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Pre Season Results
 

Penryn 4-1 Torpoint (Westall.C) - Superb first half of football but 1-0 down at HT. Couldn't finish our dinner. Penryn's experience and disjointed 2nd half with 6 subs inc. many debuts for promising youngsters opened the game up. Penryn's keeper and No.18 up front were superb to win the game. A superb pitch and facilities at Penryn!

St Cleer 1 - 3 Torpoint (Cotter, Charman, Eversfield) - A wet surface against our ECPL comrades and wasn't a brilliant game. Slimmer squads than usual for both sides, but a welcome run out. First goals in men's football for both Matty Cotter and young Korey Eversfield. Birra Moretti on tap at The Cheesewring top notch but £5/pint is London prices not Minions!

Torpoint 4ths - Torpoint 3rds - Lost our opposition the day before due to the damn Rona so we had an in house friendly with our 4th team. Hopefully a benefit to both.

Millbrook 2nds 0 - 2 Torpoint (Hussey pen, WestallC) - A superb derby win on a good surface at Mud City. Some familiar faces on the opposition side and a good day with both a great mindset and scoreline.

Penzance 2nds 0 - 8 Torpoint (Easterbrook2, Bartolini2, WestallC2, Charman, Hussey) - A dominant display from start to finish, with 4 goals in each half. Another great pitch at Pz and a great club house. The train home was just as good as the game!

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Torpoint 0 - 1 Gunnislake

Lineup: WestallM, Quintrell, WhiteJ, WhiteS, Hussey, Robbins, Cotter, Bartolini, Charman, WestallC, Easterbrook.

Subs: Blair, Payn, Macleod. Subs unused: Bays, Carter.

A disappointing start to the league with our own expectations high for our return to The Mill after a long long wait. 

Despite the pitch being scattered with clearly good players for both sides, the first half lacked the quality. A lack of patience or poor decision making resulted in the ball spending less time on the grass than everyone would've liked. Few saves were required from either keeper, barr a few set pieces which were claimed comfortably by both. The main event of the first half was a strong challenge by Billy "get to know" Cotton on Cotter resulting in a free kick. But the kick out after was uncalled for and seen by the majority. The referee decided a talking to was enough when the tackle could've warranted a yellow and the afters maybe a red. He survives.

The next person to survive was the referee himself. Sam White of all people lined up one of his familiar thunderbolts from 30yds, but the referee took the blow and he hit the deck. A few minutes later play resumed but I think that was him done and noone could blame the poor buy.

Late in the half Gunnislake were awarded a penalty following a corner, which was well despatched by no.10 Ashley Small.

The 2nd half had far more quality from both. Cotton and Small were knocking the ball about on occasion and building attacks into McAllion. Likewise, Cotter and Robbins grew into the game and were edging closer to the Gunni backline. 2-3 crosses from the right by Charman and Quintrell were whipped in after building good attacks, but the goalkeeper was too good and confident enough to squash quickly. He might take some beating. Late in the game with young blood on the pitch, Josh Payn broke through the defence but again the keeper was superb at his feet on the edge of the box to make a huge save at that stage of the game. One of the last incidents was another sour one, with Gunni's tricky winger fouled after good work down the left. But after that a melee broke out and a booking was shown to a player from each, neither involved in the initial foul. Possibility the fouler got away with one but I'd need to ask the Gunni bench whose reaction was similar to my own in the first half incident.

Gunni will definitely surprise a few teams after coming up from the Duchy League, and a strong core through the centre of their side will dominant some games.

We must move on from this and quickly as we entertain Marjons Reserves on Weds, again at The Mill. 

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Torpoint 2 - 3 Plymouth Marjons Res

Goals from Easterbrook and Blair.

Lineup: WestallM, Bays, WhiteJ, WhiteS, Hussey, Blair, Robbins, Bartolini, Payn, WestallC, Easterbrook.

Subs: Tate, King, Quintrell, Macleod.

Double disappointing. Saturday was our first home defeat since Sept 2019. And now we've had 2 in a week. I'm usually quick to write these within 24hrs, but yesterday was a non-football day to forget about it. I found that harder to do than my failed "clearance" mentioned below.

Started off very poor, with first touches worse than Gylfi Sigurdsson's and a real lack of quality. The surface was wet and the ball would not stick to anyone in gold. Marjons sensed this early, with both fitness and endeavour being the foundations to them getting on top and dominating the pressure. No.9 out left was quick to allsorts and 2nd balls all over the pitch were won or fell to blue, no accident. But against the run of play, Robbins played an almost no-look switch out left to Easterbrook, who finished well, low to the keeper's left.

For a brief period this buoyed Torpoint, but it didn't deter Marjons for too long. A ball in behind the Torpoint defence paired our 2 centre halves against each other, resulting in a rare blue moon occurrence from the pair, and a Marjons player collected the ball and finished well under Westall for the equaliser. Marjons' 2nd was another calamity. A cross from the right was touched on by WhiteJ, wrong-footing Bays at the back post. Unable to move his feet quick enough for the change in flight, the ball spun through the air for what felt like an age, and I think it went in 3 times while Westall tried to no avail to claw it out. Despite the poor half, a free header from WhiteJ wide of the post from a corner and Westall firing straight at the keeper when through were big chances on reflection, and though undeserved on play, could've been enough to change our luck. 2-1 HT. 

