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  1. FT: Plymouth Parkway 4 (M.Williams 10, Krac 14, 48, Carter 26) Shepton Mallet 1(Manning 38) PARKWAY BACK ON TOP With a good crowd of 178 in attendance, Parkway played their first home game for 3 weeks against mid table Shepton Mallet. One change was made from their midweek FA Vase victory at Romsey Town with Jamie Lowry replacing Elliot Ward in midfield. Jack Calver was unavailable and new signing Craig Duff was named among the substitutes. Parkway made a quick start with Jordan Copp shooting wide inside 2 minutes with Shepton Mallet hitting back with a free kick being fired just too high on 8 minutes. Billy Palfrey then saw his shot from around 18 yards punched away by keeper Jonny Hill on 9 minutes before Parkway took the lead on 10 minutes. A strong drive forward from midfield by Lowry saw him link well with Shane Krac who found Mikey Williams wide on the right. Williams continued the momentum cutting inside and curling a fine shot into the top left hand stanchion from around 20 yards. Parkway continued to dominate with Lowry’s range and weight of passing from midfield a telling feature and soon doubled their lead. On 14 minutes another flowing move and clever movement saw Krac play a neat one two and calmly side foot into the bottom right hand corner from around 15 yards. Shepton Mallet offered little going forward with the tricky Tyrone Tucker-Dixon looking the most likely threat. Parkway continued to exploit the wide open spaces in midfield with Lowry, Krac and Palfrey dictating play forcing Shepton Mallet to defend deep. On 17 minutes a precise cross field ball from Aaron Bentley found Copp free wide on the left with his first time cross finding Krac whose snapshot was blocked and cleared away for a corner. Parkway continued to play incisive football and increased their lead on 26 minutes. The lively Krac won the ball from a hesitant Shepton Mallet midfielder and slid the ball in to Carter who slotted home with aplomb from around 12 yards. Bentley then saw his header from a corner fly just wide as Parkway continued to dominate, defending comfortably from the occasional Shepton Mallet counter attack. Parkway suffered a blow on 35 minutes when the ever dangerous Williams pulled up with an injury and was replaced by Tiegan Rosenquest. With Parkway still reorganising, the visitors pulled a goal back on 38 minutes. A free kick from the left saw Liam Watson win a free header at the far post with Kyle Moore palming the ball away and the loose ball being stabbed home from close range by Shea Manning. Parkway’s early tempo and intensity dropped for a period as Shepton Mallet, encouraged by their goal, began to come more into the game. The aggressive Manning was sin binned for dissent on 40 minutes as the visitors continued to push forward and should have reduced the lead further on 43 minutes. In an almost carbon copy of their goal, Watson again directed a far post header back into the danger area with Tucker-Dixon somehow heading up against the bar from point blank range. After an outstanding first 30 minutes from Parkway in which they completely dominated the game, with Lowry particularly impressive, their play became disjointed in the last 15 minutes with their inability to deal with a couple of set pieces giving the visitors a foothold into the game. A few words must have been said at half time as Parkway started the second half strongly. On 46 minutes Copp broke free on the right with his shot being blocked at the near post by Hill when other options were available. Continued Parkway pressure saw them awarded a free kick centrally 25 yards out on 48 minutes. Krac stepped up and curled his kick high into the top right hand corner giving Hill no chance. With Parkway well in control, another perfectly weighted ball from deep by Lowry on 50 minutes saw Palfrey break forward in to the 18 yard area only to be denied a shot by a fine covering tackle and brave goalkeeping. Palfrey was soon in action again on 58 minutes, heading just over from a right wing corner as Parkway continued to threaten. Just after the hour mark both sides began to ring the changes with debutant Duff replacing the effervescent Krac and Aaron Saviour replacing Joe Morgan for the visitors. On 68 minutes Duff almost marked his debut with a goal firing an angled drive narrowly wide of the far post from around 12 yards after more good play along the right by Copp. With Shepton Mallet offering little threat, the tempo of the game once again dropped with Parkway content to retain possession allowing Rob Farkins and Nick Milton, under no pressure, to play out slowly from the back. On 75 minutes Manning was replaced by Jack Fillingham for the visitors with Antonio Costa coming on for Ryan Lane for the hosts. With Parkway rarely under pressure defensively and continuing to dominate possession in midfield, the game gradually petered out with the final action on 87 minutes seeing a Parkway effort being ruled out for a clear offside. A competent, controlled performance from Parkway with an outstanding first 30 minutes setting the tone and effectively sealing the game despite periods of sloppiness in the latter parts of both halves. With leaders Bradford Town being held to a draw at Cribbs, the win sees Parkway return to the top of the table with a vastly superior goal difference. Not normally one to mention officials, but the performance of the referee who controlled the game in a sensible, unfussy manner is worthy of note. Parkway now make the short to trip to Newton Abott on Tuesday to take on Buckland Athletic with the improving Westbury United the visitors to Bolitho Park next Saturday. Match report courtesy of Graham Lloyd
  2. I would just like to point out that Romsey is only 16 miles further than our away trip to Bitton in Bristol...it just seems further as you are heading East thru the counties instead of Northish towards Bristol, up and over the top on the ring road and then back on yourself. A really good trip up and although it was a late return ( and you cant do much about the road works, lets face they need doing) everyone had a good time with no complaints...looking forward now to our away day in to the New Forrest to play Brockenhurst in a couple of weeks time ..seats are going quickly RVP
