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  1. It does seem odd. Notice that Jason Vincent (new signing) wasn't in the squad, neither was Josh Grant. No idea if it was unavailability or injury for those two. Read that Jordan Annear has departed the club as well, no idea where he has gone and have not spotted him elsewhere. Rate him as a player, but he just never seems to settle anywhere. Wonder what the reasons are for this. Being based in Truro (I think) thought he would have been a good fit for Helston.
  2. Regarding Callington Town, money invested, or just spent? Yes, it will be a very open league, but while a team such as Newquay or Wadebridge could emerge as contenders, do they have the resources to sustain a challenge? If key players are missing through injury, suspension or non availability, can they replace them with like for like quality. The continual problem for many clubs is getting their best eleven out every match. The likes of Bodmin, Falmouth and Blazey have deeper squads and the ability to bring players in.
  3. Couple of interesting names on teamsheets yesterday. Jack Calver for Mousehole and Mark Gusterson for Tavi. Are these permanent signings, or just playing as Bideford and St Blazey's respective leagues have yet to begin?
  4. Pretty good preview of the new Western League season on the "Toolstation Western League Fans" Twitter (@tswlfans). They give a brief club by club prediction for the 2021/22 campaign. It looks like it's going to be an open competition with plenty of league and promotion contenders.
  5. Cribbs usually field a lot of university students, they then have a very different line up once term starts. Heard the new Newquay boss on the podcast a few months, he sounded very impressive. On their day, and with a full strength eleven, they could be a match for most sides, but unavailability of players and not being to get a run of games with everyone available, seems to be a recurring problem (as with many other clubs).
  6. Think Tavi will be in and around the top 5 again. It is their 3rd season in the league, so Stuart Henderson and the nucleus of the squad understand the league and what is needed. They've lost one or two players, but Matt Andrew and Jason Vincent are decent additions and the likes of the Daw brothers, Josh Oak, Josh Robins, Callum Watson and Josh Grant make up a pretty strong core group.
  7. Clubs listing players as "trialist" in their line ups. Are they usually those that are possibly signed on for one club, but are keeping their options open by turning out for others in friendlies?
  8. Only a friendly i know, but Darren Gilbert will have enjoyed that (as will Jordan Bentley no doubt). Bit to think about for Lee Hobbs and Matt Cusack.
  9. One of the best grounds and best run clubs in the South West. If it wasn't for the horrendous fixture pile up in 2017/18 when they were forced to play four games in four days at the end if the season, then they would have undoubtedly been promoted to step 4. Feels like the club hasn't really recovered from that disappointment
  10. Pretty sure that Shane Krac is suspended for the first 3 matches of the season following his 9 minute, red card ended cameo in the FA Vase.
  11. Yes, rejoined from Taunton. Hoping he proves me wrong, but a surprising signing. Fluctuated between very good or anonymous in his last spell at club, and seemed to be a peripheral figure at Taunton. A player who, by his own admission, doesn't like football.
  12. Been a bit sketchy for Parkway in pre season, in particular the new forwards Tom Bath and Jack Crago have yet to bed in. Remember though that people were asking questions about Ryan Richards 12 months ago, and that worked out OK. Rob Farkins is a big departure, on the pitch he was probably past his best (and I think the signing of centre back Callum Rose from Bideford is Parkway's best capture of the summer), but he was a class act off the pitch who was popular with all the supporters and volunteers and will leave a big hole. Heard rumours of other players coming in before the season starts in a couple of weeks, so we shall see what happens. Regarding Bodmin, be interesting to see their line up as it looks like it has been another summer of upheaval at Priory Park with 9-10 new faces coming in. Most people agree that Mousehole, Saltash and Helston moving up has made the Peninsula West a very open competition this season, Darren Gilbert will need to bring the new players together pretty quickly and hit the ground running.
  13. "If they are correct" are the key words. I would say that the only two people who know what they really get are the manager and the player. Lots of stuff on here is a combination of rumour, exaggeration and jealousy. Given the terrible state of some of the grounds, pitches and facilities around the scene, I would hope these stories aren't true.