It wasn't an immediate reaction, but eventually Torpoint began to grow into the game and assert some pressure on the Marjons' goal. Around the hour mark, Adam Blair equalised inside the box after a goalmouth melee. With Torpoint in the ascendency, Tate and King came on. King's pace and drive down the right caused problems for Marjons, but the left back was holding his own during an impressive performance, as was the big centre half. A few blocks from Marjons and a lack of ideas going forward to do something different followed before Marjons scored a cracker from the edge of the box. the forward cut in from the left and struck the ball cleanly into the 'Point net. 

Two days on I'm not sure if much happened after that, or if I missed any key points at all. But afterwards, the dressing room was a place of silence and frustration. Thoroughly unenjoyable on nights like that and I think all the lads were hurting. A weekend off now with one of the lads getting married and many of us attending. Drown some sorrows, do some terrible dancing and move onto next Weds where we travel to Looe in our pink kit! 

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7 hours ago, Foul Throw 3 said:

Torpoint 2 - 3 Plymouth Marjons Res

Goals from Easterbrook and Blair.

Lineup: WestallM, Bays, WhiteJ, WhiteS, Hussey, Blair, Robbins, Bartolini, Payn, WestallC, Easterbrook.

Subs: Tate, King, Quintrell, Macleod.

Double disappointing. Saturday was our first home defeat since Sept 2019. And now we've had 2 in a week. I'm usually quick to write these within 24hrs, but yesterday was a non-football day to forget about it. I found that harder to do than my failed "clearance" mentioned below.

Started off very poor, with first touches worse than Gylfi Sigurdsson's and a real lack of quality. The surface was wet and the ball would not stick to anyone in gold. Marjons sensed this early, with both fitness and endeavour being the foundations to them getting on top and dominating the pressure. No.9 out left was quick to allsorts and 2nd balls all over the pitch were won or fell to blue, no accident. But against the run of play, Robbins played an almost no-look switch out left to Easterbrook, who finished well, low to the keeper's left.

For a brief period this buoyed Torpoint, but it didn't deter Marjons for too long. A ball in behind the Torpoint defence paired our 2 centre halves against each other, resulting in a rare blue moon occurrence from the pair, and a Marjons player collected the ball and finished well under Westall for the equaliser. Marjons' 2nd was another calamity. A cross from the right was touched on by WhiteJ, wrong-footing Bays at the back post. Unable to move his feet quick enough for the change in flight, the ball spun through the air for what felt like an age, and I think it went in 3 times while Westall tried to no avail to claw it out. Despite the poor half, a free header from WhiteJ wide of the post from a corner and Westall firing straight at the keeper when through were big chances on reflection, and though undeserved on play, could've been enough to change our luck. 2-1 HT. 

It wasn't an immediate reaction, but eventually Torpoint began to grow into the game and assert some pressure on the Marjons' goal. Around the hour mark, Adam Blair equalised inside the box after a goalmouth melee. With Torpoint in the ascendency, Tate and King came on. King's pace and drive down the right caused problems for Marjons, but the left back was holding his own during an impressive performance, as was the big centre half. A few blocks from Marjons and a lack of ideas going forward to do something different followed before Marjons scored a cracker from the edge of the box. the forward cut in from the left and struck the ball cleanly into the 'Point net. 

Two days on I'm not sure if much happened after that, or if I missed any key points at all. But afterwards, the dressing room was a place of silence and frustration. Thoroughly unenjoyable on nights like that and I think all the lads were hurting. A weekend off now with one of the lads getting married and many of us attending. Drown some sorrows, do some terrible dancing and move onto next Weds where we travel to Looe in our pink kit! 

Very good and fair write up, well done both teams.

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Torpoint 4 -0 St Blazey Res

Goals from Easterbrook2, Robbins (pen) & WestallC.

Lineup: WestallM, Bays, Rogers, WhiteS, Quintrell, Rowe, Robbins, Bartolini, Blair, WestallC, Easterbrook.

Subs: Brayson, Rosevear, Payn, Eversfield, Macleod.

 

14 days of valuable downtime since the defeat vs Marjons Res was probably good for the group as everyone was refreshed and had moved on. Although, we had "beaten" Looe last week without playing a minute. Unusual circumstances and perhaps a little harsh for a club going through similar difficulties as the rest of the county, particularly following Boardmasters. But I digress...

A few words on my mind before the game were togetherness, unity and positivity. We got all of that right from the word go, and St Blazey were under pressure all over the pitch. WestallC and Blair in particular pressed with intent and intelligence from the front right hand side, with the rest of the team right behind them. This cause Blazey issues and Torpoint chances. A number of crosses into the box from Blair, Robbins and Bays were knocking on the door. Before eventually, another turnover in possession allowed Robbins to find the space to put a low ball into the box for a calm finish at the back post for Easterbrook for 1-0. Deserved.

Apart from good defensive work, Torpoint showed some quality on the ball also. Robbins fed into the front three a number of times, with all three getting opportunities to attack. Also, it always helps having the 4-iron of Sam White to go back to front quickly to get defenders turning where they don't want to go. Late in the half following one of many set pieces, a penalty was awarded for a supposed push on skipper WestallC. A barrage of abuse from anyone in green to the official, I thought it was deserved but my eyesight is so poor who was I to agree/disagree. The guilty party certainly looked it though and that tells the story. Robbins despatched well enough for Charman to catch on video from his back garden 200m away. HT a deserved 2-0 scoreline.