  3. FT: Romsey Town 1 (Dunn pen 90+3) Plymouth Parkway 3 (Carter 35, 63, M. Williams 67) PARKWAY PROGRESS IN FA VASE AT RESOLUTE ROMSEY With Saturday’s visit to Romsey Town in the 1st round of the FA Vase being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Parkway, along with around 25 of the faithful, made the midweek 300 mile round trip in the rescheduled fixture. One change was made in midfield from the last game at Hallen with Elliot Ward replacing Jack Calver who was among the substitutes. Nick Milton had also recovered from an injury sustained after a nasty challenge on him at Hallen. The game got off to a high tempo start with Romsey’s James Clifton turning sharply on 4 minutes and shooting just wide from around 18 yards. Parkway responded with Adam Carter seeing a shot blocked by home keeper Charlie Philpott after good work on the right by Mikey Williams. On 10 minutes another cross from the right saw Aaron Bentley head just over as Parkway gradually began to impose themselves and gain control in midfield. With Shane Krac and Billy Palfrey prominent and Ward also looking comfortable in possession, a counter attack on 17 minutes saw Carter release Palfrey whose close range effort was once again blocked by Philpott. Romsey continued to compete well, looking dangerous on the counter and almost took the lead on 25 minutes. A misplaced Parkway pass in midfield saw the impressive and pacey Clifton break clear, round Parkway keeper Kyle Moore only to be denied a golden goalscoring opportunity by a superb covering tackle almost on the goal line from the imperious Rob Farkins. Parkway continued to dominate possession with Romsey competing well and posing the occasional threat forcing Parkway to defend well. Parkway continued to create the clearer chances with Williams shooting over on 28 minutes after good play by Krac. A break along the right on 30 minutes saw a Bentley cross headed clear with the loose ball falling to Ryan Lane whose snap shot from 20 yards was blocked. With Parkway now looking more threatening, Carter had another half chance on 31 minutes with his scuffed shot being easily smothered by the increasingly busy Philpott. With Parkway looking dangerous down both flanks with Williams and Jordan Copp to the fore, they took the lead on 35 minutes. A strong run along the left by Lane saw him release Krac who got to the bye line and squared the ball to Carter who pounced to finish clinically from close range. The hosts immediately replaced right back Luke Benali, son of former Southampton defender Francis Benali, with Mason Goddard. Parkway continued to create chances with Romsey defending solidly and Clifton continuing to look lively causing occasional problems to Parkway with Milton and Farkins proving a formidable central defensive pairing. Palfrey continued to be influential seeing his shot well saved on 40 minutes after good link up play with Carter. Approaching half time Romsey’s Goddard received the game’s first yellow card and on 45 minutes Parkway almost doubled their lead. A superb cross field ball from Krac to Williams on the left saw him cut in and shoot from a tight angle with Philpott making another fine block. A good half from Parkway who created numerous chances and had their finishing been more clinical, could have been further ahead. Romsey continued to work hard, compete and defend well and at just the single goal behind still firmly in the game. A Parkway break early in the second half saw a shot from Krac saved before a period of Romsey possession and pressure saw them create chances on 48 and 50 minutes when they should have scored with Parkway now being forced to defend strongly and in numbers. Clifton continued to be the focus of Romsey’s attack and his dangerous cross cum shot went narrowly wide. Parkway took a while to reimpose themselves and on 53 minutes Clifton again went close with a smart effort well held by Moore. On 55 minutes a penetrating run into the 6 yard box by Williams saw strong claims for a penalty waved away and Williams strangely booked for simulation. Williams was in the action again on the hour when a great run and cross from the left by Copp saw him head over when well placed. More Parkway pressure on 62 minutes saw Carter crowded out in the 18 yard box with the ball eventually dropping to Krac whose shot was well saved by Philpott. Harry Draycott was then booked for a foul on 63 minutes before 2 goals in 5 minutes by Parkway took the game away from the hosts. A fine passage of play on the left between Lane and the increasingly influential Copp saw a deep cross headed back across the goal by Farkins to find the prolific Carter stooping low to nod home from close range. On 67 minutes a fine piece of defending deep inside his own half by Milton saw him release Copp whose precision long range cross field ball from the left found the unmarked Williams whose great first touch saw him cut inside and calmly slide a shot into the far corner giving Philpott no chance. Parkway immediately made a double substitution with Calver and Teigan Rosenquest replacing Copp and Elliot both of whom had had impressive games. Further substitutions followed with Jack Darnton replacing Lewis Nash for the hosts on 70 minutes and Fletcher Williams replacing the hard working Krac on 75. Parkway continued to push forward with Mikey Williams claiming a goal on 77 minutes after his powerful strike hit the bar and bounced down before being cleared away. No goal line technology here! Rosenquest then sliced wide from close range on 80 minutes after another Mikey Williams shot had been parried away by Philpott. Parkway continued on the offensive and on 85 minutes a fine through ball by Calver released Mikey Williams one on one with Philpott only for the young keeper to spread himself and make a fine save with his feet. With the Parkway tempo dropping and them looking to see the game out, Romsey finished the game on the front foot winning a penalty in stoppage time. After a Romsey player was seemingly bundled over by Farkins in a crowded penalty area, Geoff Dunn confidently hammered home the spot kick to deny Parkway another clean sheet. A hard working, competent performance from Parkway against a resilient Romsey side who competed well throughout, continued to try and play their football in the correct manner and acquitted themselves very well against a side from a higher league. But for some wayward finishing and inspired goalkeeping the margin of victory could have been wider but credit must be given to Romsey for their part in an entertaining game. No sign of Matt Le Tissier tonight who I’m told often watches Romsey’s home games. Parkway will visit Hampshire again on Saturday 2 November in the next round when they take on fellow step 5 side Brockenhurst from the Wessex Premier League. Brockenhurst currently lie second in the league so a tough encounter is envisaged. Also on the night Bradford Town leapfrogged Parkway to the top of the table after an emphatic 6-1 victory over Brislington to put them 2 points clear. The games continue thick and fast for Parkway as Shepton Mallet visit Bolitho Park on Saturday followed by a short trip to Newton Abbot on Tuesday when they visit old rivals Buckland Athletic. For anyone still awake and remotely interested, today’s little coach jaunt started from Bolitho Park at 2.30pm finally returning with most of the players onboard, after the obligatory overnight M5/A38 roadworks diversions, at 2.15am! Wonder how many sickies were thrown today?
