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  1. FT: Plymouth Parkway 4 (M. Williams 10, Duff 15, Calver 21, Rowlands 60) Ilfracombe Town 2 (Roberts pen 69, Mason 89) PARKWAY PROGRESS IN DEVON BOWL In front of a below average crowd of 121, Parkway entertained SW Peninsula League East Division leaders Ilfracombe Town in the 2nd round of the Devon St Lukes Challenge Bowl. Parkway made 3 changes from Saturday’s FA Vase victory at Woodbridge Town with Jordan Bentley, Jack Calver and Fletcher Williams coming in for Rob Farkins, Billy Palfrey and Adam Carter. Amongst the substitutes was the surprise inclusion of dual registered and former Parkway favourite Levi Landricombe looking to build his fitness levels and get game time after his operations and long injury lay off. The game got off to a lively, open start with the visitors Alfie Moulden testing the Parkway Supporters Club player of the month for December goalkeeper Kyle Moore after 4 minutes. Parkway were quickly into their stride however moving the ball at pace and took the lead on 10 minutes. Good link up play along the right between Craig Duff and Mikey Williams saw the latter cut inside and fire a low angled drive across Jamie Matthew in the visitor’s goal into the far bottom corner. With the impressive, pacey Moulden looking dangerous running from midfield, his shot from distance on 12 minutes was fumbled by Moore who managed to smother the ball at the second attempt. With Parkway now beginning to dominate with fast flowing passing and movement in transition, they doubled their lead on 15 minutes. A neat exchange between Duff and Shane Krac saw the latter pick out the intelligent movement of Duff who moved forward and coolly placed a cleverly lofted drive over Matthew from around 15 yards. With Parkway completely in control in midfield, playing at a high tempo and with intensity, Ilfracombe were in danger of being overrun with Moulden picking up the game’s first yellow card on 18 minutes for a foul. Parkway’s continued pressure saw them create further chances and they went further ahead on 21 minutes. With the increasingly influential Krac dictating the play, his penetrating ball found Ryan Lane clear on the left who drove forward at pace and laid the ball back to Calver who finished with aplomb firing a powerful rising left footed drive into the top corner from around 20 yards giving Matthew no chance. Ilfracombe were struggling to deal with the pace and movement of Parkway, conceding space in midfield allowing Parkway to push forward at will. The visitor’s sporadic counter attacks were being dealt with comfortably by the Parkway defence which allowed their full backs to get forward to support the midfield. Parkway were forced to shuffle their defence on 27 minutes with central defender Nick Milton appearing to pick up an injury and being taken off as a precaution. Aaron Bentley moved to the centre of defence with Palfrey coming on to slot in at right back. With their 3 goal cushion, the Parkway energy levels and tempo dropped slightly allowing Ilfracombe more of the ball and create the occasional half chance with a shot being curled just wide on the half hour. The hard working Duff then won a midfield challenge and put Jordan Copp in the clear forcing Matthew into a fine save. The visitors Chris Roberts then had a powerful shot well saved on 34 minutes as Ilfracombe began to get into the game more putting the home defence under some pressure. Another swift Parkway move along the left on 38 minutes saw Mikey Williams exchange a series of passes with Lane whose low drive across Matthew smacked against the base of the far post and rebounded to safety. With Parkway continuing to threaten, another fast break down the right on 43 minutes saw the ball played into the impressive Duff who saw his shot pushed behind for a corner by Matthew. The final chance of the half fell to the visitors with an effort going just wide. A strong opening half hour from Parkway in which they played some excellent football, dominated midfield with their approach play backed up by clinical, quality finishing highlighting the difference between steps 5 and 6 at which the two sides play. The visitors gradually got back into the game as the pace slowed and may well have reduced the deficit had they capitalised on the occasional forced error in the Parkway back line. Parkway made a double substitution at half time with Landricombe and Francis Rowlands replacing Krac and Mikey Williams with Calver being handed the captain’s armband. Ilfracombe started the half with greater intent creating an early chance forcing Moore into a decent save. However Parkway almost increased their lead on 50 minutes when an incisive passage of play down the left saw Fletcher Williams, who had been quietly efficient in midfield, narrowly fail to connect with a deep cross to the far post. Play became more even as Ilfracombe began to force the pace with Moulden at the heart of most of their attacking moves. An Ilfracombe free kick on their left was fired wildly over on 54 minutes as Parkway were forced on to the defensive and not being allowed to reproduce their first half dominance. Matthew was in the action again on 58 minutes parrying a Calver free kick from 25 yards then blocking the follow up close range effort by Landricombe from the rebound. Arguably against the run of play Parkway went further ahead on the hour. Persistence and clever play by Copp tight to the right hand touch line saw him leave 2 defenders in his wake and deliver a quality cross to the unmarked Rowlands who volleyed home spectacularly from around 15 yards for his first goal for the club. With the game seemingly won, the Parkway intensity dropped further allowing Ilfracombe more possession from which they created a couple of half chances with Palfrey picking up a yellow card for a foul around the halfway line. Their persistence finally paid off on 69 minutes as they deservedly pulled a goal back. Once again the dangerous Moulden caused problems with a jinking, penetrating run along the right against some hesitant Parkway defending and was bundled over in the penalty area close to the bye line. Roberts confidently despatched the resultant spot kick. Sam Phillips was immediately replaced by Sam Box for the visitors. Ilfracombe continued to threaten and began to look the better side forcing Parkway to defend strongly with Roberts seeing his shot fly narrowly over. Dave Mason replaced Cory Roach on 75 minutes for the visitors as the game became more stretched with a Sam Stephens powerful strike forcing another good save by Moore on 85 minutes. With Parkway now being restricted to playing on the counter, a break along the left ended with Palfrey heading the deep cross just over on 87 minutes. As the game approached stoppage time with Ilfracombe on the offensive causing Parkway a few anxious moments, they reduced the arrears further on 89 minutes. Sloppy defending on the right allowed a shot on target which Moore could only parry away with the ball dropping kindly to the unmarked Mason who drilled home calmly into the bottom corner from around 6 yards. A patchy performance by Parkway with an outstanding first 30 minutes or so followed by periods lacking intensity and control. Credit should be given to a well organised, competitive Ilfracombe who recovered well from the early onslaught, never gave up and came back well in the second half showing why they are top of their league having only suffered one defeat so far this season. The victory sets up an intriguing quarter final tie when Plymouth Argyle will be the visitors to Bolitho Park on Wednesday 29 January with a 7.45 kick off. Parkway have no game this Saturday but will travel to Bradford Town next Wednesday for what should be an enthralling top of the table clash with first playing second in what could be a pivotal game in the destination of the title and both sides promotion ambitions. Hold tight!!
