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  1. Torpoint v Foxhole tonight is OFF Unfortunately the pitch has not recovered sufficiently from the weekend weather and remains unplayable. Gutted.
  2. Wednesday 23 October - ECPL Torpoint Athletic Thirds 1, St Minver 1 Goal: Dan Place (71) Torpoint missed the chance to go top of the ECPL after St Minver grabbed an injury time equaliser in a superb game of football at The Mill. Both sides came into the game in some kind of form. Torpoint were unbeaten in 6 after an inconsistent start to the campaign, while St Minver themselves had only lost once this season, to current leaders Foxhole Stars. The sides had also already met at St Minver back in early September when Torpoint fought back to draw 1-1 after being reduced to 10-men just before half-time, so this already looked like it would be a close encounter before a ball was even kicked. It didn't disappoint. The game started at a frantic pace, but there was a fair degree of quality from both sides. St Minver looked after the ball better and played some very neat attractive football, without really penetrating Torpoint's defensive shape, while the home side countered well and looked dangerous every time they went forward. Torpoint were dealt a blow after just 20 mins when Adam Parry - fresh from a weekend hat-trick - pulled up and appeared to have damaged a hamstring. Winger Bahroz Zad was introduced. Clear chances were at a premium for both sides. St Minver looked dangerous from set pieces and dominated possession for longer periods, with Torpoint working extremely hard to close gaps and keep shape, but the home side looked most likely to score in open play, with Zad and Ronei Yousefi causing problems in the wide areas, linking well with young striker Dan Place and midfield support coming in the shape of Mike Roberts and Sam Rosevear. The best chance did fall to St Minver though. A mix up between Ash O'Rourke and keeper Matt Westall allowed the St Minver striker to run through on goal only for his effort on the angle to come off the foot of the post with Westall standed. HT 0-0. While St Minver shaded the first half, the second was dominated by Torpoint who played at a higher tempo and never gave their opponents time to settle and pass the ball. Chris Westall, Yousefi and Place all went close to opening the scoring, while at the opposite end Matt Westall was rarely troubled in open play with the visitors' best opportunities coming from set pieces. The pressure finally told on 71 mins when Torpoint broke at pace, Dyer released Zad on the left wing who drove towards the penalty area and fizzed the ball across goal where Place clinically finished to put his side 1-0 up. St Minver pressed hard for an equaliser but still, their best chances came from set pieces where they found the Torpoint rear guard in stubborn form. Place threatened to add a second with a curled effort from the edge of the box, substitute Adam Brayson had a effort blocked in the penalty area (by a hand - although a penalty would probably have been harsh) and Zad had two efforts from distance which narrowly missed the target. The best fell to Dyer though, whose lung busting run from midfield found him on the end of a Zad cross, but his first time effort hit the post and spun away for a goal kick. With seconds ticking away, and all the Torpoint support staring at their watches, it was 5 minutes into injury time when St Minver were awarded a free kick 25 yards out to the right of the penalty area. The delivery was fierce but it clipped the top of the defensive wall which changed the trajectory on it's way to goal and found the head of Joe Combellack, followed by the back of the net from close range. A sucker punch that - and in my opinion - was a little unfair on the balance of play over the 90 minutes. Referee Steve Nute blew immediately after the restart. FT 1-1. There were some slightly unsavory scenes at the end of the game, with players and management involved in some pushing, shoving and verbal exchanges. On reflection, I think both sets of players and management could have handled that better, but with the late equaliser, the manner of the celebrations and some of the ridiculous gamesmanship and simulation going on during the second half, tension was a little high - some would say too high. The game itself - was superb! Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Chris Westall, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Ash O'Rourke; Sam Rosevear, Kieran Dyer, Mike Roberts; Adam Parry, Dan Place, Ronei Yousefi. Subs used: Bahroz Zad (20), Tom Towe (65), Adam Brayson (78), Jay Hussey (83). Booked: Bahroz Zad, Adam Brayson MOM: Kieran Dyer - broke up play superbly, hardly gave the ball away all night and supported at the right times.
