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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. Not sure if I would fall into the category of Robin Hood tho , more like Friar Tuck
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. Come and say Hi at Buckland MTC
  8. Graham is an avid supporter of Plymouth Parkway and has been writing our reports for around three years. He is always unbiased and writes it as he sees it. His work has found its way on the League websites and now his work has been recognised by the Herald and his features are a regular place in the sports section. Graham is a key member of our Media Team and his superb reports fit in nicely alongside the YouTube videos.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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 💛💙💛😊
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. FULL TIME PARKWAY 4 V 3 BIDEFORD Full match report to follow in due course RVP
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. FT: Street 0 Plymouth Parkway 3 (Carter pen 1, 6, Bentley 45+2) Parkway travelled to Street in a rearranged fixture looking to get their campaign back on track after 2 successive defeats having failed to score in either. The journey got off to a bad start with the coach breaking down at Ivybridge with a replacement required. This delayed the arrival at the ground until 7.20 with the kick off being put back 15 minutes to 8 o’clock. Parkway made one change from their narrow defeat to Merthyr Town in the FA Cup on Saturday with Fletcher Williams coming into midfield to replace Ryan Lane. Despite the disruption to normal pre match preparations, Parkway got off to a flying start going 2-0 up in the first 6 minutes. Straight from their kick off Street shot from the half way line in an attempt to catch keeper Kyle Moore off his guard. Moore cleared the ball deep into the host’s penalty area causing defensive confusion resulting in a handball and a penalty given on approximately 36 seconds! Top scorer Adam Carter confidently stroked the spot kick home sending Liam Norris the wrong way. With Street still recovering from the early setback. Parkway doubled their lead on 6 minutes. An excellent flowing move starting from the back and along the left with Jordan Copp, Tiegan Rosenquest and Mikey Williams all prominent saw a telling cross poorly defended with Carter reacting smartly to the loose ball and ramming home from close range. Street gradually got their game going forcing Parkway on the defensive with Harry Gardner looking dangerous along the left making strong runs and having shots blocked on 8 and 10 minutes. Street continued to compete strongly and press in midfield denying Parkway any forward momentum and created further half chances with Kameron Andrews seeing his shot well saved on 17 minutes and the impressive Gardener having an effort blocked by Rob Farkins on 20. Street continued to break quickly with the speedy Leighton Thomas making a strong run on the right and seeing his shot fly just over on 23 minutes. Parkway continued to struggle to get their passing game going with Street closing down quickly in midfield restricting Parkway to any quality possession. Billy Palfrey saw his shot from distance go wide on 28 minutes in a sporadic Parkway attack. Street continued in the ascendancy with Parkway conceding free kicks in dangerous areas and only poor finishing and solid Parkway defending, with Nick Milton outstanding, denied the hosts a goal their approach play probably deserved. Parkway did create a break on 38 minutes with a break on the left from Rosenquest setting up Krac whose shot from distance was well saved low down by Norris. Andrews continued to provide a threat for Street seeing his run and shot from 20 yards well saved by Moore on 40 minutes. Parkway had created little since their early goals, being restricted to a couple of long range efforts with Street battling hard and looking the more likely to score. Parkway received their first sin bin of the season on 41 minutes with Rob Farkins being despatched to the sidelines after alleged remarks made to the referee. Against the run of play Parkway got a third goal in first half stoppage time. Mikey Williams was brought down after a strong run down the right and the resultant free kick was headed back across the goal to the unmarked Aaron Bentley who nodded home from close range. A good start and end to the half from Parkway with Street having plenty of possession in between forcing Parkway to defend strongly but with Moore remaining relatively untested. Street started the second half at a high tempo with Gardner, Andrews and Thomas all looking threatening and seeing their shots blocked. Dan Linham replaced Sam Smith for the hosts on 48 minutes with Thomas shooting into the side netting on 50 minutes. Another strong run from Thomas was halted by Milton, who received a yellow card, on 53 minutes as Street continued to force the pace. Moore then pulled off a superb save at his near post on 56 minutes as Parkway continued to come under pressure. Surprisingly Thomas was replaced by Olly Hibberd on the hour. Parkway broke forward on 62 minutes with an incisive move between Copp and Mikey Williams which ended with a cross being well defended and Norris remaining untested. On 64 minutes Parkway conceded possession in midfield with Andrews linking well with Gardner who shot wide. With play now being compressed into a well contested midfield, Krac was replaced by Antonia Costa on 65 minutes as Street continued to look the better side. Palfrey was booked for a foul on 74 minutes with Will Tinsley replacing Milton on 75 minutes as Parkway reshuffled their back four. With play now going through a scrappy phase Hibberd, who had looked lively since coming on, was booked for an unnecessary challenge. Street continued on the attack with Parkway rarely getting forward and looking to play on the break. Curtis Damerell replaced Carter up front on 78 minutes as Parkway looked to introduce fresh legs and stretch the Street defence. Damerell forced a couple of late corners which came to nothing with the final chance of the game falling to the impressive Gardner whose powerful strike was well saved by Moore. Damerell became the final player to be yellow carded as Parkway held out to complete a workmanlike, dogged, grafting if uninspiring victory being pushed all the way by a hardworking, resolute Street side who, had their finishing matched their approach play, may well have taken something from the game. However credit to Parkway who converted their few chances and defended strongly throughout in keeping another clean sheet. The win sees Parkway climb to 2nd place on goal difference from Bitton and ahead of Bradford Town and Brislington in 3rd and 4th also on goal difference with all 4 on 12 points at this early stage of the season. An eventful journey for the players and the hardy band of supporters which started by departing from Plymouth at 4 pm and ended by arriving back around 1.30 am after diversions and a delay due to a road traffic accident on the return run. In another recently rearranged fixture, Parkway now play 6th placed Odd Down (Bath) at Bolitho Park this Saturday in what is expected to be another tough encounter.
  25. TOOLSTATION WESTERN LEAGUE PLYMOUTH PARKWAY V ODD DOWN (BATH) SATURDAY 14th 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
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