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Torpoint Athletic Thirds - 2019/20

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Opening Fixture!

Saturday 17 August - ECPL

St Dominick 2, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 3

Goals: Tom Rowe (3), Chris Westall (34), Will Ferguson (80)

The Thirds are stepping into the unknown a little this season as the restructure of the senior leagues has given us the opportunity to enter the ECPL after many years competing in the Duchy League. It's a bold move by the club, but one that we welcome and hope that, with 3 sides now playing at senior level, will benefit the club as a whole.

St Dominick have had an impressive pre-season and we knew this fixture would be tough. It didn't disappoint.

I don't think many would disagree that, on the whole, the home side were probably the better side over the 90 minutes. That said, Torpoint defended resolutely and had goalkeeper Matt Westall to thank for one particularly outstanding double save in the second period. Torpoint did have their moments though and caused the St Dominick defence some problems with their pace and persistence on the counter attack.

Tom Rowe opened the scoring after only 3 minutes when St Dom failed to clear a Jay Hussey corner and, after some penalty-box pinball, Rowe poked home from close range. Against the run of play, the visitors found themselves 2-0 up when Chris Westall connected with another Hussey corner to glance into the far corner. We couldn't believe our luck! St Dom pulled one back just before half time, although from where I was standing, 'keeper Matt Westall appeared to have been fouled as the ball sailed in straight from a right-wing corner. HT St Dom 1-2 Torpoint.

The second half followed much the same pattern - St Dom pushing hard with Torpoint soaking up pressure and trying to hit on the counter. The pressure finally told when St Dom won a corner and, during a penalty box mele, a player was adjudged to have been fouled and the referee pointed to the spot. Although Matt Westall got a hand to the ball, it squirmed under his grasp and found the back of the net for 2-2. Game on!

Both sides had chances to take the lead from this moment. Both sides had penalty shouts waived away. Both keepers were called into action on more than one occasion. But it was Torpoint who finished stronger and it was substitute Will Ferguson who was rewarded after a typically persistent run into the box and a slightly scuffed finish into the corner. Ferguson almost made it 4-2 in the closing stages, but for a good save from the home keeper.

On the whole, pleased to pick up the points - even if they may have been slightly undeserved on balance of play. Counter that with 8 players unavailable on the day, a 16-year old Joe Harmer making his debut at left back and two other 16-year olds on the bench - not to mention the really long grass - and there's much more to come from Torpoint this season (I hope).

Torpoint (4-2-3-1): Matt Westall; Callum Bays, Jake White, Chris Westall, Joe Harmer; Tom Rowe, Jay Hussey; Callum Thomas, Byron Robbins, Bahroz Zad; Adam Parry.

Subs used: Sam Rosevear, Youssef Yousefi, Will Ferguson.

Subs not used: Josh Payn, Adam Blair.

MOM: Matt Westall


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Wednesday 21 August 2019 - ECPL

Torpoint Athletic Thirds 4, Looe Town 1

Goals: Danny Rogers (14), Lewis Young (45), Elliott Crawford (51), Youssef Yousefi (80)

I'm not sure what the neutrals would have thought, but it wasn't the prettiest game and certainly not one for the purist. Again, Torpoint struggled to pass the ball and we gave away possession cheaply, handing opportunities to a Looe side that, respectfully, we should have put away by half time. If not for the last ditch defending, good goalkeeping and a better final ball, we would have been out of sight.

That said, it's early days, we have players to come back in and there are some young lads out there that will only get better. We are trying to play the right way and while we're not firing on all cylinders, that's 6 points in two games, with much more to come. Credit to Looe who made life very difficult for us.

Two very tough tests coming up in the next 7 days!

Torpoint (4-2-3-1): Matt Westall; Jake White, Chris Westall, Danny Rogers, Joe Harmer; Tom Rowe, Jay Hussey; Sam Rosevear, Byron Robbins, Bahroz Zad; Lewis Young.

Subs used: Elliott Crawford, Youssef Yousefi, Callum Thomas, Alex Richardson, Adam Blair.