The tempo dropped a little in the 2nd half, with players tiring in the evening sun and after the hour, 5 substitutions, which always changes the flow. But Torpoint scored a 3rd relatively early on, which was something we spoke about in detail at HT, to get the important 3rd. WestallC was put through down the inside right and unselfishly gave Easterbrook a low ball, which he controlled and finished with ease. All 5 subs hit the ground running in terms of effort and repeating what they'd seen from the side. A young bench meant 2nd balls were swept up and the pressure continued. Late in the game, Payn found time and space to slide WestallC in on goal, with a smart low drive to the keepers right wrapping the game up. Always nice to get 2x Torpoint u18s on the pitch for valuable minutes too!

A word for the official. I thought he dealt with the evening very well with a calm approach, as always from Allen. I thought Blazey gave away a lot of fouls, but nothing I would consider dirty. The yellow card in the first half was definitely a booking, the rest was dealt with. 2nd half the same, with Blazey's frustrations resulting in a yellow AND a sin bin for the same player for separate incidents. But a lesser ref would've got his cards out more, for a relatively timid game. Fair play.

Onto Saturday for the trip to St Minver, always a tough trip against a strong team and good club.

 

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St Minver 3 - 2 Torpoint

Goals from Blair & WestallC.

Lineup: Brown, Bays, Quintrell, WhiteS, Hussey, Rowe, Robbins, Brayson, Blair, WestallC, Easterbrook.

Subs: Carter, Payn. Unused: Rosevear.

A hot summer's afternoon at Trewint Lane soured by a 30min spell of ruthlessness from St Minver.

Torpoint started the brightest in the game, working hard and creating a few shooting opportunities. Around the 10th minute, the ball broke free in the box after an attack down the left to Adam Blair who struck cleanly for his 2nd of the season. This didn't deter St Minver for too long though, who went on to capitalise on a number of defensive errors, of which each encouraged them more to put their foot on the gas. Their first was both a huge miss by the referee but justice for St Minver. A forward was brought down in the box by WhiteS, only for a free kick to be given? The foul was clearly inside the box and unsure how it was missed, or why there wasn't a bigger challenge to the decision from the home team. But St Minver got their rewards from the free kick. WhiteS redeemed himself for 0.1seconds as he made a superb goal line clearance, only for it to hit Bays in the shin and fly back in the direction it came and into the net. The second began with Torpoint pressing high and the ball being rolled back to Hurst in goal. But as we've seen before, this is a position of strength for the home side. A huge boot up field wasn't dealt with by Hussey in the left back position and the wide man darted in providing a perfect cut back to the penalty spot for an onrushing forward to side foot high into the net for the lead. St Minver's third was another avoidable error, with Quintrell and WhiteS causing a mix up and the home striker found himself one on one on the edge of the box. A scuffed shot gave me brief relief but the bounce found it's way past stand in goalkeeper Brown.

Apart from the first 15mins, Torpoint's half was full of mistakes and a bad reaction to them all, accumulating as the half wore on. I was glad to get to HT only 3-1 down and an opportunity to lower heart rates and reinstall calm and belief.

The second half was a huge improvement. A change in approach saw less overplaying in vulnerable areas and more of a mind-set to do as St Minver do so well. The pitch was hard and bobbly (no fault of the home club) in desperate need of some rainfall. It would also deter the emmets and send some home from the county! A back to front approach was adopted quickly and with immediate effect, into WestallC to hold and link up play or start an attack on his own. For a lengthy period, Torpoint built attacks into the front three of WestallC and the wide men Blair and Easterbrook. But all shooting opportunities came from the edge of the box for comfortable saves for Hurst. Until WestallC found his way forward down the right. A superb cross into the box was met by Easterbrook's head who glanced wide. But a glimmer of hope and belief was there.It wasn't until approx 75mins that Torpoint pulled one back. A throw in from Hussey was nodded on by Robbins into the path of WestallC on the edge of the box, who chested the ball down well to volley into the corner with a great strike. A deserved goal for the captain who didn't deserve to be on a losing side on the day. For the remainder of the game, Torpoint had wind in their sales but to no avail. The biggest chance fell again to WestallC after a superb cross. But a volley on the stretch could not be kept down and the effort rattled the crossbar to safety. IMO an equaliser would've been deserved with a huge improvement in the 2nd half. But ultimately, St Minver punished us for our mistakes and are a strong strong side. The core of their squad has been the same for years and are smart in their play and gamesmanship.

Another loss to make it 3 in 4 games played, all by a single goal, with so many goals conceded down to mistakes to end August struggling. Unusual for what I believe is a strong squad. But I'm more than confident we'll turn the corner, and with availability improving soon with injuries returning and a few from holiday, we must show what we're capable of!

Next week, ECPL League Cup away at St Blazey. One of the finest pitches in the county, so what more motivation do we need?!

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St Blazey 1 - 3 Torpoint

Goals from Easterbrook, Charman & Hussey (pen)

Lineup: WestallM, Quintrell, Carter, WestallC, Hussey, Cotter, Tate, Payn, Blair, Charman, Easterbrook.

Subs: Bartolini, Eversfield, Rowe, Brayson. 

An excellent day, on an even better surface. 

