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  1. It would be a shame if North Petherwin dropped out. We've had some battles and their ground isn't particularly enjoyable to go to, but they seem a well run club with ambition to keep moving in the right direction, so I for one would not be happy in seeing them take a backward step. Good luck to them. If they are the only team to drop out - and it seems that decision has not yet been made by the way - then keeping the league at 16 is a no-brainer. Any further withdrawals will open an opportunity for applications but I think Duchy League clubs should be given priority over more Plymouth/Devon sides. As a Plymothian who was involved with Tamarside's inaugural transfer to Cornwall, that may seem an odd thing to say, but it should not be ignored that these are essentially Cornish leagues, governed by CCFA, and should only be opened up to Devon clubs in the event of a shortage, or expansion. Talk of an ECPL and Duchy merger seems sensible - even if only to share administration and committee members. There is a distinct shortage of volunteers to take up these position so a pooling of resources seems a good way to go. The East Cornwall Duchy League has a ring! Has anyone considered a merger with the P&WDCL? A bit out there I know, but if more Plymouth sides are actually that keen on playing in East Cornwall, why not look to merge with a league that has been declining rapidly in numbers and quality year on year. Just brain storming - not advocating. Clearly, facilities would be an issue as most clubs in Plymouth play on council pitches. I hear Ruth Saunders has now taken on the ECPL Secretary role which is a great move. I also hear a couple of member club representatives have been approached to join the committee to further strengthen and hopefully bring the the league into the modern era! Full use of the FA WGS is a must next season which will eliminate the need for paper teamsheets, while player registrations, statistics, bookings and fixture scheduling would be made much easier. There's even talk of a Twitter account!!! All the debate and conjecture is great, but let's face it, we're not even sure when we are likely to be able to start playing again. Like someone said, with social distancing lasting for some period, we're not even sure if we will be allowed to train any time soon, let alone play friendlies. The more I think about it, the more this is looking like an August pre-season and a start in September, at the absolute earliest. Any later, and you have to wonder how any type of meaningful season will ever happen. I don't see cup competitions being played next season if I'm honest as there will be a limited time-frame for league fixtures alone. But... we live in hope! Slowly forgetting what it feels like to kick a football... Just out of interest Paul, what Devon-based clubs have played in the Duchy League? Genuine question.
  2. This is all great debate. It only proves that we all want what's best for the league, and the clubs within it. I believe the league competition (and the cup) has been completely expunged, so the Cup Final cannot be played, but I like the idea of the ECPL Cup Finalists meeting as a 2020/21 season opener! Like I said before, I don't see many (if any) changes to the constitution for the new season, so will be looking at a 17-team league. Even if we get one drop out, there will be no capacity for additional teams - particularly as the 18-team league was voted in against the advice of CCFA, who will want a reduction. Clubs will no doubt be "planning" for 2020/21 as far as they can. We can only assume that amateur sport will resume in time for the start of August... if it doesn't then we could well be looking at a completely different setup for 2020/21 anyway. League fixtures only perhaps? No cups? More importantly, I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
  3. Sorry Adlestrop, I completely forgot about Godolphin's withdrawal. We never played them. Which ECPL clubs do you think have concluded that senior football was a step too far? St Blazey struggled, but they have the belief that they should do better. St Teath too, but they had a very young side and one would think they can only improve. Newquay struggled too, but you'd think a Reserve side would want to retain senior status. North Petherwin struggled in their last few games, so I guess they may be a risk in terms of withdrawal. That said, with the season not actually finishing, many clubs will feel as if it's unfinished business. Personally, I don't see anything changing in terms of the constitution. As for Windmill FC - I don't know that much to be honest as I'm not a regular watcher of the P&WDL. Decent side on paper, but many of these players are there because of their unwillingness to travel, so it does beg the question as to whether they would have the same squad should they end up in East Cornwall. They don't have a "home" as such and would imagine they would apply to play home fixtures at Millbay Park which was always decent... but not so these days. I'm not sure facilities would meet criteria. Remains to be seen of course. Like I said, I don't see them getting in anyway by virtue of the current constitution being unchanged. 16 is a good number should anyone drop out.