  14. Heard rumour from a reputable source at weekend regarding a high profile signing for one of the biggest clubs in the SW Peninsula West, apparently he's unsettled already and being linked to a club higher up the pyramid.
  15. In PSF language, "good to get minutes in the legs, both sides can take positives from the game."🙄
  16. Liskeard 20 (yes, twenty) Lanreath 0 Be very interesting to hear reaction from anybody there.
  17. Heard Dane Bunney talking on the podcast earlier about players giving up on football as they found other things to do during the enforced shutdowns. If that's at step 5 level, then I suspect it will be even worse in the lower rungs. I also doubt that the second home owners who have now colonised the Cornish villages, and forced out the locals, have any interest in the local clubs. The lack of affordable accommodation, and jobs, may also precipitate a large migration of youngsters to the cities. Read that university applications are running at record levels, and also know that business near where I live in London are struggling to recruit staff and have plentiful vacancies. My local pub has complained that they cannot get bar staff, even though they are offering £28k/year for 35 hours a week pulling pints and collecting glasses.
  18. ... while eating a Barnecutt pasty. One of the best around.
  19. The ground looks superb. Many years since I watched a game at Bodieve, you used to need one leg shorter than the other to deal with the slope.
  20. Not seen this mentioned on the forum, very sad news regarding the passing of Plymouth Parkway Life Vice President Charlie Baggott. A true gent who nobody had a bad word to say about. The tribute below is taken from the Plymouth Parkway website. It is with sad news that we must tell all the Parkway family that late last night a true legend of Plymouth Parkway passed away. Charlie has been a massive part of the history of the football club, from building stands, cutting grass to helping on match days to make the club the success it is today. Charlie leaves a massive hole in the football club and will be missed by everyone, a true gentleman has passed, and will never be forgotten at the football club. The Baggott family have lost a great man who has always been a massive part of their lives as well as the football club. We can all remember the days when Charlie would come to the ground to check the trees, he grew from just a pinecone, checking all the work that was being done in the later years to make sure it was done to the exceptional standards he would have done himself. The club will never be quite the same without Charlie being at the ground, but we will always remember his smile, and his love for Plymouth Parkway. RIP Charlie and we hope we can continue to serve the club you loved so much Condolences to all his family and friends.
  21. Add Callington to that list. They all clearly enjoyed each other's company while at Blazey last season... 🙄 Regarding your point, totally agree. It's a long process though, what we're seeing at Saltash/Millbrook and Tavistock (and starting to see at Liskeard and Wadebridge) has taken years and a strong committee that are prepared to keep going with their plan ,even when they hit a few bumps in the road. Will be interesting to see the first list of transfers published by the Peninsula League. I suspect that apart from Blazey, Bodmin and Callington, we might not see the same large movements of players in and out that we have become used to.
  22. Big pre season statement for Mousehole today, they overturned a Parkway side that was reduced to 10 men after a first half straight red by four goals to nil. Coming on the back of them turning Blazey over 5-0, I imagine Jake Ash is pleased with the way that preparations for the new Western League season are going. Sparse details from the Parkway end but understand that neither the manager or the first team coach were there. Lee Hobbs was away (reasons not specified) and Matt Cusack was appearing for the Saltash Legends v Man U Legends at Kimberley. Does make you wonder why this date was chosen for this fixture. Perhaps though it's just better to get performances like this out of the way before the real stuff begins,see what the problems are and focus on what needs putting right.
  23. Correction, it's actually over 1.6million in the week to the 7th July!!!! (source; The Guardian, 16th July 2021).
  24. Pre season friendlies are one thing (and I know that several clubs really need the revenue from the higher profile matches after 18 months of COVID blowing a hole in their finances), but we are only three weeks away from the start of the season proper. With over 500,000 people being "pinged" in the past seven days and being forced to self isolate (and it's only going to get worse) there have to be real concerns about mass cancellations and fixture chaos.
  25. Made me think about a possible future thread on football based dreams, i've had a few.
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