A brilliant start for Torpoint in the first minute. A slip/mistake in the Bears defence allowed Tate to break through on goal. He was shut down as he entered the box, but a switch out to Easterbrook on the left was brought down with finesse inside the closing full back and put away for an early lead. Ryan's 4th of the season, 3rd vs Blazey. A positive start and it gave Torpoint some confidence to pounce on errors and a slow start for the hosts. The back pairing of 17yr old Carter and skipper WestallC showed composure throughout and their passing between themselves was tiring out the lone reputable striker Liam Eddy. His intention was always to press but his team mates showed little intent to back him up for the majority of the game. This allowed Torpoint time on the ball to build up and pass into the midfield, Cotter in particular. Blazey's main threat in the first half was the pace and willing of the Grealish wide man. Trethewey in midfield clearly got ability too. The remainder of the first half from the visitor's POV was good build up, up until the final third. A lack of decisiveness or tame movement off the ball to create the space and opportunities to get chances inside the box was a talking point at HT, with Charman having an excellent game linking up. 0-1 HT. Two penalty shouts for Torpoint in the first half, but on both occasions the official's positioning and closeness to the incident couldn't have been better. No arguments from me on the halfway. 

2nd half started the same as the 1st with Torpoint scoring early. Easterbrook dazzled the full back and crossed low for Charman inside the 6yd box to tuck away in the 47th minute. A great start to the half and a cushion to build on. A deserved goal for Charman who had a good first half. There was plenty more possession for the Torpoint midfield, with a slower tempo and pace to the game. Tate, Cotter and Payn were superb moving the ball around a tiring home side. But Blazey grew into the game with the introductions of McAvoy and Loughton (I think?) to join the impressive Trethewey in midfield. With tomorrow's Plymouth Half Marathon in mind, Skipper WestallC was withdrawn around the 70th for unfamiliar centre half Bartolini, who impressed in his "win your headers, clear your lines approach. All I asked of him. More subs entered the play, including the electric 17yr old Eversfield on the left for goalscorer Easterbrook. Charman found himself through one on one with the keeper, to place a tame lefty at the keeper. He later had chance to redeem himself as a fine cross from the right was possibly too high which Charmino headed over. Not long after that I think he gave up and subbed himself off with "cramp", poor lad. Very late, Blazey pulled one back after a couple of set pieces. Eddy clearly fouling WestallM in goal but a green/black stripe put the ball in the net. A reluctance to give the ball back for ko resulted in a telling off from the referee. A few mins after that Eddy at the heart of it again, only this time not the innocent, receiving a booking for something with Bartolini. At 2-1 it was a tough call to put skipper back on, or shore up, but something inside me told me not to worry and that Blazey had little energy or time left for a comeback. The energy showed as a Blazey attack was cleared out to Blair in the right back area, who played Eversfield in down the right who galloped 50yds+ into the area to square to WestallC who had returned on for another cramper. A fluffed first touch resulted in the goalkeeper clattering him, somehow again, the referee had kept up with the pacey Eversfield and was on the money to give the penalty. Despatched with aplomb by Hussey to seal the win in time added on. 

An impressive win and a very happy gaffer tonight as I rest up before the Half tomorrow. A word for the referee who I've mentioned a few times above. Very fit, and clearly an asset as he was always near the play. Be interested to see what distance he covered. He was being assessed today, and as you'd expect/want he was consistent with no clear or obvious errors. Not sure how the assessments work but from my only viewing of him, I assume it was for a possible promotion. Thanks Tom Roper.

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Roche 0 - 4 Torpoint

Goals from Blair, Easterbrook, Payn & WestallC.

Lineup: Piper, Carter, Monk, Rogers, Hussey, Payn, Robbins, Rowe, Blair, WestallC, Easterbrook.

Subs: Macleod, Eversfield, Ferguson, Brayson. 

Pre-match I'd have taken the result, but I feel underwhelmed with the final score considering the amount of chances missed. Would've rather not have had the lengthy traffic delays too, especially captain and goalkeeper arriving 15mins before KO.

Luckily, the delays didn't effect us too much, with a strong start resulting in Adam Blair scoring in the 9th minute. This gave us confidence to put our stamp on the game and not long after Robbins scored a 2nd from the edge of the box with a drive into the bottom left after a lay off from WestallC. The goal was chalked off by the referee due to Robbins' "set me" communications!!! The first of many bizarre shouts. One thing we did lack in the first half was isolating Easterbrook in 1v1 situations where he's dangerous. I only recall two times in the whole half we managed this, one resulting in him smashing the crossbar from 20yds+ with a thunderous drive. There were shouts of it crossing the line as the ball came down but I was unsure myself. The 2nd time Easterbrook found himself against the full back was 2-0 on 40minutes. A bit of skill, cut inside and a low drive took a big deflection to wrong foot the keeper. But deserved on play. The 3rd came quickly on 42mins from a superb team goal led by Payn who had the ball numerous times with pass and move which he finished himself for a HT 3-0 scoreline. Aside from these chances, set pieces were a threat throughout the half, with Rowe or WestallC having an effort well blocked but over the line not given. The opposite happened to us last week so swings and roundabouts. Other bizarre decisions by the official in the first half were freekicks given for shouts of "time", "switch it" "step over it" among others. Very confident the Laws do not cover good communication as an offence. However, these examples were for both sides so he was consistently wrong at least. 

