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    What a trip up & back from Wembley!! Severely hungover in the morning only to top up throughout the day 😅 Brilliant side put together and what an achievement for Cornish Football!
  2. Fantastic to see Millbrook promoted. Some brilliant work off the pitch from all the players and committee member but the special praise has to go to the Chairman and the Gaffa. I donated to their initial cause with the faith that they would no doubt deliver on the pitch. Having managed and played with a number of the lads, I was positive that this jump could be made. They have quality from back to front and the added depth with the lads with their 2nd team. I'm looking forward to see what'll happen in the SWPL next season, I'm sure that they'll create a few problems for most sides! Well done to all involved!!
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    Who’s favourites for the title?

    I'd have to say it's still very much in St Stephens hands, the result last night has put a little extra pressure on them though. I was very surprised with them exiting the KMD Cup also. Their deserved victory in the Junior Cup proves that they are a top side and should have the experience to see things out. Veryan have been extremely steady all season through, they have some tough remaining fixtures, will St Dennis bring in an additional 1 or 2? As for Torpoint, the start of the season looks like it may be the kick in the teeth. The current form of the lads is right up there and we'll put as much pressure on as we can. I have been surprised to see North Petherwin and St Mawgan drop off the past month or so, they looked the real in-form sides not too long ago. Regardless, I think it'll be some run in for the remaining weeks with fixtures still piled up. Hopefully everyone will be able to raise sides (sometimes easier said than done).
  4. Torpoint Athletic 5 v 2 Lostwithiel Torpoint XI M.Westall A.Brayson C.Westall(c) D.Rogers L.Gibbons J.Norman D.Medlin A.Richardson S.Rosevear B.Robbins W.Ferguson Subs used: B.West, H.Simmons, J.Charman With both sides entering the fixture off of weekend Cup games a league victory was key. Torpoint keen to make amends for the Cup Final defeat to St Stephens and Lostwithiel to carry their form from their win over St Cleer. A nervy start to the game for both sides soon saw Lostwithiel capitalise on a Torpoint mistake with a very well taken chip from their striker. This kicked Torpoint into action with the treat coming from the wide areas. Both Ferguson and Rosevear saw good chances saved by the opposing keeper. Torpoint soon leveled the score with a deflected free kick from top goal-scorer Robbins. Entering the break, both sides would've been looking at missed opportunities. With the second half starting, Torpoint soon began to take more control. Finding neat passes from front to back a goal was always going to come. Some strong pressing from Torpoint resulted in Ferguson closing down the opposing defenders and slotting away for his first of the game. His second came soon after with good build up play from the right hand side. The introduction of West from the bench saw some nice one, two passing for Ferguson's hat-trick. To end an outstanding 30 minute second half display Ferguson found his forth of the evening before being given a round of applause on his departure to the bench. Lostwithiel did manage to pull one back with a loss of concentration from Torpoint, a well placed finish found its way passed Westall into the bottom left hand corner. A nice response from Torpoint after the weekend's disappointment as they move up the table and look forward to the trip to North Petherwin at the weekend. Both sides will meet again in the coming weeks in the Quarter Final of the Cup.
  5. Torpoint XI Bond Bays C.Westall(c) Rogers Gibbons M.Westall Norman Brayson Rosevear Robbins Ferguson Subs: Richardson, Charman I thought St Mawgan would've been disappointed entering the break only 1-0. Despite the strong save from their keeper and a lucky bounce from a divot they kept Torpoint at bay for most of the half. A 3 on 1 opportunity was not capitalised on as the Torpoint keeper Bond made a strong stop. Despite their strong build up play, their biggest opportunities came on the counter attack and this is how they found their first goal. Once the Mawgan 2nd had been scored I felt that the win may have been too far for Torpoint. Subs and a slight formation change helped the away side, a terrific 30 yard free kick from top scorer Robbins got it back to 2-1. Soon after when a flick on landed to CB Rogers at the back post, Torpoint soon made the game even at 2-2 as he volleyed in. Torpoint continued to press from here with Ferguson cutting back to an on rushing Gibbons, the strike was blocked on the line by the defender. Entering the last 10 minutes of play both sides were creating opportunities to win the game. A positive move from St Mawgan found the man inside the box with the strike being blocked superbly by Brayson. With the game not over, Torpoint captain C.Westall found Gibbons with a through ball over the top of the St Mawgan defense. With the keeper rushing out of his box, the ball was lifted over his head (by the slightest of flicks) hitting the inside of the post before hitting the back of the net. You can see why St Mawgan are where they are in the Division, they played some nice football throughout the game and really used their rolling substitutes well. It's never an easy place to go and I feel that a draw would've been fair for both sides.
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    Junior cup

    Torpoint XI R.Bond M.Crowley / C.Westall (c) / D.Rogers / C. Bays S.Roseaver / D.Medlin / J.Norman / E.Hunt W.Ferguson / B.Robbins Subs used: A.Brayson / L.Gibbons. Unused: H.Simmons / A.Richardson / J.Charman Great start to the game for Torpoint who started brightly and were awarded a penalty within the first 2 minutes for a hand ball inside the area. Robbins stepped up a but it wide to the left. Undeterred with the early miss Torpoint continued to dominate with manager Norman dictating play in the middle of the park. Roseaver soon made it 1-0 with a softish shot inside the box the crept underneath the opposing goal keeper. The goal seemed to revitalise Penwith as they found themselves 3 on 3 against the Torpoint back-line on multiple occasions within 10 minutes, testing keeper Bond. Unable to convert their chances, Torpoint were soon awarded a further penalty after Ferguson was brought down inside the box, this time Robbins found the back of the net. The half time whistle came at a little too early for Torpoint as they pushed for a 3rd. Immediately after the break the Penwith team talk paid off. A straight ball through the middle of the park opened the Torpoint team with the Penwith striker rounding the keeper and finding the net. Penwith soon had a penalty shout of their own with appeals inside the Torpoint box, the Penwith player was shown a yellow card for simulation however from my view in the dugout it looked like a penalty could've and maybe should've been given. Torpoint soon made changes to tighten and attempt to frustrate the opposition, this seemed to work with multiple bookings issued to Penwith players for persistent fouling and arguing with the match officials. Penwith were soon down to 10 men with a poor challenge from behind on Torpoint striker Ferguson. The referee had a tough job to maintain order as many Penwith continued disputing the decision. The game ended 2-1 with Torpoint deserved finalists in my eyes. I'd like to thank the officials and all at Godolphin for ensuring that the game could be played!