  3. I think the only thing that needs to change is the awarding of the points to the opponents. The game should be rescheduled. That way nobody "benefits" and the "offending team" are punished by a points deduction that doesn't affect another other side, or goal difference. I think your request was reasonable Jason, but rules are rules. The precedent would be set, meaning that clubs could be requesting postponements for bouts of D&V, rather than admit that they can't raise a side. How would the league differentiate between genuine and non-genuine requests? It was a great game by the way! Failing to fulfill a fixture - for whatever reason - has to carry a points deduction. Harsh as that may sound - even in genuine cases. The debate for me, is whether the points should be awarded to the opposition, or whether the game is still rescheduled at a later date. For me, the latter is the fairer solution for the rest of the league members and the affect on the outcome of the league positions. So Godolphin failed to raise a side against Foxhole. What if Foxhole win the league by 2 points over Mount Gould... is that fair on MG? Or vice versa, MG were awarded the points v St Blazey... what if they win the league by 2 points or St Blazey avoid relegation on goal difference?
  4. Firstly, it's clear Godolphin are struggling, which I think we all agree is something none of us want to see. Hopefully, they can sort out their current availability issues and see out the season. Good luck to them. On the subject to conceding games, I think the current ECPL rule does not adequately deter clubs from doing so. In fact, in some cases makes it easy to not play games that may "effect their goal difference". Case in point is that Godolphin are bottom of league, losing 7 games, having conceded 3 of those this season, yet their goal difference is only -8. The other side of that, is that the clubs they should have played have also missed an opportunity. The same could be side of clubs conceding games against Mount Gould recently. Why take a hammering, when you can concede and cough up just £50? We've played Foxhole with a scratch side and Mount Gould with a less than full squad and conceded 9 goals in the process. On the face of it, it would have been better for us to have conceded those games and possibly benefited from the 7 goal swing in goal difference towards the end of the season. It doesn't seem fair does it? The rule needs changing next season. The fine needs to be higher, say £100 (with that money possibly going to the opposition), the same 3-point deduction, but the game should not be awarded to the opposition, it should be rescheduled and played at a later date, which was always the rule in other leagues I have been involved in. Thoughts?
  5. Saturday 19 October 2019 - ECPL Torpoint Athletic Thirds 7, Gerrans & St Mawes Utd 3 Goals: Adam Parry (3, 34, 47), Tom Rowe (32), Chris Westall (59), Will Ferguson (64), Ronei Yousefi (84) There was a 10-goal extravaganza at The Mill as a depleted Torpoint stretched their unbeaten run to 6 games in all competitions. The game never looked beyond doubt for the home side, but some soft goals and slack defending, gifting the visitors three goals, meaning that Gerrans were always within touch. Long term injuries to Byron Robbins, James Robertson and Glen Cleland will keep them out of the side for the foreseeable future, midfielder Sam White is still in the Belize jungle wrestling snakes, while Bahroz Zad, Adam Brayson, Ash O'Rourke were all unavailable today. Young midfielder Adam Blair was called up from the U18s, while first team striker Lee Hawkins was given his first run out in 6 weeks after a calf injury. Torpoint opened the scoring as early as the third minute as Chris Westall fed striker Hawkins in the left channel, he beat his marker and squared the ball across goal to find Adam Parry who finished clinically from 6 yards. It was pretty much one way traffic from that point, with Hawkins, Parry and Sam Rosevear all finding themselves in positions that should have extended the lead. It took until the 32nd minute for Torpoint to finally do so when a right corner from Jay Hussey was volleyed off-target by Hawkins, Parry kept the ball alive though and his cross found Rosevear, whose header was missed, before Tom Rowe crashed the ball into the roof of the net from close range. Two minutes later Parry grabbed his second of the game, receiving a neat pass from Rosevear, shifting onto his left and curling past the visitors' keeper and in off the post. Gerrans were awarded a life-line on the stroke of half time when a short back pass from Jake White - who in fariness had just received treatment for a clash of knees - was intercepted and Charlie Jones who poked the ball past the stranded Matt Westall. HT 3-1. Parry completed his hat-trick within 2 minutes of the restart after great hold up play from Hawkins fed Ronei Yousefi, who run and cross was met first time by a rejuvenated Parry. At this point Torpoint threatened to run away with the game but, as has happened so many times this season, they were architects of their own downfall. Some sloppy midfield play, poor marking and failure to deal with a simple cross gave Isaac Hayhurst the freedom of the six-yard box to score. However, Torpoint rallied and Chris Westall was played in by Hawkins to make it 5-2 on 55mins and then a great run and finish by substitute Will Ferguson made it 6-2 on 64mins. Charlie Jones grabbed his second of the game for Gerrans after more poor defensive work from the home side before Ronei Yousefi got the seventh on 84mins finishing off another good move, heading in at the far post. It's always great to score 7 goals, but we can't help but be a little frustrated at the 3 conceded and the manner in which they were. The game was probably entertaining for the spectators, which is great... but we're still conceding too many soft goals! Credit to GSM who were gracious in defeat and all stayed in the bar after the game to enjoy the chilli con carne and a couple of drinks before their long trip home. Thank you lads! Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Callum Bays, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Chris Westall; Sam Rosevear, Tom Rowe, Jay Hussey; Adam Parry, Lee Hawkins, Ronei Yousefi. Subs used: Will Ferguson (55), Ryan Steel (65), Adam Blair (74) MOM: Adam Parry - back with a bang! Worked hard and took his goals well.
