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  1. In short Yes.. you can hire the Full Time for any number of functions including birthdays, wakes or even business meetings. You can make enquires thru Facebook or speak to one of the Board on match days. Or email contact@thefulltime.co.uk or visit www.thefulltime.co.uk
  2. The end of season awards were presented in the new Full Time club house at Bolitho Park on Saturday evening. The awards went to : Player player - Adam Carter Managers player - Adam Carter and Christian Pople Supporters player - Mikey Williams The Powerplay Trophy - Rob Farkins Clubman Award - Mike Parrish and Scott Jones (Sports and Social Media Team
  3. I will take some pictures today and post them on Monday
  4. Miss the game ? Take a look and see what you missed. https://www.johncuppy.co.uk RVP
  5. Parkway 2 v 1 Willand Carter, Williams Worbey For their 55th and final match of the season in all competitions, Parkway travelled to the home of Sherborne Town for the final of the Les Phillips League Cup where they faced League Champions Willand Rovers. It was appropriate and probably unusual that the top 2 teams in the league should meet in the final. Being their first season in the league Parkway had done remarkably well to reach the final, with 5 victories, 3 away and 2 at home, all midweek games. As a well established Western League side, Willand had reached the final 7 times previously winning it on 3 occasions, the last in 2014/15. With the sides each having won their respective home league matches, a close encounter was envisaged and that’s how it turned out. Not surprisingly a sizeable number of supporters from both clubs were in the good natured and expectant crowd of 428. With the exception of suspended captain Shane Krac and the cup tied Les Afful, Parkway had their full squad available notwithstanding one or two carrying minor injuries. Just one change was made from last Monday’s narrow 2-1 defeat to a strong Exeter City side in the final of the Devon Challenge Cup with Adam Carter coming in up front for Jordan Annear who was on the bench. On a well grassed pitch with at times an unpredictable bounce, the game got off to a cagey start with both sides feeling their way into the game. Parkway created the first chance on 6 minutes when a smart move through midfield saw Mikey Williams put Ryan Lane in on goal only to poke his shot just over on the stretch from around 8 yards. Parkway gradually began to dominate possession linking well in midfield and looking to exploit the flanks. Parkway created another chance on 13 minutes when the increasingly influential Jamie Lowry found Williams on the left flank whose cross saw a decent effort from Tiegan Rosenquest well blocked. Parkway continued to threaten moving the ball around well and retaining possession, forcing Willand on to the defensive. A corner on 14 minutes saw a powerful header from captain for the day Rob Farkins cleared off the line by some resolute defending. With the pressure mounting, Parkway took the lead on 15 minutes. A long ball to Williams wide on the right saw Willand keeper Mike Searle charge outside his area with Williams winning the aerial challenge and the ball dropping to the supporting Lowry who showed excellent awareness by immediately driving the ball into the 18 yard area where top scorer, the predatory Adam Carter reacted quickest by volleying the ball home on the turn from around 12 yards. A quality finish. On 19 minutes Willand were forced to replace the experienced Craig Duff, who appeared to have taken a knock, with Ben Bickle. Willand began to force their way back into the game looking sharp along their left flank with Parkway defending solidly. On 19 minutes a Willand corner resulted in a header flashing just over the bar before they almost equalised on 19 minutes. A free kick centrally some 25 yards out was crashed against the bar by Brett Worbey just beating the outstretched fingers of Kyle Moore in the Parkway goal. Willand continued to have a period in the ascendancy with another counter attack down the right requiring some last ditch defending by Farkins. The game was developing into a tight tussle in a compact midfield with the outstanding Lowry looking calm and controlled in possession, the pacey Lane and Rosenquest making strong forward runs and the tireless Christian Pople continually breaking up play and closing the space in front of the well organised Parkway back four. Willand continued to compete strongly and defend well but it was Parkway who doubled their lead on 33 minutes. A free kick from around half way on the left saw the astute Lowry quickly fire a fine 50 yard diagonal ball wide to the right where the irrepressible Williams took an excellent first touch, cut inside his marker, drive towards goal and curl a superb left foot shot from just inside the 18 yard area into the far corner past a despairing Searle. A quality goal. As Parkway regained control, Willand’s Josh Searle picked up the game’s first yellow card on 35 minutes with Lane seeing his shot from 18 yards well saved by Mike Searle shortly afterwards. With Parkway continuing to look dangerous Searle was called into action again on 40 minutes when a neat move saw Carter show strength and control by setting up Williams whose shot was parried by the keeper. More good play down the right by Rosenquest saw him get to the by line and put in a telling cross which was headed just wide by Carter. The final action of the half saw a short free kick from Jordan Trott to Lowry who fired just over from 25 yards. A tight first half with Parkway generally having the upper hand, creating the clearer chances and scoring two quality goals with Willand working hard, defending well, having a period on top during the middle period of the half but not doing enough to unduly test Moore. As expected, Willand started the second half strongly with Pople picking up an early yellow card for