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  1. TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PLYMOUTH PARKWAY V BRIDPORT SATURDAY 7th DECEMBER KO 15:00 ADM: £6 AND £4 CONC Hot and cold refreshments and a wide selection of draught and bottled lagers and ciders in the new Full Time Clubhouse and of course the Best Pasties in town from Denzil's Pasty Company
  2. FT: Exmouth Town 4 (Lever 15, Harris pen 18, Steer 74, 83) Plymouth Parkway 1 (Costa 7) HOLDERS PARKWAY EXIT LES PHILLIPS LEAGUE CUP AT FIRST HURDLE Parkway travelled to Exmouth Town in the twice previously postponed 1st Round tie of the Les Phillips League Cup, a trophy of which they are the holders. A much changed Parkway side from that which defeated Hamworthy United in Saturday’s FA Vase saw 5 changes with 6 regular first team starters either unavailable or named as substitutes. The game got off to an explosive start with both keepers called into action in the first 2 minutes with Robbie Powell saving from Ryan Lane and then Kyle Moore in the Parkway goal also forced into a fine save. Exmouth made the early running looking the more dangerous with Parkway captain Rob Farkins picking up a yellow card for a foul on 4 minutes. Parkway then grabbed the initiative forcing a couple of corners with Ben McLvaney seeing his shot cleared off the line before Parkway took the lead on 7 minutes. A good passage of play along the right saw the ball played into Antonio Costa who shot home low into the far corner from around 20 yards through a crowd of players. Play continued in a frenetic manner on a bobbly surface with both defences coming under pressure. Exmouth equalised on 15 minutes with Mark Lever firing home from around 18 yards after Parkway had failed to clear their lines. The game then took a decisive turn on 18 minutes. Exmouth were awarded a contentious penalty for handball by Farkins with the ball striking his arm in a crowded penalty area whilst he was on the ground. Subsequent comments to the referee by Farkins saw him receive his second yellow card reducing Parkway to 10 men. Harris fired home the spot kick giving Moore no chance. With Parkway forced to reorganise, the game developed into a more cagey affair with neither side able to dominate with Parkway having their fair share of possession and looking to play through midfield and Exmouth looking to be more direct. Despite Lane, Teigan Rosenquest and Kieran Dyer working hard in midfield, they were unable to create too many chances with the Exmouth defence looking comfortable. A good passage of play along the left by Parkway on 24 minutes ended with Lane ballooning a shot high and wide when well placed. Exmouth continued to look threatening down their right flank but the Parkway defence held firm with Moore rarely being called into action. A series of free kicks awarded for petty infringements from both sides continued to break up play with neither side able to create any momentum or further clear chances. Despite being a man down, Parkway continued to stay in the game, defended solidly and worked hard in midfield with a good share of possession but were unable to break down the host’s resolute defence. Parkway made a good start to the second half with a neat passage of play down the left between Jack Calver and Costa seeing Calver's powerful shot being saved at the near post by Powell. Exmouth’s Callum Shipton then saw yellow on 55 minutes as play generally lacked too much quality with both defences remaining on top and few chances being created by either side. On the hour Parkway were reduced to 9 men with Copp being sent to the sin bin for remarks made to the referee. Things got much worse for Parkway 4 minutes later when they were reduced to 8 men. After consultation with her assistant, the referee showed a straight red card to Craig Duff for an apparent off the ball incident. With Parkway now putting everyone behind the ball and offering little attacking threat, they looked to contain Exmouth who, despite their superiority in numbers, were unable to increase their lead. A good save by Moore on 68 minutes kept the score at 2-1 as Parkway continued to battle well to try and stay in the game. On 72 minutes Parkway introduced what turned out to be their only replacement of the game with Billy Palfrey coming on for the tiring Costa with the hosts replacing Lever with Adam Bilcock at the same time. With Copp rejoining the game on 70 minutes and Parkway back up to 9 men, they looked to go more on the attack but fell further behind on 74 minutes. A routine back pass to Moore saw the keeper lose control and possession on the bumpy surface with Ben Steer nicking the ball and steering, how else, the ball home from a narrow angle into an unguarded net. With spaces now opening up all over the pitch and Parkway tiring, on 77 minutes Harris was put clean through but fired over from around 20 yards. With Parkway now offering little attacking threat and looking at damage limitation, they went further behind on 83 minutes with Steer breaking clear on the right unchallenged and shooting home across the exposed Moore. Exmouth brought on their final 2 substitutions on 85 and 88 minutes as the game seemed to be meandering to it’s conclusion. However there was to be one final twist. The game finished as explosively as it had started when, well into stoppage time and the game lost for Parkway, a reckless, unnecessary challenge by Lane in front of the dugouts sparked an unsavoury melee involving players and officials from both sides. Once the dust had