  6. Tuesday 15 October - ECPL Torpoint Athletic Thirds 4, North Petherwin 1 Goals: Chris Westall (7pen), Ashley O'Rourke (16), Dan Place (31), Tom Rowe (56) Torpoint picked up their fourth win on the spin and go unbeaten in their last five with this win over a resilient North Petherwin at The Mill. The home side started much the brighter and could have gone in front in the opening minute when Ashley O'Rourke - back at The Mill after a spell elsewhere - sent teenager Dan Place away, only for him to be brought down in the box as he seemed certain to score. Referee Pete Sowden amazingly waived away appeals. However, minutes later an almost identical move saw the same result, this time Mr Sowden pointed to the spot and skipper Chris Westall dispatched it with ease. Torpoint soon found themselves 2-0 up when a corner was cleared to O'Rourke who helped the ball back towards goal only to see it loop over the keeper and into the top corner - great effort Ash!! However, the visitors immediately got back into the game when some slack defending allowed the Petherwin striker freedom to get a shot away which was well saved by Matt Westall, however the loose ball was superbly finished into the top corner from a tight angle. This proved to be a shot in the arm for Torpoint who regained control and dominated proceedings and eventually restored their two-goal advantage on 31 minutes when a superb through-ball from Sam Rosevear found the run of Place, who clipped the ball over the advancing keeper. HT 3-1. The second period saw much of the same. Torpoint dominating and largely in control, but North Petherwin remaining dangerous on the occasional break. Torpoint had ample opportunity to put the game to bed with the returning Adam Parry missing two good chances, while winger Bahroz Zad missed the target when it seemed easier to score. Substitute Tom Rowe eventually grabbed the fourth with a great finish from 12 yards on the angle, before he almost added a fifth with a left footed effort from inside the box. Youngster Joe Harmer also went close in the closing stages. The bizare moment of the game came in the final couple of minutes when Mr Sowden berated the Torpoint manage for making too many substitutions! On the whole, three points secured against a side that we have always found difficult to play against. Not the greatest performance, but we got the job done. Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Chris Westall, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Ashley O'Rourke; Mike Roberts, Ross Richardson, Adam Brayson; Sam Rosevear, Dan Place, Bahroz Zad. Subs used: Tom Rowe (HT), Adam Parry (HT), Ronei Yousefi (HT), Joe Harmer (75), Ryan Steel (76). MOM: Ashley O'Rourke - calm and classy in possession with immaculate distribution.
  7. Friday 4 October - ECPL Cup First Round Newquay Reserves 0, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 5 Goals: Dan Place (26, 45), Ross Richardson (37), Bahroz Zad (49), Sam Rosevear (59) Torpoint progressed to the quarter finals of the League Cup with a comfortable win over Newquay under the lights at Mount Wise. The opening exchanges were relatively evenly contested. Matt Westall was forced into a great save after only 10mins, while Will Ferguson and Dan Place should probably have found the net for the away side when decent opportunities came their way. However, it was Torpoint who did eventually open the scoring on 26mins when youngster Dan Place found space on the edge of the box and his tame shot looked certain to be saved, but the home keeper let it squirm through his legs and over the line. It was soon 2-0 when a deep Jay Hussey corner was met by the head of Ross Richardson before Place made it 3-0 on the stroke of half time when he got the faintest of touches (allegedly) to a wicked Hussey free-kick. HT 0-3. Torpoint took control in the second period and had numerous opportunities to increase the lead. Bahroz Zad finished off the move - and goal of the night - after some great work down the right from Chris Westall and Sam Rosevear, for the latter to deliver an inch perfect cross for Zad to smash home. Rosevear himself grabbed the fifth, finishing from close range after another goalkeeping error. The game was over as a contest after just 60mins and there was a more relaxed feel about the game. There were still ample opportunities for Torpoint to increase their lead, but the best came after Rosevear was brough down in the box and skipper Chris Westall handed penalty duties over to Place, but the 16-year old was denied a hat-trick when his attempt was scuffed straight to the keeper. In his defence, the penalty spot was about 2 inches lower than the rest of the area!! Both sides tried to play football on a very difficult surface but the game was never in doubt once Torpoint grabbed the opener. Torpoint (4-2-3-1): Matt Westall; Chris Westall, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Glen Cleland; Ross Richardson, Adam Brayson; Sam White, Jay Hussey, Will Ferguson; Dan Place. Subs used: Bahroz Zad (HT), Tom Rowe (HT), Sam Rosevear (HT), Byron Robbins (70), Ryan Steel (70). MOM: Chris Westall - left nothing on the pitch and showed real quality in possession of the ball.