a tug on a Willand player in midfield. Willand’s top scorer Luke Mortimore, who had had a quiet first half, was coming into the game more and on 53 minutes broke free on the right only to see his powerful goalbound strike well blocked at close range. On 56 minutes Willand sent on experienced striker Dean Stamp for Bradley Ausden. With Willand now dictating the play and pace, having much more possession and forcing Parkway to defend in numbers, they pulled a goal back on 62 minutes. An unnecessary free kick conceded by Parkway just on the edge of the D saw Worbey step up again and this time rifle a superb effort high into the net giving Moore no chance. A quality free kick. Willand continued to dominate play as they gained the initiative with Parkway putting men behind the ball and now being restricted to counter attacks. On 71 minutes another Willand free kick forced Moore to make a smothering save low down with Parkway now coming under pressure but managing to hold firm. Mortimore was the next to receive a yellow card after a nasty challenge on the impressive Nick Milton. On 74 minutes the tireless Adam Carter who had put in an excellent shift causing Willand numerous problems with his strength and tenacity was replaced in attack by the fresh legs of Jordan Annear. Willand’s Angus Wilson was the next to be yellow carded as play became more frantic with Willand pushing hard for an equaliser. Parkway now playing on the break saw a Trott free kick on 77 minutes pushed away by Searle with the follow up shot from Rosenquest also well saved. With Parkway now under pressure and Willand looking the stronger and controlling midfield, an excellent effort from the dangerous Worbey was superbly saved by Moore. With the game entering the final 10 minutes, Willand who have been renowned all season for scoring late goals, continued to force the pace but the Parkway defence, well marshalled by Farkins, held firm. With Parkway now looking to run the clock down and manage the game to it’s end, long balls were being played into the channels with Annear running hard, showing good pace and looking to retain the ball in the final third. Despite Willand throwing men forward, Parkway continued to compete strongly and defend doggedly with Willand having a couple of close range scrambles somehow cleared to safety. Two late yellow cards the first for dissent for Willand’s Luke Alden followed by Parkway’s Aaron Bentley for delaying his throw in broke up play and slowed the pace of the game as Willand continued to threaten. With 5 minutes of added time being signalled, Parkway managed to hold firm and see the game out and despite Willand continuing on the attack they were unable to find an equaliser which could have taken the game to extra time. As expected the game was a close encounter from two evenly matched sides played in a pretty good spirit despite what was at stake for both sides. Parkway were the better side in the first half showing more creativity, carving out the more chances, exploiting their attacking qualities and scoring two fine goals. The second half saw Willand generally in the ascendancy, having the better of possession but being thwarted by Parkway showing the other side of their game with their strong defensive qualities and organisation coming to the fore. To take the destination of the league title to the final game, reach 2 cup finals in their first ever season at this level (step 5), Parkway’s performance and victory was a fitting end to the season and a just reward for the management, players and all the dedicated, unpaid volunteers behind the scenes who have all worked so hard to realise the club’s stated ambitions at the start of the season. Everyone should be very proud of their achievements. Credit should also be given to the efforts of all concerned at Sherborne Town for their excellent organisation and hospitality in hosting the final in their first class facilities. Well done to them all. A lthough the season has finished on the pitch it has not quite finished off it. With the ongoing restructuring of the leagues nationally by the FA, a decision is now awaited as to whether Parkway will remain in the Western League or be promoted to the Evo-Stik Southern League Division 1 South (step 4) for next season. It is understood that decision should be forthcoming in the next few days and once known no doubt planning will start for next season. No close season off the field! It is hoped that those seeing these reports in whatever medium have enjoyed reading them as much as your correspondent has enjoyed scribbling a few notes down now and then, guessing a bit now and then, cuffing it a bit now and then and finally tapping away at a keyboard now and then! Only 4 matches out of the 55 have been missed, 1 for family function, 1 for a ship’s reunion and the other 2 for a mid-season winter break in the Caribbean! For those who may be remotely interested, the away matches in all competitions have seen the club rack up just short of 7,000 miles, that’s around 5 whole days (120 hours) on the road, up and down the A38/M5/M4/A303 etc etc. Some midweek away trips have seen players and supporters leave Plymouth around 4 pm and not arrive back until well after midnight with most Saturday departures leaving around 1030 arriving back around 8.30 pm. That’s some commitment. Unlike many others at the club, your correspondent will now take a welcome sabbatical for a couple of months before hopefully returning refreshed in July with pen recharged, pencils sharpened and a few scraps of paper ready to go again in whatever league the club find themselves in. Enjoy your break. On behalf of all our supporters and indeed the away supporters that have read and commented on these reports, I would l personally like to thank Graham Lloyd for his time, effort and dedication in writing these reports for us all to enjoy. BZ's ….A certain local editorial could learn a thing or two about reporting by reading these. RVP