  4. I've heard that Windmill FC have applied to transfer from the P&WD, but with 18 teams already currently in the league (which is arguably too big) and no suggestion of any withdrawals, I really can't see that being entertained at all. I would have thought that if there were any withdrawals, the league would take the opportunity to reduce the numbers to 16 max. At Torpoint Thirds, we're already planning for the new campaign. The lads are competing against each other Strava for their quickest 5km. We're confident we will retain the entire squad from 2019/20 and will look to strengthen with one or two additions in the right areas. Can't wait!!!
  5. Sunday 7th April 2020 TAFC Thirds Presentation Awards 2019/20 - via WhatsApp With the season brought to an abrupt end thanks the Cornovirus we thought we would do a WhatsApp Presentation Night for the lads. Along with some superb graphics, picture montages and action shots from Neill Richardson, the awards were dished out as follows... Sporting Commitment Award... Jay Hussey Tom "Killer" Rowe Danny Rogers Managers' Player of the Season.. Danny Rogers Matt Westall Jake White Players' Player of the Season... Matt Westall Jake White Sam Rosevear Season Summary from JR... It's very difficult to judge how this season went, considering we still had 13 games to play before COVID-19 stopped us in our tracks. However, I think that after a difficult opening 4/5 games we found our feet in this league and, for the most part, competed in every game. Let's not forget, we didn't add that much to the side that finished Third in the Duchy Premier League in 2018/19. It took a little time, but we eventually became resilient and difficult to beat first and foremost - that meant we were always in the game. Sure, we had a blip against Mount Gould (0-4) and at Foxhole with half a team (2-5), while there was the awful display at home to St Cleer (3-6). Other than that, we didn't concede too many which is always going to give you a chance, particularly if you are going to find it difficult to score goals at the other end of the pitch, which we did without question. Chris Westall finished the season with 11 goals while playing most of the season at right back. The next best was young Daniel Place who notched 6 in 10 games before going back to the Reserves. This is something we must improve on next season. We were in Third place when the season ended - with difficult games to play against Mount Gould and St Dominick who were both scoring goals for fun. I fancied us in the remaining fixtures though and with all the tops sides having to play each other twice, I really felt we could have pinched runners up - or certainly a top 3 finish. When looking at where we finished, I can't help but look back at the injury-time equalisers we conceded at home to both Veryan and St Minver, while the awful result at Roche meant we literally gave 7 points away. Of course, there's always a flip side, when you consider our last minute winner at home to St Stephen (what a game that was) and the opening day win at St Dominick where it's safe to say, we were fortunate. I've enjoyed being back in football after 5 years away. We really do have a fantastic group of lads that are all a pleasure to be around. We have fantastic support from the club too and we really do operate as "a club" and not 4 individual sides. The ground staff, bar staff and even the supporters are amazing, while the committee all work tirelessly - and often thanklessly - to ensure the club keeps moving in the right direction. Callum Bays makes my life so much easier though with his work off the pitch, while Neill Richardson is great company and his help, support and input this season has been invaluable. Finally, a special thanks to our sponsors who have contributed generously this season - Jem Scaffolding, AP Electrical Contractors, C&P Plastering and Southern Finishes. 2019/20 - Over and out!!
