St Blazey 1v1 Truro City Att, 145. Away 40est
Arguably St Blazey’s toughest pre season fixture of the summer, as St Blazey welcomed former Plymouth Argyle captain, Paul Wotton and his Truro City side to Blaise Park. A cool summers evening on a damp pitch made for perfect conditions for a good test against their Southern league opponents. St Blazey welcomed back Callum Mcghee after his injury. Club captain Lewis Vooght returned after being away on holiday.
The St Blazey starting line up was as follows.
Truro, playing towards the Laundry End in the first half were quick out the blocks. Their quick passing, using the width of the pitch caused St Blazey all sorts off problems early on. With just a few minutes on the clock, a ball out the right of the penalty area was fired across goal but it was well wide. Minutes later, another good effort from the other side flew just over the bar. These were early warning signs for St Blazey and they were punished soon after in unfortunate circumstances. Another good ball out on the right was whipped across the face of goal and the unfortunate Jordan Powell could only chest the ball into the net at that far post while under pressure from a Truro player to put the visitors in front. almost made it two when the referee awarded a free kick just outside the area, but the shot flew just over the bar. Incredibly St Blazey almost conceded another own goal in almost identical circumstances. This time however, Cole in the St Blazey goal made a instinctive save to keep St Blazey in the game. Cole was in the thick of the action, making another good save, pushing the ball around the post from a low driven free kick. From this point though, St Blazey grew into the game. From a throw in out on the left, a nice neat passing move found Clifton in space but his shot was a simple save for the Truro goal keeper. As St Blazey began to get a bit more joy in the final third of the pitch, a nice neat passing move, this time down the right found Callum Mcghee in space and he let go with a shot from all of 25 yards that flew into the top corner of the net leaving the Truro goal keeper no chance. A simply superb strike. With just a few minutes to go before half time, St Blazey were causing problems, and another good cross from the left had be cleared just before the half time whistle went.
Half time, St Blazey 1v1 Truro City
As the darkness began to fall, the Blaise Park lights came on as the wind picked up. St Blazey had to defend once more from kick off as a Truro shot flew over the bar. St Blazey were much quicker after the break getting into the game and made the best chance of the half. A good ball into Walton was mis controlled but the loose ball was pulled back only for the the shot to be volleyed over. Truro, despite their advantage with possession, never really created to much and they were restricted to shots from outside the area that rarely threatened the St Blazey goalkeeper. St Blazey could even make several changes in the final 20 minutes, including the chance for the reserve goal keeper to get some valuable minutes and Bailey Mabin to take his place up front. Despite the changes, St Blazey never lost their shape, and their ability to battle and pass the ball when they could. Some excellent performances from Steve Rodgers, Lewis Philips among others as the match ended all square. A very good result for St Blazey, and more importantly a good team performance that should they maintain, will stand them in good stead for the new season. They certainly matched Truro with their energy levels, which will please the managers and their fitness coach who has worked with the players over the last eight weeks.
Final score, St Blazey 1v1 Truro City
Man of the match, Lewis Phillips.
Joint Manager, Matt Hayden had this to say about his performance tonight.
Manager, Matt Hayden had this to say after tonight’s 1v1 draw.
Next up for St Blazey, Our final pre season friendly of the summer as Saltrum visit Blaise Park on Saturday 3rd August 2019. Kick off 2.00pm
The following Saturday we face our opening fixture of the season when Callington Town visit Blaise Park.