  6. FT: Plymouth Parkway 1 (Williams 90+2) Exeter City 2 (Key 63, Randall 66)Just over 48 hours after being pipped for the Western League title, Parkway travelled to the Devon FA HQ in Newton Abbot looking to retain the Devon St Lukes Challenge Cup which they won last season beating Southern League Bideford 4-1. At the request of Exeter City and sportingly agreed by Parkway, the game was brought forward by 24 hours due to the Exeter U18’s playing in the EFL Alliance Cup Final against Wigan Athletic on the original scheduled date. The Exeter side contained the nucleus of their U23 side, several having played for their first team along with experienced first team players Aaron Martin and Luke Kroll, others having had loan spells with National League South non-league clubs along with some of their U18 squad. The U23 side had won their Checkatrade Trophy group containing Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town and West Ham United U21’s earlier in the season being beaten by Peterborough United in the next round. Parkway made 2 changes from last Saturday’s game with Nick Milton replacing Sam Hillson in defence and Jordan Annear starting up front in place of Adam Carter. With a sizeable contingent of Parkway supporters in the lively crowd, the game got off to a fast start with Rob Farkins picking up an early booking for a clumsy challenge. Parkway forced an early corner which came to nothing after good play between Mikey Williams and Jordan Trott. Exeter quickly got into their stride with sharp passing and quick movement through midfield with Parkway forced on to the defensive but competing well with chances for either side at a premium. Exeter’s Max Smallcombe shot wide from distance on 11 minutes as they continued to dominate possession with Parkway working hard, closing down in midfield and defending solidly. Parkway were being forced to play on the counter as Exeter’s sharp first time passing and at times direct approach denied Parkway too many opportunities to get forward and support lone striker Annear. Despite having the majority of possession, Exeter were unable to carve out many clear cut chances as Parkway continued to defend well with Shane Krac, Christian Pople and Teigan Rosenquest competing strongly in midfield to break up play. Parkway’s best chance of a goal looked likely to come from a set piece and a free kick from deep by Trott saw Annear head on to Krac whose snap shot was deflected for a corner. With Parkway getting into the game more, Joel Randall was shown a yellow card with the resultant free kick being easily defended by Exeter. Play continued to be fairly even with neither keeper being unduly tested and defences generally remaining on top. On 34 minutes good link up play between Krac and Rosenquest on the left set up Annear who was quickly closed down and unable to get his shot away. In a decent spell for Parkway in which Exeter came under some pressure, a neat exchange between Williams and Krac saw the latter shoot narrowly wide. A quick Exeter break along the left on 40 minutes saw a fierce angled drive from 20 yards by Ben Seymour well tipped over by Kyle Moore with the resultant corner being cleared to safety. As half time approached Martin and Trott were both shown yellow cards for a minor altercation after a couple of robust challenges. A well contested half with Exeter starting the brighter but Parkway responding well, working hard and having spells in the ascendancy against their technically proficient opponents with few clear chances for either side. Exeter started the second half on the offensive continuing their direct approach with a series of long diagonal balls with Parkway still managing to hold firm. Parkway were unable to retain possession for any length of time but continued to compete well in midfield restricting their opponents to the occasional long range effort. Smallcombe received a yellow card on 58 minutes as Exeter increased the pressure almost taking the lead on 61 minutes. A near post header from Nathan Clements from a corner on the right was superbly blocked by Moore low down to his left. Exeter pressure finally paid off on 63 minutes when a close range goalbound header by Martin from a corner on the left forced an instinctive save from Moore with Josh Key tapping home the loose rebound. A couple of minutes later Exeter forged further ahead when a quick break down the left from the impressive Randall saw him cleverly evade a couple of challenges, cut inside and shoot left footed across Moore low into the far corner for a quality finish. With tiredness beginning to creep in for Parkway and the superior fitness of the professionals beginning to tell, Martin fired a free kick just wide on 68 minutes. Parkway again responded well with Williams shooting just over on 70 minutes. Parkway introduced Carter to join Annear up front replacing the hard working Rosenquest who had put in a wholehearted display. With Exeter seemingly content to manage the game out, Parkway pushed forward forcing a couple of corners with Krac having a shot well saved low down by James Hamon on 74 minutes. Exeter then made their only substitution with Nelson Isegvan replacing Alex Moyse. Parkway continued to try and work an opening with Exeter holding firm and looking to exploit the space in behind the Parkway midfield. As the game entered the last 5 minutes and Parkway frustration grew, they received a plethora of yellow cards with the combative Ryan Lane being booked for a rash challenge and Aaron Bentley, Milton and Krac all being carded seemingly for dissent. On 88 minutes with Parkway throwing more players forward leaving space at the back, Exeter created a 3 on 1 situation but a combination of superb defending by Milton and a smart save by Moore denied the Grecians a third goal. Continuing on the attack and displaying desire and determination, Parkway pulled a goal back on 92 minutes that