St Dennis 1v3 St Blazey Att 112 (25 away)
St Blazey went into their Good Friday derby with a new goalkeeper, signed on during the week with regular number one Toby Chapman out injured. Steve Cross signed on for St Blazey and took over in goal. Shea Saunders continued up front with Lewis Coombes with player manager Stuart Morgan playing in midfield. Lewis Vooght returned to the starting line up after his injury. Ryan Howe and Harry Eaton were unavailable.
The Boscawen pitch survived an early morning pitch inspection but as they game got under way it was clear the pitch was extremly wet and the ball wouldn’t bounce very much. The pitch at the far end started to cut up in the early stages but St Blazey kicked off with the wind playing towards the clubhouse knocked the ball around well. St Blazey almost went in front early on when a lovely cross from the right was met with a Saunders header that thumped against the cross bar. Broomfield was next to have a effort on goal, picking up the loose ball just outside the area and unleashing a left foot drive that just flew over the cross bar. Steve Cross in goal then made an important save after St Dennis worked a shooting chance from the right but St Blazey’s early pressure finally told soon after. Lewis Coombes picked up the ball in midfield and then played the ball out wide to Saunders who crossed to the far post where Broomfield headered the ball back across goal, looping it over the St Dennis goal keeper to put St Blazey in front after 18 minutes. St Dennis caught St Blazey sleeping from the re start creating a chance almost from kick off but the final effort went wide. Shea Saunders who looked threatening was next to have a chance when he picked up the loose ball after a good run from Johnson. Shea went past two defenders but dragged his shot wide. With just 26 minutes on the clock, St Blazey doubled their lead. Saunders played the ball back into midfield to Rendle who looked up and hit a long ball into the unmarked Morgan who seen the St Dennis goal keeper come out and calmly planted his header over him and into the empty net. Saunders had another effort that went wide before St Blazey earned a corner. Morgan whipped in a lovely cross that Lewis Coombes rose highest and headered the ball across goal and into the far corner only for the referee to adjudge he had pushed the defender and awarded St Dennis a free kick. St Dennis almost pulled a goal back just before half time. A good ball played out to the right where a low drive across the box was swept goal wards but the slightest challenge helped the ball deflect over the bar and preserve St Blazeys two goal advantage at the break.
Half time. St Dennis 0v2 St Blazey
St Blazey started the second half looking the more likely to add to their two first half goals. Morgan picked up the ball beating two defenders and forcing a save out of the St Dennis goal keeper. Shea Saunders then had a brilliant chance to add St Blazey’s third. Johnson drove at the St Dennis defence playing in Saunders who chipped the goal keeeper rushing out but just clipped it past the far post. Ollie Kennedy came on for Saunders. St Blazey were then pushed back and Cross in goal made an outstanding save to keep St Dennis out pushing a good shot from the edge of the box over the bar with a strong hand. That save led to St Blazey getting the important third goal soon after with half an hour still to play. Kennedy went down the left and put in a good cross to the far post. Broomfield running in played the ball back across the box and Johnson running in skipped past one defender and round the goal keeper and calmly placed the ball into the empty net. Josh Harris came on for Elliot Rendle and Jason Vincent on for Lewis Coombes. Johnson pulled down the ball down with a touch of class and played in Kennedy who’s cross found Broomfield who’s shot rose over the bar. St Blazey then showed so true grit to keep St Dennis out when they worked a shooting opportunity which Cross saved well, then saved the rebound and when he was beaten St Blazey had a man on the line to clear the ball out of play. kennedy pulled up with a hamstring to leave St Blazey playing with 10 men. St Dennis finally got on the score sheet when a long ball was headered across goal by Whetters to Rowe who fired home. St Dennis should have scored a second when again a ball down the left was played across the box but the final effort was scuffed wide. The referee blew the final whistle on a very good St Blazey display and another 3 points as the West division becomes very interesting with 9 league fixtures left to play.
Full time. St Dennis 1v3 St Blazey
Man of the match, Lyle Johnson. On a very heavy pitch Johnson was the one person to get hold of the ball and make things happen. To top of a good performance, Lyle scores the third goal and earn’s St Blazey a big 3 points.
Next up for St Blazey, Mousehole are the visitors to Blaise Park on Wednesday night. Another six pointer at the top end of the table. Kick off 7.30pm.