League Cup Win at St Martins
What a game of football. It was apparent from the start of the warm up that the pitch wasn’t going to be conducive to a free flowing football match, and with a stiff breeze also blowing from one goal to another just to add to the mix.
We haven’t seen a pitch as rough, grass less and bumpy since the local farmer ploughed his fields for planting…
That said when and where possible we played so good football on a poor pitch, and led at half time 2-0 with some fine movement and passing around our hosts who didn’t have much of an answer apart some direct play, which did see them create some half chances, created as much by the bounce of the pitch and miscontrol rather than as good play.
On many an occasion we passed our way through and around their defence, only for the home linesman’s flag to go up time and again, one might say a great 5th defender, or another poor bobble to take player and ball in opposite directions.
The 2nd half we defended against a strong breeze, and the hosts tactics changed to a total long ball game that resembled bombing practice at the artillery range. With a constant barrage of long ball and poor bounce from the pitch, the home team obviously new how to play the conditions, and this resulted in them drawing level to force extra time.
Extra time ensued, and our fitness showed as many St Martins players were cramping up, and it wasn’t long before we took the lead again. The hosts were also reduced to 10 men in extra time with a poor tackle from behind on Kyle Bassett, which also saw us reduced to 10 men as he couldn’t carry on due to the challenge, deserved of a red card, let alone a 2nd yellow. But after not sending off a player for punching Chris Ibbeson right in front of him, and only giving a yellow earlier in the game, the referee somewhat set out his stall as to how much could be got away with..
Our goal scorers were, Mikey WIlliams, Jamie Mudge and Stuart Davies.
All in all a dominant display on an awful pitch. Progression through to the next round against Witheridge at home on Wednesday 5th October, and a better surface to play on…
We move on in the league this week with another tough match on Wednesday night, at home to Plymouth Parkway, who have yet to be beaten, and only conceded 5 goals whilst scoring 32…..COYY’s.