their endeavours deserved. Annear was put clear on the right and clever play saw him deliver a quality cross into the danger area with the stadium announcer crediting the goal to Annear but Williams subsequently claiming the goal after touching the ball home from close range. Parkway went for broke immediately with the experienced Stewart Yetton replacing Lane. The game ended in dramatic fashion late into stoppage time with Parkway having a strong claim for a penalty turned down after Bentley, in full flight, appeared to be clipped just inside the angle of the 18 yard box with Football League referee Brett Huxtable waving play on and hastily blowing for full time shortly afterwards. An absorbing, highly competitive game of few clear chances with Parkway certainly not being disgraced or overawed by their more experienced, understandably fitter and ultimately more streetwise professional opponents. Exeter’s quality second goal was arguably the difference between the two sides. Parkway now have a 6 day break for rest and recuperation before embarking on the 200 or so mile round trip to Sherborne through the Bank Holiday Monday traffic for their final game of the season to contest the final of the Les Phillips League Cup with league champions Willand Rovers. With both winning their home league matches against each other, a tough, exciting game is in prospect and whatever the outcome Parkway can reflect on what has been a very successful campaign in their first season at a higher level. BZ GL
  7. Really strange this one... CSTFC are a decent side..hard working and well organised. There league position, despite it being their highest place (10th) they have ever finished does not do them justice at all. They beat Bitton and Parkway away from home and were unlucky not to have beaten Willand at home ( 93rd minute equaliser by Mortimor) Another fine example of the standard of football in the Western League and a decent club too
  8. FT: Chipping Sodbury Town 3 (White 2, Dempsey 55, Box 84) Plymouth Parkway 3 (Farkins 25, Lane 40, Krac 45) For their final league match of the season, Parkway travelled to Chipping Sodbury, the last team to defeat them on January 5th, looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league to 20 games with a victory which would see them clinch the league title should leaders Willand Rovers fail to get a point at 3rd placed Bitton. Parkway made two changes from Monday’s win at Shepton Mallet with Jordan Trott and Teigan Rosenquest returning in place of Les Afful and Jamie Lowry. With a considerable number of their supporters in the crowd of 140 and playing with a strong wind at their backs, Parkway got off to the worst possible start going behind in the 2nd minute. A cross from the right caused defensive hesitation in the 6 yard box with Joe White finding the net from close range. After this early shock, Parkway regrouped and began to get their game going looking dangerous down both flanks. Shane Krac received an early yellow card on 9 minutes adding extra pressure on Parkway. Ryan Lane then fired over when well placed on 10 minutes. The hosts looking dangerous on the counter created another chance on 15 minutes when a free kick was not cleared with the loose ball being stabbed into the side netting. With Parkway beginning to dominate in midfield, a good passage of play down the right on 18 minutes resulted in a Krac shot being deflected behind with the resultant corner being well defended. Parkway continued to threaten with a Trott free kick from 25 yards being parried by keeper Ross Grimshaw and cleared to safety. With Mikey Williams and Lane causing problems in the wide areas, Parkway continued on the offensive and drew level on 25 minutes. A well directed free kick by Krac saw Rob Farkins rise unchallenged and power home a header from 8 yards giving Grimshaw no chance. With the strong wind proving challenging, both sides were guilty of conceding possession too easily as play became fragmented and broken up with a series of petty fouls and free kicks. Chipping Sodbury were being restricted to mainly long range efforts with Kyle Moore comfortably holding a shot on 34 minutes. With Parkway now forcing the pace and Chipping Sodbury holding firm, White was the next to receive a yellow card. On 40 minutes Parkway eventually took the lead with the best move of the match. A fine interchange of first time passes on the left between Williams, Krac and Trott ended with the ball being crossed into Lane who smashed home a shot from around 12 yards. With Parkway now on top and in full flow, another fine move saw Lane cross to Williams whose great effort was superbly saved by Grimshaw. They were not to be denied for long and increased their lead in first half stoppage time. Another fine move along the left saw an excellent cross by Trott reach Krac who had got ahead of his marker and glide an angled header into the far corner. After the dramatic start to the game, Parkway gradually imposed themselves, created the better chances restricting Chipping Sodbury to the occasional counter attacks which were defended comfortably. With the half time news that Bitton had taken an early lead against Willand, playing their 4th game in 8 days, the mood amongst the Parkway faithful was hopeful but understandably apprehensive. With the wind now at their backs, Chipping Sodbury started the second half the better having more possession and forcing Parkway on to the defensive. A superb save by Moore on 55 minutes resulted in a corner from which the hosts pulled a goal back, Daniel Dempsey scoring from close range after a scramble in the 6 yard area with Parkway unable to clear their lines. With Chipping Sodbury now in the ascendancy they forced 2 more corners with Parkway now having to defend in depth and unable to create much going forward. As the pressure increased, Parkway had a massive let off on 68 minutes when superb shot from distance smashed against the