Our 2nd trip down to Newquay in 2 weeks turned out to be not so fruitful. We left Devon a beautiful sunny place, but the further we got into Cornwall the gloomier it got. Not so much a reflection on Cornwall itself but a reflection more on the result to follow.
We arrived at Mount Wise, home of Newquay FC, to a wind swept, rainy afternoon, which seemed to get worse as the game went on, and on a firm surface that could have taken a good roll wasn’t going to get better as the day continued.
Newquay started with a strong wind at their backs, but didn’t seem to want to break their ranks to attack with more than a lone striker trying to feed on long balls carried by the wind. Very few attacks that the home team made were dealt with relatively easily. We moved the ball well on a bumpy surface, with many an attack either miscued in front of goal, or blocked by a solid wall of defence. Perhaps the continued pressure against the home defence dampened their enthusiation to break too heavily for fear of a quick counter attack. But for all our efforts attacking, and for all their efforts defensively the 1st half ended at a stalemate with 0-0.
The 2nd half saw us apply more pressure and create more chances, but as with the 1st half, our cutting edge lacked today, and many a good chance again being miscued or blocked by dogged defence.
As we pushed for a winner, we were helped by a Newquay player deciding to give the official a little too much abuse, seeing a yellow, and not daunted by this continued with the same approach, only to see the same reaction, and his marching orders from the official.
We changed shape and pressed forward, chances came and went, and as we exposed ourselves more at the back, we gave some good chances for the home side to take the points, but fortunately their finishing was as lacklustre as our own.
Full time and a very happy Mount Wise celebrated their point, as we trudged off to the disappointment of creating so many chances but for once not being able to convert. Well done to Newquay, obviously a game plan to limit and frustrate their opposition had some effect, and good luck to them and their club for the rest of the season, hopefully we will see you again next season…
Next week again we have no game, but we do have the small matter of our twice cancelled WCP Cup match at home to Exmouth Town midweek 7.30pm kick off, who are having an excellent season under former Tiverton favourite Richard Pears. With the weather not looking great again, hopefully this week Gordon can work some magic on the pitch and get the game played, and with the 1sts home on saturday give him some good weather to turn the pitch around for them. COYYs