  4. A very good question, well presented. The decision on who plays when and for who is entirely down to the Manager...sometimes I agree and sometimes I don't 💛💙💛😊
  5. Before we move forward we must address the elephant in the room, with the elephant coming in the shape of October. Every Parkway fan will remember last season’s October which effectively lost The Yellows the title, despite taking the title race down to the final day of the season. Consecutive defeats against Westbury, Clevedon and Brislington are still talked about today amongst fans, as this seasons campaign enters the Halloween Month. Lee Hobbs will be in good spirits after Parkways last two outings, his side have picked up maximum points from their past two games and have hit ten goals in the process, which puts Parkway top of the pile after nine games played. What may be most impressive from this seasons squad, is the way in which they bounced back after what felt like a defeat in a 3-3 draw against Keynsham Town at Bolitho. For many sides, a setback like that may still have been in the mind set heading into the next fixture, especially with the fixture being against title challengers Bitton on their home patch. Cue the mental strength of this seasons players. Billy Palfrey (2) Aaron Bentley, Adam Carter and Jordan Copp would be on the scoresheet in an almost flawless display as the Yellows ran out 5-1 winners. Seven days later, Mikey Williams came to the Party as the winger hit his first hat-trick of the season. Adam Carter again doing what Adam Carter does with another double, as Parkway again hit five away to Hallen. Two five goal score lines but two very different performances. They would hit their stride early against Bitton which would see Hobbs’ men performing at the peak of their powers during certain points of the game. Hallen would see a more subdued Parkway, the Yellows would have to dig their heels in early, building a base to let the quality shine through in the final 20 minutes. Hobbs and coach Karl Curtis will undoubtedly ask for consistency from their players in the coming weeks as the league begins to take shape. Both Bradford and Bridgwater are hot on the heels of the Bolitho outfit who lay second and third respectively. Devon rivals Tavistock and Exmouth Town have made this seasons campaign even trickier after replacing whipping boys Hengrove Athletic and Shortwood United. Clevedon, Westbury and Street are beginning to find some form and we haven’t even mentioned Bitton. With all the talk amongst fans focusing on league matters, the big FA Vase match this weekend has taken a back seat. Romsey Town will be Parkways first opponents in this seasons competition at the first-round proper stage. The manager spoke earlier in the season of his hopes for a good Vase cup run which he feels Parkway are long overdue. Last season’s haunting October would also witness Parkway crash out of the Vase against old rivals St. Austell. As fate would have it, Westbury will again visit Bolitho Park during October along with Shepton Mallet and to make matters more interesting, a Devon derby with Buckland also looms large. The yellows will finish the month with another Devon derby against Exmouth Town as Parkway start the defence of their triumphant league cup campaign from last season. October is just a new month in the life of Plymouth Parkway football club and every month will prove more important as this season progresses. This campaign has been about moving forward and not looking back. This is the clubs second season in the Western League and the aim will always be to leave it and progress up the footballing pyramid. This weekend, the dream of playing at Wembley begins, and it may have come at just the right time. The pressures of this season’s league campaign can be forgotten for another seven days, at least. By Mike Parrish
  6. FIVE STAR PARKWAY HAMMER HALLEN FT: Hallen 0 Plymouth Parkway 5 (M.Williams 29, 78, 84, Carter 68, 90+1) Parkway travelled to Hallen looking to follow up last week's 5-1 victory at Bitton by consolidating their position at the top of the league. Just one change was made with Captain Shane Krac returning to midfield in place of the unavailable Elliot Ward. The game got off to a stuttering start with neither side able to assert any control with too many passes going astray and little flow to the play. Hallen looked to play on the break with long diagonal balls from the back looking for striker Rob Latham. The host’s Jack Mills shot wildly over from distance on 12 minutes as the game continued to lack any real quality with both defences rarely being tested. Parkway’s first half chance came on 14 minutes with a cross from the left after a quick break from Ryan Lane was unable to be converted by Mikey Williams. Play continued to be scrappy with both sides guilty of conceding possession too easily and lacking penetration in the final third. Parkway created another chance on 23 minutes when good work by Jordan Copp down the left saw his cross reach Krac who shot over from 20 yards. Parkway gradually started getting their game together with better movement in midfield and creating more space on the flanks. On 26 minutes good work by Williams along the right set up Billy Palfrey whose shot was easily saved by Liam Macfarlane in the home goal. A bad error in the Hallen defence enabled Parkway take the lead on 29 minutes. A dithering Luke Hall Cousins attempted to play out of his 6 yard box but quick thinking and persistence saw Williams rob him of the ball, cleverly round the grounded Macfarlane and prod home from close range into the unguarded goal. The goal seemed to unsettle the home side and galvanise Parkway who now looked far more positive and threatening. A superb break along the left on 33 minutes with Copp and Lane again linking well, saw another cross into the danger area deflected behind for a corner from which Aaron Bentley had his headed effort disallowed for allegedly climbing over a defender. With Parkway now playing far more freely and Hallen being pushed on to the defensive, another cross from Copp found Palfrey whose shot from 10 yards was bravely blocked. Hallen’s Kyle Thomas received the game’s first yellow card on 37 minutes for a nasty challenge on Nick Milton which sparked an unseemly midfield melee involving players from both sides. Once play resumed, Parkway continued to dominate the midfield without creating any further chances with the final action of the half coming on 43 minutes with another long range Hallen effort being comfortably saved by Kyle Moore. A generally uninspiring half with Parkway starting slowly and gradually taking control of the game with Hallen competing well but offering little threat. Hardly surprising that the