2nd half was a lacklustre affair for Torpoint and one I was disappointed with really. HT was discussing putting a marker down, be ruthless, don't think it's over, etc. But the intensity and desire was not there. WestallC was played through one on one, reluctant to shoot on his left, turned inside the defender to lay back to Rowe, but as ever leaned back and the shot flew over the bar from inside the box. A big chance to put new wind in the sails. Early changes gave a young bench more experience and some added drive at least. 17yr olds Macleod and Eversfield were keen to impress and both were energetic and showed their potential. Robbins looked confused for a minute when he again said "set me" to a team mate, for the ref to ignore this time?! The majority of the 2nd half was played in eerie silence as no one knew what was allowed in this alien rule. Ferguson entered the field for his 2nd debut after a brief hiatus at Mud City Reserves, and a superb cross from the right put him in on goal near the penalty spot, but his left foot half-volley was hit wide of the post to ruin a warm return for the forward. Eversfield in particular showed endeavour and wasn't content with the 3-0 score line. He found himself past the full back again and again and was honest about not wanting to keep chasing him. A superb cross from Eversfield to the back post late in the game was met by a textbook downward header from skipper WestallC for 4-0. Another game where he got the goal his all round game deserved. 

Other positives to take were that we won (obviously), despite missing 8 players, most of whom are regular starters. 2x 2nd teamers helped out inc 18yr old Monk at centre half and the experienced Martin Piper having a rest from managerial duties for the weekend, again showing the club ethos works. The biggest positive for me though was finishing the game with 3x 17yr olds on the pitch and 2x 18s inc MOTM for me Josh Payn. Much better from the team the last few weeks. No game for the 3rds now until October. Time for a few injuries to heal and festivals to bugger off! Between now and then I know a few will help the club out in any games required.

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Torpoint 9 - 1 Newquay Academy

Goals from WestallC3, Easterbrook2, Payn2, WhiteJ, Hussey.

Lineup: Brown, Carter, WhiteJ, WhiteS, Hussey, Payn, Robbins, Cotter, Blair, WestallC, Easterbrook.

Subs: Quintrell, Bartolini, Northcott, Rowe. 

An empathic victory!

Both teams began well and played the ball around nicely on the slick surface at The Mill. A Robbins corner on 9mins was met by the whippet Jake White darting in at the near post and heading into the net for 1-0. It was another corner which resulted in the 2nd goal, this time for Newquay to equalise on 15mins. The 3rd goal on 23mins was yet another corner, with Matty Cotter swinging an air shot worth of a fine, but the ball fell to Payn who side footed superbly into the top corner to again take the lead. This didn't deter Newquay too much and for the next 15mins both teams continued to play the ball around well. Torpoint though looked the more threatening going forward, with Hussey cracking the woodwork and Robbins driving a powerful effort wide when positioned way outside the box. With 5mins remaining of the first half, WestallC got his first of the game with a good individual goal. I screamed for him to play in Easterbrook to his left in a 2v1, but the situation gave the defender bambi legs and Skip drove past him and fired low into the corner. Moments before HT, it was WestallC again who bagged for a 4-1 lead.

At HT, it wasn't over as Newquay were clearly not a bad side and I didn't want anyone to take their foot off the gas. Maybe the lads are learning their lesson as they flew out the blocks again, and Easterbrook scored around the 50min mark with a neat low finish. I think this one was enough to kill any hope for a comeback. The 6th came soon after with Payn getting another deserved goal. Skip completed his hat trick on 70mins after a number of opportunities to get it through sheer perseverance. I'd seen enough and he was off. Hussey was next on the sheet with an inswinging corner whipped in low from the right. No one dealt with it except a feeble attempt which deflected in, some say OG, I say Hussey goal. But my eyesight is like Ray Charles' so who knows. Late in the game, Easterbrook was to add to his tally for the season with the team's 9th on the day and his 7th of the season, rounding the goalkeeper and placing into the net with defenders attempting to block.

A superb performance all round and it was a pleasure to watch the lads play so well. A big month ahead with no gimmies. Onto the next one, at Blaise Park for the 2nd time this season and hopefully a repeat result from the cup game.

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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. 

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St Teath 1-2 Torpoint AFC


Scorers: Easterbrook, Gibbons


Line up: Westall, Carter, J.White, S.White, Quintrell, Brayson, Robbins, Rowe, Eversfield, Easterbrook, Payn


Subs: Macleod, Richardson, Gibbons

Back to back games for me on the sideline and a first trip to St Teath in what seems a lifetime. Must admit, I was happy to see the pitch in such great condition.

We entered the game knowing the danger that St Teath could be on their day with some positive results over the last month. Starting brightly, we regularly found the front 3 of Easterbrook, Payn and Eversfield in behind the hosts defence but as of last week, the final ball or the required run was lacking. With both keepers not having to make a save of note in the opening period, the highlight of the half was S.White toe poking one from 20 yards for it hit the bar. As it dropped to Payn, in a position to take a touch (or 6), his first time effort was fired over the bar. For all our possession on the ball, we were unable to find that final bit of quality. Teath looked like their danger could come from set pieces and more importantly their No.9, more on him later, who didn't lose a header all game. HT 0-0. Fans not bouncing.