  2. FT: Woodbridge Town 0 Plymouth Parkway 1 (M. Williams 75) PARKWAY CREATE CLUB HISTORY IN THE FA VASE Parkway made the long trip to Suffolk looking to create club history by reaching the 5th round (last 16) of the FA Vase for the first time when they took on Eastern Counties League Premier Division side Woodbridge Town. Amongst the crowd of 276 were around 35-40 of the Parkway faithful which included some family members of your correspondent, the boisterous gang of 5 from the Beccles branch of the supporters club and also friends and family of Parkway player Jack Calver. Parkway made 3 changes from their midweek victory at Keynsham Town with captain Shane Krac,Nick Milton and Jordan Copp returning in place of Teigan Rosenquest, Jordan Bentley and Ryan Guppy. Woodbridge included player/manager and captain, former professional Carlos Edwards in their starting line up. With Parkway playing with a strong wind at their backs, the game got off to a scrappy start with both sides feeling each other out with Woodbridge having slightly more of the possession and having a half hearted shout for a penalty waved away on 6 minutes. With the hosts tricky Callum Sinclair looking lively along the right flank, Woodbridge saw an early shot go harmlessly over with Parkway gradually having more of the ball but struggling to make an impact or create much forward momentum. With both sides unable to retain possession for any length of time and guilty of lack of quality in their passing, the game became disjointed with a series of petty fouls and free kicks breaking up play. With play being confined to a congested midfield area, few chances were being created with defences remaining in control and both goalkeepers rarely called into action. Parkway continued their patient build up play with Woodbridge battling well and having their fair share of possession but lacking a cutting edge up front. The game continued to lack quality as both sides cancelled each other out. Parkway gradually started to gain some dominance and had their first effort on target on 29 minutes with Adam Carter’s mishit shot from distance comfortably saved by Alfie Stronge. On 32 minutes another long ball was headed on by Craig Duff to Carter whose angled shot skimmed the bar. With both sides continuing to concede possession too easily, the game lacked any great quality with few chances being created. Woodbridge forced their first corner on 42 minutes with Ben Garnham firing high and wide from 18 yards after the ball dropped to him from the Parkway clearance. Generally the quality of delivery from set pieces had been poor from both sides but from a Parkway corner on the left on 43 minutes, Craig Duff arrived late at the far post to power a header just over the bar which turned out to be their best chance of the half. A cagey, uninspiring half of few chances with neither side able to exert any control or dominate as both looked to contain, defend strongly and with Parkway set up not to concede. With Parkway now playing into the swirling wind, Jordan Copp shot just over on 47 minutes as play followed a similar pattern to the first half. Edwards was at the heart of most of the hosts attacking play and shot just wide on 53 minutes after a strong break along the right. Woodbridge forced a couple of corners which were well defended by Parkway with the home side’s central defender Liam Scopes picking up the game’s first yellow card for a foul just outside the visitors 18 area. With Parkway beginning to dictate the pace of the game they created their best move of the game on the hour. A smart move along the left between Ryan Lane, Duff and Mikey Williams ended with latter’s shot being deflected for a corner. Parkway continued to press and another cross from the left saw Krac glance a header from around 8 yards just wide. Woodbridge now looking to play on the counter broke forward occasionally with the Parkway defence holding firm with Kyle Moore in the Parkway goal remaining largely untested. James Hubbard replaced striker Jake Rudge on 72 minutes. As with many tight, tense knockout games a mistake or a slice of luck can prove decisive. This was the case on 75 minutes as Parkway took the lead. A good ball to Carter free on the right saw his cross into the danger area dropping to a Woodbridge defender whose scuffed attempt to clear fell to the supporting, unmarked Williams on the edge of the 18 yard area. Showing good control and composure, Williams moved forward unchallenged with his calm, clinical finish beating the despairing dive of Stronge low to his right. The hard working Carter who had ploughed a lone furrow up front was then replaced by the fresh legs of the pacey Rosenquest with the hosts bringing on Nathan Read for Ryan Keeble. Rosenquest was quickly into the action setting up Duff whose shot was well saved by Stronge. As the game entered its final stages, Woodbridge pushed more players forward as they searched for an equaliser with George Bowman replacing full back Dale Hammond. With Parkway looking to hold on to their lead they dropped deeper putting more players behind the ball with defender Jordan Bentley replacing Copp on 89 minutes. One last surge by Woodbridge in stoppage time saw them win a free kick 25 yards out wide on the right which fizzed just over the bar. Parkway then held on for a hard fought, battling victory in a rather turgid game of few chances which generally lacked quality from either side and was decided by a single goal after a defensive error. After leaving Plymouth at 1030 on Friday with an overnight stay in Ipswich, clearly the right decision by the club’s board, it was a weary but jubilant group of players and supporters who arrived back at 0130 on Sunday morning. They can all now look forward to Monday’s draw at 1pm to see if they will be at home in the last 16 or go back on the road for the 5th successive time. The season continues on Wednesday with Parkway facing another tough challenge when they entertain SW Peninsula Premier East League (step 6) leaders Ilfracombe Town in the quarter final of the Devon St Lukes Bowl with the winners hosting Plymouth Argyle. Many thanks to Graham for yet another excellent report and also to the fantastic support from the travelling contingent. Great to meet members of players and supporters families based in Suffolk and thanks for bolstering our numbers..hope you all enjoyed it !
