St Austell away.
After a disappointing midweek defeat, we travelled to St Austell, who are sitting 4th in the league and having scored a huge 122 goals so far, this was going to be a tough test.
We started off at a quick pace, and on the grassy slope of Poltair Park the hosts struggled to contain our quick flowing movement and passing. After many ventures into our opponents half, another attack blocked saw the ball fall outside the box to a waiting Luke Mortimore, who without braking stride volleyed a bobbling ball goalwards and a quality strike that found its way into the bottom corner of the net, 1-0 Tivvy. The rest of the game followed pretty much the same pattern all the way, with Tivvy’s pressing the ball being a significant factor as to the end result. St Austell did create some chances as we continually pressed, but without any real threat on goal, and it was long before Tivvy extended their lead with a Tom Tricker header to make it 2-0, followed again by Mortimore’s 2nd to take us into half time at 3-0, and a well deserved lead.
The 2nd half started very much as the 1st finished with Tivvy continuing their dominant football display, but a momentary lapse saw a long ball over the defence not dealt with, and an on rushing St Austell man more than happy to tuck the ball away to make it 1-3 to Tivvy. This seemed to spur the lads on, continually causing problems for the home team with some slick passing pulling them all around the pitch. Ethan Phillips and Jake Wannell were introduced, and straight away fitted into the game without any tempo going out of our attacks. It was too long for Ethan to wait before he danced his way up the slope passed a couple of rooted defenders, and calmly tucked the ball into the far corner from the edge of the box. And after more chances went begging, especially chance of the game unfortunately not taken as James Richards found himself in on goal with only the keeper to beat, but as he shot a horrendous bobble rather than the home keeper denied him his goal as he shinned it wide. Mikey Williams rounded of the scoring with another superb goal after more good build up play, and rounding off a fantastic performance on the road which could have been a potential tough game.
Quality, commitment, and the will to keep going right to the end of the season despite what is going to happen to our team, one can only say of all our players, outstanding commitment to what Warren Patmore has built with his staff and team around him, and with only Torpoint at home next saturday to play, hopefully that commitment continues and we can once again show the club what a quality side they will be getting rid of at the end of the season. #UPTHERESSIES