Padstow 0 - 3 Torpoint Ath
Goals from Easterbrook x2 & Blair.
Lineup: WestallM, Bays, Quintrell, WhiteS, Hussey, Cotter (45), Rowe (65), Payn, Blair, Easterbrook, WestallC (70).
Subs: Bartolini (45), Trethewey (25), Robbins (20).
Over 5weeks since our last game at home vs St Cleer and it was a rusty encounter after a long trip to Padstow. Before the game, with obvious factors to consider, 3pts was still the minimum objective and I’d have taken that with another clean sheet. Mission complete. But the game didn’t have as much quality as we’d still expect and we’ll be disappointed not to have scored more, despite a good performance from the home goalkeeper.
The game started with both sides struggling to complete passes but Padstow in particular very keen to give the ball to Torpoint goalkeeper by going long into his box. Quintrell showed the most composure at the back and began to feed into Payn & Blair in midfield or WestallC up top. As the game grew, Torpoint did find themselves in the Padstow half time after time but crosses or final balls were honestly atrocious, with the biggest culprit being Foul Throw 3 himself with a headrush being that far up the pitch! But the signs were there that with an improvement in quality the deadlock would be broken. WestallC in a bid to impress his visiting girlfriend, teed up an overhead which went narrowly wide. The opening goal came from Easterbrook. With Padstow camped on the edge of their box, WestallC ran out of space and squared on the edge to Easterbrook, skinned three players with great footwork and found himself inside the box and drove a fierce shot into the bottom corner, 1-0.
The 2nd goal was fortuitous, but deserved based on the play. Blair was played through on goal in a race vs defender and goalkeeper. Goalkeeper had the trump card but kicked it into the onrushing Blair to loop back over and into the net for his 1stcompetitive goal for the 3rd team. WestallC also went close In the first half with a header and Hussey delivered a number of corners which the goalkeeper dealt with well. 2-0 HT.
The 2nd half was virtually one way traffic, but the bobbly pitch and lack of match fitness began to show. A mixture of complacency and fatigue was enough to not add to the scoreline, until Easterbrook scored again late in the game. Robbins was played through on goal on his return (#back) and shouts of “why is he not sprinting?” reminded me of briefing advise I once received, “know your audience” cos he was at his full speed. Composure as usual and he squared for Easterbrook to touch and finish. Hussey will AGAIN feel heartbroken as a free kick from 30yds crashed against the crossbar, the 3rd time this season it’s happened to the free kick “specialist”. It will come…
Back to Padstow Social Club after a welcome shower and we again defeated the host side with a 9-4 victory in attendance for a drink. The onion rings were decent!
Now another mini break with 16 days til our meeting with St Minver at The Mill in hope of doing the double over them. Big fixture Saturday though as it’s the Duchy Xmas Beer Run with months of unspent kitty and regret for Sunday morning. Up The Point!