  6. Saturday 29 February 2020 - ECPL Looe Town 1, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 2 Goals: Ronei Yousefi (79), Bahroz Zad (89) We were glad to finally get a game on after what felt like a very long spell out. Fair play to the Looe committee and volunteers for getting the game on, but the conditions were not conducive to an attractive game of football by any stretch of the imagination and both sides struggled to show any real quality. The pitch wasn’t in a good state at the end and Looe are home again next week so we hope it didn't cause too much damage. This was the proverbial game of two halves and Torpoint elected to play up the slope and against the gale force wind after winning the toss. The visitors had a game plan from the off and defended the bottom goal resolutely for the majority of the first half. Conceding few set pieces is always key and superb kicking into the wind from Matt Westall allowed the outfielders to defend higher up the pitch. Looe did score the only goal of the half from a very quick break after Byron Robbins was caught in possession in Looe’s third. A ball down the right channel lead to a 3-on-3 situation which was well worked by Looe leaving their left winger to tap home. Despite the awful conditions and with the wind, that was pretty much Looe's only chance and Torpoint did create their own chances in the first half. Will Ferguson forced a smart save from the home keeper in the opening minutes, Robbins hit the crossbar and had a goal ruled out for offside - wrongly in my opinion, but who am I to doubt the honesty of the home official? 😉 HT 1-0 The second half was about putting the pressure on Looe’s defence and using the elements to keep knocking on the door. Countless corners were swung in by Robbins and Jay Hussey and the slightest of contact on any of them would - and probably should - have resulted in a goal. Tom Rowe in particular was unlucky not to come away with hat-trick of headers!! Two superb saves from the home keeper came from free kicks from the same two set piece takers. Chances in open play were limited, but Ferguson and Sam Rosevear were still thwarted by the home keeper when well placed. With the clock ticking away, the equaliser finally arrived on 79 mins when Ronei Yousefi's speculative 25-yard effort took a wicked deflection and looped over the keeper. It was unclear whether the effort was on target, but we awarded it to Ronei!! Torpoint kept banging on the door and pushed for the winner - but Looe's only chance came on the break but Matt Westall saved from 10-yards, then the follow up was blocked by the face of Steve Todd! With the game looking like ending in a draw, Christ Westall's acrobatic effort looked to have won the game for the visitors however, the home linesman once again ruled it out for offside - again, wrongly in my opinion but who am I to question him?! 😉 Less said, the better! That said, with a minute to go, substitute Bahroz Zad danced through the Looe defence and slotted past the keeper from 12 yards to spark wild celebrations - ones of relief one would suggest! In injury time, there was time for Zad to fashion two further chances to extend the lead but neither were taken and the game ended with Torpoint taking the points. Cruel on Looe considering the timing, but on balance of play and chances, more than a fair result. We had every condition to deal with in this game. Gale force winds, bright sunshine, hail, sleet and horizontal driving rain. The stereo-typical leveller! Has anyone ever scored in the top goal at Looe we ask?? A potential banana skin avoided. Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Callum Bays, Steve Todd, Danny Rogers, Jay Hussey; Sam Rosevear, Chris Westall, Tom Rowe; Ronei Yousefi, Byron Robbins, Will Ferguson. Subs used: Bahroz Zad (60), Adam Parry (60), Adam Blair (70) Sub not sued: Max Greenham MOM: Jay Hussey - playing out of position provided quality and resilience when needed. Always a threat from set pieces.
  7. Saturday 25 January 2020 - ECPL St Blazey Reserves 0, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 1 Goal: Chris Westall (18 pen) Torpoint collected another 3 points to keep in touch with the league pace-setters, but had to rely on an 18th minute penalty from captain Chris Westall to do so. The scoreline would have looked hugely different should the away side have taken the many many chances that fell their way. This was St Teath all over again. The game overall was well contested, with St Blazey working hard to deny their visitors to time and space to play. But it was Torpoint that created all the chances. Will Ferguson went clean through within the first 5 minutes, but his effort was straight at the advancing keeper, Westall himself missed a 12th minute penalty, Sam Rosevear hit the bar with a header from a wicked Jay Hussey cross, while Ferguson and Westall spurned two further opportunities before the break. The second half was much the same with Torpoint playing all the attacking football, St Blazey defending resolutely and relying on long range efforts and set pieces, neither of which troubled Matt Westall in the Torpoint goal for the entire 90mins. I don't actually recall him making a save. At the other end, Ferguson and Tom Rowe had efforts denied by St Blazey bodies on the line, Sam Rosevear missed the target after meeting a Ferguson pull-back from 12 yards, substitute Adam Parry forced two good saves from the home side's keeper, a Jay Hussey free-kick did the same, while Byron Robbins shaved the bar with a 12-yard drive and Ronei Yousefi struck the post with a left footed effort from the edge of the box. My back of a fag packet maths gave us at least 10 goal-scoring opportunities, 6 of which were guilt edge, and another 6 to play a better ball in the final third. It was a tough watch, but credit to St Blazey who, while riding their luck, gave a good account of themselves particularly in the midfield area where they were impressive today. At the end of the day, whether you win 1-0 or 6-0... you still only get 3 points! Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Tom Booth, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Jay Hussey; Sam Rosevear, Adam Brayson, Tom Rowe; Luka Pkhazadze, Chris Westall, Will Ferguson. Subs used: Sam White (55), Byron Robbins (55), Ronei Yousefi (67), Bahroz Zad (70), Adam Parry (70). MOM: Tom Rowe - all action display in midfield covering a lot of ground on a big pitch, winning headers, tackles and driving forward.