bar with Moore well beaten. News was also filtering through that Willand had equalised shortly after going down to 10 with the mood amongst the Parkway fans becoming increasingly muted. As the tension grew, Chipping Sodbury continued to threaten looking the more likely to score as Parkway were unable to keep any decent possession or create any clear chances. With play becoming compressed into a compact midfield, the hosts Sean Keet was the next to receive a yellow card on 69 minutes as Parkway continued to live dangerously. Parkway replaced Rosenquest with Nick Milton in midfield on 77 minutes as they looked to hold on to their slender advantage. Jon Morgan was yellow carded on 80 minutes as Chipping Sodbury continued to force the pace with Parkway hanging on and being restricted to the occasional breakaway with the home defence remaining strong and solid. The host’s pressure finally paid off on 84 minutes when a long ball down their left was not dealt with allowing George Box a clear run on goal and firing home giving Moore no chance. Defender Sam Hillson was immediately replaced by striker Jordan Annear as Parkway now threw everything into attack looking for a winner. Chipping Sodbury replaced White with Luke Henderson on 87 minutes as Parkway pushed forward having a strong shout for a penalty waved away on 89 minutes with captain Krac being shown a second yellow for subsequent remarks made to the referee. Despite a period of late pressure, Parkway were unable to breach the Chipping Sodbury defence as the match ended all square with the hosts being the only team not to be beaten by Parkway in the league this season and taking 4 points from them. With the Bitton v Willand match also ending all square, a Parkway victory would have been academic as Willand deservedly clinched the title with the point they required with Parkway the runners up 2 points adrift and Bitton a further point behind in 3rd place. On completion of the game the Parkway players were presented with their runners up medals by League officials. Despite going so close and taking the destination of the title to the very last game, Parkway should be extremely proud of their achievements in their first season at step 5 and have almost certainly exceeded expectations. With only the Western League champions currently being promoted to the Southern League Division 1 and the continuing restructuring of the leagues nationally being undertaken by the FA, there is a possibility that some teams who finish as runners up may also be promoted. These decisions are not expected until mid May. Parkway await the outcome with interest. Before that Parkway have the small matter of 2 Cup Finals. With very little recovery time they will need to quickly regroup as they now visit the Devon HQ in Newton Abbot on Monday where they will meet Exeter City and look to retain the Devon St Lukes Challenge Bowl. Their final game in what has been long, tough exciting and in many ways remarkable season will be at Sherborne Town’s ground on Monday 6th May in the Les Phillips League Cup Final where they will meet Willand Rovers who will no doubt be looking to complete the double. Once again, many thanks to Graham Lloyd for the magnificent coverage over the season, I'm sure it's very much appreciated by all our supporters that are unable to get to the games.
  9. For what its worth WOTP I think the overall standard is higher. This season has proven that if you are not at your best and 100% committed, you will get beaten. Sadly there is always going to be teams that finish in the bottom but I can assure you, the likes of Shortwood Utd who are a great club and for their own reasons had to step a step down but they will recover and in time will be in the upper reaches of the division. There are some teams that are content with playing at this level and have, for whatever reason, have no ambition to go higher, be this geographical location or financial backing. As with most leagues you will get the top middle and bottom thirds and this is no different. I would certainly say that the top third of the SWPL teams will hold their own. Its been shown on many occasions, especially in the FA Vase and FA Cup that SWPL teams do well against the Western League sides...Just look at what St Austell did to Parkway earlier in the season. The style of football is different. Most clubs will not let you play nice tippy tappy football...its hard in ya face football where if you make a mistake you will be punished. Hopefully with the change of formats for the league SWPL teams will take the plunge and not let the Bristol boys have it all their own way..there are good footballers in the South West who deserve to play at a higher level.
  10. FT: Shepton Mallet 0 Plymouth Parkway 2 (Krac 19, Carter 67) Parkway made the lengthy Easter Monday journey to the delightful ground and set up at Shepton Mallet looking to extend their 22 match unbeaten run and maintain their position as league leaders. Parkway made 4 changes from Good Friday's victory over Buckland Athletic with the midfield quartet of Shane Krac, Jamie Lowry, Les Afful and Mikey Williams returning in place of the unavailable Nick Milton, Jordan Trott, Teigan Rosenquest and Mike Smith. The attendance of 146 included a sizeable contingent of the Parkway massive. On a grassy surface but with an unpredictable bounce, the game got off to a fast start with Parkway forcing an early corner. They almost took the lead on 5 minutes when a good left wing break involving Krac and Williams saw Williams' dangerous cross into the 6 yard area find Carter who mishit his close range effort after an awkward bobble of the ball at the crucial moment. Parkway continued to threaten and more good play by Carter saw him set up Afful who shot harmlessly over from around 25 yards. With The Mallet struggling to get into the game and Parkway applying early pressure, Bentley had a header from another corner cleared off the