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  1. Truro: Rice, Adelsbury (Allen 70),Richards (C), Riley-Lowe, Bentley, Todd (Pugh, half-time), Knowles, Harvey, Neal, Smith, Byrne (Thompson 60). Subs not used: Brett, Yetton. 19 goal attempts: 1 goal (Harvey 15), 2 saved (Knowles 52, FK72), 1 bar (Knowles FK7), 9 blocked (Neal 7, 31, 50, 78, Riley-Lowe 12, 32, Knowles 48, Bentley 78, Harvey 89), 5 off-target (Adelsbury 20, Neal 56, Riley-Lowe 62, Knowles FK77, Thompson 89, Harvey FK90+2). 7 corners (left 12, 45+1, 50, right 3, 45+1, 59, 78 ), 1 offside, 9 FKs conceded, 3 yellows (Todd 21, Harvey 26, Adelsbury 90+2). Concord: Vose, Girdlestone, Wyatt, Nasha (Collins 74), King, McKenzie, Sembie-Ferris (Laucys 78 ), White (C), Miles, Cawley, Della-Verde (Topley 85). Sub not used: Young. 10 goal attempts: 2 goals (Della-Verde 27, Cawley 39), 2 saved (Della-Verde 45+2, Nasha 61), 1 bar (Miles 49), 3 blocked (Della-Verde 13, 49, Miles 65), 2 off-target (Miles 16, Cawley 71). 3 corners (left 9, right 54, 65), 5 offsides, 15 FKs conceded, 1 yellow (White 85). Ref: Adam Ricketts (Avon FA), Assts: Graham Pearce, Philip Staynings (both Wilts FA). Gate: 419. 50/50 winning number 2994: don't know if it was claimed. Still no-one has identified my mystery group. Perhaps I'll have to put up a modest (i.e. I'm paying for it!) prize! When Concord equalised, I said to those around me, "the next goal will decide who the winner will be". Hmm.
  2. 2nd Saturday on the trot I've turned up at a ground only to find the game off! So - went to Illogan: 1 - 1 v St Ives. I clearly didn't learn my lesson from last week! All Illogan for half an hour, then St Ives scored and it sort of knocked the stuffing out of Illogan for a bit. Deserved the equaliser but were lucky to hold on to a point as their 'keeper had to make two really fine saves to keep out goal-bound shots. Didn't trouble the visiting 'keeper much though thought they had scored after a scramble, celebrating a goal when none was given! Heard some visiting fans opining that they had "hung on" for the draw. Hot soup vital in each half! Based on league positions, a very good point for Illogan.
  3. Thought: since when does a player caught offside know when the flag is raised? Concentrating on the ball, surely? Turning after scoring and seeing the flag is up isn't quite the same as knowing when it was first raised. Better to scrap offside altogether.
  4. That's right: saw one today.
  5. St Day 1, Carharrack 1. So I'm a bit late with my observations. With Truro off I got to St Day at 20 past 2 with the rain teeming down. The teams came out and the game began. After certain goals were denied at both ends in the opening minutes by the heavy conditions preventing the ball rolling very far the game settled to a dismal opening half hour. I was up on the balcony, cold in the wind and wondering what I was doing there! Then the rain stopped - then the sky cleared so I headed off to the touchline just in time to see the opening goal by Bryan Hawke on 35 minutes. Thereafter St Day's confidence increased and they finished the half on the ascendancy. In the 2nd half they continued to be the most likely to score and I couldn't see how Carharrack were going to get anything. They had tried to play their pretty football on an increasingly difficult surface. St Day had adapted far better to the conditions. Then somehow, as often happens in a game, Carharrack began to look more positive and had a bit of a purple patch. They forced several corners and from one of them Jake Shaw headed home the equaliser (55). Then it all kicked off with both sides playing as if they realised they could win; so end-to-end stuff, tackles flying in, near misses, great saves and blocks - I realised I was now enjoying the afternoon, glad I was there! Yes, I thought the St Day 'keeper had handled outside the area; no, I thought the pitch playable - Billy Chown and I agreed that "in our day" such a pitch wouldn't have been given a second thought (remember the pitch that Hereford beat Newcastle on yonks ago?); the Ref, Ian Roberts (for, yes, it was really him!) handled the game sensibly, overlooking one or two tackles that looked mad until you took the conditions into account and allowing for the fact that no-one got hurt; the groundsman, who I met, had done a brilliant job getting the pitch ready but faces a nightmare to repair it for next Saturday; both 'keepers were outstanding, outstanding (written twice deliberately); tea and coffee were 70p (not too bad). No-one should criticise a Club linesman unless they have tried to do the job themselves. Anyone who hasn't - just shut up! The draw was a just result but as I left I overheard a couple of St Day regulars declaring it was "2 points lost" - fair enough. After a dubious beginning it turned out to be a cracking local derby - but Ludgvan have hauled back 2 points....
