstoppable shot that England in goal could only get a slight hand to. St Blazey didn’t give up and could have forced extra time with a header at the far post going over and in the final moments, a St Blazey corner was taken short, and when the cross came in Mabin, unmarked failed to get enough on the cross to score a certain goal. Disappointment at the final whistle as St Blazey deserved something out of the game but its Sticker who head into the second round of the Cornwall Senior cup.
Full time, Sticker 2v1 St Blazey
Man of the match, Paul. Consistent performances and an important player for St Blazey in midfield. Pushed Sticker all the way tonight.
Next up for St Blazey, a return to Blaise Park under lights on Wednesday night as Wendron are the visitors. Kick off 7.30pm
Matt Hayden picked his first side as manager but couldn’t be present due to a personal matter so new assistant Baker looked after the side. He started in defence along side Shailer with Carron at left back and Mitchell at right back. New and Bass started in central midfield with Harris out on the left. New signing Vinny started behind the front two with two other new additions with Burns and Garside starting. Macintosh took the gloves in goal. England, Vooght and Rendle were still suspended, while Eaton away and Kennedy injured were also unavailable.
The match kicked off in terrible conditions with strong wind and heavy rain. With several new faces in the St Blazey side, this was a chance to get stuck in and wipe last weeks nightmare at Plymstock from the memory. Dobwalls created the best opening chance when a ball into the box was only partially cleared and the shot from the left flew over. From then on St Blazey grew into the game. A much improved attitude, desire to press the ball and make life difficult for Dobwalls was evident for all to see. St Blazey pressing Dobwalls, forced them onto the mistake, and St Blazey picked up the loose ball, going past three defenders drawing the foul and the referee pointed to the spot. Up stepped Vinny but his penalty was saved by ex St Blazey goalkeeper Chapman but the referee wasn’t ready and ordered a re take. Despite Chapman doing his best to put Vinny off, he stepped up and slammed the ball home to put St Blazey in front. St Blazey continued to move the ball well and created another chance for Harris who burst into the box and hit a brilliant effort that smashed off the corner of bar and post and flew across goal and to safety with Chapman well beaten.
Half time, Dobwalls 0v1 St Blazey
St Blazey carried on where they left off, giving Dobwalls little chance to create anything of real quality with out St Blazey really being able to force much of a chance themselves. The conditions making it a real battle and St Blazey looked in control. Dobwalls however needed a huge slice of luck for their equaliser. A run down the right and a ball in was met with a header from 8 yards out which the St Blazey goalkeeper spilled into the net. Huge disappointment for St Blazey. St Blazey went straight up the other end and forced a free kick just outside the area. Up stepped Harris who’s curling effort was pushed away. Dobwalls had a shot swept off the line following a corner as the game started to open up. Soon after Dobwalls took the lead, a long diagonal ball to Perryman who swept the ball home. St Blazey now had to throw men forward, and Dobwalls created chances with the extra space, a ball over the top and turn seen the first shot blocked and follow up saved. St Blazey forced a corner in the dying minutes and a header at the far post was pushed away to keep Dobwalls in front. With time running out, Perryman was set clear only for effort to go well wide of goal. Dobwalls held on and progressed to the second round of the league cup but a much improved performance from St Blazey.
Wendron who had a surprise 2v3 win at Penzance of Friday night will now face Dobwalls in the second round.
Full time, Dobwalls 2v1 St Blazey
Man of the match, Vinny, Scored the penalty and impressive through out. Great debut for St Blazey.
Next up for St Blazey, Back to league action and the trip west to Mousehole. Kick off 3.00pm