line. Mallet gradually managed to gain some decent possession with Harry Barter seeing his dangerous cross well defended on 14 minutes. With Parkway continuing to threaten, they took the lead on 19 minutes. Good work from the influential Lowry saw him link well with Carter in the 18 yard area with Carter setting up the supporting Krac running from midfield whose low bouncing shot from around 10 yards beat the diving Tom Easterbrook. Parkway continued on the offensive and almost increased their lead on 23 minutes. Good play down the right saw Sam Hillson make a strong overlapping run and deliver a quality cross with Carter only being denied by a fine block tackle by Ross Padfield. Mallet well organised and compact, were competing well in midfield and looking dangerous from set pieces as the game became more even. With Lowry neat and tidy in midfield and rarely wasting a ball, Parkway continued in the ascendancy with Mallet looking to use the channels and play on the break. From one such break on 36 minutes, Kyle Moore was forced into serious action for the first time making a fine save from a powerful Mallet strike. The next chance fell to Parkway on 39 minutes with Ryan Lane and Williams linking well on the left with Lane cutting into the 6 yard area and firing into the side netting from a narrow angle. More good play on 42 minutes from Lowry, showing guile and good close control, set up Afful who drove forward shooting just over from around 20 yards. After a good start by Parkway who created the clearer chances, Mallet gradually forced their way into the game which developed into a midfield battle with both sides looking to hit their front men early and the game still in the balance. Mallet started the second half the sharper with their top scorer and player of the season Tyson Pollard looking lively and creative. They forced a couple of early corners putting Parkway under pressure and having to defend desperately at times. Play became a bit scrappy with neither side able to retain the ball for long or string too many passes together and both content to hit long balls into the channels. From one such ball on 59 minutes Mallet almost drew level. Hesitation and confusion in the Parkway back line allowed Joe Morgan to go clear only to hook the bouncing ball over the bar from around 8 yards. A good opportunity wasted. Parkway regained their composure and with Christian Pople putting in his customary hard working,selfless shift in midfield, they increased their lead on 67 minutes. Lowry delivered a quality inswinging corner from the left and Carter showing good movement and anticipation headed home from close range. Afful was immediately replaced by Jordan Annear who joined Carter up front. Mallet then had another chance on 69 minutes only for the Parkway wall to block a 25 yard free kick. Play became scrappy again with neither side able to get the upper hand and too many passes going astray and defenders generally remaining in control. Mallet did however almost pull a goal back on 75 minutes when Rob Farkins, under pressure from Morgan, misjudged a high bouncing ball allowing Morgan to go clear only to be denied by a brave, fine smothering low down save by Moore on the edge of the 6 yard area. Farkins appeared to have taken a knock during the incident, was unable to continue and was replaced by Jack Rhead on 78 minutes. Williams dropped into the back 4 with Rhead going wide left and Annear dropping to right side of midfield as Parkway changed their shape. Mallet replaced Ryan Fry with Dan Reynolds at the same time. With Parkway looking to manage the game out and put players behind the ball and play on the break, Rhead got himself into the game with some positive runs forward and playing simple passes. Mallet continued to throw long balls into the 18 yard box with Bentley commanding in the air, winning numerous headers and Moore not being tested. In a well contested game and considering what was at stake, played in a good spirit with no bookings, Parkway took the few chances they created to earn another hard fought, gritty victory. Whilst probably not allowed to be at their best by a hard working, well organised Mallet outfit who had their moments, the spirit and determination shown by Parkway not to be beaten shone through as they completed their 23rd game without defeat. It is worthy of note that Parkway have been unable to field the same starting eleven in successive games for some considerable time emphasising the strength and versatility of the squad. With Willand Rovers and Bitton also both winning today, the top 3 remain the same and irrespective of the result of Willand's game in hand at home to Bridgwater on Wednesday, the destination of the title will not be decided until the very last games of the season next Saturday. Don't know who wrote the script but Bitton entertain Willand and the irony of Parkway visiting Chipping Sodbury the last team to beat them on January 5th, is uncanny. The race for the Tool Station Western League Premier Division title seems far more entertaining and exciting than the race for that other Premier League! No doubt there will be a lot of Parkway supporters as interested spectators at Willand on Wednesday with probably some from Bitton too before the final chapter is written on Saturday. Courtesy of Graham Lloyd, many thanks as always