  8. Newquay Reserves v Torpoint Athletic 3rds - Game ON, with a 7.45pm kick off
  9. Not denying the game was in doubt with the rain due, but a 9.30 or 10.00 inspection would surely have been more appropriate, rather than an 11.30 inspection and 11.45 notification. Poor.
  10. Roche v Torpoint OFF Extremely disappointed to have been informed at 11.45am when some lads had started travelling and the majority of the squad already at the club ready to depart at 12.00. Very poor. An 11.30 pitch inspection is surely not acceptable.
  11. Maybe, but it will be very difficult and controversial to prove those costs! I think the best solution is the fine, points deduction (that's a must), but the game must still be rescheduled at a later date. May not work in some cup comps, but certainly in league matches.
  12. This is the main point really. What is the actual ECPL rule? In my experience it's either... Game awarded to opposition, 3 point deduction for failing to fulfill a fixture and a fine. Or 3 point deduction for failing to fulfill, a fine, and the game is rescheduled. I'm not wanting to see teams unnecessarily punished but like claret&blue suggests, if there is no further penalty other than a fine, some clubs may decide that is a better outcome than travelling to Mount Gould (or wherever), and shipping a load of goals. Simply awarding the game to the opposition is not a punishment in this case.
  13. Tuesday 24 September - ECPL Torpoint Athletic Thirds 3, St Stephen 2 Goals: Tom Booth (12), Ryan Steel (84), Chris Westall (89) A great game for the neutral at The Mill with some late drama as the home side came from behind to take all 3 points and move up to third place in the table, albeit having played more games than the sides around them. The home side started brightly, playing some attractive football and creating a couple of early chances which failed to find the net. Full back Tom Booth opened the scoring after 12 minutes when his persistence and strength on the edge of the box enabled him to create enough space to find the bottom corner. St Stephen responded almost immediately when they were awarded a contentious free kick 20-yards from goal. There was no debate about the finish though as the St Stephen No 10 found the top corner giving Matt Westall in the home goal no chance. Great strike! As has been the case many times this season, Torpoint were the architects of their own problems when St Stephen took the lead on 26 minutes. The home side were caught trying to play out from the back, St Stephen pounced and punished some sloppy defensive work. The remainder of the second period largely belonged to St Stephen as the goals appeared to knock the stuffing out of Torpoint who ended the half a yard off the pace all over the pitch. HT 1-2. Torpoint rallied at half time and, with the introduction of Jay Hussey and Sam White, together with Curtis Damerell moving into the No 10 position, the second half was an entirely different story. The home side played with more urgency and desire, moved the ball forward much more quickly and stopped overplaying. Chris Westall, Dan Place and Damerell all went close to finding the equaliser, Damerell and Ross Richardson both forced incredible saves from the St Stephen keeper, while it has to be said, they defended extremely well with countless headed goal line clearances. Just when we though it wasn't going to be our day, the equalizer finally came. A Hussey corner was headed clear to find Richardson on the edge of the box and his effort appeared to be going wide only for substitute Ryan Steel - on for Booth at left back - to direct the ball into the net with a glance of the head. Fully deserved. Sam White then had a chance to get the winner, but his loose touch after being played in by Damerell, allowed the keeper to close down and gather. With seconds ticking away, skipper Chris Westall now playing up front, was found on the edge of the box by Callum Bays, his turn was instant, he spotted the advancing keeper and delightfully chipped him from 18-yards to spark wild celebrations. FT 3-2. I appreciate that St Stephen were a little depleted today - a bout of D&V by all accounts and at one point in the afternoon it was unclear whether they would make the journey - but they still had a good side out there tonight and took some beating. Our second half performance was excellent and I'm sincerely hoping the penny has dropped. Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Chris Westall, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Tom Booth; Tom Rowe, Ross Richardson, Adam Brayson; Dan Place, Curtis Damerell, Bahroz Zad. Subs used: Jay Hussey (HT), Sam White (HT), Callum Bays (74), Sam Rosevear (78), Ryan Steel (78). MOM: Chris Westall - real captain's performance and dragged his side over the line. Superbly taken winner.
