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Match Report



Sat 19 Mar, 2016

Attendance: 90




Plymouth Parkway FC

Ryan Richards (1)

FT Stoke Gabriel 1 (46) Plymouth Parkway 1 (Richards 67)


Hopes were high of victory against a Stoke side who had lost their last 6 games and sit 2nd from bottom of the league. In what was arguably their worst performance of the season, Parkway can consider themselves fortunate to escape with a point to keep their undefeated run going. A very bumpy surface coupled with a chilly wind blowing across the pitch made conditions difficult but that can be no excuse for a lacklustre overall performance which did not lack effort but lacked conviction and quality. Lining up in a 4 1 4 1 formation, Parkway took a long time to get going and Stoke were marginally the better side early on. Neither side could string more than a couple of passes together with poor first touches and passing generally lacking direction and quality. In fact the whole game was bereft of any real quality with Parkway only showing the occasional glimpse of what we know they are capable. Credit to Stoke though who hassled and harried, denying Parkway any time on the ball. Parkway did however create a couple of half chances with two scrambled efforts being cleared off the line and a header from Mike Smith rebounding to safety off a post. That was as good as it got. Stoke were denied an opener towards the end of the half when Martin Piper saved well low down to his right from a long range effort. Surely the second half would get better. Parkway reverted to 4 4 2 at half time with striker Ryan Richards replacing midfielder Carlton Farnham after the break. With most of the 40 or so Parkway diehards still emerging from the warmth of the well appointed clubhouse, Stoke took the lead in the 46th min from a header by their No 6, so I'm told!! Play continued to be scrappy although Parkway now looked slightly more dangerous with 2 up front. Retaining of possession remained a problem with passes continuing to go astray and the ball spending as much time off the pitch as on it!! Stoke continued to be dangerous on the break but their finishing was woeful with Piper rarely troubled. A rare movement of quality, out of keeping with all that had gone before, resulted in Parkways equaliser on 67 mins. A long sweeping ball to the right wing found Callum Thompson, who had switched from left back. Controlling it well and beating his man on the outside, he delivered a delightful cross to the far post where substitute Richards rose above his taller marker and powered in a header. Could this be the turning point? No! Play continued in the same fragmented manner and as Parkway pushed men forward, so Stoke had numerous chances on the break most of which missed the target or were halted by last ditch tackles and brave goalkeeping. A very patchy performance in which Parkway were lucky to escape with a draw in my opinion. Bad day at the office. Todays other results mean we stay in 6th place with Stoke remaining 2nd from bottom. Tuesday sees us travel to the opposite end of the Peninsula when we visit Falmouth Town in yet another rearranged fixture. Having recently drawn 2-2 with them at home and seeing they beat Exmouth 7 (seven) 0 at home today, an interesting evening should be in store.

Starting line up

  • Martin Piper

    Martin is in his second spell at Parkway after joining this summer from Tavistock. Tall and commanding yet composed and inteligent, a fine goalkeeper that oozes confidence.

  • Paul Heveran

    Now in his fifth season with Parkway , and is fast becoming  a top class player . A pacy right sided player whio is equally at home at right back or right midfield. Still only 22,he plays with the maturity of someone of more advanced years . ...

  • Callum Thompson

    Pacey wing/wing back or right back. Signed from Western League outfit Frome Town.

  • John Heveran

    John retuned to Bolitho Park two years ago after leaving Tiverton Town and after being beaten in the Cup Final by ....Parkway . A commanding central defender who loves to play the ball out out defence. Superb in the air and equally at home as...

  • Michael Landricombe

    Tall and commanding player who is equally at home playing in defence or midfield, and is a threat when he pushes forward from the back in either open or set plays . Rated as one of the best players in the league by many, Mike is strong, quick and ...

  • Mark Berry

    A once prolific striker and goalden boot winner, Raz has settled back into a holding midfield role. With superb awarness and the ability to see the picture early he is able to thwart the attacks before they happen. Deadly with a deadball and has t...

  • Danny Lewis

    An important signing for Parkway, re joining from local rivals Saltash in the summer. Clearly a player who can have a huge influence on games with either perceptive passing , box to box work rate, organising his team mates around him or getting fo...

  • Steve Colwell

    A strong leader and box to box midfielder who also has a reputation for scoring important goals. Steve joins us for his second spell at Bolitho Park after re signing from Southern league outfit Weymouth Town. A Superb passer of the ball and strong...

  • Carlton Farnham

    Pacey winger and striker signed from Tavvy...needs a hair cut

  • Mike Smith

  • Ruban Kane

    A product of the Torquay accademy with a natural ability and superior fitness. Still young, eager and willing to learn. Ruban has settled well into the squad and into the midfield.

Substitutes used

  • Callum Martindale

    Pacy winger who can play on either wing. Callum joins for his scond spell at Bolitho after a spell at Ivybridge. A player with planty to offer and a great work ethic and has a few tricks up his sleeve too.

  • Ryan Richards

    In his third spell at Parkway, Ryans lightning pace and eye for goal will never let him down

  • Jordan Trott

    Jordan is a naturally left side player who is happy attacking as well as defending. He joined us last year after a spell with neighbours Elburton Villa. A free kick specialist, Jordan will add massive strength to the squad and has already shown hi...

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