settled and order restored, Lane was shown a straight red card and the final whistle blown with no further play taking place. A miserable night for Parkway with the pivotal moment probably being the early sending off of Farkins. Despite this, they continued to hold their own for much of the game with 10 men but, irrespective of their perceived performance of the referee, further acts of individual indiscipline ultimately cost them the game in the last 20 minutes against a strong, well organised Exmouth side. The upcoming league encounter at Exmouth on 21 December could be an interesting affair. The sendings off and knock on effect of the inevitable suspensions will undoubtedly now have an impact on the remainder of a busy December schedule. Parkway are back in league action on Saturday when Bridport are the visitors to Bolitho Park when it is envisaged a stronger squad will be available and they will look to regroup and regain their composure as they continue to challenge for league honours. Well done Graham Lloyd for compiling this report in time for breakfast
  3. FT: Hamworthy United 1 (Davis 32) Plymouth Parkway 4 (Copp 5, 55, 57, 83) COPP 4 TIMER SEES PARKWAY THROUGH TO THE LAST 32 OF THE FA VASE Parkway travelled to Wessex League Hamworthy United in the 3rd round of the FA Vase, their 3rd consecutive away tie in the competition. Three enforced changes were made from their last outing at Wellington with the influential midfield duo of Shane Krac and Mikey Williams only able to be named as substitutes and Aaron Bentley returning in defence. Parkway quickly adapted to the artificial surface with Teigan Rosenquest going close almost straight from the kick off. Playing at a high tempo Parkway took the lead on 5 minutes. A neat exchange between Jack Calver and Rosenquest saw the ball switched to Jordan Copp wide on the left who drilled his first time angled shot low into the far corner from around 18 yards. Parkway continued to set the pace with Calver, Billy Palfrey and Jamie Lowry controlling the midfield with their fluent passing and movement. They almost doubled their lead on 13 minutes with Calver seeing his shot deflected for a corner after being set up by Palfrey. Hamworthy offered little threat at this stage although the pacey Ollie Davis on the right flank looked their most likely outlet. Parkway continued to press and on 24 minutes good link up play between Adam Carter and Copp set up Calver whose shot from his weaker foot flew well wide. On 28 minutes more smart play between Copp and Carter saw the latter go clear only for his angled shot to clip the far post and away to safety. The host’s Lee Francis was the first player to be booked as Hamworthy fought hard to get back into the game. On the half hour a long ball and a high bounce almost caught the Parkway defence out with Ash Pope going clear and firing into the side netting from a tight angle. With Hamworthy now enjoying their best spell of the game, they equalised in controversial circumstances on 32 minutes. With Parkway claiming the ball had gone out of play on the left and continuing to contest the decision, the ball was swept wide to the right where the unmarked and dangerous Davis, showing good technique, raced forward and drove a low right foot shot across the exposed Kyle Moore in the Parkway goal. The remainder of the half was a tight affair with play being confined to the congested midfield area with few further chances being created. Although Parkway started the brighter and should have made their pressure pay by creating more chances, the hosts came more into the game as the half progressed with the 1-1 scoreline just about reflecting the balance of play. Hamworthy made a sharp start to the second half forcing Parkway on to the defensive with Fawzi Saadi going close on 49 minutes. On 51 minutes Saadi then became the second player to be booked before a decisive period of play took the game away from Hamworthy. On 55 minutes a flowing move through midfield with Calver at the heart saw him link well with Carter who released Copp now playing wide on the right. Copp cut inside and beat keeper Ollie King at his near post with a low drive from around 15 yards. Two minutes later Parkway went further ahead with Copp completing his hattrick with the best goal of his three. Yet another precision diagonal ball from Calver found Copp who again cut inside his marker and fired a rising angled drive from around 20 yards high into the top corner giving King no chance. Top Bins I think they call it these days! Just after the hour Brandon Randall replaced Lee Francis for the hosts with Craig Duff replacing the hard working Carter up front for Parkway. On 65 minutes a period of Parkway pressure, with Ryan Lane prominent down the left, saw them force a couple of corners with a smart save by King from a powerful header from defender Rob Farkins denying him his first goal of the season. A rare breakaway by the hosts on 69 minutes created hesitation between Moore and Farkins allowing Pope to get to the bye line with his shot finding the side netting when he probably should have done better. Hamworthy continued to press forcing a couple of corners which were well defended with Moore dealing comfortably with a couple of crosses and close range efforts. Cam Munn replaced Jamie Filkins for the hosts on 73 minutes with Parkway now content to retain possession and look to manage the game out. Lane shot just wide on 78 minutes after a patient build up through midfield with Calver, Palfrey and Lowry continuing to impress