  3. FT: Keynsham Town 0 Plymouth Parkway 3 (Carter 15 pen, 43, M. Williams 49) PARKWAY GO TOP AFTER EMPHATIC WIN Travelling for the first time on their recently acquired customised club coach, Parkway made the rearranged midweek trip to Keynsham Town knowing a victory would see them return to the top of the league on goal difference. With Ryan Lane,Craig Duff and Nick Milton returning from suspension, Parkway had virtually a full squad available and made 3 changes from Saturday’s victory over Brislington. Lane, Duff and Ryan Guppy made the starting line up replacing captain Shane Krac, Jordan Copp and Jamie Lowry. Krac, Copp and Milton were amongst those on a full bench with Jack Calver still carrying a minor niggle not risked. Rob Farkins took over the captains arm band. With light rain falling, the game got off to a lively start with the hosts looking to play a more direct style on the 3G surface and had the first chance of the game on 12 minutes with a free kick from 25 yards just clearing the bar. With Parkway adapting well to the surface and starting to move the ball at pace, their first chance came on 14 minutes with Teigan Rosenquest making a good run with his shot being well saved by Ash Clark with Carter pouncing on the rebound and the keeper blocking the follow up effort. Parkway took the lead in their next attack. A fine ball from Farkins to Rosenquest wide on the left saw him cut into the penalty area only to be brought down by keeper Clark who received a yellow card. Carter stepped up to take his second penalty in successive matches and despite Clark getting a hand to the ball he was unable to complete the save. The game developed into an open affair with contrasting styles as Parkway looked to play a fast moving passing game through midfield and the hosts looking to play more direct with a series of long diagonal balls to Craig Wilson and Jamie Noble on the flanks. On 18 minutes Wilson made a strong run along the left with his dangerous cross being well defended. With Lane and Rosenquest showing good energy and playing at a high tempo, they combined well on 20 minutes to create a chance for Mikey Williams who’s well placed shot was well saved by Clark. Wilson then made a strong break along the left with his shot from 20 yards being pushed behind by Kyle Moore. A period of Keynsham pressure then saw Noble hit the side netting after a pacey run down the right. Parkway continued to move the ball at pace with Lane and Rosenquest prominent as they looked to increase their lead. Keynsham continued to play on the counter and after Parkway had needlessly conceded possession 30 yards from goal another shot from distance went just wide. Clark was forced into action again on 29 minutes making a good save low down at his near post from a Lane shot. With the Parkway defensive unit looking solid and well organised and their midfield pressing high, Keynsham were being restricted to long range efforts with Matt Long firing just wide on the half hour. Williams and Carter then combined well on 32 minutes with Carter’s close range strike being blocked before play switched to the other end forcing Moore into a terrific save from a Matt Brown shot from distance. Parkway continued to threaten with the busy Billy Palfrey seeing his free kick easily saved by Clark on 40 minutes. With Parkway continuing to apply pressure they increased their lead on 43 minutes with a superb passage of play. Another precision cross field ball from Farkins found Williams wide on the left who showed excellent control, balance and pace to evade 3 or 4 challenges and slide a perfect ball into the alert Carter who got ahead of his marker to cleverly slot home at the near post. A good end to the half for Parkway with the second goal just reward for their slick, at times outstanding, approach play which had the hosts on the back foot for much of the period. Parkway started the second half sharply and increased their lead further on 49 minutes. Duff’s persistence wide on the right saw him win the ball from a hesitant defender and play the ball to the edge of the 18 yard area where Williams showing good awareness and quick feet, smartly shifted the ball to his right foot curling a low shot into the bottom corner giving Clark no chance. The game took a decisive twist on 51 minutes. The irrepressible Rosenquest was brought down in midfield around the halfway line and from the ensuing melee the hosts Adey Harvey was shown a straight red card for raising an arm to Rosenquest with Duff and George Rooke receiving yellow cards for their involvement. Once order had been restored, Parkway continued to dominate possession playing at a high tempo and with good energy with the hosts rarely looking threatening and being forced to defend deeper. Krac replaced the ever efficient Palfrey around the hour mark as the tempo began to drop with Parkway looking to conserve energy and retain possession. Another good Parkway move along the left on 68 minutes saw Guppy fire just over with Cam Ricketts replacing Jamie Noble shortly after for the hosts. Rosenquest almost got the goal his performance deserved on 72 minutes with his shot being blocked close in after good approach play between himself and Williams. Parkway made their final substitutions on 75 minutes with the impressive duo of Lane and Mikey Williams being replaced by Copp and Fletcher Williams. Carter almost completed his hattrick when a stray back pass found him on his own in the 18 yard area with Clark denying him the opportunity as he tried to round the keeper. With Parkway looking comfortable in possession and composed in defence, the game took another dramatic turn on 77 minutes with the hosts being reduced to 8 men for almost the remainder of the game. A strong run down the right by Aaron Bentley saw him clearly tripped from behind by Rooke who promptly received his second yellow card with the Keynsham captain Mike Grist being sent to the sin bin for remarks made to the officials. Keynsham now put everyone behind the ball as Parkway slowed the game right down, kept possession and continued to conserve energy and see the game out which they did with comfortably. The victory sees them go back to the top of the table with an improved goal difference from Bradford Town aided by their first clean sheet in seven games. Arguably their best performance for some time with an accomplished, competent, disciplined display on an all weather surface which clearly suited their style of play. Goals at crucial times just before and after the break effectively sealed the game. Parkway can now approach their 4th round FA Vase tie at Woodbridge Town on Saturday in good spirits with an injury and suspension free squad. Despite one or two minor teething issues with the coach, it was a delighted group of players, officials and supporters who arrived back at Bolitho Park at around 2 a.m. and who are now no doubt looking forward to 1030 on Friday morning when they set off on the long journey to Suffolk. Many thanks Graham, early night tonight me thinks
  4. FT: Plymouth Parkway 3 (A. Bentley 13, Carter 56, 75 pen) Brislington 1 (N. Plummer 25) PARKWAY PATIENCE AND PERSEVERANCE PAYS OFF A decent crowd of 212 were in attendance as Parkway entertained Brislington looking to maintain their challenge towards the top of the league. They made 3 changes from last week’s victory at Westbury with new signing Jordan Bentley replacing the suspended Nick Milton in central defence and Jamie Lowry and Teigan Rosenquest starting in midfield in place of Jack Calver and Michael Landricombe. Parkway made a sharp start and almost took the lead on 4 minutes. A good interchange between Lowry and Rosenquest set up Billy Palfrey whose angled shot came off the inside of the post and rolled along the line before being cleared to safety. With Brislington packing the midfield area and defending deep, Parkway were forced to work hard to create openings with the impressive Lowry well supported by Shane Krac and Palfrey in central midfield seeing plenty of the ball with Rosenquest and Mikey Williams lively on the flanks. On 10 minutes good play between Lowry and Adam Carter set up Williams who fired just wide. Parkway’s early pressure paid off as they took the lead on 13 minutes. A corner from the right deep to the far post found Aaron Bentley rising the highest to squeeze a header into the top corner. Parkway continued to threaten with more good approach play from Krac ending with a header by Carter being blocked with Ben Payter in the visitors goal saving well from