  11. FT: Plymouth Parkway 5 (Farkins 48, Smith 53, 70, Carter 68, Annear 79) Buckland Athletic 1 (Groves 61) A bumper Good Friday crowd of 421 arrived at a positively tropical Bolitho Park, the majority hoping for a Parkway win to see them maintain their title challenge in what was their final home game of the season. On an immaculate playing surface befitting the first game of the season rather than the last, Parkway made 3 changes from last Saturday's dour victory at Odd Down (Bath). With midfield trio Shane Krac, Jamie Lowry and Les Afful all unavailable, Aaron Bentley returned from injury to central defence, Christian Pople to his customary midfield holding role and normal central defender Nick Milton in an unaccustomed central midfield position for him. The game got off to a cagey start with Parkway the first to show with Ryan Lane being caught narrowly offside after a fine through ball from Rob Farkins. Parkway, now looking the sharper and dangerous on both flanks, created the first chance after good work between Adam Carter and Mike Smith ended with Lane heading wide when well placed. With Parkway now dominating possession and forcing Buckland on to the defensive, Pople, still looking for his elusive first goal of the season, shot wide on 12 minutes. Parkway continued to apply pressure but were unable to create any clear cut chances with their final ball lacking quality and Buckland defending without too many alarms. Playing on the break Buckland had their first effort on 28 minutes with Ryan Bush and Jordan Ewing combing well with Ewing shooting wildly over from around 15 yards when in the clear. With Pople and Milton shoring up midfield and constantly breaking up play, Buckland were unable to create much forward momentum with Ewing being booked on 34 minutes for a series of persistent infringements. Despite Lane, Smith and the lively Teigan Rosenquest seeing plenty of the ball in wide areas, Buckland continued to compete and defend well with Parkway lacking the necessary creativity to create many openings. A pretty, nervy, ordinary half with neither keeper being unduly tested and most of the action confined to the congested midfield area with few chances being created. Jordan Trott, who had been feeling unwell, was replaced at half time by a still not fully fit Mikey Williams with Lane dropping into left back and Williams slotting into his usual midfield role. Williams almost made an immediate impact on 47 minutes when a trademark mazy run into the box saw his curling left foot shot being superbly pushed behind for a corner by Kenny Griffiths at full stretch. From the resultant corner Parkway took the lead. With Buckland unable to fully clear, the ball dropped to Farkins on the right some 15 yards out who drilled a low shot on target through a crowd of legs to the far post where the predatory poacher Carter claimed the final touch, as good strikers always do! Subsequent video evidence, not VAR, has credited Farkins with the goal. (I'll let those two argue the toss over that)! Parkway were now a completely different outfit than in the first half showing more creativity and penetration and they doubled their lead on 53 minutes. Good work on the right between Rosenquest, Williams and Sam Hillson saw a superb cross from Hillson reach Smith who climbed highest to power home an unstoppable header into the top corner from around 10 yards. Buckland continued to play on the break and arguably against the run of play pulled a goal back on 61 minutes with their first effort on target. A free kick around 25 yards out was cleverly bent low around the wall by Richard Groves beating a despairing Kyle Moore at his near post. Parkway regrouped, picked up the tempo again and restored their two goal lead on 68 minutes. A flowing link up move between Carter, Williams and Hillson ended with Carter showing good strength to hold off his marker in a central position and prod home from around 6 yards. With Rosenquest continuing to look to probe an opening and Pople and Milton continuing to work hard in midfield, Parkway increased their lead on 70 minutes. Good link up play between Williams and Carter on the right saw Carter show neat footwork and control close to the touch line and send a pinpoint cross to Smith who also showed good control by turning and firing home from around 12 yards. Jordan Annear replaced the impressive Carter on 73 minutes with Lloyd Gardner being booked for an unnecessary and nasty challenge on Pople shortly after. With Buckland rarely threatening, the Parkway defence looked solid and comfortable with Moore a relative spectator as Parkway went further ahead on 79 minutes. Excellent link up play between Williams and the pacy Annear saw the latter work himself some space, turn sharply and fire home unerringly into the bottom corner from around 12 yards. A rare Buckland break forward saw a Chris McPhee shot from distance comfortably held by Moore. Having been on the pitch for around only 37 minutes and arguably changed the course of the game, the substitute was then substituted with Stewart Yetton replacing the influential Williams. In a rare Buckland attack, Jamie Richards saw a long range strike pushed away for a corner by Moore on 83 minutes. With Buckland heads visibly dropping, Parkway continued to surge forward and the final action saw Griffiths smother a low cross from Yetton after a neat link up play with the lively Annear. After a fairly even, uninspiring first half with Parkway unable to create too much or show the necessary creativity, the half time substitution completely changed the game with Parkway dominating proceedings and well worthy of their victory. Clinical finishing, creative and tenacious in midfield and solid and comfortable in defence resulted in a complete second half performance. With Willand Rovers and Bitton winning 5-1 and 4-2 respectively it's as you were at the top with Parkway (89) still a point ahead of Willand and Bitton with Willand still having a game in hand. Parkway now travel to Shepton Mallet on Monday before going to Chipping Sodbury, next Saturday for their final league game with all 3 teams still in the mix. By a strange twist of fate, Chipping Sodbury were the last team to defeat Parkway on 5 January prior to their 22 match unbeaten run. With Willand's game in hand at home to Bridgwater Town on Wednesday, depending on Monday's results, there could well be a few of the Parkway faithful making the 58 mile journey up the A38/M5 to observe proceedings. Your correspondent may well be one of them.