only goal of an error strewn half came from a defensive error coupled with quick thinking by Williams. On 48 minutes a neat Parkway free kick move on the right set up a shooting chance for Carter who saw his effort blocked at close range. Hallen’s Martin Stowell was booked on 50 minutes after following through on Moore who was clearly in control of the ball. With Parkway now dominating, they almost increased their lead on 53 minutes. A corner from the right saw a trademark far post header from Bentley crash against the angle of post and crossbar and fly away to safety. With Lane continuing to make strong incisive runs from the back and Jack Calver neat and tidy in midfield, Parkway remained on top with Hallen working hard to stay in the game but creating little. Rob Farkins was the next to be booked for a foul on 58 minutes. Another good run from Lane on 63 minutes released Williams who weaved his way in the 18 yard area only to be crowded out by some desperate Hallen defending. Latham was then replaced by George Binding for the hosts. Hallen had a short spell on the offensive before Parkway’s pressure finally paid off on 68 minutes. A long ball from the back saw Palfrey win a header which dropped to Carter some 25 yards out with the striker turning smartly and rifling home a superb left footed strike giving Macfarlane no chance. Hallen responded with Thomas making a strong run from midfield only to shoot well wide. The Hallen manager was then yellow carded for remarks made to the officials. Parkway rang the changes on 73 and 75 minutes with Teigan Rosenquest replacing the hard working Palfrey and Will Tinsley coming on for Milton. A strong run on the left by Carter released Rosenquest whose shot from 18 yards was well saved by Macfarlane. With Hallen now conceding space in midfield and being forced to defend deep, Parkway went further ahead on 78 minutes. Good build up play along the left between Lane, Copp and Williams saw the latter break clear and curl a superb strike beyond the despairing Macfarlane from around 18 yards. A double substitution from Hallen followed with James Samuel and Luke Mills replacing Shakeil Green and Aaron Anglin. With Williams returning to his best form and looking far more confident than of late, he completed a well deserved hattrick on 84 minutes. A long diagonal ball found him clear wide on the left and in typical style he cut inside the tiring defenders and fired home clinically.Antonio Costa then replaced the impressive Copp who had caused the home defence problems all afternoon with his pace and trickery. Parkway kept up the pressure and in stoppage time rounded off the game in style. Another strong run along the left by Lane saw him link well with Williams who, showing good awareness, pulled the ball back where the predatory Carter reacted quickest to glance an effort home from close range at the near post. After an uninspiring, fairly even first half of few chances and lacking quality, Parkway upped their game in the second half with a particularly strong attacking performance in the last 20 minutes scoring some quality goals somewhat out of context with the overall quality of the rest of the game. Hallen competed well but rarely looked like scoring with Parkway defending comfortably and Moore hardly having a meaningful save to make all afternoon. The win sees Parkway remain a point clear at the top from Bradford Town who have played a game less but have a vastly inferior goal difference. Parkway return to action next Saturday as they enter this season’s FA Vase for the first time at the 1st round proper having been exempt from the first 2 qualifying rounds. Their third weekend in succession on the road will see them make the 300 mile round to trip to Hampshire where they will visit Romsey Town of the step 6 Wessex League Division 1, one step below Parkway in the FA pyramid. Terrific report as always, courtesy of Graham Lloyd
  7. FT: Bitton 1 V 5 Plymouth Parkway (Palfrey 6, 69, Bentley 54, Carter 62, Copp 89) Parkway travelled to many peoples fancied title contenders Bitton who finished 3rd last season and currently lie 5th looking to bounce back from last week’s 3-3 draw with Keynsham where they conceded a 3 goal lead. Bitton were playing their first game for 3 weeks and made a few enforced changes from their last outing. Parkway made 3 changes from last week with Jack Calver, Ryan Lane and new signing Elliot Ward replacing Shane Krac, Teigan Rosenquest and Fletcher Williams. On a sloping, undulating pitch, both sides started at a fast tempo with the hosts Aysa Corrick looking dangerous along their right flank. However it was Parkway who created the first chance with Billy Palfrey seeing his angled shot pushed behind on 2 minutes with Aaron Bentley's header being cleared off the line from the resultant corner. Parkway continued their positive start and took the lead on 6 minutes. A neat exchange of passes on the left between Lane and Jordan Copp saw the latter’s deep cross reach the unmarked Palfrey who fired home a fierce angled drive from around 15 yards. With the game developing into an intense midfield battle, Bitton won a free kick in a dangerous position on 12 minutes with Billy Fletcher heading well over. Parkway continued to play at a high tempo looking comfortable in possession in midfield, moving the ball at pace and remaining strong at the back with Nick Milton and captain for the day Rob Farkins forming a solid central defensive partnership. Bitton looked to switch the play whenever possible with Corrick and Matt Groves proving dangerous on the flanks but Parkway continued to defend comfortably withKyle Moore relatively untested. On 19 minutes Copp was foolishly sin binned having already been verbally warned for his dissent to officials moments earlier. With 10 minute sin bins for dissent having been introduced this season, this is an area Parkway must eradicate as it could prove costly in the long run. Whilst down to 10 men, a period of Bitton pressure then followed with Josh Egan seeing his shot comfortably saved by Moore on 22 minutes. Another Bitton attack on 24 minutes saw Dean Griffiths receive the game’s first yellow card after unnecessarily bundling into Moore who was clearly in full control of the ball having made a smart save low down. With Bitton continuing to apply pressure, Griffiths then fired wildly over on 25 minutes when well placed. With Copp returning to fray on 29 minutes, Parkway won a free kick with Calver fizzing his effort just wide. Corrick continued to have plenty of the ball but his final ball lacked quality with little end product. Play then went a through a scrappy period with little flow or direction and a series of stoppages for silly infringements by both sides. Ward saw