  8. Saturday 11 January 2020 - ECPL St Teath 0, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 2 Goals: Chris Westall (32 pen, 34) How Torpoint managed to come away from this victory with only 2 goals to their name is baffling me to this day. A combination of poor finishing, poor final ball, superb defending and goalkeeping, and pure bad luck, meant Torpoint took a routine 3 points to go second in the table, but came away feeling hugely disappointed that their goal difference did not receive a significant (and much needed) boost! The first half was entirely one way traffic that saw the St Teath goal peppered with efforts from open play and set pieces but, after 30 minutes the scoreline remained 0-0 with numerous guilt edge chances having been missed. I counted at least 3 goal line scrambles which failed to see the ball cross the line, two clear headers after superb deliveries from Jay Hussey, one great save from a Ronei Yousefi effort and a chance hooked over the bar from about 6 inches (the names have not been revealed for fear of embarrassment). By the time captain Chris Westall opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 32 minutes, the visitors SHOULD have been at least 4-0 up. Westall doubled the lead 2 minutes later when another Hussey corner was played into the danger area and was eventually poked home after another session of penalty-box-pin-ball. St Teath were restricted to break away efforts and did threaten on occasions, only to find Tom Booth and Danny Rogers in stubborn mood. Moment of the second half though was just before half-time when the St Teath striker hit one for 25 yards that appeared to be heading for the cobweb, only for Matt Westall to dive full stretch and tip onto the post and away to safety. That's as exciting as it got! The second half was equally one sided, albeit with the pitch cutting up badly and already very soft in areas, the quality of football on display left a lot to be desired. More chances went begging for the away side though. Will Ferguson missed the target from 10 yards when well placed, then failed to finish a superb cross from Callum Bays when it looked easier to score. There were a further two headed chances which failed to hit the target, while a further opportunity was well palmed away by the home goalkeeper. A Bays marauding run ended with his effort coming back off the post, with nobody on hand to finish, while substitute Bahroz Zad hit the cross bar with his drive from just inside the box. Adam Brayson's surging run from midfield ended with his effort missing the target and another Zad rocket whistled past the post when a more composed finish was probably required. The day was summed up in the 82nd minute when substitute Byron Robbins saw his penalty saved by the home 'keeper. With no disrespect to St Teath intended, i don't think anyone would have had anything to complain about if Torpoint had come away with at least 8 goals in this game - and that's not even being generous. However, over the course of the season so far, scoring goals and finishing the chances that we have created has been a constant theme. If we really do want to be up there in and around the top four sides, we need to start finishing these chances! Torpoint (4-2-1-3): Matt Westall; Callum Bays, Tom Booth, Danny Rogers, Glen Cleland; Sam Rosevear, Jay Hussey; Ronei Yousefi; Adam Parry, Chris Westall, Will Ferguson. Subs used: Byron Robbins (58), Bahroz Zad (58), Sam White (61), Adam Brayson (61), Josh Payn (76). MOM: Callum Bays - very solid all round display on an extremely tricky surface.