MOM: Jay Hussey


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Saturday 24 August - ECPL

Foxhole Stars 5, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 2

Goals: Youssef Yousefi (41), Luke Gibbons (71)

Goverseth is a tough place to go at the best of times, but to travel there with 10 players unavailable, players drafted in at the last minute and the proverbial square pegs in round holes all over the pitch, it was always going to be especially difficult. That's not taking anything away from Foxhole who, on the day fully deserved the victory and in Tyler Cheshire, have a player that is destined to play at a much higher level surely. He was simply unplayable today.

I thought the first half was fairly evenly contested. Foxhole we typically aggressive and direct, while Torpoint looked to soak up pressure, then play out from the back at pace. Both sides created chances and both goalkeepers had work to do. Unfortunately, two mistakes led to two very soft goals conceded before Youssef Yousefi pulled one back just before half time. At half time, we really felt we were in it.

The reality was, in the second half, Foxhole cranked up both the pressure and quality while the cracks in our patched up side started to show. Two quick fire goals knocked the stuffing out of us to take the game to 4-1, but we did manage to capitalise on a period of sustained pressure to score a second and give us a sniff; but Foxhole scored immediately after the restart to finish the game as a contest.

Special mention to goalkeeper Scott Johnstone, making his debut under difficult circumstances, but making some good saves and communicated well, Luke Gibbons for making himself available at short notice to play out of position (and managing to score), and to skipper Chris Westall coming off the bench to play through the pain barrier to help his side out. A tough day, but pleased with the effort.

Fair play to Foxhole. They're good at what they do. We look forward to the return fixture at The Mill on 17th September.

Torpoint (4-3-3): Scott Johnstone; Callum Bays, Tom Booth, Luke Gibbons, Joe Harmer; Tom Rowe, Sam White, Youssef Yousefi; Sam Rosevear, Adam Parry, Jay Hussey.

Subs used: Chris Westall, Will Ferguson, Byron Robbins, Chris Warren.

Sub not used: Adam Brayson.

MOM: Youssef Yousefi


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35 minutes ago, baldy said:

Tyler Cheshire has already played at Step 6, 2 or 3 or 4 years ago.

Well, he needs to go back there by the time we play them again!! Superb on the day.

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Wednesday 28 August 2019 - ECPL

Mount Gould 4, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 0

For the benefit of the Foxhole Twitter trolls, 2 of the 10 missing on Saturday returned, so only 8 unavailable this time!!

Nevertheless, we were handed a football lesson against a very strong Mount Gould side that, in my opinion, will take some stopping this season. I have no doubt, we will not play a better side this season and, frankly, we had our asses handed to us over the 90mins.

We always knew it was going to be tough and our plan was to frustrate and contain, then hope to grab something on the break. After a bright opening few minutes, we completely shot ourselves in the foot and gifted the opening goal after only 9mins. Two more howlers followed, giving MG a 3-0 half time lead and the game was over as a contest. Some harsh words were exchanged at HT and there was an improvement in desire and commitment in the second period but, in all honesty, all the quality came from Mount Gould and they eventually added a fourth midway through the second period. 

For some reason MG became frustrated in the closing stages and managed to get 2 players sin-binned and 1 sent off, then gave away a penalty that was subsequently missed. 

We deserved nothing from this game. You have to earn the right to play football by being prepared to do the hard work first and foremost. We fell well short of expextation in that respect. We move on.

Torpoint (4-4-1-1): Scott Johnstone; Tom Booth, Chris Westall, Ross Richardson, Glen Cleland; Sam Rosevear, Jon Farmer, Sam White, Youssef Yousefi; Jay Hussey; Bahroz Zad.

Subs used: Joe Harmer, Adam Parry, Callum Thomas, Adam Brayson, Tom Rowe.


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Saturday 31 August 2019 - ECPL

North Petherwin 0, Torpoint Athletic Thirds 2

Goals: Will Ferguson (39), Sam White (80)

Torpoint returned to winning ways with a hard fought but thoroughly deserved victory at a stubborn North Petherwin.

The first half was fairly evenly contested with both sides having chances to take the lead. Bahroz Zad, Will Ferguson and Jay Hussey all went close, while some slightly better finishing from the home side might have seen them find the net also. Defender Ross Richardson found himself in the sin-bin midway through the period, for appealing a handball! Yes, no swearing, no aggression, no hounding the referee, just appealing a decision from all of 20 yards away! Very bizarre in my view and an example how over-officious referees could use it to assert their authority in the wrong way. After all that however, Ferguson opened scoring late in the first half with a typical bustling run, avoided being brought down by the keeper, staying on his feet to find the net. 