his shot blocked at close range on 36 minutes with the rebound being fired just wide. Bitton responded with Egan lobbing over Moore and the bar from distance on 39 minutes followed by a quick break involving Griffiths and Egan setting up Corrick who fired wastefully over. With both sides battling well to create further openings and defending strongly, the half came to an end with Palfrey picking up a yellow card on 42 minutes followed by the host’s Kristian Miller also being booked just before the break. As expected, a tight, tense tussle with neither side able to dominate for long and Parkway just about deserving their slender lead. Bitton started the second half the sharper with Moore saving well from a close range header on 47 minutes. Bitton continued to press creating a few half chances with Parkway being forced to defend in numbers, at times desperately. Having weathered the early storm, Parkway gradually gained some control in midfield with Ward becoming more influential showing shrewd movement and a good range of simple passing always looking to set up attacking positions and being well supported by Mikey Williams, Lane, Palfrey and Calver. On 53 minutes a strong run down the right by Bentley saw his whipped cross fly across the 6 yard box with no one able to get the final touch. Arguably against the run of play, Parkway doubled their lead on 54 minutes. A foul on the impressive Ward wide on the right saw Calver deliver a perfectly flighted free kick to the far post where Bentley powered home a header for the defender’s 4th goal of the season. With Parkway now in the ascendancy, another flowing move through the midfield ended with the Bitton defence hacking clear a dangerous Williams cross from inside the 6 yard area. The hosts replaced Jordan Whittaker with Ibrahima Diallo on 56 minutes as Parkway, now playing with some freedom, looked threatening with every attack. It was no surprise when they increased their lead on 62 minutes. More neat build up play saw another Williams cross find Carter in the 6 yard box who turned well and stabbed home the rebound after his initial effort had been blocked. Bitton’s Fletcher was then sin binned for remarks made to the officials about the build up to the goal. With Bitton now trying to force their way back into the game Rob Farkins was booked for a foul on 65 minutes with Egan suffering the same fate shortly after. With Parkway now attacking at will and Ward continuing to probe and prompt from central midfield, they went further ahead on 69 minutes. Superb work wide on the right by Copp saw him beat two defenders, get to the bye line and pull the ball back to Palfrey who drilled home a crisp, low effort from around 15 yards for his 2nd goal of the game. Bitton now playing on the break continued to battle hard and pulled a goal back on 73 minutes via an own goal. Parkway conceded possession in midfield and a cross from the right into the danger area saw the attempted clearance from the Parkway defence unluckily hit one of their own defenders and trickle over the line. Parkway quickly bounced back and from the restart another smart move ended with Calver hitting a piledriver of a shot from around 35 yards which was instinctively somehow blocked by Sam Burgess in the home goal. On 77 minutes Bitton were reduced to 10 men with Miller receiving his second yellow card for a poor, unnecessary challenge wide on the left with no danger threatening. With Parkway continuing to slice through the Bitton midfield at will, Bentley fired over after more excellent link up play between Williams and Copp. With Parkway now content to manage the game out and Bitton offering little threat for the final 10 minutes, they got their 5th and arguably best goal of the game on 89 minutes. Another incisive move ended with Palfrey sending Copp clear wide on the right with Copp turning his marker inside out and cutting inside to curl a superlative left foot shot from around 25 yards around the keeper and high into the top corner rebounding off the stanchion. An impressive overall performance from Parkway who showed many sides of their game with their battling qualities when required, strong defending when under pressure and periods of slick passing football of which they are known to be capable. Their outstanding 15 minute spell of attacking football midway through the second half took the game away from Bitton completely to cement an ultimately comfortable victory. Unusually they did not use any substitutes today. The win sees Parkway remain on top of the league 2 points clear of Bridgwater but with a far superior goal difference. With many of the chasing pack having games in hand, they must look to sustain their standard of performance and not have a poor October as they did last season if they are to maintain their promotion ambitions. Parkway now travel to 8th placed Hallen next Saturday in the 2nd of 3 consecutive away games. Many thanks to Graham Lloyd for another superb report
  8. Parkway falter at home leaving Hobbs with a few more questions to answer By Mike Parrish Parkway are now seven games into this seasons Toolstation Western League campaign and sit top of the tree, despite throwing away a three-goal lead at home to Keynsham Town on Saturday. Comparisons from last season’s campaign will always be made especially when the Bolitho outfit drop points, but surely the time for comparisons are over? This seasons Parkway side, is in large, full of new faces and a new approach to plotting a course through this year’s campaign. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day and when points are dropped, the fingers start to wag. Saturday’s game was a prime example of the lessons this squad need to learn to see out a game against a big, strong and physical opposition. For ten minutes either side of half time, Parkway played the style of football that has made them one of the favourites for this seasons title. After a stop start first 35 minutes, the Yellows kicked into gear and opened the scoring in fine style. Rob Farkins foray into Keynsham’s half would pave the way for Adam Carter to release Mikey Williams, who nutmegged the ball into the path of the onrushing Billy Palfrey to slot coolly past Matt Dunk in the Town goal. Advantage Parkway as the shackles were loosened and the football began to shine at Bolitho. A quicker, more composed Parkway now looked in the mood and just before half time, Carter would be pulled down in the area leaving referee Steve Annis to point at the spot. The No.9 duly obliged as he hit his 13thgoal of the season to see the home side 2-0 up at the break. The second half would begin as the first ended, Parkway again looking like a team brimming with confidence with the ball being moved quickly