Newquay 1v1 St Blazey Att,135 Away, 20
St Blazey made two changes to the side that beat Callington in their opening league fixture. Joe Eke and Jordan Powell were unavailable. Sam Cliften, Harry Eaton and Elliot Rendle were all away. Lee Rundle and Jack Alexander came in for their first match of the season.
Premiership official, Simon Long was the man in the middle.
The starting line up for St Blazey was as follows.
St Blazey supporters gather before kick off.
View from the club house end.
This match promised to be a tasty affair and it didn’t disappoint but not in the way everyone hoped. St Blazey, playing towards the clubhouse end in the first half made a good confident start, working the ball around the pitch and keeping possession well. However it was Newquay with the opening chance of the match. A ball in from the left was headed downwards at the far post and saved only for the loose ball to be volleyed wide. St Blazey’s first effort on goal came from a well worked move on the left with Alexander baring down on goal but his shot was easily saved at the near post. Cole made a good save after a Newquay one two opened the St Blazey defence. Soon after however he was picking the ball out the net in unfortunate circumstances. St Blazey looking to clear the ball up field, had the ball blocked and the ball bounced to Perez who turned and chipped Cole to put Newquay in front. The St Blazey bench were in sensed with the decision as the Newquay player looked to have been well offside but the goal stood. Newquay used all three substitutions during the first half as injury’s to Dilley and Lowry forced them to make changes. Willmott had a half chance to score when a good ball into Hogan from the right was only partially cleared but his volley flew over the bar.
Newquay pick up their first of three injuries forcing them to make a substitution.
Half time, Newquay 1v0 St Blazey
View from the far end towards the grandstand.
After a pretty drab first half with little goal mouth action, the flood lights came on for the second half and St Blazey set out from the start to get an equalizer. An early corner was swung in and only partially cleared. The ball was played back to Steve Rodgers who’s low drive zipped past the far post with the Newquay goal keeper beaten. That would be St Blazey’s best effort on goal in the second half as a stubborn Newquay defence kept St Blazey out. Newquay rarely created much either and their best chance of the second half was a headed chance at the near post from a corner that went wide. St Blazey’s cause wasn’t helped mid way through the second half when Cole, in the St Blazey goal was sent to the sin bin for ten minutes for speaking out of turn. That meant an out field player going in goal. St Blazey were not effected during this period and held firm but things took a turn for the worse soon after. Referee Simon Long issued a red card for Lewis Phillips for a late challenge so St Blazey were down to ten men. With time running out, St Blazey were reduced to nine men when another red card was issued to Ross Vincent for another late challenge that on first viewing didn’t look a red card. To compound things further, Steve Rodgers was sin binned and that meant St Blazey ended the match with eight men. Despite this Newquay never took advantage of the numeral advantage and were relieved to hear the final whistle. A disappointing evening for St Blazey who will feel they deserved a point on the night.
Second half match highlights.
Final score, Newquay 1v0 St Blazey
Man of the match, Jack Alexander
Joint Manager Matt Hayden had this to say about Jack’s performance.
Manager Shaun Vincent had this to say after tonight’s defeat.
“Matt and I are proud of the lads tonight. The game was scrappy at times but we competed well. They got a goal in the first half, which I felt was a contentious decision. Second half we came out the brighter side and looked likely to equalise but two red cards made it an uphill task to get the equaliser.
“Newquay were a good side and we’ve proved we can be amongst the teams in this league. The lads gave their all to try and get back in the game but things didn’t go our way and we have taken away a lot of learning on the new sin bin rulings.
“Despite the result, I am happy with the lads for sticking together and we will grow from this.”
Up next for St Blazey, back to Blaise Park on Saturday as Dobwalls are the visitors. Kick off 3.00pm
For a further read on this match, why not click on the link for ‘where’s the tea hut’ blog by Uwgi Krugg.