with their work rate, vision and range of passing. On 83 minutes Parkway turned defence quickly into attack after a brave block by Farkins in the 6 yard box saw the ball break forward through midfield to Rosenquest who twisted and turned with his stinging shot being palmed away by King with Copp reacting the quickest to slot home the loose ball from close range for his fourth and simplest goal. Parkway then comfortably saw the game out without utilising any further substitutions. A solid all round performance from Parkway, especially in the second half with a well organised defensive unit coupled with an impressive, creative midfield providing a firm foundation for the victory which with more quality in the final third could well have been more convincing. The win sees Parkway into the 4th round and last 32 of the competition which equals their previous best ever achieved in the 2009/10 season when they were despatched 6-0 by Chertsey Town. Monday’s draw is eagerly awaited as it now moves from regional to national and after 3 away ties on the spin who knows where it will take Parkway. The games continue to come thick and fast with a visit to Exmouth Town in the Les Phillips League Cup on Wednesday followed by the visit of Bridport in the league next Saturday for Bolitho Park’s first game since 16 November. As a footnote, your correspondent was delighted to arrange a meet up with a former Navy colleague who lives locally and who he’d not seen for the best part of 30 years. The perfect afternoon. Many thanks to our reporter Graham Lloyd for another super summary. A special mention is warranted to our band travelling fans who had a great day in Dorset and a rather jolly trip home to Devon.
  4. FT: Wellington 0 Plymouth Parkway 2 (Mortimore 37, Carter 50) GRITTY WIN PROPELS PARKWAY TO THE TOP. Parkway made the relatively short (142 mile round trip) midweek visit to 19th placed Wellington knowing a victory would see them go top of the league on goal difference from Bradford Town. Around 30 of the Parkway faithful were amongst the 97 in attendance. Due to injury and unavailability, 4 changes were made to Saturday’s narrow win over Bitton. Craig Duff, Elliot Ward, Teigan Rosenquest and Luke Mortimore started in place of Mikey Williams, Jordan Copp, Jack Calver and Jamie Lowry. Parkway made the early running with shots from Rosenquest and Shane Krac failing to hit the target before they were forced into an early change. On 5 minutes Ward picked up an unfortunate injury and had to be replaced by Calver in midfield. With the initial exchanges scrappy and disjointed, Wellington created an early chance on 12 minutes with Charlie Dodd breaking clear on the right and putting in a dangerous cross which was unable to be converted. With Parkway now forcing the pace, a free kick from the right on 17 minutes was headed back across goal by Rob Farkins and scrambled clear for a corner from which Duff headed just wide. Parkway began to dominate possession with Wellington being forced on to the defensive and creating little going forward. On 25 minutes Rosenquest saw his shot fly just wide as Parkway’s finishing failed to match their approach play. A Krac shot on 25 minutes was superbly tipped over by the increasingly busy Tom Welch with another Duff header being cleared off the line with Ryan Lane blazing the loose ball wildly over. Frustration crept into Parkway’s play as they were unable to convert a number of half chances with Wellington defending strongly and bravely. On the half hour a marauding run from deep by Farkins was halted just outside the 18 yard area as Parkway continued to press strongly but were unable to break the deadlock. Wellington continued to compete determinedly in midfield making the occasional forward breaks which were dealt with comfortably by the Parkway defence with Kyle Moore remaining untested in the Parkway goal. Parkway finally made the breakthrough on 37 minutes. A cross from the right into the 6 yard area caused confusion in the Wellington back line with Welch unable to gather the ball cleanly leaving Mortimore the simple task of prodding home the loose ball from close range. A scruffy goal which mirrored the overall play. They all count. Parkway continued to apply pressure with some incisive approach play along both flanks with Lane and Billy Palfrey pushing forward from deep but too often the final ball lacked quality and they were unable convert their superiority into clear chances. A generally scrappy first half with Parkway in the ascendancy and dominating possession with Wellington defending well but offering little threat up front. The second half started in a similar vein with Parkway creating early half chances via a Krac shot and a Mortimore header which were both blocked in the 6 yard area before they doubled their lead on 50 minutes. A swift passing move through midfield saw Rosenquest turn cleverly away from his marker and release the league’s top scorer Adam Carter who powered forward and fired a low angled drive across Welch into the far corner for a quality finish. On 52 minutes more good work by Rosenquest set up Duff who broke forward shooting narrowly wide as Parkway continued to press. Wellington replaced Luke Boyle with Josh Baker on 53 minutes and they created their best chance on 61 minutes. George Sinnot was put clear down the left and raced into the 18 yard area where his shot was bravely blocked by Moore for his first meaningful save of the game with Krac making good ground to crucially clear away the loose ball for a corner. On 