Williams follow up shot on 16 minutes. On 22 minutes a penetrating move along the right with Lowry and Williams prominent saw the ball laid back to Krac who fired over from 25 yards. Little had been seen of the visitors as an attacking force with Neikell Plummer looking isolated up front and it was somewhat of surprise when they drew level on 25 minutes with arguably their first meaningful attack. A free kick wide on the right was poorly defended with the ball being recycled and delivered back into the danger area with more hesitant Parkway defending allowing Plummer to react quickest to the loose ball, hooking home from close range. Parkway continued to dominate possession in trying to build from the back however Brislington were defending strongly and pressing hard in midfield denying Parkway time on the ball to create too many openings or clear chances. Despite their final ball sometimes lacking quality against a well organised Brislington defence and a lack of composure at key times, Parkway continued to be patient in their build up with Carter firing high and wide on 43 minutes. The final action of the half saw a mazy run and powerful shot from Williams being superbly saved by Payter. A half generally dominated by Parkway with Brislington proving hard to break down and defending strongly and doing well to go into the break on level terms. Parkway started the second half at a high tempo and a flowing move on 49 minutes between Krac, Williams and Rosenquest ended with a Palfrey snap shot from 18 yards being palmed over by Payter. From the corner a Jordan Bentley shot from around 20 yards was deflected over shortly before another Palfrey effort was deflected wide as the visitors came under increasing pressure. With the hard working Carter continuing to cause problems with his strength and clever link up play, his persistence eventually paid off on 54 minutes when he was clattered in the penalty area by Payter who received a yellow card. However the keeper quickly redeemed himself by guessing correctly and diving the right way to save Jordan Copp’s spot kick. Parkway were not to be denied for long and they retook the lead on 56 minutes. Determined work and persistence by Krac on the left saw him pinch the ball from a defender, drive to the bye line and lay the ball back to the predatory Carter who slotted home from close range. Parkway continued to dictate play and another penetrating run towards the 18 yard area on the hour by Williams was halted by a blatant shirt pull from Mark Fear who was rightly yellow carded. Brislington continued to battle hard and compete well as they came under increasing pressure but rarely managed to get into the Parkway half. Fear was replaced by Josh Knight on 63 minutes as they looked to introduce fresh legs on the sapping surface. With Williams a constant threat with his direct running and good close control, he laid the ball into Krac who linked well with Carter whose shot on the turn from 15 yards was deflected wide for another corner. With the Parkway full backs now being given more time and space to push forward, a telling run and cross from Aaron Bentley was deflected for a corner by a tiring Brislingon defence. With Parkway continuing to dominate and show patience and persistence, more good work by Williams found Carter in the 18 yard area and his clever lay off saw Krac pull a shot agonisingly wide of the far post. On 75 minutes Parkway were awarded their second penalty, hotly disputed by the visitors. A strong, determined run into the penalty area from deep by the increasingly influential Krac saw him brought down some 10 yards from goal with this time Carter stepping up to take the spot kick calmly sending Payter the wrong way to extend the Parkway lead. Daniel Adams then replaced Mike Rimmer for Brislington with Fletcher Williams coming on for the quietly efficient, neat and tidy Palfrey who had contributed well in the congested midfield. With Brislington offering little up front Parkway continued to press with Rosenquest showing good skill to work his way in from the left with his stinging shot being deflected on 82 minutes. Krac, who had put in an excellent second half performance, was replaced by recent acquisition Francis Rowlands on 86 minutes as Parkway looked to see the game out. Entering stoppage time another penetrating run from Rosenquest saw his fine strike superbly tipped over by Payter, one of his many terrific saves of the afternoon. A hard working, gritty Parkway performance who had to show patience and perseverance to break down a dogged and spirited Brislington who defended resolutely throughout whilst rarely putting the Parkway defence under pressure or testing Kyle Moore. With leaders Bradford Town defeating bottom club Odd Down (Bath) 4-0, Parkway remain in second place 3 points behind with a game in hand. Exmouth moved menacingly into third place 3 points behind Parkway also with a game in hand after a 2-0 home victory over Bitton. Parkway have the opportunity to go top on Tuesday should they win at the unpredictable Keynsham Town on their 3G pitch before embarking on the cross country 325 mile trek to Suffolk next weekend for the 4th round (last 32) FA Vase tie with Eastern Counties League side Woodbridge Town. As always many thanks to Graham for his report.
  5. HNY WOTP from us all at PPFC, really hope to see you at Bolitho in the near future...see you next week in Ipswich
  6. PLYMOUTH PARKWAY V BRISLINGTON SATURDAY 4th JANUARY KO 15:00 ADM: £6 AND £4 CONC The Board, Committee, Management and Players would like to thank everyone for their continued support and wish you all a very Happy New Year. All the usual hot and cold refreshments and a wide selection of draught and bottled lagers and ciders are available in the new Full Time Clubhouse and of course the Best Pasties in town from Denzil's Pasty Company
  7. TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PLYMOUTH PARKWAY IN LIGHT OF THE DISTANCE OUR OPPONANTS ARE TRAVELLING AND A FORECAST OF HEAVY RAIN DUE FOR THIS EVENING AN EARLY PITCH INSPECTION BY THE MATCH REFEREE HAS RULED TONIGHTS FIXTURE AGAINST WESTBURY UTD AS OFF WESTBURY WEDNESDAY 18TH DECEMBER KO 19:30 ADM: £6 AND £4 CONC Hot and cold refreshments and a wide selection of draught and bottled lagers and ciders in the new Full Time Clubhouse and of course the Best Pasties in town from Denzil's Pasty Company
  8. TONIGHTS LEAGUE FIXTURE BUCKLAND V PARKWAY IS OFF
  9. FT: Plymouth Parkway 3 (Duff 16, Carter 35,39) Bridport 1 (Pinder 30) PARKWAY PREVAIL OVER PLUCKY BRIDPORT After their chastening defeat to Exmouth Town in the Les Phillips League Cup 1st Round on Wednesday, Parkway looked to respond by bouncing back in the league against the visitors of Bridport. Making 6 changes from the Exmouth game, Parkway fielded virtually their strongest starting 11 with Aaron Bentley moving to the centre of defence, brother Jordan coming in at right back for his debut and Rob Farkins dropping to the bench. A crowd of 164 saw Parkway make the sharper start with Ryan Lane making an early break forward and Mikey Williams firing over on 6 minutes. However it was Bridport who almost took the lead on 7 minutes when, from a free kick, central defender Andy Holmes saw his header clip the top of the crossbar and drop behind. With both sides moving the ball well and at pace, a slick move involving Jack Calver, Shane Krac and Lane ended with Adam Carter blasting over just before being flagged offside. With Bridport looking to play on the counter, Parkway were given another scare on 11 minutes when Sam Handyside broke clear only for his angled drive to strike a post before being cleared to safety. With Parkway gradually taking control, they took the lead on 16 minutes. A smart exchange of passes through midfield set up Craig Duff who cleverly created space with his rising drive being finger tipped over by Scott Wells-Burr. Duff was not to be denied and from the resultant corner curled in from the right by Calver, Duff timed his jump perfectly and rose the highest to powerfully head home from inside the 6 yard area. Parkway continued to exert pressure with Krac and Calver prompting and probing from midfield with Williams and Jordan Copp looking dangerous along the flanks. Bridport continued to compete well in midfield, defend in numbers and look to counter attack however it was Parkway who almost doubled their lead on 23 minutes. Good build up between Calver and Duff released Carter who turned and blasted an effort against the bar with the goal at his mercy. On 26 