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  1. After a few days reflection (And no midweek game) I think it's worth saying well done to Newquay for an excellent team performance on Saturday. After a disappointing run of five straight defeats following a good start to their season, the possibility of sliding back down the table had to be halted. When I was younger it was occasionally quoted to me that " if you always do what you always do, then you will always get what you always get". I would suggest that in those last five defeats Newquay have pretty much been "doing what they have always been doing." And the results, well they have "got what they have always got"..0 points. Something had to change. Perhaps a bit of luck, perhaps a change of formation, perhaps the style of play, definitely better ball retention and passing, perhaps a change of personel, perhaps a combination of all of the above? No doubt dented I'm sure the teams confidence needed a boost that perhaps only a victory would bring.. Striker Glenn Squires started the season on fire, but the last few games the service to him could have been better and he was in the a middle of a baron spell. As a team, ball retention had become poor and there were games where the team struggled to find a passing rhythm. Too many touches slowed the attacks, and too many "over hits" led to to just giving the ball back to the opposition. Also much less football was being played out from the back and through the thirds. It was not that everything was wrong, more perhaps that Newquay needed to go back to basics and start doing what they were doing so well at the start and during the early part of the season. So as Saturday rolled up, would it again be "if you always do"" for a sixth game..? Would Squires Baron spell continue? How could manager Tony McKellor return his side to winning ways? Well to start with he made a number of changes to the starting line-up of the midweek defeat away to Bodmin. In came Jack Scott to play on the wing. Recent signing from Sticker, Tylor Cheshire was given the start at centre forward with Glenn Squires dropping into a 10 role and Max Everard started at centre midfield partnering Cameron Turner. The personel changes certainly brought something different. Tyler Cheshire time and again showed pace and good strength to hold the ball up and spread the play wide before turning to get back into the front line and was rewarded by scoring a brace. Jack Scott worked well up and down the wing and Max Everard knitted the middle together with simple ball retentention passing. For me the biggest change was the looking to play out from the back and through the middle rather than just the long over hits. The centre backs, Dan O,Hagen and Tom Whipp were once again splitting wide and the full backs pushing forward, giving Keeper Zac Roberts more options and Cam Turner played an excellent defensive midfielder role where he played a more complete game by playing both long range passing combined with a shorter ball game linking up with midfield partner Max Everard. And what of Squires ? Well, early in the game Max Everard turned in the middle and threaded a pass forward to team Captain Jack Bray Evans. Evans kept the ball moving forward finding Squires wide of the right hand post. A scuffed shot hit the target and crept under the despairing keeper. An awful goal, but it gave Newquay the lead and boosted their confidence? Squires drought was over. All of a sudden he looked like a new player. Fiercer shots on target from him from outside the box were followed up with two more goals, one a shot, one a poachers toe poke off a fierce Jack Bray Evans free kick to complete a back to form hat trick. Proof that Confidence is everything. Five goals and an excellent team performance. Happy days at Mount Wise.
  2. Went along to Burngullow Park last night and was treated to a great game full of talking points. Chances, soft penalty scored, definite penalty not given, two sides playing at a real athletic pace, sprinkled with some quality, two fabulous goals, one from each side, a good crowd, and a few iffy referring decisions.. The whole together made for a good evenings football. Before the kick off having seen both sides a number of times this season I felt Helston would win this game. However the narrow Sticker 1-0 defeat to Bodmin suggested they are gradually growing into the Peninsular Premiership and should not be taken lightly. Inside the first ten or so minutes Sticker could have been 4-0 up but for some good keeping and wayward finishing. Time and again their frontline pace ripped the Helston defence open and their strikers one on one against Barry Wyatt.. Helston found their shape though and started creating chances of their own. It was quite an end to end encounter and Matty Buchan had a superb first half for Helston, his srength and pace to win balls that were often 70/30 against him, tremendous to watch. The first Helston goal on 33 minutes was a deflected Buchan shot cutting in from wide left inside the area and it moved the games momentum in Helstons favour. Three minutes later and Helston, pressing their advantage scored a second goal which was was special. Kirk Davis attacking at pace down the right moved the ball inside to Dan Stilwell who from around the edge of the area planted a cracking bending shot past keeper Blatchford. No blame on Blatchford as few keepers would have got near to that effort. 2-0 half time but with better finishing it could easily have been Sticker well out in the lead at the break. Seven minutes into the second half and what looked to me to be a very soft penalty, given I believe by the linesman, gave Sticker their way back and Jack Bowyer sent Barry Wyatt the wrong way. At 2-1 it was Stickers turn to press and make the most of their moment and five minutes later they were level with a rocket from Frank McAvoy. Similar distance to Stidwells earlier effort, but no bend on this one, just raw pace and into the top corner. Fantastic strike. As the game progressed both teams had chances, but Sticker had a massive shout for a second penalty. To me this one was nailed on and Helston had got away with one. However as said I thought the first Penalty was soft so perhaps it had evened itself out. Both sides had more chances as the game continued end to end at a fair old pace with a few hefty challenges and a few yellow cards to match them. The last ten-fifteen minutes Helston had the greater possession and chances but even with a string of consecutive corners they could not regain the lead against a determined Sticker. A £5.00 note well spent. A draw I feel the right result. As an observation, with so much pace and desire to get forward from Helston, I felt they missed the game craft and technical know how of suspended Charlie Young in the middle tonight. His ability to play balls around corners, in between fullbacks and behind defences I feel has been a big part of Helstons improvement since he arrived from Porthleven. Clever player.