68 minutes Duff was replaced by Sam Hillson with Palfrey moving into midfield and Hillson slotting in at right back. With Parkway continuing on the attack, a fine diagonal ball from Palfrey to Rosenquest saw the latter cut inside with his shot being once again well saved by Welch. Ollie Holman replaced Joe Wilkinson for Wellington on 70 minutes and with the game opening up, a well directed cross from Krac found the unmarked Carter whose sharp close range header was parried away by Welch. Parkway continued to apply pressure and their next attack saw Mortimore shoot just wide when well placed. Welch was called into action again on 75 minutes pushing away a shot from Rosenquest after a fine through ball from the industrious Krac. Wellington made their final change on 78 minutes with Ollie Nott replacing Dodd who had arguably been their most dangerous player. Carter then saw another shot parried by Welch before a rare counter from Wellington saw Nick Milton deny them an effort on goal with a fine piece of defending in the 18 yard area. Parkway made their final substitution on 83 minutes with Aaron Bentley replacing the tiring Krac who had put in another impressive display in midfield. Hillson moved into centre midfield with Bentley becoming their third right back of the game. Parkway were now content to slow the game down, keep possession and manage the game out. Hardly a game for the purist with Parkway deserving their victory with a solid, workmanlike, gritty performance against a spirited young Wellington side who competed well throughout and defended doggedly. Had Parkway’s finishing been more clinical and matched their approach play, the winning margin could have been much greater. With a third of the season now gone, the victory sees Parkway move up a place and replace Bradford Town at the top of the league with a superior goal difference of plus 14 with the gap to third placed Clevedon Town now 9 points. Parkway now have a rare Saturday off which should allow some rest and recovery time for their injured players. The action will then continue next Tuesday when they welcome SW Peninsula East (step 6) side high riding Ilfracombe Town to Bolitho Park in the 2nd round of the Devon St Lukes Bowl. Despite playing at one level lower, Ilfracombe look likely to provide a tough challenge as they currently lie 3rd having won 10, drawn 3 and lost just once in the league this season. Massive thanks to the 'faithful thirty' for their continuous support and to Mr Lloyd for his excellent report
  5. Thanks for the match info Jeff, good to see people out and about watching local football. Im sure the managers from all our SW teams will be interested in your analysis and run down of the Brislington outfit. They gave us two good games last year and are never to be taken lightly thats for sure, which can be said for every team in the Western League. Look forward to seeing you at Bolitho Park soon RVP
  6. FT: Plymouth Parkway 4 (Carter 22, 62, Krac 45, Williams 65) Bitton 3 (Egan pen 26, 44, Groves 59) PERSISTENT PARKWAY PREVAIL IN 7 GOAL THRILLER Due to the visitors late arrival after being held up in traffic as a result of a serious accident on the M5, kick off was delayed until 3.15. Prior to kick off a moving tribute was paid and a minutes silence observed in honour of a Parkway stalwart Alan Horswell who sadly died recently after having been associated with the club in many guises since it’s inception some 30 years ago. Parkway made 2 changes, one enforced, from last Saturday’s victory over Chipping Sodbury with Billy Palfrey replacing the injured Aaron Bentley at right back and Jamie Lowry coming in for Elliot Ward in midfield. The game got off to an even start with both sides feeling their way into the game with Bitton seeing an early break along the right on 10 minutes solidly defended by Rob Farkins. There was little flow or pattern to the play which was continually being disrupted by a series of petty infringements and free kicks with neither side able to gain control or create any clear chances. The first worthwhile effort on goal came on 15 minutes when a good passage of play along the right saw Mikey Williams and Adam Carter link well to set up Billy Palfrey whose shot was blocked by some determined Bitton defending. Play continued to lack too much quality with the referee finally losing patience and booking Bitton’s Ryan Bath for a series of persistent infringements. Parkway gradually began to gain some momentum with Shane Krac and Jamie Lowry prominent in midfield and they took the lead on 22 minutes. A strong run forward from deep by Parkway’s player of the month for October Ryan Lane saw him release Jordan Copp down the left whose first time low cross on the run into the 6 yard box found Carter who, unchallenged, side footed home from close range. With Aysa Corrick a constant threat down the right and Josh Egan also lively up front, Bitton soon drew level. On 26 minutes a period of pressure along the left saw a low cross hit a Parkway hand and a hotly contested penalty given. Egan smashed home the spot kick giving Kyle Moore no chance. Play continued to be highly competitive swinging from end to end with both sides looking to probe an opening. Bitton almost took the lead on 34 minutes with Bath’s header from an Egan cross being blocked on the line by the commanding Farkins. Frequent free kicks continued to break up play with both sides lacking quality in their delivery of set pieces. A Parkway attack on 38 minutes saw a smart turn and close range shot by Carter