Plymstock 0v2 St Blazey Att 35 (14 Away)
Stuart Morgan returned to his former club and took on a starting roll with Dan Perryman unable to play due to illness. Harry Eaton returned to the bench after recovering from an ankle injury and Paddy West was on the bench after missing the last match against Liskeard. Ollie Deadman who went off with a pulled hamstring against Liskeard was not fit to play.
After over night hail and rain the match went ahead with the pitch perfectly playable but it didn’t make for a good game of football to watch. Plymstock are one of two clubs in this division with no covered stand for spectators and with only 35 cold supporters watching it didn’t feel much of atmosphere.
St Blazey kicked off kicking towards the clubhouse end and had an early effort with a shot from Josh Harris that went over the bar. St Blazey had the best of the opening exchanges and took the lead after just 12 minutes. Good work down the right found Lewis Vooght who’s low cross was missed by everyone and Howie picked up the loose ball and slotted the ball past the Plymstock keepers left to make it 0v1. Plymstock could have equalised soon after when a ball into the far post fell to the feet of a Plymstock player who could only poke the ball back to Chapman in goal for St Blazey. Plymstock did have the ball in the net soon after when a corner was bundled over the line but the referee’s whistle had already gone for a push in the build up. St Blazey were presented with a great chance to go two up when a through ball was missed by the defender leaving player manager Morgan through on goal. After a good first touch his low drive beat the goalkeeper but also the far post. Just before half time Harris lost the ball out wide and then put in a poor challenge through the back of the defender which resulted in a yellow card.
Half time. Plymstock 0v2 St Blazey
Harry Eaton came on for Yeoman for the second half and it wasnt long before St Blazey doubled their lead. Good work down the right from Eaton and a cross to Harris at the far post who took on the defender and finished well. St Blazey would have been wary of Plymstock who came from 0v3 down the previous week to draw 3v3 with Porthleven so they knew the game wasn’t won. A Plymstock free kick flew over the bar before Morgan was replaced by the returning Jason Vincent who has been away at University. Paddy West came on for Harris with 25 minutes left to play to freshen things up. Howie had a shot from all of 20 yards that was straight at the goalkeeper. Plymstocks best chance to pull one back came ten minutes from time when the ball was picked up in midfield and the Plymstock midfielder drove at the St Blazey defence, going past two defenders before a tame effort was collected by Chapman. St Blazey went straight up the other end and could have finished the game when Johnson picked up the ball in midfield and played in Vincent who shot over the bar. Johnson was finding more and more room in the middle and he picked up the ball again and took on three defenders before finally being tackled and winning a corner. The corner came in and went straight out for a goal kick. St Blazey picked up two more yellow cards late on after Johnson tripped a Plymstock player when running towards goal and Bennett for kicking the ball away. Plymstock had the final effort on goal after winning a free kick after another Johnson foul. The free kick was well hit but Chapman in goal saved well to keep another clean sheet. The referee blew for full time and St Blazey had earned another three points on a awkward playing surface. A case of job done and look forward to next week.
Full Time. Plymstock 0v2 St Blazey
Man of the match. Joe Stone. Another excellent performance at the back.
Next up for St Blazey is a trip to Premier side Torpoint Athletic in the Cornwall Senior cup. Kick off is at the earlier time of 2.00pm. The tie will be decided on the day with extra time and penalties if required. The following Saturday St Blazey will return to league action with another trip to Plymouth where they will face Plymouth Marjon for the very first time.