A very typical HT team talk in a 0-0 game, can we test the keeper? Can we improve our quality in the final 3rd? Eversfield carrying a knock came off and fellow U18 Macleod took his place. Both questions certainly weren't answered by either side in the opening 20mins of the half as the game turned scrappy. Brayson, wiped out by his team mate, was soon replaced by Richardson. His forward impact was felt immediately has he found himself off the left hand side only to put his shot over the bar. Still no saves for the keeper... I had confidence in our ability to defend but was worried about the aforementioned set pieces or a individual mistake. Fortunately, the No.9 had been removed, cramp from all that jumping. Teath's new main threat was coming from their left hand side, No.11. His direct nature often picking up useful free kicks that were claimed well by Westall. With the game at 75mins and still 0-0, Richardson was done, feeling the effects of returning from COVID and a possible hangover. With 2 knocks already subbed I brought myself on to the delight of the opposition bench. Some unkind words, possibly banter and "it became personal with me". I hoped that we'd could press 10 yards higher up the pitch. "A few moments later", a routine throw in was dropped back to the hosts CB, who had arguably been player of the game, as we pressed he lost his footing. Easterbrook picked the ball up and with the keeper out of position, found the bottom corner. Within minutes, one became two as a beautiful lofted ball from Robbins found an onrushing Easterbrook and Gibbons. Our top scorer heard the shout and left it to the much lesser player to lift in over the keeper from outside the area. Fans nearly bouncing... Good celebrations, scorer sub-subbed, Brayson back on. Most actioned packed 7mins since the birth of my daughter... Basic information, stay tight and narrow. The pesky No.11 hadn't read the script. 2 more direct runs had us at sixes and sevens, with one run finding himslef in the area to be brought down. Up stepped the ever green No.8 to place home with Westall getting a hand to it. FT 1-2.

MoM: Carter

Performances need to improve for the 90mins, great again in patches. Great to catch up with Will, the soul of St Teath, a good bunch who we'll welcome for a Cup game at The Mill next month. Good to leave with 3 points and the villages supply of cocktail sausages. See you in another 12 years. 

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St Stephen 0 - 4 Torpoint

Goals from Robbins, Cotter, Easterbrook, Hussey(pen).

Lineup: WestallM, Quintrell, Carter, WhiteS, Hussey, Payn, Robbins, Rowe, Blair, WestallC, Easterbrook.

Subs: Cotter, Northcott, Eversfield, Bartolini, Bays.

Near to full availability this week after a vital bare bones victory last week at St Teath. Also nice to wake up to an email confirming we had a referee for the game after all 5 ECPL fixtures yesterday had no appointed officials due to the Vase and Junior Cup games around the county taking priority. For the 2nd time this season, we had Tom Roper as our man in the middle and again he gave us a good performance. Firm but fair and happy to talk about decisions if you ask him politely enough. A good ref!

 Torpoint started strongly but lacked the quality with big scoring chances missed. Easterbrook firing high and wide with time and space, Robbins smashing an effort wide when placed centrally inside the box, and a few others not taken advantage of. 15mins in Robbins did open the scoring though, and his first from open play this season, with a salmon like leap and superb header from a good Easterbrook cross. Nice to score early, but from then on I was disappointed. Maybe we thought the flood gates would open without applying ourselves. St Stephen did attack on occasion and show a glimpse of a threat with a few corners. But WestallM and the defence dealt with them well. The remainder of the half was Torpoint attacking in 3rd gear and creating opportunities without the bite. Easterbrook in particular had the host's right back on toast, but once in the box, like his team mates as well, shots were off target, saved or blocked. Unsure on whose shot it was, but one goal bound shot late in the half was superbly blocked on the line with the goalkeeper beaten to keep it at 1-0 at HT.

Despite winning, it was a bit of a negative HT team talk as I felt we didn't have our foot on the gas enough. We can reach far higher levels of performance than our 1st half and I wanted more. The 2nd half didn't exactly light up, until a few changes were made. WestallC probed all half but ran into cul-de-sacs and Rowe missed an open goal from the edge of the box with the keeper stranded out wide. Cue lean back and the shot going wildly over. It wasn't until approx the 70th min that Torpoint got their 2nd, with substitute Cotter placing into the corner with the keeper getting a hand to it. With 3 subs on at this point, followed by a 4th and 5th, there was a little more impetus in our play, with Cotter and Northcott in particular getting possession and trying to drive the play forwards. This resulted in Northcott setting up top scorer Easterbrook to finally get his goal with his 10th of the season. Minutes later Easterbrook again was in on goal, but was hauled down in the box. With the ref as always positioned well it was an easy decision. Hussey despatched from the spot into the top corner. That was enough of Easterbrook for the day though and I dragged him off for myself! I'd watched him torment the defence for 80mins and I fancied having a go myself. The first time I was played in a lack of decisiveness to shoot/cross led me to trip over my own feet and a mild embarrassment. But the space in behind was clear so I did it again. This time Hussey threw the ball over the defence to shouts of "He's offside!" (From a throw-in!) and I raced in on goal. Cutting inside the centre half didn't open up the goal as planned, so cut back again and opened my body Thierry-style and placed it for what I thought was my first goal in a long long time. To my anger and disbelief the keeper tipped it round the post at full stretch. That was the last action of the game aside from WhiteS getting a rightful sin bin for a Marine sized tantrum. 

A 4-0 victory but in hindsight I'm a little disappointed with not being more ruthless in front of goal when the opposition were there for the taking. But 3pts and our 7th win in 8 games. Nothing to get excited about though as we're still making amends for a poor start to the league in August. Some big games coming up with SNE away next Saturday then the Cup 1/4 final on Tuesday the 2nd at The Mill.

Also, kudos to The Queen's Head pub for the grub after, best spread so far this season. But at £4.85 a pint standards should be high!

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SNE 0 - 4 Torpoint 

Goals from Chris westall, Ryan Easterbrook, Jake white and Sam white. 
 

lineup: Matt westall, Oscar quintrell, Jake white, sam white, jay hussey, Byron robbins, Matt cotter, josh payn, Chris westall, Ryan Easterbrook, Adam blair. 

subs: Aidan Northcott, jacob carter, Korey eversfield, Tom rowe, Sam Rosevear. 