from back to front. It was all too much for Town to deal with as they fell further behind on 49 minutes. Full back Jordan Copp, who was instrumental during Parkways best spell of the game found the by-line and floated a ball into the box that Adam Carter thrives on. The experienced striker made no mistake and finished from eight yards to surely put Parkway out of sight. Within a matter of minutes, Keynsham would reduce the deficit as Tom Knighton slotted confidently past Kyle Moore’s near post to give Town hope. The match would enter the most crucial stage of the afternoon and the home side looked unsure whether to stick or twist. For the next 20 minutes they seemed to get caught between the two as Town kept plugging away. A free kick on the edge of the box would lead to Keynsham’s second on 56 minutes. Moore in the Parkway goal would make a fine stop from point blank range but couldn’t do anything from the rebound which fell to Towns No.7 Cameron Rickens to fire home from eight yards. The home side looked rattled and couldn’t find the style of football they had been showing barely ten minutes earlier as the next 20 minutes proved. Parkway, still unsure whether to push for a fourth or shut up shot would see Keynsham take advantage as Ben Harris would finish well from 20 yards to level up the game. The last 15 minutes would see Parkway try and break down a stubborn Town defence who were now full of confidence and determined not to let a point slip away. Jack Calver would see his free kick strike the foot of the post and Palfrey would have a chance from the final action of the game which would end with the points being shared. The game was another learning curve for Hobbs’ men this season leaving the manager still with some puzzles to solve. When his players click, they look unstoppable and produce some wonderful football which was only really seen for a brief period on Saturday. They will always have that in their Arsenal, but they need to learn from today as they move forward in this seasons campaign. A long, gruelling season, which is still in its infancy, may benefit from letting a three goal lead slip during this display. It will just need to be implemented moving forward. Next stop for Parkway will be a fierce encounter as they head to the WDS stadium next weekend to face Bitton, a side who many have tipped for the title.
  9. FT: Plymouth Parkway 4 (Copp pen 18, Costa 25, Krac 86, Bentley 89) Bideford AFC 3 (Rice- Lethaby 12, 32, Palmer 82). Playing their 4th game in 8 days, Parkway entertained Southern League Division 1 South Bideford in the 1st round of the Devon St Lukes Bowl. With central defensive duo Rob Farkins and Nick Milton unavailable due to work commitments and Shane Krac, Billy Palfrey and top scorer Adam Carter all on the bench, it was a much changed starting eleven from Saturday’s rout of Odd Down (Bath). Parkway included trialists Elliot Ward, Callum Mcghee and Kieran Dyer in their squad and made 5 changes, some positional, with Aaron Bentley and Mikey Williams starting as the makeshift central defensive pair. The game got off to a lively start with the busy Billy Tucker firing over for Bideford on 6 minutes after a Parkway defensive error. Bideford, looking like the side from a higher league, dominated the early stages as Parkway struggled to settle into their shape and pattern. Bideford took the lead on 12 minutes with the pacey, elusive Jack Rice-Lethaby beating the offside trap and cleverly lobbing the stranded Kyle Moore from around 15 yards. With Parkway gradually getting to the pace of the game and the experienced trialist Ward beginning to gain some control in midfield, they equalised on 18 minutes. A ball into the box from the left saw Curtis Damerell upended with captain for the night Jordan Copp stepping up to convert his second penalty of the season. Play continued to be well contested going from end to end with both sides moving the ball well and looking to use the flanks to good effect. The pacey Will Tinsley broke forward down the right on 20 minutes firing a dangerous cross just wide of the far post. Tucker and Rice-Lethaby continued to threaten for Bideford but were unable to breach the Parkway defence with Bentley and Williams looking strong and composed. Arguably against the run of play Parkway took the lead on 25 minutes. Antonio Costa playing wide on the left, who had initially struggled to get to the pace of the game, found himself in possession and casually stroked home a speculative effort from around 30 yards over the stranded Joe Moore in the Bideford goal. It was the Italian’s first goal for the club and a spectacular one it was too. Parkway now had a period in the ascendancy with Copp and Tinsley making inroads along the flanks and Ward, ably supported by Fletcher Williams, continuing to look assured in central midfield. However it was Bideford who equalised on 32 minutes. Hesitant play in the Parkway midfield saw possession conceded and Ryan Turner and the lively Rice-Lethaby breaking clear of the last defenders for the latter to finish clinically for his second of the game giving Moore no chance. They almost increased their lead on 36 minutes when a powerful strike from the impressive Rice-Lethaby was acrobatically pushed away one handed by Moore with the rebound being cleared to safety. With James Mayne and Ben Palmer looking comfortable in central defence for Bideford, they finished the half the stronger and almost increased their lead on 42 minutes. With Parkway conceding possession in a dangerous area again, a Bideford snapshot from around 18 yards smacked against a post with Moore beaten with the ball rebounding off his head and behind for a corner. A lucky let off for Parkway as the half came to a close. An entertaining, fairly even half with Bideford starting the better, Parkway coming into it more as the game progressed and Bideford finishing the stronger. Dyer replaced Mcghee at the break for Parkway. The first chance of the second half came on 51 minutes with a flowing move down the left involving Ward and Teigan Rosenquest seeing the latter’s dangerous cross just elude the incoming Costa. Bideford responded immediately with Rice-Lethaby shooting wide from around 20 yards. Ward then saw his shot on the turn go just wide after a long throw from Tinsley was not fully cleared. With the game now opening up, Tucker saw his effort tipped over by Moore on 58 minutes as Bideford continued to look the more threatening. Parkway made a double substitution on the hour with Krac and Palfrey replacing Fletcher Williams and Costa. The versatile Palfrey slotted into central defence releasing Mikey Williams into his more accustomed midfield role. Bideford continued to dominate possession with Parkway battling