Thursday, September 12, 2013
Without a game last weekend Town travel to Newquay on Saturday and then have a Tuesday night encounter at Witheridge, writes John Dibsdall.
Both sides have won two of their home league fixtures and suffered one reverse both at the hands of Ivybridge who currently sit one point behind Town at the top of the SWPL Premier Division table. Ivybridge were in action on Tuesday evening when they entertained Liskeard Athletic, a fixture they were expected to win.
Town went to the head of the table with a hard fought victory over Saltash United last Wednesday evening. In a match dominated by solid defensive displays one piece of inspired finishing brought Town a 1-0 victory.
The first forty five minutes saw neither ‘keeper troubled. The visitors had a couple of shots clear the crossbar and Jamie Moore saw a snap shot flash past the far post. A typical Lloyd Gardner run saw him wriggle past two defenders but his cross just eluded Town’s forwards.
After Saltash had started the second half on the front foot Town scored in the forty eighth minute. A ball out of defence, good control by Gardner, an inch perfect pass and there was Ace High racing clear to open his body and calmly slot the ball past the ‘keeper.
As Saltash pushed players forward in search of the equaliser Grant Fisher was called upon to make one excellent save and in a goalmouth scramble Edward Weeks cleared an effort off the line. Older Town supporters will remember with affection the Weeks brothers playing for Town and Edward is the son of Mike, nephew of Graham and Jeff.
Town had strong appeals for handball in the penalty area turned down and yet an almost identical situation in our box resulted in a free kick for Town when an attacker handled!
Town suffered yet another injury when Sam Woodin was forced off with a pulled hamstring but Adam Fowler and Dan Boere have featured in the last two games and manager Richard Pears will be hoping that Kevin Hill has recovered from the shoulder strain that has kept him on the sidelines for the last two weeks.