superbly saved by Sam Burgess but it was Bitton who took the lead on 44 minutes. A counter attack breached the Parkway back line leaving Moore exposed in a two on one situation with Egan having time to pick his spot and calmly finish from around 10 yards. Almost straight from the restart Parkway grabbed an equaliser. A long ball into the 18 yard box saw Carter flick on a header with Krac reacting the quickest and deftly lobbing Burgess from around 8 yards. A dramatic end to the half which had lacked too much quality with play at times scrappy and disjointed with the score all square just about right. Parkway made the early running in the second half with Williams seeing his shot from 18 yards well saved by Burgess on 48 minutes. Parkway continued to threaten and on 54 minutes a fine run from midfield by Lowry and a neat exchange between Williams and Carter saw a shot by Williams blocked by the chest of Burgess. However on 59 minutes it was Bitton who took the lead for the second time. A quick break along their right saw the Parkway defence outpaced with a well directed cross finding the unmarked Matt Groves at the far post who slotted home from close range. Just after the hour Jack Calver was replaced by Craig Duff with Parkway once again equalising almost straight away, this time with an element of good fortune. A dangerous cross into the six yard box was poorly defended with the ball looping high into the air with top scorer Carter reacting the quickest to nod a header over Burgess from around 5 yards. Parkway continued to apply pressure with Duff making an early impact by winning a couple of headers and their persistence paid off on 65 minutes. Another cross from the left saw Carter win a header which dropped nicely to Williams, now playing just behind the striker, who smashed his shot high into the roof of the net from around 10 yards. Bitton remained well in the game and on 68 minutes a fierce shot from distance by Egan was pushed round the post by Moore. Bath was replaced by William Fletcher on 69 minutes with Corrick then firing narrowly over after a Bitton corner had not been cleared. Williams then saw his neat lob cleared close to the line after a Duff header had sent him clear. Williams was replaced by Teigan Rosenquest on 78 minutes with Bitton’s Kyle Harrison coming on for the impressive Egan. With Parkway now looking to manage the game out, they were at times guilty of conceding possession too easily allowing Bitton to apply pressure and forcing Parkway to defend deeper and in numbers. However they remained solid defensively and despite a number of yellow cards in the last few minutes, including one for Copp, they manged to see the game out and held on for the narrow victory. Not a game for the purists with two well matched, well organised, highly committed sides slugging it out to provide an entertaining game with some rare moments of quality for the above average crowd of 256. Parkway, in a gutsy performance, showed their resilience and dogged determination not to be beaten by twice coming from behind with the key factor being them able to draw level within minutes of going behind on both occasions thereby not allowing Bitton to consolidate their leads. Parkway remain in second place behind Bradford Town who also narrowly won today and should they win their game in hand at Wellington on Wednesday would go top on goal difference. With no fixture next Saturday, Parkway have a short period of recovery prior to entertaining Ilfracombe Town in the Devon Bowl on Tuesday 26th and the eagerly anticipated visit to Hamworthy United in the 3rd round of the FA Vase on Saturday 30th. The twice postponed Les Phillips Cup 1st round tie at Exmouth Town has just been rearranged for Wednesday 4th December with a 1930 kick off. Courtesy of Graham Lloyd
  7. Hi mate

    Hows things. Just an update on the Bitton game...we are in good shape and the forecast is DRY so just in case you were having second thoughts on coming down ...GAME ON 

  8. TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PLYMOUTH PARKWAY V BITTON SATURDAY 16th NOVEMBER 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 IN MEMORY OF ALAN HORSWELL RIP
  9. FT: Plymouth Parkway 5 (Calver 18, 53, Krac 36, 80, Williams 86) Chipping Sodbury Town 2 ( Brown 47, 72) PARKWAY KEEP CHIPPING AWAY Despite heavy rain overnight which continued well into the morning, the game went ahead albeit in tricky, blustery and heavy conditions with frequent showers during the game. In recognition of remembrance weekend, the Exhortation and Last Post were broadcast over the p a followed by an impeccably observed minute’s silence. A hardy crowd of 157 had braved the elements with Parkway showing 2 changes from last week’s FA Vase victory with Elliot Ward and Teigan Rosenquest replacing Jordan Copp and the Parkway Supporters Club player of the month for September Billy Palfrey. Parkway made a confident start and created an early chance against the league’s bottom side with Rosenquest seeing his effort blocked. With both teams taking time to adapt to the conditions, the visitors forced the game’s first corner on 10 minutes with a deflected shot from the edge of the 18 yard box being well saved by Kyle Moore. Parkway gradually imposed themselves on the game with midfielder Shane Krac seeing plenty of the ball and dictating play in midfield without creating too many clear cut chances. Chipping Sodbury were content to defend deep and pack the midfield denying Parkway space in key areas. Mikey Williams made a strong run