minutes Krac saw his snapshot saved at full stretch by Wells-Burr as Parkway increased their dominance. Calver then saw his cross cum shot from the right palmed behind by the keeper. Bridport continued to hold their own and drew level on the half hour after a Parkway defensive error. Copp was dispossessed by Tony Pinder level with the 18 yard area on the right with Pinder then surging into the area and beating Kyle Moore with an angled drive low down at his near post. Parkway quickly restored their lead when on 35 minutes a pinpoint diagonal pass from Krac released Lane on the left who powered forward at pace, beat his man cleverly, did well to stay on his feet and drove a low cross into the danger area where Carter pounced to slide home from 3 yards. Bridport continued to look neat and tidy in midfield, moving the ball forward swiftly at times and on 36 minutes only a superbly timed covering block tackle inside the penalty area by Aaron Bentley denied Max Westlake a shot on goal. Duff then sliced his shot wide after good work by Carter before Parkway increased their lead on 39 minutes. Good work by Copp on the left saw his accurate cross pick out the unmarked Carter who deftly chested the ball into the roof of the net from point blank range. The half ended with another flowing Parkway move with Carter and Duff yet again linking well to set up Williams who skied his effort over from close range. An entertaining half with Parkway looking the stronger outfit but Bridport also having their moments and being unlucky by striking the woodwork on two occasions. Parkway however could and should have added further goals had their finishing being more clinical and their final ball more precise. Parkway made a lightening start to the second half with Duff and Krac prominent firstly setting up Carter who saw a close range effort blocked followed by Krac firing just wide on 48 minutes. Williams then saw his shot blocked after good work by Calver. Teigan Rosenquest replaced Copp on 50 minutes followed closely by Gary McCauley replacing Westlake for the visitors. Despite Parkway continuing to dominate possession, the tempo of the game dropped with neither side able to create any clear chances. Billy Palfrey replaced the tireless Krac on 58 minutes with the captain’s armband being passed to Calver for the first time. More good link up play between Duff and Carter on 71 minutes saw the latter fire just over as play became disjointed and lacking quality in the final third. Bridport made a double substitution on 75 minutes with Dec Cornish and Lewis Clarke being replaced by Jacob Coombs and Riley Greenwood-Neate. Coombs almost made an immediate impact shooting just over after on 77 minutes after a good passage of play down the visitor’s right however the Parkway defence remained solid dealing competently with the occasional threat from Bridport. A determined run from Williams on 78 minutes then set up Duff who scooped his shot over when well placed. Calver continued to impress in midfield with his quality and range of passing, constantly spraying diagonal balls to team mates in wide areas as Parkway continued to press. Antonio Costa replaced the hard working goal machine Carter on 80 minutes as the tempo of the game slowed even further and becoming rather flat. Calver fired a free kick just over from 30 yards on 85 minutes with the final action seeing Palfrey go clear in stoppage time only to be thwarted by the onrushing keeper who saved well with his legs. Despite their tempo and intensity gradually dropping in the second half, a solid, workmanlike performance from Parkway against a spirited Bridport who played some neat football at times, worked hard, competed well throughout and with a bit of luck might have got something from the game. The win keeps Parkway in second place, 3 points behind and with a game in hand over Bradford Town who had a narrow 1-0 victory at Buckland Athletic today and 5 points clear of third placed Clevedon Town having played 3 games less. Parkway continue their busy December schedule with a tough looking visit to Buckland on Tuesday where a victory would see them leapfrog Bradford and go back to the top of the table on goal difference. They are then on the road again on Saturday with a visit to Brislington. Match report courtesy of Graham Lloyd
  10. TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PLYMOUTH PARKWAY V BRIDPORT SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER KO 15:00 ADM: £6 AND £4 CONC Hot and cold refreshments and a wide selection of draught and bottled lagers and ciders in the new Full Time Clubhouse and of course the Best Pasties in town from Denzil's Pasty Company
  11. FT: Exmouth Town 4 (Lever 15, Harris pen 18, Steer 74, 83) Plymouth Parkway 1 (Costa 7) HOLDERS PARKWAY EXIT LES PHILLIPS LEAGUE CUP AT FIRST HURDLE Parkway travelled to Exmouth Town in the twice previously postponed 1st Round tie of the Les Phillips League Cup, a trophy of which they are the holders. A much changed Parkway side from that which defeated Hamworthy United in Saturday’s FA Vase saw 5 changes with 6 regular first team starters either unavailable or named as substitutes. The game got off to an explosive start with both keepers called into action in the first 2 minutes with Robbie Powell saving from Ryan Lane and then Kyle Moore in the Parkway goal also forced into a fine save. Exmouth made the early running looking the more dangerous with Parkway captain Rob Farkins picking up a yellow card for a foul on 4 minutes. Parkway then grabbed the initiative forcing a couple of corners with Ben McLvaney seeing his shot cleared off the line before Parkway took the lead on 7 minutes. A good passage of play along the right saw the ball played into Antonio Costa who shot home low into the far corner from around 20 yards through a crowd of players. Play continued in a frenetic manner on a bobbly surface with both defences coming under pressure. Exmouth equalised on 15 minutes with Mark Lever firing home from around 18 yards after Parkway had failed to clear their lines. The game then took a decisive turn on 18 minutes. Exmouth were awarded a contentious penalty for handball by Farkins with the ball striking his arm in a crowded penalty area whilst he was on the ground. Subsequent comments to the referee by Farkins saw him receive his second yellow card reducing Parkway to 10 men. Harris fired home the spot kick giving Moore no chance. With Parkway forced to reorganise, the game developed into a more cagey affair with neither side able to dominate with Parkway having their fair share of possession and looking to play through midfield and Exmouth looking to be more direct. Despite Lane, Teigan Rosenquest and Kieran Dyer working hard in midfield, they were unable to create too many chances with the Exmouth defence looking comfortable. A good passage of play along the left by Parkway on 24 minutes ended with Lane ballooning a shot high and wide when well placed. Exmouth continued to look threatening down their right flank but the Parkway defence held firm with Moore rarely being called into action. A series of free kicks awarded for petty infringements from both sides continued to break up play with neither side able to create any momentum or further clear chances. Despite being a man down, Parkway continued to stay in the game, defended solidly and worked hard in midfield with a good share of possession but were unable to break down the host’s resolute defence. Parkway made a good start to the second half with a neat passage of play down the left between Jack Calver and Costa seeing Calver's powerful shot being saved at the near post by Powell. Exmouth’s Callum Shipton then saw yellow on 55 minutes as play generally lacked too much quality with both defences remaining on top and few chances being created by either side. On the hour Parkway were reduced to 9 men with Copp being sent to the sin bin for remarks made to the referee. Things got much worse for Parkway 4 minutes later when they were reduced to 8 men. After consultation with her assistant, the referee showed a straight red card to Craig Duff for an apparent off the ball incident. With Parkway now putting everyone behind the ball and offering little attacking threat, they looked to contain Exmouth who, despite their superiority in numbers, were unable to increase their lead. A good save by Moore on 68 minutes kept the score at 2-1 as Parkway continued to battle well to try and stay in the game. On 72 minutes Parkway introduced what turned out to be their only