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  1. St Blazey Reserves 0-2 Torpoint AFC Scorers: C.Westall, R.Easterbrook Lineup: M.Westall, Carter, J.White, S.White, Hussey, Payn, Robbins, Cotter, Blair, C.Westall, Easterbrook. Subs: Quintrell, Bartolini, Northcott, Rowe Sub not used: Ferguson With the gaffa away running a half marathon this weekend, I had the pleasure of returning to a dugout. Luckily, the instructions for the team were clear and the lads already well drilled keen to impress once again after last week's victory. An almost identical XI with only M.Westall running after running 3hrs 40min at the London Marathon last week. From the warm up I could see that the lads were ready and how can't you be, the Blazey pitch and all around set up isn't beaten by many in local football (maybe aside from Torpoint...). We began knocking the ball around early, with the midfield 3 of Payn, Robbins and Cotter setting the tempo. Easterbrook was finding joy down the left hand side and an early change for the hosts didn't help with disruption within the back line. With the game 12mins old, Easterbrook exposed his defender, then one or two more, before laying one on the plate for his captain who duly obliged by slotting home. This wasn't the only chance of the first half for the skipper, a cute chipped ball from Robbins found Westall with space and more time than he initially anticipated as a slightly rushed shot edge inches wide. With Torpoint maintaining the pressure in the opening 30mins, a corner evaded 6 heads and found itself at the feet of J.White only for the centre half to lean back at knock it over the bar. From the 35min mark, Torpoint sloppiness coupled with Blazey no.8 finding himslef in pockets of space, the game began to become much more even. The energetic wing back, no.11, found himself in behind the visiting defence an a couple of occasions but never bringing the keeper into any difficultly. HT 0-1. The 2nd period started much like the first ended, Torpoint were unable to string the basics together and continued to give the ball away cheaply. Just prior to the 60min mark, changes were made to freshen things up and a chance for the subs to make a difference. The added energy of Bartolini and Northcott allowed us to get back on the front foot and in behind the Blazey full back. This added pressure down the right hand side gave more room for Easterbrook to influence and how he did. A wide ranging pass bounced just inside the area for Easterbrook to unleash a wicked left footed half volley rocking past a stagnant keeper. Rightfully, this settled us more and allowed for a slightly more free-flowing end to the game. Chances for Payn, Northcott and Easterbrook were all put over the bar and we failed to add to the scoreline. MoM: Robbins That's Blazey done and dusted for the season. Played 3, won 3. A side that will be difficult on their day so happy with the 6 points. Gaffa, leader, legend away again next week so I'll be back on for a St Teath trip who've recently knocked our 2nds out of the Cup, so we're expecting another tough fixture. An important note for travelling teams. Food, 10/10. Beautiful chilli, cheese and jacket potato (also beans if you're weird enough) all served at 6000 degrees so take your time. Friendly bunch.
  2. Torpoint AFC 6-1 Stoke Gabriel & Torbay Police Anyone could thought this would head the way of another double digit loss for Stoke Gabriel after last week's loss to Elburton. I'd say from the off I was impressed by the visitors application and drive over the pitch to win the ball back; something I'm sure some of the Torpoint players weren't expecting. I was surprised to see them not tire earlier in the game. Whilst the visitors quality on the ball meant that their opportunities were limited, they did manage to defend in a manner that frustrated Torpoint at times coupled with the hosts inability to take their chances. On the day, a first half hat trick for Callum Thompson ensured victory and progression for Torpoint. Ryan Richards added a further 2 and would've had a hat trick himslef if not for a superb point blank save from Lewis Rider. Aaron Edwards, playing in a unfamiliar forward position scored the hosts second goal. With less than a minute to play, SG&TP scored through Jack Osborne.
  3. Out ranked with match reporting duties by our talented Ryan Shiner today. Entertaining game at The Mill this afternoon. Enjoy the read. Torpoint AFC 4-4 Axminster Town https://www.torpointafc.co.uk/news/match-report-point-4--4-axminster--a-thriller-at-the-mill-ah-2644656.html
  4. Ivybridge Town 1-2 Torpoint AFC A return to the scene of our mauling last season where we found ourselves 3-0 down within the opening 7 minutes, so my nerves were slightly heightened heading into this one. With the game barely minutes old, Thompson had an opportunity to put us 1 up but was denied by Gregory. From playing the ball out, my brother turned to me and said "I'm not sure their keeper's positioning is too sensible", referring to his high position outside of his box. Within minutes, Ivy gave the ball away 25 yards from goal under Torpoint pressure. Gregory, in the aforementioned no man's land was a spectator as Damerell went past and slotted into an empty net. Torpoint continued the pressure and had the ball in the net again when a Heveran set piece found the older sibling for what looked like his 53rd of the season... Alas, the whistle went and Smithy had his flag up. Marginal but not too debatable. The visitors found themselves in again minutes later when a beautiful crossfield ball from Richards was volleyed by Hird into the path of an onrushing Thompson who could only cut onto his left foot and see the ball float over the bar. On the stroke of HT, finally a chance for Thompson to get a goal for his hard work but when drawing the defender laid it left for Richards to touch and strike home. 0-2 HT. Prior to the game, I'd discussed the franticness of Ivybridge off the ball and their undoubted quality on it. Whilst there were spells on the ball, off it they were not their usual energic group. Cue the 2nd half... The manager's words must've stuck with the hosts as Ivy looked to take control of the game and didn't give Torpoint room to breathe on the ball. For what must've been a 10min spell, Torpoint had to defend 8 corners. The delivery from Forward was on the button but both centre halves put their respective efforts wide of Peters' goal. Ivy soon got their goal when a penalty was given. One of those, don't give the opportunity for the man to go down type of challenges. Up stepped Williams to fire home and game well and truly on. Soon after, Ivy were in again through a surprisingly quiet Aplin, a good first touch meant only Peters to beat but the extra touch killed him with the ball heading out for a goal kick. With the pressure building, Torpoint looked to hit where they could on the counter. With 4v2 and 3v1 opportunities, it was the final ball that stopped the attack. Entering the last 10mins and the game all to play for, Torpoint showed their grit to dog out a 3rd 2-1 win on the bounce and our 5th victory in as many games to start the season. We now look forward to Saturday and the visit of Axminster Town who have started the season well. As always, thank you to Ivybridge for the hospitality.