from the right ending with his shot being blocked before Parkway took the lead on 18 minutes. Good build up play along the right saw the ball laid back to Jack Calver who rifled home a superb strike from around 25 yards which deceived Kieren Provis in the visitor’s goal. Parkway continued to dominate possession but their final ball often lacked quality as the visitors continued to defend well and look to play on the counter. On 23 minutes Laurie Howorth broke clear on the left with Moore doing well to save his shot as Parkway struggled to get too much forward momentum despite having the lion’s share of possession. On 26 minutes a sharp turn and shot from Adam Carter saw Provis make a fine save with his feet as the hosts continued to press. A period of Chipping Sodbury pressure saw a good build up down the right with Moore parrying a shot away on 34 minutes. From the resultant corner, the ball came back to Ewan McMillan who fired wildly over from around 18 yards. Parkway then doubled their lead on 36 minutes. After a patient build up involving some neat and tidy link play, the ball was laid back to Krac who let fly from around 30 yards leaving Provis flat footed. As the pressure increased Parkway were awarded a penalty on 38 minutes. A smart interchange along the left between Krac and Rosenquest saw the latter brought down by Provis however the normally reliable Carter saw his weak spot kick well saved by Provis who had guessed the direction correctly. Parkway suffered a blow on 40 minutes with Aaron Bentley, in attempting to meet a low cross at the far post, unfortunately sliding into the post and having to be stretchered off with Palfrey coming on in an uncustomary right back position. A workmanlike half from Parkway who should probably have made more of their possession and been more ruthless in key areas with the visitors rarely threatening and seemingly content to contain. Chipping Sodbury caught Parkway napping early in the second half pulling a goal back on 47 minutes with a corner from the left being headed home by the unchallenged Nathan Brown. With conditions deteriorating, the game went through a scrappy phase with neither side able to get any fluency into their play and both defences dealing comfortably with the occasional threat. In a rare moment of quality and control, Parkway restored their 2 goal lead on 53 minutes. A neat exchange between Krac and Williams set up Calver who once again showed his shooting ability from range by firing home a low shot from around 25 yards. Louis Beezer received the game’s first yellow card on 55 minutes and from the resultant free kick by Calver, Rob Farkins headed just over. Parkway’s Nick Milton then followed Beezer into the book as the visitors belied their lowly position by continuing to compete well and play some neat, attractive football but lacking the necessary penetration.. On the hour Jonathan Envernissi and Danon Dagbo replaced Beezer and Jack Moore respectively for the visitors with the hosts sending on Craig Duff for Carter who by his own high standards had not been at his best. Chipping Sodbury continued to plug away and reduced the lead again on 72 minutes. Brown broke away on the right and, with Parkway appealing for offside, he cut inside and beat Moore with an angled low drive for his second of the game. They then had a short period in the ascendancy causing a few anxious moments in the Parkway defence before the hosts restored their two goal relieving some growing tension around the ground. A long ball found Duff clear on the right who displayed good balance and determination by getting to the bye line and squaring the ball to the supporting Krac who, arriving late, fired high into the roof of the net from 5 yards. Chipping Sodbury made their final substitution on 82 minutes with Mohad Aliamohamed replacing McMillan. Rosenquest then made a fast break on the left with Krac just straying offside followed by Ryan Lane surging forward only to be brought down just outside the 18 yard box with the free kick coming to nothing. Parkway finally sealed the game on 86 minutes when another probing long ball found Williams racing clear along the right and showing good skill he drove into the penalty area and curled a shot around Provis from around 10 yards. With underfoot conditions a leveller, Parkway put in a hardworking, dogged performance against spirited opponents who never gave up but with a more direct approach may well have won by a greater margin and not allowed their opponents to twice reduce the deficit to a single goal. The win sees Parkway remain in second place, now only 3 points behind Bradford Town with a game in hand and a superior goal difference. Parkway continue their busy November with a rearranged visit to Exmouth Town on Wednesday in the first round of the Les Phillips League Cup before returning to Bolitho Park on Saturday when ninth placed Bitton are the visitors. Being only one of the two league fixtures to survive the weather today, massive credit must be given to groundsman Gaz Turner and Pete White for their considerable efforts in ensuring the game went ahead despite the recent heavy, persistent rain. Many thanks as always to Graham Lloyd