Torpoint were in control of the game for the majority of the second period with keeper Matt Westall rarely troubled. Zad, Callum Thomas and substitute Tom Rowe all should have increased the lead but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept the home side in the game. Fellow substitute Sam White eventually sealed the game when a Tom Rowe through ball sat up beautifully for him to volley into the top corner from 20 yards. Further chances went begging as Torpoint finished much the stronger, but credit to North Petherwin who never make it easy for us!

Clean sheet. Three points. Job done!

Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Callum Bays, Chris Westall, Ross Richardson, Glen Cleland; Youssef Yousefi, Adam Brayson, Jay Hussey; Callum Thomas, Will Ferguson, Bahroz Zad.

Subs used: Tom Booth, Adam Parry, Tom Rowe, Chris Warren, Sam White.

MOM: Adam Brayson

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Really good coverage. Great to see the ECPL getting attention, was in danger of becoming a forgotten league with the Peninsula League split and the forming of the St Piran League.

Agree with earlier point though, Mount Gould will take a lot of stopping in the ECPL this season.

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Wednesday 4 September 2019 - ECPL

Torpoint Athletic Thirds 3, St Cleer 6

Goals: Ross Richardson (54), Chris Westall (74 pen), Adam Parry (76)

Two days on and I'm still trying to get my head around this one. We have a good management setup at both the club and for this side in particular. People that give up time, money and effort to ensure that all these lads have to do is, it turn up and be committed. The two 45 minute displays we got from this team on Wednesday was poles apart. The first was nothing short of a disgrace in terms of desire and commitment, not to mention ability and decision making. It was embarrassing to watch. The second period was full of drive, determination and ultimately a good footballing display which nearly got us back into a game that was gone by half time.

The first two goals, after just 7 and 12 minutes, were mind boggling. Both corners which managed to beat the near post and somehow numerous bodies in the six yard box before finding the back of the net via numerous deflections. It was Keystone Cops stuff. St Cleer found themselves 3-0 up on 39 minutes when a simple run and straight ball caught out a static defensive setup for their player to run through and slot past Matt Westall. A minute later and some neat play from the away side in midfield carved open the Torpoint defense and a powerful finish saw them go in at the half time break with a 4-0 advantage.

Changes were made, words were exchanged, and the second period was a completely different picture. Torpoint took the game to St Cleer and played with much more vigour and urgency. Defender Ross Richardson pulled one back, heading in a Sam Rosevear cross on 54 minutes. Tails were up and there was some belief. Bahroz Zad, youngster Dan Place and Rosevear all went close before the latter had a point blank header saved on the line when it seemed easier to score. It was all Torpoint. A change of shape to 3-4-3 threw caution to the wind and, on 74 minutes, Adam Parry was brought down in the box leaving skipper Chris Westall to power from the spot home to make it 2-4. Two minutes later, more good work from Parry saw him burst into the box, round the keeper finish clinically to get us within a goal. 3-4!! Could we? Zad went close once more and another loud penalty appeal was turned away.

Torpoint were pushing hard for the equaliser but, as is the case in these situations, you do tend to leave the back door open a bit and St Cleer hit on the break to score an excellent fifth, before killing the game off in the closing stages with a fantastic finish to make it 6 - which, given the way we fought back from 4-0 down was a little harsh in my view. All in all, well played to St Cleer on the night, they played some great football (particularly in the first period) and scored a couple of cracking goals, but I can't help thinking that we made it far too easy for them in the first half and, once again, gifted someone a 3-0 headstart. We can't keep doing that.

Torpoint (4-3-3): Matt Westall; Jake White, Chris Westall, Ross Richardson, Tom Booth; Tom Rowe, Adam Brayson, Jay Hussey; Callum Thomas, Adam Parry, Bahroz Zad.

Subs used: Callum Bays, Youssef Yousefi, Danny Rogers, Sam Rosevear, Daniel Place.

MOM: Daniel Place


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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

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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!


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