  14. Tuesday 10 September 2019 - ECPL Torpoint Athletic Thirds 2, Plymouth Marjon Reserves 0 Goals: Own Goal (25), Chris Westall (77 pen) A fairly comfortable victory under the lights at The Mill, but a failure to take chances meant that a young and enthusiastic Marjon side were always in the game. The home side started brightly, playing some neat possession football. Henry Bunning, Will Ferguson and Dan Place all went close in the opening stages, while Chris Westall, Tom Rowe and Pace all saw first-half chances go begging. By the time Torpoint eventually took the lead on 25mins, they should probably have been at least 3-0 up. A Ross Richardson free kick was punched into the air by the visiting keeper, only to see the ball drop onto the line and go in off a defender. Unfortunate for the young lad, who played well overall on the night. So Torpoint went into the break with a 1-0 advantage, positive that they had played well enough to be more comfortable, but weary that the chances had not been taken and that Marjon were still very much in the game. A slight change of shape and the introduction of 3 substitutes hoped to capitalise, but in reality it knocked the rhythm and the second period was a much more disjointed affair. Marjons came more into the game, while Torpoint became frustrated and nervous in possession. A further change was made, reverting back to the first half system and things immediately looked more comfortable. Adam Parry should have scored on two occasions, both Bahroz Zad and Place had the ball in the net, only to be ruled out for offside, while Will Ferguson also had opportunities but failed to get his efforts away. The second goal finally arrived on 77 mins when Parry was brought down in the box. Chris Westall emphatically put away the penalty, only for referee Ian Spurling to order a retake due to encroachment. Skipper Westall dispatched his second attempt to ensure 3 points for his side. Have to give credit to Marjon. A very young side who continued to try and play the right way throughout. We simply didn't take the chances on the night and for that reason, Marjon were always in the game and, if not for some good defending and a little bit of luck, they could have made things much more difficult for us. Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Chris Westall, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Tom Booth; Tom Rowe, Ross Richardson, Adam Brayson; Dan Place, Henry Bunning, Will Ferguson. Subs used: Glen Cleland (HT), Adam Parry (HT), Bahroz Zad (HT), Alex Richardson (78), Ryan Steel (78). Booked: Chris Westall MOM: Danny Rogers - like a fine wine, getting better with age!
  15. Saturday 7 September 2019 - ECPL St Minver 1, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 1 Goal: Cameron Dymond (75) A much better performance all round from Torpoint after the disappointing midweek display and result. Both sides started brightly, with Torpoint doing most of the pressing and going close on a couple of occasions, particularly from set pieces. 16-year olds Elliott O'Connor and Joe Ackerlay linked up well in the opening stages, while the pace of Will Ferguson and Adam Parry was a threat from the off. St Minver had spells though and arguable the best chance of the game but missed the target. The home side did take the lead on 36 minutes, against the run of play, when they broke quickly and caught their visitors off guard. Two minutes later, the game took a turn, when Torpoint striker Parry was shown a straight red card for kicking out at an opponent. Pure frustration and he knew what he'd done straight away - but no complaints with the sending off. Torpoint rallied in the second period and set up in a 4-4-1, frustrating St Minver with two solid banks of four, then hitting on the break when the chance came. This worked well, with substitute Cameron Dymond causing problems down the right teamed up with skipper Chirs Westall, Will Ferguson's endeavor through the middle with support from midfield and a resolute back line with Jake White the stand out at centre back. The away side pushed hard and found the St Minver keeper in good form, but eventually the pressure told when Will Ferguson dispossessed the defender, allowing Dymond to run through, round the keeper to finish. Both teams had spells in the closing minutes, but 10-man Torpoint still finished the stronger with St Minver becoming frustrated at their inability to capitalise on their numerical advantage. Both Dymond and Tom Booth going close when it seemed certain they would bag the winner, while Matt Westall stood firm under late aerial bombardment. Overall, pleased with a point in the circumstances, but can't help being slightly disappointed we didn't take all 3 points. Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Chris Westall, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Glen Cleland; Adam Brayson, Ross Richardson, Elliott O'Connor; Joe Ackerlay, Adam Parry, Will Ferguson. Subs used: Tom Booth (HT), Tom Rowe (HT), Cameron Dymond (HT), Alex Richardson (68), Ryan Steel (79). Sent off: Adam Parry (38) MOM: Jake White - didn't miss a header or tackle all came. Classy.
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