well to stay in the game. On 64 minutes Bideford’s Aaron Taylor became the first player to be booked as the game continued to be highly competitive and keenly contested. A neat one touch Parkway move on 69 minutes involving Ward, Krac and Williams ended with a sharp Ward shot going just wide. Bideford continued to apply pressure forcing a series of corners and free kicks in dangerous areas with Tucker having a shot deflected behind. Back came Parkway and on 77 minutes a sharp break down the left with Krac, Copp and Rosenquest linking well saw a cross drop to Williams who shot horribly wide from 12 yards when well placed. Bideford regained the lead on 82 minutes after a sustained period of pressure and a series of corners the last of which saw central defender Palmer climb highest in a crowded 6 yard box and force home a header. With Parkway now forced to throw more men forward, they equalised on 86 minutes. A long throw from the right by Tinsley caused havoc in the Bideford 6 yard box and with Palmer unable to get a clean header away, the ball came to Krac at the far post who hooked home with an athletic overhead kick from close range. With the game looking like it would be going straight to a penalty shootout, Parkway grabbed a dramatic winner on 89 minutes. Tinsley launched yet another missile into the danger area and with Bideford again unable to clear the danger, central defender Bentley popped up to scoop home a shot from close range for his third goal in successive games. Bideford created one more chance in stoppage time with Tucker making another forceful run down the right and firing in a cross which flew narrowly across the face of the goal and away to safety. A battling performance from a much changed Parkway against a strong, well organised side from a league higher with the hosts showing great desire and determination not to give up, riding their luck occasionally, to earn a hard fought victory. Of the trialists, the experienced Ward was the most impressive having previously played at a higher level and having only met his team mates on the day of the game. Parkway will now meet either Plymouth Marjon or Ilfracombe Town in the next round on a date yet to be decided. Bolitho Park will host it’s third game in a week on Saturday when last year’s Western League Division 1 champions Keynsham Town are the visitors. Your correspondent will miss the game due to having a weekend away in Portsmouth with a sub likely to be summoned from the bench! Many thanks to Graham Lloyd for another fantastic match report
  10. FULL TIME PARKWAY 4 V 3 BIDEFORD Full match report to follow in due course RVP
  11. THE ROY BERRY MEMORIAL CUP IN AID OF ST LUKE'S HOSPICE PARKWAY LEGENDS V ROY BERRY SELECT XI BOLITHO PARK SUNDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER KO 14:30 ADM: IS VIA DONATION ON THE GATE ROY WAS A WELL RESPECTED MAN IN THE PLYMOUTH FOOTBALL COMMUNITY FOR OVER 60 YEARS AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO HONOUR SUCH A WELL LOVED MAN THAN TO PUT ON THIS WONDERFUL EVENT WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF A GREAT MAN THAN BUY DOING SOMETHING HE WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE BEEN PART OF PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN AND COME AND SUPPORT THIS WONDERFUL EVENT
  12. THE ROY BERRY MEMORIAL CUP IN AID OF ST LUKE'S HOSPICE PARKWAY LEGENDS V ROY BERRY SELECT XI SUNDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER BOLITHO PARK KO 14:30 ADM: IS VIA DONATION ON THE GATE ROY WAS A WELL RESPECTED MAN IN THE PLYMOUTH FOOTBALL COMMUNITY FOR OVER 60 YEARS AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO HONOUR SUCH A WELL LOVED MAN THAN TO PUT ON THIS WONDERFUL EVENT WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE THE LIFE OF A GREAT MAN THAN BUY DOING SOMETHING HE WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE BEEN PART OF PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN AND COME AND SUPPORT THIS WONDERFUL EVENT
  13. TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PLYMOUTH PARKWAY V KEYNSHAM TOWN SATURDAY 21st SEPTEMBER 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
  14. ST LUKES DEVON BOWL PLYMOUTH PARKWAY V BIDEFORD AFC WEDNESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER KO 19:45 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
  15. FT: Plymouth Parkway 10 (F.Williams 39 secs, 57, Carter 29, 53, 64, M. Williams 12 secs into the 2nd half, 48, Bentley 51, Damerell 78, Copp 86) Odd Down (Bath) 0 Parkway entertained 6th placed Odd Down for their second league match in 4 days in a potentially tricky fixture knowing a win would take them to the top of the table. For the first time this season the starting 11 was unchanged from the previous game and with manager Lee Hobbs unavailable due to a family commitment, coach Karl Curtis took charge for the day. Jamie Lowry was named amongst the five substitutes. For the second successive game Parkway got off to the perfect start by going ahead inside the first minute, this time on 39 secs. A smart move along the right released Fletcher Williams whose powerful, angled drive cannoned in off the far post giving him his first goal for the club. Parkway continued to look dangerous in the early stages with Aaron Bentley shooting just wide and a Mikey Williams effort being blocked close in. Odd Down gradually came into the game with Jacob Bird seeing his shot saved low down by Kyle Moore on 9 minutes with the game’s first yellow card shown to Billy Palfrey for a strong challenge on 10 minutes. With Parkway playing at a high tempo and moving the ball at pace through midfield, on 15 minutes Odd Down’s Callum Gould was yellow carded for a foul which halted a promising Parkway attack. The visitors almost equalised in a breakaway on 16 minutes. A diagonal ball to the left found Reeko Best unmarked with his hooked cross finding Bird in the 6 yard box whose point blank header was superbly pushed one handed at full stretch round the post by Moore. The game now became more even with Connor Biggins becoming more influential in midfield for Odd Down as they continued to play on the break. On 24 minutes a fine overlapping run on the left from Jordan Copp saw his cross find Teigan Rosenquest whose first time shot was blocked with Rosenquest, now having switched to the right, seeing another effort hit the side netting on 26 minutes. Dave Hare then saw yellow after bringing down Copp who had made another penetrating run down the left. With Parkway now getting the upper hand, they increased their lead on 29 minutes. A long ball saw Fletcher Williams, playing in a more advanced role today, chase down and flick the ball over the onrushing Odd Down keeper Liam Jacques from around 