  9. Saturday 4 January 2020 - ECPL Torpoint Athletic Thirds 2, Veryan 2 Torpoint Goals: Chris Westall (6, 69). Veryan Goals: Martin Gilbert (82), Aaron Moyses (90+4). This was the proverbial game of two halves and, I would imagine, a very entertaining game for the neutral spectator. That said, we can't help but be disappointed following Veryan's late equaliser and the chances we missed earlier in the game. Torpoint started very strongly and maintained their momentum for the entirety of the first half. Chris Westall opened the scoring as early as the 6th minutes, receiving a pass into feet from Jay Hussey, turning and finding the top right hand corner of the Veryan goal with the aid of a slight deflection. The home side kept up the pressure and should have gone further into the lead during the first 45 minutes. Adam Parry was put through on goal but his effort was straight at the visiting keeper who saved with ease, while set piece delivery and corners from Jay Hussey were a constant menice. Westall and debutant George Birbeck both went close with headed efforts, while the latter also shaved the crossbar from distance. Veryan's best and possibly only chance came late in the first half, but Matt Westall saved superbly from close range. There was a significant momentum shift in the second period. A different Veryan came out for the second period and took the game to Torpoint with a change of shape putting two strikers up against the home side's back line. Torpoint defended solidly though and, despite the pressure, restricted the Veryan threat to largely set pieces. Torpoint did have their moments though and Chris Westall doubled the lead when he found the bottom corner from the edge of the box. Substitute Byron Robbins also missed the target from 10 yards after a great run by Westall, while fellow sub Tom Rothwell should also have finished another good move, but put his effort past the post. The visitors pressure did finally tell on 82 mins, when Martin Gilbert finished superbly from a tight angle leaving Torpoint to try and hold on for the win. However, 4 minutes into injury time and corner was headed away only to find Aaron Moyses on the edge of the box and his effort flew into the bottom corner through a melee of legs - on another day, it goes in the car park. On balance of play, a draw appeared a fair result, although on chances created we can't help but feel bitterly disappointed we couldn't hold on for all three points. It definitely felt like 2 points dropped rather than 1 gained. I felt we ran out of steam a little in the closing stages and perhaps defended a little too deep, inviting the pressure. Good luck to Veryan for the remainder of the season. We always enjoy good competitive games against these boys and they are always respectful at the end of the game, win, lose or draw. Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Tom Booth, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Glen Cleland; Sam Rosevear, George Birbeck, Jay Hussey; Adam Parry, Chris Westall, Will Ferguson. Subs used: Tom Rothwell (59), Ronei Yousefi (59), Sam White (65), Byron Robbins (78) MOM: Sam Rosevear - worked hard for his side, never gave the ball away in the entire 94 mins and started the majority of his side's attacks.
  10. Saturday 28 December 2019 - ECPL Plymouth Marjon Reserves 0, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 3 Goals: Dan Place (47, 80), Tom Rowe (53) Torpoint returned to winning ways after the disappointing performance and result at Roche three weeks ago. Skipper Chris Westall missed his first game of the season, while Byron Robbins, Adam Brayson, Glen Cleland, Sam White and new signing George Birbeck were all unavailable. Danny Rogers donned the captains armband with Jake White, Alex Richardson and Dan Place returning and new signing Tom Rothwell added. The visitors started strongly with Sam Rosevear, Bahroz Zad and Adam Parry all spurning opportunities to open the scoring in the first period. However, the home side settled into their passing game and arguable finished the stronger side. Their build up play was impressive, but they lacked the cutting edge to carve out any real clear cut chances. Marjon's best chances came from set pieces. Torpoint looked sluggish and disjointed. Ball retention and quality of passing was poor. A slight tweak to the formation in the latter stages of the first half with Mike Roberts moving into midfield and Jay Hussey to left back to provide some balance. HT 0-0 Torpoint introduced two substitutes at the interval, with striker Dan Place and midfielder Tom Rowe coming on. From that point, Torpoint were much the better side and it was Place who opened the scoring within 2 minutes of the restart, holding the ball up superbly and muscling past two defenders before finishing from close range. The game was pretty much one way traffic from that point, with Marjon restricted to break aways and set pieces, with 'keeper Matt Westall making one impressive save with his feet from a Marjon free-kick on the edge of the area. Rowe added the second on 53 minutes, making a late run from midfield to power home a header from Place's cross. Parry, Ronei Yousefi and Zad all went close in the second period before Place eventually added his second to seal the game. A great run and ball from substitute right-back Tom Booth played in Place who finished clinically. The result was fair - in fact it should have been more - but you have to give credit to a very young Marjon side who continue to play attractive football. Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Callum Bays, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Mike Roberts; Ronei Yousefi, Sam Rosevear, Jay Hussey; Adam Parry, Will Ferguson, Bahroz Zad. Subs used: Dan Place (HT), Tom Rowe (HT), Tom Booth (65), Tom Rothwell (65), Alex Richardson (78) MOM: Mike Roberts - filled in at left back before moving into midfield and showing quality and experience.