  12. Our Easter Special will be live on Thursday this week instead of Friday due to the Good Friday action. Ross Reid of South West Sports News joins us in the studio as we look ahead to an action packed weekend of Non-League football across the South West Hit the Link, Thursday from 1pm http://sites.marjon.ac.uk/doughnut/podcasts/localfootballradio/
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  14. FT: Odd Down (Bath) 0 Plymouth Parkway 2 (Farkins 5, Carter 13) Parkway travelled to Odd Down looking to continue their 19 game unbeaten run and maintain their position as league leaders. With Mikey Williams and Aaron Bentley out injured and Nick Milton and Christian Pople unavailable, 4 personnel and some positional changes had to made from the midweek league cup semi final victory at Cadbury Heath including the welcome return of captain Shane Krac from a 4 match suspension. Parkway made the perfect start taking the lead after 5 minutes. A Jamie Lowry free kick was not fully cleared enabling Krac to recycle the ball to the far post where central defender Rob Farkins calmly slotted home from the angle of the 6 yard box. Parkway continued to threaten and on 10 minutes Les Afful just failed to connect with a dangerous cross from the right from Mike Smith. Parkway continued to stretch the Odd Down defence and went further ahead on 13 minutes. Fine link up play between Smith and Carter down the right split the Odd Down back line with Carter peeling off to the back post and maintain his recent good scoring run by stabbing home a quality cross from close range. Parkway continued to dominate and on 19 minutes another penetrating attack ended with Smith's acrobatic volley flying just over. Odd Down gradually began to get into the game but a break on the right came to nothing after a poor cross. On 24 minutes a shot on the turn from impressive Odd Down midfielder Ash McGrane flew just over as they started to gain more possession in midfield. A surging box to box run by Ryan Lane on 33 minutes caused some alarm in the Odd Down defence with his cross being blocked and eventually cleared. Play now became more even with Odd Down competing well and Parkway unable to build on their earlier superiority and being forced to defend strongly. On 42 minutes good work from Teigan Rosenquest saw him win and retain the ball setting up Krac whose shot was blocked with Smith shooting just over from the loose rebound. The half ended with Odd Down on the attack and a good move down their right ended with Kyle Moore just touching an angled shot behind for a corner. After a bright start, Parkway's tempo dropped with too many misplaced passes and poor ball retention allowing the hard working Odd Down back into the game and create a couple of half chances. On 46 minutes Parkway were given a huge let off. After conceding possession in midfield, George Lloyd was sent clear going one on one with Moore, who had narrowed the angle, only to pull his shot horribly wide when he should have scored. With Parkway unable to reimpose themselves in midfield and Odd Down seeing plenty of the ball play, became scrappy and disjointed. Odd Down picked up a couple of early bookings with right back Jaiden Savery blocking a Smith run and central defender Kevin Davies tripping Rosenquest, halting his strong run forward. Odd Down continued to have plenty of possession and be the better passing side without really threatening with Parkway being restricted to the occasional counter attack. On 57 minutes Smith was put through on the right but his shot lacked power or direction. Odd Down's Callum Gould was replaced by Reeko Best on 58 minutes as they continued to attack forcing Parkway on to the defensive. On the hour a Krac free kick to the far post was was headed narrowly wide by Farkins with the challenging Davies landing awkwardly, remaining down and unable to move. After a lengthy delay of around 10 minutes and attention from staff and physios from both sides, Davis was stretchered off and replaced by Jake Sinclair with Jake Elliot dropping from midfield into the back four. Once play had resumed, Odd Down continued to dominate possession with their keeper George Dorrington yet to be tested in the second half. On 66 minutes Jack Rhead replaced Afful with a Lowry break then setting up Krac who fired over from a rare Parkway attack. Sam Hillson picked up a yellow card on 73 minutes for kicking the ball away as Parkway began to show frustration with Odd Down continuing to move the ball around well but lacking the vital cutting edge. On 84 minutes a Parkway break saw a Smith cross well controlled by Carter who set up Rosenquest whose shot went just over. Odd Down almost pulled a goal back on 85 minutes when, after a series of corners which Parkway failed to clear, they saw a close range shot cannon off the underside of the bar and eventually cleared. Jordan Annear replaced Carter on 88 minutes as the game entered what would be a lengthy period of stoppage time. Annear almost made an immediate impact a couple of minutes later when more good work by Rosanquest put him in the clear only to see his well placed strike blocked by Dorrington for arguably his first real save of the half with Krac just failing to connect with the loose ball. Odd Down continued to press with Krac receiving a yellow card for dissent on 94 minutes and Farkins heading off the line from a free kick on 96 as the game finally came to it's conclusion. A patchy performance from Parkway who were well in control for the first half an hour only to lose their way somewhat after Odd Down clawed their way back into the game without really threatening. However they hung on, dug deep, defended well and won ugly to gain the 3 points that keeps them at the top of the table by a single point. With Willand Rovers and Bitton beating the bottom 2 clubs Shortwood and Hengrove 6-0 and 6-1 respectively, the title race remains tight and tense with a fluctuating goal difference after today's scores. With an ambulance arriving just after the end of the game, it is hoped that Odd Down's Kevin Davies is not too seriously injured and he makes a speedy recovery. Parkway return to Bolitho Park on Good Friday for their local derby (33 miles) with Buckland Athletic the visitors (kick off 1pm) where they will look to maintain their title challenge, hopefully with a fuller squad being available. MANY THANKS TO OUR TRAVELLING SUPPORT FOR THIS FIXTURE AND TO GRAHAM LLOYD FOR ANOTHER SUPERB REPORT
  15. This week Jack and Mike speak to from the TSWL; Joe White, manager of Chipping Sodbury and Neil Kirkpatrick, Westbury United gaffer. From the SWPL the lads welcome Gaz Williams, assistant at Torpoint back on the show to talk all things local running into the end of the season. Just two students doing our bit to support local football. 1pm start time as always http://sites.marjon.ac.uk/doughnut/podcasts/localfootballradio/ …
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