replacement of the game with Billy Palfrey coming on for the tiring Costa with the hosts replacing Lever with Adam Bilcock at the same time. With Copp rejoining the game on 70 minutes and Parkway back up to 9 men, they looked to go more on the attack but fell further behind on 74 minutes. A routine back pass to Moore saw the keeper lose control and possession on the bumpy surface with Ben Steer nicking the ball and steering, how else, the ball home from a narrow angle into an unguarded net. With spaces now opening up all over the pitch and Parkway tiring, on 77 minutes Harris was put clean through but fired over from around 20 yards. With Parkway now offering little attacking threat and looking at damage limitation, they went further behind on 83 minutes with Steer breaking clear on the right unchallenged and shooting home across the exposed Moore. Exmouth brought on their final 2 substitutions on 85 and 88 minutes as the game seemed to be meandering to it’s conclusion. However there was to be one final twist. The game finished as explosively as it had started when, well into stoppage time and the game lost for Parkway, a reckless, unnecessary challenge by Lane in front of the dugouts sparked an unsavoury melee involving players and officials from both sides. Once the dust had settled and order restored, Lane was shown a straight red card and the final whistle blown with no further play taking place. A miserable night for Parkway with the pivotal moment probably being the early sending off of Farkins. Despite this, they continued to hold their own for much of the game with 10 men but, irrespective of their perceived performance of the referee, further acts of individual indiscipline ultimately cost them the game in the last 20 minutes against a strong, well organised Exmouth side. The upcoming league encounter at Exmouth on 21 December could be an interesting affair. The sendings off and knock on effect of the inevitable suspensions will undoubtedly now have an impact on the remainder of a busy December schedule. Parkway are back in league action on Saturday when Bridport are the visitors to Bolitho Park when it is envisaged a stronger squad will be available and they will look to regroup and regain their composure as they continue to challenge for league honours. Well done Graham Lloyd for compiling this report in time for breakfast
  12. FT: Hamworthy United 1 (Davis 32) Plymouth Parkway 4 (Copp 5, 55, 57, 83) COPP 4 TIMER SEES PARKWAY THROUGH TO THE LAST 32 OF THE FA VASE Parkway travelled to Wessex League Hamworthy United in the 3rd round of the FA Vase, their 3rd consecutive away tie in the competition. Three enforced changes were made from their last outing at Wellington with the influential midfield duo of Shane Krac and Mikey Williams only able to be named as substitutes and Aaron Bentley returning in defence. Parkway quickly adapted to the artificial surface with Teigan Rosenquest going close almost straight from the kick off. Playing at a high tempo Parkway took the lead on 5 minutes. A neat exchange between Jack Calver and Rosenquest saw the ball switched to Jordan Copp wide on the left who drilled his first time angled shot low into the far corner from around 18 yards. Parkway continued to set the pace with Calver, Billy Palfrey and Jamie Lowry controlling the midfield with their fluent passing and movement. They almost doubled their lead on 13 minutes with Calver seeing his shot deflected for a corner after being set up by Palfrey. Hamworthy offered little threat at this stage although the pacey Ollie Davis on the right flank looked their most likely outlet. Parkway continued to press and on 24 minutes good link up play between Adam Carter and Copp set up Calver whose shot from his weaker foot flew well wide. On 28 minutes more smart play between Copp and Carter saw the latter go clear only for his angled shot to clip the far post and away to safety. The host’s Lee Francis was the first player to be booked as Hamworthy fought hard to get back into the game. On the half hour a long ball and a high bounce almost caught the Parkway defence out with Ash Pope going clear and firing into the side netting from a tight angle. With Hamworthy now enjoying their best spell of the game, they equalised in controversial circumstances on 32 minutes. With Parkway claiming the ball had gone out of play on the left and continuing to contest the decision, the ball was swept wide to the right where the unmarked and dangerous Davis, showing good technique, raced forward and drove a low right foot shot across the exposed Kyle Moore in the Parkway goal. The remainder of the half was a tight affair with play being confined to the congested midfield area with few further chances being created. Although Parkway started the brighter and should have made their pressure pay by creating more chances, the hosts came more into the game as the half progressed with the 1-1 scoreline just about reflecting the balance of play. Hamworthy made a sharp start to the second half forcing Parkway on to the defensive with Fawzi Saadi going close on 49 minutes. On 51 minutes Saadi then became the second player to be booked before a decisive period of play took the game away from Hamworthy. On 55 minutes a flowing move through midfield with Calver at the heart saw him link well with Carter who released Copp now playing wide on the right. Copp cut inside and beat keeper Ollie King at his near post with a low drive from around 15 yards. Two minutes later Parkway went further ahead with Copp completing his hattrick with the best goal of his three. Yet another precision diagonal ball from Calver found Copp who again cut inside his marker and fired a rising angled drive from around 20 yards high into the top corner giving King no chance. Top Bins I think they call it these days! Just after the hour Brandon Randall replaced Lee Francis for the hosts with Craig Duff replacing the hard working Carter up front for Parkway. On 65 minutes a period of Parkway pressure, with Ryan Lane prominent down the left, saw them force a couple of corners with a smart save by King from a powerful header from defender Rob Farkins denying him his first goal of the season. A rare breakaway by the hosts on 69 minutes created hesitation between Moore and Farkins allowing Pope to get to the bye line with his shot finding the side netting when he probably should have done better. Hamworthy continued to press forcing a couple of corners which were well defended with Moore dealing comfortably with a couple of crosses and close range efforts. Cam Munn replaced Jamie Filkins for the hosts on 73 minutes with Parkway now content to retain possession and look to manage the game out. Lane shot just wide on 78 minutes after a patient build up through midfield with Calver, Palfrey and Lowry continuing to impress with their work rate, vision and range of passing. On 83 minutes Parkway turned defence quickly into attack after a brave block by Farkins in the 6 yard box saw the ball break forward through midfield to Rosenquest who twisted and turned with his stinging shot being palmed away by King with Copp reacting the quickest to slot home the loose ball from close range for his fourth and simplest goal. Parkway then comfortably saw the game out without utilising any further substitutions. A solid all round performance from Parkway, especially in the second half with a well organised defensive unit coupled with an impressive, creative midfield providing a firm foundation for the victory which with more quality in the final third could well have been more convincing. The win sees Parkway into the 4th round and last 32 of the competition which equals their previous best ever achieved in the 2009/10 season when they were despatched 6-0 by Chertsey Town. Monday’s draw is eagerly awaited as it now moves from regional to national and after 3 away ties on the spin who knows where it will take Parkway. The games continue to come thick and fast with a visit to Exmouth Town in the Les Phillips League Cup on Wednesday followed by the visit of Bridport in the league next Saturday for Bolitho Park’s first game since 16 November. As a footnote, your correspondent was delighted to arrange a meet up with a former Navy colleague who lives locally and who he’d not seen for the best part of 30 years. The perfect afternoon. Many thanks to our reporter Graham Lloyd for another super summary. A special mention is warranted to our band travelling fans who had a great day in Dorset and a rather jolly trip home to Devon.