  6. Carharrack 6, Perranporth 3. Goals a-plenty at Ting Tang again: 29 goals in 3 consecutive Saturdays! Real value for money! I shan't expect to see many next week! Slow start and yet no surprise when Carharrack took the lead (36 mins) through a Nick Boase header off a corner; yet a bit of a surprise when Perranporth equalised three minutes later, a scorcher by Ross Somerville. Three more minutes saw Perranporth surge into a 3 - 1 lead through Gavin Perraton and Somerville again. I had a hot chicken soup (50p) at half time: Carharrack must have had something more stimulating (!) as they drew level through Tom Goodman (47) and Ryan Stephens (51). Thence it was really a matter of how many more Carharrack would score. Ed Wilton gave them the lead on 56, Bradley Leivers rose to head home number 5 from a corner (63) after which Carharrack took their foot off the gas a bit. It was left to a route one goal on 89 mins. Keeper Scott Gilbert launched a punt that bounced once before Ed Wilton applied just a few strands of his hair to the ball before it went over the 'keeper and into the net. Entertaining for the meagre crowd (30?). ("Crowd"?) Lovely to chew the nostalgic fat with Glen Mather, talking of times when football really was a contact sport! Don't know who the ref was - a youngster who did a very good job.
  7. Carharrack 5, Helston Athletic Reserves 4. Two consecutive Saturdays at Ting Tang: 20 goals! 3 - 8 to Torpoint in the Snr Cup last week, 5 - 4 to Carharrack today in the League Cup. Value For Money! Cracking cup-tie (again) decided, in the event, in 3 manic minutes in the 2nd half. I made it less than 60 seconds between each side's 4th goal! 0 - 1 Dan Turner (5th minute), 1 - 1 Bradley Leivers (13), 1 - 2 Jake Yates (14), 1 - 3 Dan Stidwell (37), 2 - 3 Ed Wilton (45+1) (pen), 3 - 3 Ryan Stephens (52), 3 - 4 Keith Jacka (63), 4 - 4 Mark Holland (63!), 5 - 4 Ed Wilton (65) - best of match imo. End to end: Helston had two golden opportunities to score in the last ten minutes, both over the bar when scoring looked easier. Well reffed by the evergreen poacher-turned-gamekeeper Alan Hoon. Hot soup now added to the menu at the tea bar, a steal at 50p (like the tea!).
  8. All true. Swings and roundabouts. Seems like there were some great games yesterday in the Senior Cup. Shame there's no Cornish Match of the Day!
  9. You miss my point, Sponge. I merely highlight the vicissitudes of sport. A minute or two away from an heroic victory, it can be snatched away! Had that one decision been correctly called, it is impossible to say with certainty that Torpoint would not have equalised in the seconds left: indeed, I mentioned that Torpoint might have scored again in the 90+minutes. However, Carharrack were soooo close and in so doing had run out of gas. Torpoint, as might be expected of a team two levels above, were fit for the extra time. Aren't games like this why we love the game even though it can sometimes seem so fickle?
  10. Carharrack 3, Torpoint Athletic 8 (a.e.t!) My word! Great cup-tie. The better team won in the end but it could have been so different if, in added-on time, the Assistant Referee in Carharrack's half hadn't got a decision wrong. With time ticking down and Carharrack hanging on by their nails, a Torpoint player, under pressure from an opponent, sliced a ball out of play for a goal-kick. It was just where I happened to be standing, nearer the defending left corner flag than the goal. As the ball went for the goal-kick I felt an immediate rush of relief: more seconds could be used up taking the kick and sending the ball into Torpoint's half. Except - hang on! The Assistant is flagging for a corner! It hadn't touched the defender on its way off the pitch, but the guy on the line must have believed he'd seen the ball do just that. It was a genuine error down to angles of sight. No linesman could have had the view I had, so it was just an honest decision based on what the Assistant perceived. I turned to Dave Deacon and said something like "wouldn't it be a shame if Torpoint score from this corner?" - and they did! The Carharrack team were understandably gutted. Torpoint might even have nicked in the dying seconds which would have at least left a respectable-looking scoreline! After the game I heard that at the team talk after 90 mins the home side admitted to one another that they were all-in and it showed in Extra Time. But was it karma? In the 1st half Torpoint had a loud shout for a goal as the ball was apparently cleared off the line. The Assistant (same one) gave no goal and was standing behind the corner flag at the time (i.e. in the right place) but as there was a mass of bodies in the goalmouth, could he see the ball cross the line? If he didn't see it he couldn't give it: but a home player said to me it had been at least a foot over the line! Carharrack: Wilton (24, 46 - fantastic start to the 2nd half!), Powell (39); Torpoint: Young (28), Morgan (65), Damerell (90+2), Vincent (94, 101, 109), Smith (99), Parnell (113). Attendance 112.