Please bare with me as neither bays or Gibbo were able to make the game this week for awful reasons. a game of 2 half’s essentially and not much quality because of the wind so whoever defended the latter would take 3 points. The home side had the wind in the first half but couldn’t find a way to trouble the torpoint keeper westall with a number of over hit crosses and set pieces from silly free kicks ending up going for a goal kick! We found ourselves 1 nill up from a lovely through ball by Easterbrook which found skipper and MOTM Chris westall 1 on 1 with the home sides keeper, a nice left footed shot stung the hands of the falling keeper but it wasn’t enough to keep it out of the home sides net! 0-1 to the away side and I must admit against the run of play. After 20 mins we managed to find abit of quality and due to the defending from the back 4 we found ourselves 0-2 up, another decent pass this time from LB jay hussey who put Ryan Easterbrook in against the left back who was being tormented everytime by torpoint’s number 11, Easterbrook managed to beat his man and then a second before heading to the byline, somehow he got his shot off near post which beat the home sides GK perhaps abit easily. More impressive defending seen us go into the break 0-2 up.  
 

After pointing out some faults at HT we started the second half flying out the blocks and with the wind With us this half i was positive it would continue, and I was right. The midfield battles were being won much better by cotter, robbins and payn who would admit themselves that the first half performances from all three wasn’t good enough. SNE had a decent spell 15 mins into the second half and looked dangerous on a number of occasions especially their number 9 I think and number 6 (left footed) who could clearly play football. A few wayward shots and good corners was as good as it got for the home side and after a mistake from a Jake white cross the Keeper managed to throw the ball into his own net, 0-3. The game fizzled out for the last 20 mins and with a number of changes from either side chances were few and far between. Around the 89th min Chris westall was through on goal and to be fair to the SNE CB I think he didn’t have the legs to catch the torpoint skipper and brought him down just outside the box, a captains performance from westall and with that the final assist. The resulting free kick was dispatched in some style from marine sam white into the right corner of the SNE Goal, 0-4. 
 

Another solid defensive performance from us, another clean sheet and 4 goals. Up to top of league and a cup 1/4 on Tuesday. A word  for SNE  who will definitely take points off anyone in this league. Great bunch of lads and a 10/10 playing surface, always enjoy travelling down. food was superb (best we’ve had all season) but at £6 a pint it should be!! All the best.  
 
apologises for the grammar, blame it on the blue moons if you wish. 

 

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Torpoint 2 - 1 St Teath

Goals from WestallC x2.

Lineup: WestallM, Quintrell, Carter, WhiteS, WhiteJ, Robbins, Cotter, Northcott, Eversfield, WestallC, Easterbrook.

Subs: Hussey, Payn, Blair, Bays.

A strong squad including 8 teenagers took to The Mill once more for the Cup 1/4 final against a robust St Teath side.

Torpoint started on the front foot, with multiple crosses from poor areas filling the Teath box but dealt with well. A free kick wide on the left was taken by specialist Robbins and the ball smashed against the woodwork on the far side when it looked in. Struck superbly it couldn't have been more than millimetres from being 1-0.

The game came alive in the 15th min, when a poor challenge from Treverton resulted in a red card. From my viewpoint it looked the right decision, aided by the reaction of both sets of players. Robbins also received a booking for his charge at the referee who couldn't react quick enough to tell BR0 he was going to do as demanded anyway. Additional £12 to the CCFA, easy. I'm glad to say, this was the only tackle during the game that I believe warranted a card, and no more followed. The St Teath gaffer got booked for his reaction to the incident and a sub entering the field of play later on got a card (schoolboy), but that was it. Mr McCulloch is a good official and the game was uneventful after the red card due to his firm dealing of the situation. 

Torpoint took the lead in the 24th min, with the home side making their way down the wings with ease due to a now narrow 4-3-2 from the visitors. Robbins had the time to deliver a Beckham-like cross and it was met with quality by the movement and good header of Skipper WestallC. But this did not deter St Teath. Down to 10, they were buoyed and worked their socks off to turn the tide. And they did. In the 30th minute Barrett twisted inside the box and struck the ball into the net for the equaliser. A shell shock for the man advantage. Torpoint did regain the lead in the 41st after strong forward play from WestallC again to lead 2-1 at the break. But this was only maintained by a superb block by WhiteS after initially being turned inside out. 

A disappointing first half despite the lead, considering time and space on the ball out wide and being outworked against a numerical disadvantage. I lost count of how many shots were taken from 25-30yds when the ball could've been worked out wide to create better opportunities, or poor crosses into the box from deep when 2v1 up against an isolated full back.

Two changes at the break with Hussey on at full back and Payn into midfield. But no more goals in the second half. Numerous big chances went begging. The goal hungry Easterbrook and WestallC could've and should've added to their season tallies to put the game to bed. But off target efforts, simple saves or blocked shots were the theme of the half for the whole side. It was a little frantic in the last part of the game, but fortunately the impressive Edwards couldn't carve a clear cut opportunity for himself or his team. His one memorable effort from 20yds was side footed whiskers wide after a good turn. 

Thankful to progress in the end despite the chances created. Imagine if St Teath had travelled with a stronger squad and had the options of substitutes they could've asserted more energy into their fight back. But maybe their efforts were only so high after the red card, who knows? A good bunch really. Not a dirty side despite the red card and the manager was apologetic too. Doesn't happen a lot so respect where it's due. Far from the worst side in the league and will not be in trouble with Edwards causing any defence an issue. Don't be fooled by the veteran, he can play.