  5. I watched Cam Hutchinson play in an U18 Cup game last year. Far and away the best player on the pitch. I'm not surprised he's already showing his quality in a good SWPL side.
  6. It's definitely one of those topics that'll rumble on. Speaking to a local supporter last season, I thought that the top tier sides in the West (Saltash, Mousehole & Helston) were ever so slightly better that what was on offer in the East, however this would've been different in the past with Parkway, Tavistock, Exmouth etc. Prior to the merge, we very much felt like a team on the up finishing 7th in the League. When it comes to this current season, I have no doubt that we'd be competive in the West as we are in the East. Dean and Gary have put in an awful lot of work with the guys on the pitch, as seen by the League table over the previous seasons and the CSC Final. As stated in an earlier post, our local rivals Millbrook were in with a shout of joining us in the Final. I don't agree with the statement we stayed in the East because it was deemed easier... When we were asked to move at the start of the 19/20 season it was something we saw as a challenge. Personnaly, I wouldn't have been happy with us flip flapping between League's to help with the parity at Step 6. Here's to another competive season in the East. As ever, I'll have a watchful eye on the West with Falmouth being the early favourites.
  7. Bang on JC and a great post. Always going to be a bit of banter on here but far too often do individuals hide behind a username. Huge thanks to all the volunteers around the various Clubs. Been really impressed on my travels this season!
  8. Results are what matter at the end of the day. Can't argue with how Dobwalls have started the season. A side flying! West has been very interesting thus far!
  9. Millbrook have proved with a committed bunch on and off the pitch that you can only go from strength to strength. Macca has the lads playing the way he wants and results have proved that. Credit to the Club off the field over the previous months with renovations to the pitch and clubhouse, certainly a Club moving forwards. Certainty looking forward to the Boxing Day and Easter games.
  10. Having played at both St Dominick and St Stephen, I don't think there's an issue with either pitch at all. Both Clubs are ran superbly and credit to Coady and the boys for getting the area in a top condition for the Youth boys coming through. I, for one, know how hard it is to run a Football Club at this level. We're (Torpoint) extremely lucky with the volunteers we have at our Club to enable 3 sides to play at The Mill. We do, however, have Horson as a 2nd pitch if required. The work that goes in off the field by the Council and volunteers from the Club and the Youth is second to none. St Stephen were promoted on merit after running through the Duchy League and have shown how competitive they are in Senior football. St Dominck are one of the strongest sides in the League this season. I watched them pre-season play against our SWPL side and the scoreline did not reflect their performance on the day. I'd certainly hope that those negative comments have not come from anyone affiliated with Torpoint AFC as we expect our players to adhere to League and Club Social Media guidlines. Here's to a competitive season on the field. Luke - Torpoint AFC
  11. I do think this is how we should be approaching many meetings going forward. Reduction on travel should only help with attendance. At the St Piran SGM this year many Clubs did not attend for whatever reason, the information delivered could've easily been met via Zoom (or another acceptable media platform). There's many things we can learn from this pandemic in future. I know this is something we, as a Club, will be looking at internally for our committee.
  12. To echo Robbie's words. A big thank you must go out to Liskeard for hosting the fixture, a heavy surface on the night didn't make for the prettiest of games but both teams had to adjust. Some outstanding defending by the Bridgers in the 2nd half with multiple attempts cleared off the goal line. A great night for the Football Club and a first CSC Final to look forward to in 2+ decades!!
  13. Always on the clock FT3... Completely forgot the 16-0 was in the Cup for MG. Probably more hopeful thinking that it was in the League.
  14. With Godolphin's withdrawal I'm sure the ECPL table will be updated over the next few days with points/GF/GA/GD all updated. A quick guess at the new points with Looe taking the biggest loss of minus 2 wins: TEAM PTS Mount Gould 34 Torpoint Athletic Thirds 33 Foxhole Stars 32 St Minver 31 St Dominick 28 Veryan 27 St Stephen 25 St Cleer 19 Plymouth Marjon Reserves 19 Newquay Reserves 19 Roche 17 North Petherwin 13 Gerrans & St Mawes 12 Looe Town 8 Padstow Utd 8 St Teath 3 St Blazey Reserves 1
  15. Depends who that work colleague is Phil... Plenty of sides will be trying to avoid the subject at the moment and focus on finishing as high up the league as they can. It'd be a blessing for any Club that is able to, potentially, decide their own fate.
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