  10. Top Shelf, birthdays and safe passage in the FA Vase By Mike Parrish The Bolitho grass must feel neglected at the moment with only the recent rain keeping the surface company – along with the muttering of annoyance from the groundsmen trying to keep the pitch safe from the elements. The ground has only seen 90 minutes of football played over the course of a month, but those 90 minutes may have proved key as the club look forward to a busy winter period. The manner of victory against Shepton Mallet on home soil proved Parkway have learnt from previous hiccups, as professionalism was on show for the full 90 minutes. Exciting, hardworking and always in control would sum up the result and give the club a good platform to build on, or so they thought! That platform would-be put-on hold as obstacles including the weather and floodlight failure would halt The Yellows progress. Buckland, Westbury and Exmouth Town would all be cancelled as frustration began to build and teams would begin to close the gap in the league. During that time, Bradford Town have moved six points clear at the top of the table and a clutch of teams sit nestled behind Parkway who lay in second place. Despite the frustration and rain, Lee Hobbs and his players were back in FA Vase action last weekend and showed no signs of lacking match practice. If anything, it appeared to have galvanised the squad. An is it on or off morning was put to the back of the mind as Grigg Lane and Brockenhurst was the setting for another memorable away day. Wet, difficult pitch… it didn’t matter to the players as they found their rhythm early and never looked back. Hobbs described his side as an express train over the course of the 90 minutes as he couldn’t fault his players. If the 90 minutes were like an express train, the first 30 would have to be described as a freight train, it was a joy to watch. Another inspired away goalkeeping performance kept the score down as Parkway hit three thanks to goals from Jordan Copp, Adam Carter and Teigan Rosenquest as the away fans, along with the home, applauded the team off the pitch. The day would also see a man of the match performance from birthday boy Ryan Lane. The young full back has emerged as a pivotal figure in the starting 11 of late and the players have noticed this step up in performances. Instead of a quiet word in the ear, they would give the birthday boy a drink after the game filled with more white spirit than a decorator’s van! The drink may have proved a bit dodgy, but it showed the team spirit inside the dressing room, as ‘Laney’ and the players boarded the party bus after securing safe passage into the next round of the Vase. Another Birthday would be celebrated midweek, this time manager Lee Hobbs would turn a year older, but I suspect he may not have received the same drink as Ryan Lane! He does however deserve a huge number of plaudits. The boss leads by example and in the past year alone has produced a stunning win ratio. Played 45 Won 39 Drawn 4 and lost only 2 – will he get the birthday present he’s after on the weekend, as Chipping Sodbury Town head to Bolitho. One of those two defeats came against Chipping Sodbury who could be seen as Parkways bogey team. The T Sods were the only league team the Yellows did not record a victory over last season and despite being rooted to the foot of the table this season, they will remember last season. And rightly so, a friendly, hardworking and historic club will receive a warm welcome by everyone at Bolitho on Saturday. No-one at the club has forgotten the final day of last season when the T Sods showed great understanding and respect to all the players and fans of Parkway who were pipped to the league title by Willand Rovers. Respect will show in abundance, but it will be within the 90 mins that Hobbs and his men will look to put right last season and pick up three valuable league points. Will that happen? We shall wait and see. The Bolitho grass will look forward to getting back to work and so will Hobbs and his players as they will look to make it three league wins on the spin.
  11. Not sure if I would fall into the category of Robin Hood tho , more like Friar Tuck
  12. Indeed it is Keith, I'm from that neck of the woods and spent many a summers day running around the forest as a child...I even ended up marrying a girl from the forest too
  13. FT: Brockenhurst 0 Plymouth Parkway 3 (Copp 26, Carter 40, Rosenquest 75) PARKWAY HALT THE BADGERS IN THE FA VASE Despite appalling weather and hazardous travel conditions, Parkway made the 143 mile trip to the New Forest to take on Wessex Premier league side Brockenhurst. With the match in considerable doubt and a constant dialogue between respective club officials, Parkway eventually set off at 1040 with the game being finally declared on at around midday with Parkway en route and in the Honiton area. Eventually arriving at 2.45, kick off was sensibly delayed until 3.45. After 3 successive postponements since their last game on 19 October, Parkway made one change with Jack Calver returning in midfield in place of the unavailable Jamie Lowry. Despite their disrupted preparations, Parkway made a lightening start with Shane Krac seeing an effort well saved and Mikey Williams, Jordan Copp and Ryan Lane making early inroads along the flanks. A Parkway corner on 5 minutes resulted in a trademark far post header from Rob Farkins smashing against a post and being cleared away to safety. With the impressive Lane and Copp linking well along the left, a neat interchange between Lane and Krac on 10 minutes set up Williams whose powerful effort was blocked by home keeper Jon Webb. Parkway continued to dominate playing some incisive football through the midfield creating chance after chance forcing Brockenhurst to defend in depth and in numbers. On 17 minutes another Williams shot was somehow blocked by Webb after another