  13. FT: Wellington 0 Plymouth Parkway 2 (Mortimore 37, Carter 50) GRITTY WIN PROPELS PARKWAY TO THE TOP. Parkway made the relatively short (142 mile round trip) midweek visit to 19th placed Wellington knowing a victory would see them go top of the league on goal difference from Bradford Town. Around 30 of the Parkway faithful were amongst the 97 in attendance. Due to injury and unavailability, 4 changes were made to Saturday’s narrow win over Bitton. Craig Duff, Elliot Ward, Teigan Rosenquest and Luke Mortimore started in place of Mikey Williams, Jordan Copp, Jack Calver and Jamie Lowry. Parkway made the early running with shots from Rosenquest and Shane Krac failing to hit the target before they were forced into an early change. On 5 minutes Ward picked up an unfortunate injury and had to be replaced by Calver in midfield. With the initial exchanges scrappy and disjointed, Wellington created an early chance on 12 minutes with Charlie Dodd breaking clear on the right and putting in a dangerous cross which was unable to be converted. With Parkway now forcing the pace, a free kick from the right on 17 minutes was headed back across goal by Rob Farkins and scrambled clear for a corner from which Duff headed just wide. Parkway began to dominate possession with Wellington being forced on to the defensive and creating little going forward. On 25 minutes Rosenquest saw his shot fly just wide as Parkway’s finishing failed to match their approach play. A Krac shot on 25 minutes was superbly tipped over by the increasingly busy Tom Welch with another Duff header being cleared off the line with Ryan Lane blazing the loose ball wildly over. Frustration crept into Parkway’s play as they were unable to convert a number of half chances with Wellington defending strongly and bravely. On the half hour a marauding run from deep by Farkins was halted just outside the 18 yard area as Parkway continued to press strongly but were unable to break the deadlock. Wellington continued to compete determinedly in midfield making the occasional forward breaks which were dealt with comfortably by the Parkway defence with Kyle Moore remaining untested in the Parkway goal. Parkway finally made the breakthrough on 37 minutes. A cross from the right into the 6 yard area caused confusion in the Wellington back line with Welch unable to gather the ball cleanly leaving Mortimore the simple task of prodding home the loose ball from close range. A scruffy goal which mirrored the overall play. They all count. Parkway continued to apply pressure with some incisive approach play along both flanks with Lane and Billy Palfrey pushing forward from deep but too often the final ball lacked quality and they were unable convert their superiority into clear chances. A generally scrappy first half with Parkway in the ascendancy and dominating possession with Wellington defending well but offering little threat up front. The second half started in a similar vein with Parkway creating early half chances via a Krac shot and a Mortimore header which were both blocked in the 6 yard area before they doubled their lead on 50 minutes. A swift passing move through midfield saw Rosenquest turn cleverly away from his marker and release the league’s top scorer Adam Carter who powered forward and fired a low angled drive across Welch into the far corner for a quality finish. On 52 minutes more good work by Rosenquest set up Duff who broke forward shooting narrowly wide as Parkway continued to press. Wellington replaced Luke Boyle with Josh Baker on 53 minutes and they created their best chance on 61 minutes. George Sinnot was put clear down the left and raced into the 18 yard area where his shot was bravely blocked by Moore for his first meaningful save of the game with Krac making good ground to crucially clear away the loose ball for a corner. On 68 minutes Duff was replaced by Sam Hillson with Palfrey moving into midfield and Hillson slotting in at right back. With Parkway continuing on the attack, a fine diagonal ball from Palfrey to Rosenquest saw the latter cut inside with his shot being once again well saved by Welch. Ollie Holman replaced Joe Wilkinson for Wellington on 70 minutes and with the game opening up, a well directed cross from Krac found the unmarked Carter whose sharp close range header was parried away by Welch. Parkway continued to apply pressure and their next attack saw Mortimore shoot just wide when well placed. Welch was called into action again on 75 minutes pushing away a shot from Rosenquest after a fine through ball from the industrious Krac. Wellington made their final change on 78 minutes with Ollie Nott replacing Dodd who had arguably been their most dangerous player. Carter then saw another shot parried by Welch before a rare counter from Wellington saw Nick Milton deny them an effort on goal with a fine piece of defending in the 18 yard area. Parkway made their final substitution on 83 minutes with Aaron Bentley replacing the tiring Krac who had put in another impressive display in midfield. Hillson moved into centre midfield with Bentley becoming their third right back of the game. Parkway were now content to slow the game down, keep possession and manage the game out. Hardly a game for the purist with Parkway deserving their victory with a solid, workmanlike, gritty performance against a spirited young Wellington side who competed well throughout and defended doggedly. Had Parkway’s finishing been more clinical and matched their approach play, the winning margin could have been much greater. With a third of the season now gone, the victory sees Parkway move up a place and replace Bradford Town at the top of the league with a superior goal difference of plus 14 with the gap to third placed Clevedon Town now 9 points. Parkway now have a rare Saturday off which should allow some rest and recovery time for their injured players. The action will then continue next Tuesday when they welcome SW Peninsula East (step 6) side high riding Ilfracombe Town to Bolitho Park in the 2nd round of the Devon St Lukes Bowl. Despite playing at one level lower, Ilfracombe look likely to provide a tough challenge as they currently lie 3rd having won 10, drawn 3 and lost just once in the league this season. Massive thanks to the 'faithful thirty' for their continuous support and to Mr Lloyd for his excellent report
  14. Thanks for the match info Jeff, good to see people out and about watching local football. Im sure the managers from all our SW teams will be interested in your analysis and run down of the Brislington outfit. They gave us two good games last year and are never to be taken lightly thats for sure, which can be said for every team in the Western League. Look forward to seeing you at Bolitho Park soon RVP