12 yards with the ball dropping to the predatory Carter who finished calmly from close range. With Parkway now firmly in control and their midfielders showing drive and tenacity and the Odd Down defence coming under increasing pressure, further half chances were created on 30 and 32 minutes. Parkway should have forged further ahead on 39 minutes. Another telling ball into the danger area was fumbled by Jacques with the unmarked Carter inexplicably nodding wide from very close range. A rare Odd Down attack on 41 minutes saw them awarded a free kick 25 yards out with a header going well over. Parkway created a couple more chances as the half came to an end with Fletcher Williams shooting over on 42 minutes and a Shane Krac snapshot being superbly saved by the feet of Jacques on 44 minutes. A thoroughly competent, disciplined display from Parkway who defended solidly, were creative and penetrative through their midfield and well worthy of their 2-0 half time lead. However there was little indication of what was to follow in the second half which got off to an even more explosive start than the first. With many of the 176 in attendance still finishing off their half time pint and pasty, Parkway got their third goal straight from the kick off. A long diagonal ball into the 18 yard area from Bentley saw Carter just glance a header on to the left where Mikey Williams came charging in and rifled a first time shot into the roof of the net with the goal being timed at 12 seconds. On 4 minutes the same player then made another strong run with his shot being superbly saved by Jacques at full stretch. From the resultant corner Odd Down failed to clear with Mikey Williams notching his second by reacting the quickest and turning smartly to hook home from close range. With Parkway now in full flow and Odd Down looking shell shocked, the fifth goal came on 51 minutes. A sharp exchange of passes wide on the right between the tireless Rosenquest and the lively Krac saw Bentley latching on to the loose ball seeing his powerful strike on target sliced in to the roof of the net from on the goal line by an unfortunate defender under pressure from Mikey Williams. Lively post match discussions with your correspondent and the Parkway players involved took place with your scribe opting to credit Bentley with the goal! With Parkway now looking more threatening with every attack, the sixth goal came on 53 minutes. A mad scramble in the 6 yard box and determined battling by Parkway to keep the ball alive saw Carter eventually slam home from around 6 yards. Carter then blasted wide when well placed after another flowing move. On 57 minutes Parkway got their seventh and arguably best goal of the game so far. Fletcher Williams, having his best game for the club after arriving in the close season, was left free some 35 yards out and without hesitation lashed home a superb strike giving Jacques no chance. The first 12 minutes of the half had produced 5 goals in a remarkable display of attacking football coupled with clinical finishing. Gould was replaced on the hour by Curt Dunn, one of only two named substitutes by the visitors. Parkway continued to pour forward with Krac firing just over on 61 minutes after being set up by Carter just before Parkway replaced the redoubtable Rob Farkins with Will Tinsley. Bentley moved into central defence with Tinsley slotting in at right back. Odd Down did manage a breakout on 63 minutes with a shot from distance being lofted just over. Tinsley’s first contribution to the game on 64 minutes was a trademark long throw deep into the penalty area to Carter who was bundled over by Dariuz Davey. Carter’s unusually feeble spot kick was parried away by Jacques only for Carter to redeem himself and pounce on the rebound to complete yet another hattrick. Carter, having given the Odd Down defenders a torrid time all game was then replaced by Curtis Damerell with Parkway making their final change on 70 minutes with the hard working and influential Krac being replaced by Antonio Costa. With the visitors now visibly tiring, the changes proved only to enhance the Parkway momentum as on 78 minutes they got their ninth. Another superb, fluent passing move involving Fletcher Williams, Costa and Rosenquest saw the ball laid back to Damerell some 10 yards out with the substitute finishing with an angled drive in a calm, confident, clinical manner for his first goal for the club. Costa and Damerell then combined well to set up Rosenquest who shot was deflected wide by a weary Odd Down defender. On 80 minutes Bentley almost got his second when his forceful header from another corner was superbly tipped over by Jacques. With Parkway continuing to push everyone forward, a rare Odd Down break on 82 minutes saw Dunn shoot well over from 12 yards. Damerell, who had looked very sharp and threatening since coming on, then set up Rosenquest who shot wide. With Odd Down now under constant pressure Davey was booked on 85 minutes for a tired looking challenge centrally some 25 yards from goal. From the resultant free kick Parkway amazingly hit double figures with arguably the best goal of the game, maybe even surpassing Fletcher Williams’ earlier effort. Copp hit a stunning strike into the angle of the top corner which would have beaten any goalkeeper. Parkway almost increased their lead going into stoppage time with a neat exchange between Damerell and Costa, who had both played nice little cameos since coming on, saw the latter fire just over. After a routine, solid first half display with Odd Down not completely out of it and competing well, the second half saw Parkway in devastating form with a ruthless display of fast moving, fluent attacking footballing which completely overwhelmed the plucky visitors. The game saw them much more clinical in their finishing which had been the missing ingredient in previous games with 6 different players getting on the score sheet today. Defensively they were solid with an unchanged back four providing a firm foundation on which to build their attacking play. The win sees Parkway climb to the top of the table, 3 points clear having played 6 games with a healthy goal difference of plus 23. Regrettably there will be no edited highlights of today’s goalfest as the volunteer videographer Mike Parrish was taking a welcome weekend break away with his family. Hopefully he’ll return to the gantry this week as the games continue to come thick and fast at Stadio Bolitho. Southern League Division 1 (step 4) side Bideford AFC visit on Wednesday in the first round of the Devon St Lukes Challenge Bowl with a 7.45 kick off followed by 10th placed Keynsham Town the visitors in the league next Saturday.
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