  11. Saturday 7 December 2019 - ECPL Roche 3, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 2 Goals: Sam Rosevear (49), Jay Hussey (64) It's fair to say we played poorly, particularly in the first half. However, sometimes you don't have to play well to win games of football. Good shape, discipline and making good simple decisions in possession of the ball can often get you over the line when all the guns aren't firing. We've done it a couple of times this season, but at Roche, we conspired to be the architects of our own downfall and lose a game of football we created enough chances in to win comfortably. The grass was long and the surface very soft indeed - but it was playable, so no complaints there - it was the same for both sides, but it was certainly not conducive to a flowing attractive passing game. This game was most certainly not one of those! Roche were the better side in the opening 45 minutes, adapting to the surface much better than their visitors. That said, other than the odd effort from distance and a couple of deep crosses into young keeper Cai Mansfield, the better chances still fell to Torpoint forwards who found the Roche defense and 'keeper in stubborn mood. Nevertheless, it was the home side that did find the net on 35 minutes after a high cross was not dealt with and a poor clearance eventually ended with a simple finish from close range. HT 1-0 Torpoint started the second period on the front foot and were much more positive. Bahroz Zad and Will Ferguson both went close, while Jay Hussey's delivery from set pieces also created havoc in the Roche penalty area, but the visitors did not capitalise. Eventually the pressure did pay dividends after 49 minutes when Sam Rosevear turned in a Hussey free kick at the far post to equalise. At that point there only looked like one winner, however some slack defensive play and failure to deal with a simple cross allowed Roche to go ahead again within 6 minutes. Torpoint kept banging on the door though and the second equaliser of the game came directly from a Hussey free-kick. Again, the visitors looked likely to take control of the game from that point, but some more poor defensive play gave possession away on the edge of the box allowing the Roche striker to slot past the advancing Mansfield after 66 minutes. Still, bar an odd attack on the break, and one effort from distance that struck the base of the post, Roche rarely threatened. At the other end however, Adam Parry, Ferguson, Zad plus substitutes Dan Place and Byron Robbins all went close. In the final minute Torpoint were awared a penalty for a foul on Place, but skipper Chris Westall's effort was saved low to the keeper's left. Overall, not a great performance, but we created more than enough chances to take all three points. Sometimes though, that's the way it goes and you hope that you can keep the back door locked tight to see out a narrow win... unfortunately we gave out a couple of early Christmas presents. Torpoint (4-3-3): Cai Mansfield; Adam Brayson, Ryan Steel, Danny Rogers, Chris Westall; Sam Rosevear, Tom Rowe, Jay Hussey; Adam Parry, Will Ferguson, Bahroz Zad. Subs used: Dan Place (68), Ronei Yousefi (68), Ben West (68), Sam White (75), Byron Robbins (82). MOM: Bahroz Zad - worked tremendously hard for his side and never gave up the fight! 😉
  12. Thanks for clarifying. Our Club Secretary was informed on Sunday 1 December that the rule had been breached - not that we had been expelled - and we were asked to respond. We responded on Monday 2 December but, to my knowledge, were not informed of the decision to expel until late on Wednesday 3 December? I'm not for one minute complaining about the decision here. The ECPL have applied the rules that we all signed up to and we can have no complaints. I'm merely pointing out that it would appear that Mr Potham knew before we (the management) did, which is disappointing - from an internal perspective as well as an external one. It's over. We move on and learn from it. I'm not sat in front of Cornwall Football Forum 24/7 Dave! Give me a chance mate!!
  13. Gotta say, we are very disappointed to find this out via the forum before official notice from the league, but hey, it changes nothing. Unfortunately, this was a pure admin error as the team management were not aware, or made aware, of Cup Rule 28, meaning that for quarter finals players must have played at least 3 league fixtures. We had a number of players unavailable for this fixture so drafted in some support. Unfortunately we played 2 players who had not made an appearance previously. While we are bitterly disappointed to be removed from the competition, rules are rules. We respect the leagues decision and wish Marjon the best of luck in the semi final. I would add, this fixture was scheduled to be played at The Mill but, due to the horrendous weather, we offered to switch the fixture to Marjon in order to get it played. In hindsight, considering our lack of availability, we would have been better following other clubs’ lead and simply postponing the fixture in lieu of us being “unable to raise a side”?!