penetrating run by the outstanding Lane whose pace and trickery was proving a constant threat. Another corner on 18 minutes saw another Farkins header well saved as Parkway continued in the ascendancy with Krac and the busy Calver and the neat and tidy Billy Palfrey controlling the midfield. A rare Brockenhurst counter attack on 22 minutes saw Rafa Ramos go clear only to be denied by a perfectly timed tackle in the penalty area by Nick Milton with Kyle Moore clearing the danger. A Parkway break on 25 minutes saw Carter and Williams link cleverly with Williams seeing his stinging shot superbly saved at the near post by the increasingly busy Webb. Parkway finally broke the deadlock on 26 minutes. A short corner on the left to the quick thinking Copp saw him create space and fire home from an acute angle from around 15 yards. The effervescent Lane continued to cause problems along the left linking well with Copp who saw another shot smothered by Webb as Parkway pushed for a second goal. However it was Brockenhurst who almost equalised on 33 minutes. A quick counter along the left saw a mishit Leon Carbayo-Borges shot almost wrong foot Moore who did well to recover and alter direction to make a fine stop with his feet. Brockenhurst continued to compete well with Tom Hill looking lively in midfield but were unable to create many clear cut chances. Further Parkway pressure and a series of corners saw a Farkins shot superbly pushed over by Webb on 39 minutes before Parkway doubled their lead on shortly after. A fine cross field ball found Milton clear on the left. The central defender, who had stayed forward after another Parkway free kick, showed good control, skill and awareness to square the ball into the danger area where Adam Carter, showing a strikers instinct, prodded home from close range. Brockenhurst then saw Dylan Manufor and Mitchell Speechley-Price yellow carded in quick succession before the final action of the half saw Webb drop a corner under no pressure only for Krac to scoop the loose ball over the bar from close range. An impressive half from Parkway with only some inspired goalkeeping from Webb denying them further goals from the numerous chances created. The hosts made a change at half time with Ben Kemplen replacing Will Tickle. Brockenhurst made the sharper start with Cassius Newton seeing his long range shot comfortably saved by Moore as Parkway were unable to pick up the pace of their first half display. Carter picked up a yellow card on 51 minutes as Brockenhurst enjoyed a rare period of possession adopting a more direct approach generally bypassing their midfield. A deep cross from the left was well defended by Parkway as the hosts continued to compete well and look more threatening than in the first half. However Parkway generally remained in control and on 61 minutes a whipped in free kick from 25 yards by Krac was acrobatically tipped over by Webb. Brockenhurst replaced Carbayo-Borges with James Shorey on 65 minutes with Speechley-Price showing good skill and firing in a low drive on 67 minutes which was superbly pushed around the post by Moore. Parkway then rung their own changes with Teigan Rosenquest replacing the lively Copp on 69 minutes and Craig Duff on for the hard working Carter on 74. Rosenquest made an almost immediate impact and increased Parkway’s lead on 75 minutes. With virtually his first touch of the ball he drove in from the left and showing good close control beat a couple of defenders before firing in a low shot from around 15 yards beating Webb at his near post. Parkway made their final change on 77 minutes with Elliot Ward replacing Calver in midfield. With Parkway now content to manage the game out, Brockenhurst continued to have their fair share of possession forcing Moore to tip another long range effort over the bar on 79 minutes. Parkway finished the game strongly with Krac shooting just over on 85 minutes and Ward also just missing the target on 87 after a neat interchange with Williams. A polished, well organised performance from Parkway with a particularly impressive first half display against a young Brockenhurst side who never gave up and showed glimpses of their capabilities with a decent second half display which was more even than the first. The game was played in a good spirit and apart from a small area in the clubhouse corner, the pitch held up remarkably well and enormous credit must go the home groundstaff and army of volunteers who had obviously worked tirelessly in appalling conditions to do all they could to get the game on and save the visitors a wasted journey. Parkway now go into the hat for the 3rd round draw on Monday and after two successive away trips to Hampshire will be hoping for a home tie. Should they reach the 4th round, this would equal the clubs furthest progress in the competition which was achieved in the 2009/10 season. Parkway return to league action on Saturday when lowly Chipping Sodbury are the visitors to Stadio Bolitho. Chipping Sodbury were Parkway’s bogey side last season, winning 3-2 at Bolitho and drawing 3-3 at home in the last game of the season meaning they were the only side Parkway did not beat in their league campaign. Many thanks to Graham Lloyd for yet another fine report.
  14. TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PLYMOUTH PARKWAY V WESTBURY UTD SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER 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
  15. Come and say Hi at Buckland MTC
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