  11. Truro: Rice, Adelsbury, Richards, Knowles, Todd, Pugh (C), Brett, Thompson (Harvey 82), Neal, Smith, Allen (Bentley 90+1). Subs not used: Panzer, Duke, Sole. 8 shots: 3 goals (Brett 3, Neal 15, Smith 52), 1 saved (Adelsbury 20), 4 off-target (Thompson 2, 54, Pugh 35, Neal 56). 2 offsides, 2 corners (right 14, 37), 7 FKs conceded. 1 yellow (Pugh 80). MoM Rocky Neal. Oxford: Belford, Ngate, Grant, Ashby, Henderson (C), Poku, Ngamvoulou (Fondop 62), Fleet, Louis, Davies (McCauley 62), Winters (Peake-Pijen 62). Sub not used: Niate. 8 shots: 2 goals (McCauley 66, Fondop 90), 2 saved (Davies 27, Fleet 41), 1 blocked (Winters 38 ), 3 off-target (Winters 11, Grant 22, Fondop 75). 1 offside, 4 corners (left 59, right 60, 63, 85), 10 FKs conceded. 2 yellows (Ashby 68, Grant 74). Ref: Sam Purkiss (London). Assts: Ben Williamson (Wiltshire), Dan Lamport (West Yorkshire). Gate: 330. 50/50 winner 2825. Truro's vital 3rd goal a clear lost cause deep in the left corner, the only person in the ground not giving up on it being Rocky who somehow gained possession and then laid the ball across goal where it ended up at Dan Smith's feet in front of an open goal. Rocky was inspired today: Andy Watkins on boosters!
  12. Yes, you are right. Don't know how I could've sat here writing Steve's name when I had spoken to Ian at half-time! Sorry, Ian: anno domini! Not a question of age-related myopia, but age-related cognitive impairment (i.e. encroaching senility)!
  13. Carharrack 4, Helston Reserves 0 Helston weren't 4 goals worse than Carharrack but sometimes scorelines flatter to deceive! Great 1st half, very even with C playing down the slope. Just an Ed Wilton pen separated the sides at half time (32 mins). The lad who conceded the pen had made a genuine play for the ball, so a yellow, not a red, which would have spoiled the game. I think perhaps Carharrack were the fitter outfit as the other goals came in the 64th (Ryan Stephens), 77th (Adam Stephens - best of the match) and 83rd minutes (Ed Wilton) (times VERY approximate). A good competitive match on a seasonally-heavy surface: Helston deserved a goal and had they managed to break through at 2 - 0 it might have made interesting watching to the final whistle. Ably reffed by Steve Annis who kept up a constant monologue of advice ("don't foul, don't foul") and advice ("He jumped before you did: get your feet off the ground earlier next time" to a Carharrack player claiming he'd been climbed on). He handled a bit of handbags well, giving yellows when a less experienced man might have waved reds. Tea still 50p in a china mug, and you should get a free biscuit with it. Outline of the planned new standlet visible between the dugouts. Things looking good! Happy New Year, everyone!
  14. And such language from a Lay-dee! In the good old days I remember Sally Rogers collecting our side's first ever booking - for ungentlemanly conduct. That was in the 70s. She, nor any other female footballer I encountered back then, objected to that wording. They used to shout "man on" to warn a team mate without any embarrassment. Then, of course, the PC brigade took over leading, I believe, to a change in the wording of that "ungentlemanly conduct" rule!
  15. Sounds like I missed a real dinger at Carharrack! Couldn't be helped, such is life. The attendance would have been the envy of a few teams in Step 4! Well done to everyone concerned. I'm planning to be there this Saturday but I can't expect it to be like a St Day match! Happy New Year to all.