  14. Tuesday 26 November 2019 - ECPL Cup Quarter Final Torpoint Athletic Thirds 2, Plymouth Marjon Reserves 0 (Played at Marjon) Goals: Own Goal (20), Jay Hussey (45) With a number of players unavailable through injury and work commitments, we were grateful for the support from our First, Second and Fourth teams in bolstering the squad. That may not go down well with some, but we are one club rather than four individual teams and, in my view, that's how it should be. Ironically, I don't think the changes in personnel helped us at all. Overall, we were disjointed and unbalanced, while the conditions also didn't contribute to the quality of the game. Torpoint started strongly and took the game to their young Marjon opponents. Bahroz Zad immediately linking well with young Matt Ottley at left back and creating an early chance which whistled past the post from 10 yards. The visitors forced two corners in the opening minutes with wicked deliveries from Jay Hussey resulting in opportunities for both Lee Hawkins and the evergreen Danny Rogers. It looked as though it was going to be one-way traffic, but once the game settled down, Marjon started to pass the ball better and give their visitors the run around. However, the Torpoint defence stayed strong and well marshaled, with the only danger coming from long balls in behind with their pacey forwards giving chase. It was 20 minutes in when Torpoint eventually - and deservedly - took the lead. A surging run down the right by Adam Parry and neat ball to Lee Hawkins in the right hand channel, saw the latter turn and drive across the face of the goal. With Zad and Hussey waiting to pounce, the ball went in off the out-stretched leg of a Marjon defender. From that moment, Torpoint appeared to take their foot off the gas a little and there were some sloppy moments, with the ball being given away in dangerous areas and some poor choices in possession through midfield. Marjon dominated the ball for a good 10-15 minute spell, but could not create a clear opportunity that troubled Matt Westall. In the closing stages of the first half, Torpoint regained momentum though and started to take control of the game once more. Zad looked certain to score after being fed by Josh Lashbrook, only for a last ditch challenge doing enough to ensure he didn't get a clean strike and was comfortably saved by the home keeper. Adam Parry went close with a glancing header from a Hussey corner before Zad's acrobatic effort was off target after good work down the left flank. The second finally arrived when Zad drove at the Marjon defence and slipped a great ball into the path of Hussey's late run and he smashed into the corner from 10 yards. Enough chances were created in the first half for the tie to be over and done with. HT 2-0. The second half was a painful watch. Numerous changes didn't help, but on the whole the quality just wasn't there. The conditions didn't help and it could not have been comfortable to play in, but nevertheless it wasn't at the standard we would normally expect. Marjon played the better football, but again could not create a clear opportunity. Torpoint defended well and when they did put some passes together and get into the forward areas, looked most likely to score. Zad, Dan Place and Chris Westall all went close, without adding to the score. The game petered out in the closing stages and was very much a case of, get the game won and get out of there!! Pleased to keep another clean sheet! Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Chris Westall, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Matt Ottley; Michael Lucas, Josh Lashbrook, Jay Hussey; Adam Parry, Lee Hawkins, Bahroz Zad. Subs used: Dan Place (HT), Adam Brayson (HT), Kieran Dyer (HT), Ross Richardson (60), Josh Payn (65). MOM: Bahroz Zad - a constant menace with his direct running and work rate. Unlucky not to get a hat-trick tonight.
  15. Saturday 16 November 2019 - ECPL Veryan 0, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 2 Goals: Will Ferguson (49, 67) Unfortunately, I wasn't at the game due to illness, so the report will not be as detailed this time! By all accounts, the lads put on a superb display against a very strong and fancied Veryan side. Some unavailability and a late withdrawal meant we had to shuffle the pack a little, but everyone stood up and took the game by the scruff of the neck. So who needs me then? Eight games unbeaten - all of the top eight played at least once - and none of the bottom four played. A solid start to life in the ECPL. Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Ben West, Jake White, Danny Rogers, Chris Westall; Sam Rosevear, Josh Lashbrook, Dan Tate; Adam Parry, Dan Place, Ronei Yousefi. Subs used: Will Ferguson (HT), Jay Hussey (61), Tom Rowe (69), Byron Robbins (85). Sub not used: Callum Bays. MOM: Sam Rosevear - like man possessed. Covered every blade of grass on the pitch and used the ball superbly.
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