  15. FT: Plymouth Parkway 4 (Carter 22, 62, Krac 45, Williams 65) Bitton 3 (Egan pen 26, 44, Groves 59) PERSISTENT PARKWAY PREVAIL IN 7 GOAL THRILLER Due to the visitors late arrival after being held up in traffic as a result of a serious accident on the M5, kick off was delayed until 3.15. Prior to kick off a moving tribute was paid and a minutes silence observed in honour of a Parkway stalwart Alan Horswell who sadly died recently after having been associated with the club in many guises since it’s inception some 30 years ago. Parkway made 2 changes, one enforced, from last Saturday’s victory over Chipping Sodbury with Billy Palfrey replacing the injured Aaron Bentley at right back and Jamie Lowry coming in for Elliot Ward in midfield. The game got off to an even start with both sides feeling their way into the game with Bitton seeing an early break along the right on 10 minutes solidly defended by Rob Farkins. There was little flow or pattern to the play which was continually being disrupted by a series of petty infringements and free kicks with neither side able to gain control or create any clear chances. The first worthwhile effort on goal came on 15 minutes when a good passage of play along the right saw Mikey Williams and Adam Carter link well to set up Billy Palfrey whose shot was blocked by some determined Bitton defending. Play continued to lack too much quality with the referee finally losing patience and booking Bitton’s Ryan Bath for a series of persistent infringements. Parkway gradually began to gain some momentum with Shane Krac and Jamie Lowry prominent in midfield and they took the lead on 22 minutes. A strong run forward from deep by Parkway’s player of the month for October Ryan Lane saw him release Jordan Copp down the left whose first time low cross on the run into the 6 yard box found Carter who, unchallenged, side footed home from close range. With Aysa Corrick a constant threat down the right and Josh Egan also lively up front, Bitton soon drew level. On 26 minutes a period of pressure along the left saw a low cross hit a Parkway hand and a hotly contested penalty given. Egan smashed home the spot kick giving Kyle Moore no chance. Play continued to be highly competitive swinging from end to end with both sides looking to probe an opening. Bitton almost took the lead on 34 minutes with Bath’s header from an Egan cross being blocked on the line by the commanding Farkins. Frequent free kicks continued to break up play with both sides lacking quality in their delivery of set pieces. A Parkway attack on 38 minutes saw a smart turn and close range shot by Carter superbly saved by Sam Burgess but it was Bitton who took the lead on 44 minutes. A counter attack breached the Parkway back line leaving Moore exposed in a two on one situation with Egan having time to pick his spot and calmly finish from around 10 yards. Almost straight from the restart Parkway grabbed an equaliser. A long ball into the 18 yard box saw Carter flick on a header with Krac reacting the quickest and deftly lobbing Burgess from around 8 yards. A dramatic end to the half which had lacked too much quality with play at times scrappy and disjointed with the score all square just about right. Parkway made the early running in the second half with Williams seeing his shot from 18 yards well saved by Burgess on 48 minutes. Parkway continued to threaten and on 54 minutes a fine run from midfield by Lowry and a neat exchange between Williams and Carter saw a shot by Williams blocked by the chest of Burgess. However on 59 minutes it was Bitton who took the lead for the second time. A quick break along their right saw the Parkway defence outpaced with a well directed cross finding the unmarked Matt Groves at the far post who slotted home from close range. Just after the hour Jack Calver was replaced by Craig Duff with Parkway once again equalising almost straight away, this time with an element of good fortune. A dangerous cross into the six yard box was poorly defended with the ball looping high into the air with top scorer Carter reacting the quickest to nod a header over Burgess from around 5 yards. Parkway continued to apply pressure with Duff making an early impact by winning a couple of headers and their persistence paid off on 65 minutes. Another cross from the left saw Carter win a header which dropped nicely to Williams, now playing just behind the striker, who smashed his shot high into the roof of the net from around 10 yards. Bitton remained well in the game and on 68 minutes a fierce shot from distance by Egan was pushed round the post by Moore. Bath was replaced by William Fletcher on 69 minutes with Corrick then firing narrowly over after a Bitton corner had not been cleared. Williams then saw his neat lob cleared close to the line after a Duff header had sent him clear. Williams was replaced by Teigan Rosenquest on 78 minutes with Bitton’s Kyle Harrison coming on for the impressive Egan. With Parkway now looking to manage the game out, they were at times guilty of conceding possession too easily allowing Bitton to apply pressure and forcing Parkway to defend deeper and in numbers. However they remained solid defensively and despite a number of yellow cards in the last few minutes, including one for Copp, they manged to see the game out and held on for the narrow victory. Not a game for the purists with two well matched, well organised, highly committed sides slugging it out to provide an entertaining game with some rare moments of quality for the above average crowd of 256. Parkway, in a gutsy performance, showed their resilience and dogged determination not to be beaten by twice coming from behind with the key factor being them able to draw level within minutes of going behind on both occasions thereby not allowing Bitton to consolidate their leads. Parkway remain in second place behind Bradford Town who also narrowly won today and should they win their game in hand at Wellington on Wednesday would go top on goal difference. With no fixture next Saturday, Parkway have a short period of recovery prior to entertaining Ilfracombe Town in the Devon Bowl on Tuesday 26th and the eagerly anticipated visit to Hamworthy United in the 3rd round of the FA Vase on Saturday 30th. The twice postponed Les Phillips Cup 1st round tie at Exmouth Town has just been rearranged for Wednesday 4th December with a 1930 kick off. Courtesy of Graham Lloyd
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