Onto Saturday, a must not lose for both sides with the joint top clash away vs Altarnun.

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Fair report and good luck in the semi finals.

With regards to the sending off maybe if the ref had picked up on the first challenge, which he said himself was a slight push in the back on the St Teath player, he then wouldn't have lost control of the ball and the second challenge and sending off would not have occurred?

Probably not helped by the ref having his assessor say to him before hand 'big game for you tonight', or players running 30 yards to get a player sent off? Common sense may have  been used instead and yellow given. 

Pitch was excellent as was the aftermatch food. 

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33 minutes ago, claret&blue said:

Fair report and good luck in the semi finals.

With regards to the sending off maybe if the ref had picked up on the first challenge, which he said himself was a slight push in the back on the St Teath player, he then wouldn't have lost control of the ball and the second challenge and sending off would not have occurred?

Probably not helped by the ref having his assessor say to him before hand 'big game for you tonight', or players running 30 yards to get a player sent off? Common sense may have  been used instead and yellow given. 

Pitch was excellent as was the aftermatch food. 

Yeah that's fair. But a "slight push" given once means they have to be given again and again. It is a contact sport after all. Go up the levels and watch some SWL games or higher and with greater ability slight nudges are every 2 seconds and is normal. That's the level we're at if we're honest? And of course it was a big game for the ref being assessed, it was a big game for us two as well. It was a 1/4 final. I find him firm but fair and I'd take that all day.

Can't defend the player sprinting towards the incident. But he was rightly booked. It's the fastest I've seen Baz move in years so I'll harness that motivation in a good way if I can! Common sense comes into it of course, but the ref said to me he thought the player had left the ground and to me that's out of control so justified. But we have our opinions, you have yours and I respect it. But only one man had the whistle and he's the boss!

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Yes fair comments again but if that slight push results in the player stumbling and losing control of the ball then I would deem it more than slight! 

As you say everyones opinion will be different, having spoken with the player he was gutted as he genuinely didn't believe he had left the ground in the tackle and also thought he could win the ball back fairly, obviously now it was the wrong decision!. 

Only ones happy with the outcome will be the CCFA with the small boost to there coffers😁

 

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Altarnun 3 - 0 Torpoint

Lineup: WestallM, Quintrell, WhiteS, WhiteJ, Hussey, Robbins, Cotter, Rowe, Blair, WestallC, Easterbrook.

Subs: Payn, Northcott, Carter, Brayson.

A lacklustre and disappointing display, to say the least.

8Ws from 8 games vs 8Ws in a row in a top of the table clash should have been a tight affair. But Altarnun dominated the game in a performance where they scored 3 goals in the last 10min of the first half ensuring the 3 points stayed with the home side. 

The opening half an hour was fairly uneventful, with both teams slow out of the blocks. But it was Altarnun who were on the front foot, with Smith getting willing runners up with him and the right winger being allowed time and space numerous times to cross the ball. Any Torpoint possession was poor and severely lacking in our usual quality. Overhit long balls, passes wide of an isolated WestallC and Easterbrook was doubled up on almost every time by a hard working and stubborn Altarnun defence. This game included, they have only conceded 4 in 9 games and throughout the game you could see why. To a man they outworked us all over the park and were relentless in their defensive work. The 2 centre halves didn't give WestallC a sniff and our midfield were rarely in time and space to put any passes together.

After 35mins, top scorer Smith worked his way to a crossing position on the right and produced a good ball hung up to the back post where it was met by a good volley by Hancock to open the scoring. Not satisfied Altarnun scored a 2nd only minutes later. A free kick in their own half was lumped into the box and we simply didn't deal with it. Altarnun were strong aerially all game and the ball was looped over keeper WestallM again by Hancock for his 2nd. Torpoint tried to rally but mins before the HT whistle, what I saw as good defending by WhiteS resulted in a free kick 25yds out in a good position to the left. A superb free kick by Bailey smashed into the top corner hitting the underside of the bar as it went in for a resounding 3-0 HT lead. WestallM did get a slight hand to it but it was struck too well for the unfortunate keeper to keep it out. 

HT was a rallying call. A disappointed and frustrated dressing room asked for a significant change. We lacked quality all over and only Quintrell was keeping his opposite number at bay. WestallM could do nothing about either goal but had no other save of note to make. But we produced nothing ourselves and deserved the deficit.

The 2nd half petered out and Altarnun continued to show a robustness and resilience to win their battles and retake the top spot. I'd not question them if they wondered how we'd won 8 in a row based on this performance alone. Difficult to admit but I doubt any of us would say it wasn't the truth. A sour note and sour grapes from myself with an Altarnun sub trash talking 3 of my lads from their dugout. Lacked class and respect and not something I'd tolerate. 

A welcome break of 3 weeks without a game for us now, before we face Altarnun again at The Mill in December for the reverse fixture. By that time I expect they'll have opened a gap at the top with their games in hand and the likes of Gunni and St Minver to leapfrog us too. We do have Cawsand away booked in for a team bonding session which I hope is well timed to rebuild some squad morale. A crushing blow yesterday, but not one that will change my faith in this young squad. Taught a lesson by a good side that has been together for years, one used to winning, and hopefully one we can emulate. 

Another game with a good official. Allen is experienced and well like by all I imagine. A nice bloke and it's good to see he's fit again after an achilles injury. 

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