Parkway record 1st win at step 4 with a convincing 6-0 win at Cossham Street
Mangotsfield United 0
Plymouth Parkway 6 (Crago 2, 45+2, Bentley 28, Allen pen 45+1, Williams 65, Copp 90)
Parkway travelled to Mangotsfield still looking for their first win in their third game in the Southern League. 4 Changes were made from last week’s FA Cup victory at Mousehole. Kyle Moore returned in goal, Harrison Davis at full back, Michael Landricombe in midfield for Billy Palfrey who was unavailable due to illness and the recently signed returning Adam Carter replacing Tom Bath up front.
Unlike in previous games, Parkway made a rapid start taking the lead in the second minute with Jack Crago turning sharply on the edge of the 18 area and firing home after a slick move through midfield. With Matt Andrew and River Allen dominating the midfield exchanges, Parkway controlled the early stages with the hosts struggling to get into the game and offering little attacking threat. Parkway continued to create half chances with Mangosfield being forced deep and defending in numbers. Wayne Nderemani on the hosts left flank looked to be their main attacking threat as they had a period of possession forcing a couple of corners which were dealt with comfortably by the Parkway defence.
On 20 minutes Mangotsfield had a half hearted penalty appeal turned down after a rare break along the left. The impressive Andrew continued to dictate in midfield showing tenacity, calmness in possession and constantly setting up attacks with his astute range and direction of passing. On 22 minutes an Allen free kick from the right picked out Landricombe whose free header was comfortably saved by Cameron Pike. Callum Rose saw yellow for a foul on 24 minutes with the resultant free kick from Dion Chambers being tipped over by Moore. Parkway continued to apply pressure and increased their lead on 28 minutes with Allen’s corner finding Aaron Bentley rising highest at the far post to plant a powerful header beyond Pike. Mangotsfield however continued to compete well and on 38 minutes a corner to the far post saw Chambers volley narrowly over from close range.
Parkway finished the half as they started it at a high tempo forcing 2 goals in quick succession in stoppage time. The first from an Allen penalty after Rose had been fouled and the second straight from the kick off as Parkway regained possession in midfield with Crago being sent clear along the left, calmly rounding Pike and rolling an angled shot into the empty net. A solid first half performance by Parkway showing quality in all areas, playing with an intensity throughout and being rewarded with 4 goals and restricting the hosts to a couple of half chances.
Mangotsfield made 2 changes at half time with Thomas Rodford and Jadyn Crosbie replacing Kyrese Morrison and Chambers respectively. Parkway continued in the same vein at the start of the second half with Allen seeing his shot pushed over by Pike on 47 minutes with the keeper gathering an Allen free kick at the second attempt shortly after. On 50 minutes a flowing move from the back saw Crago send the overlapping Callum Hall clear along the left with his dangerous cross on the run touched in by Carter from close range only to be adjudged narrowly offside. On 52 minutes a strong run by Allen from his own half saw him break clear with Pike parrying his shot and Mikey Williams follow up effort being pushed behind by the keeper. Ryan Lane then replaced Rose with Landricombe dropping into the back four with Lane going into midfield. Rodford saw yellow on 53 minutes for a foul on Crago as Parkway continued to dominate and create further chances.
On the hour Moore did well to get down to a low effort from Joe Beardwell in a rare Mangotsfield break however it was Parkway who increased their lead on 65 minutes. A trademark mazy run by Williams saw him skip around a couple of bemused defenders and caress his shot from around 12 yards into the bottom corner giving Pike no chance. Williams was replaced by Jordan Copp almost immediately with Copp’s first action being to send his free kick just wide. Andrew then saw a good effort blocked on 70 minutes before picking out Crago who just failed to get his shot away. Mangotsfield continued to work hard and on 76 minutes a Miguel Freckleton free kick was well saved by Moore followed by Beardwell firing in a dangerous cross which was cleared to safety.
On 78 minutes James Simmons replaced the tireless Andrew with the hosts bringing on Owen Humphries for Freckleton. The game continued at a pace with Nderemani shooting over on 82 minutes and Allen’s free kick on 85 minutes going narrowly wide. Parkway finished the game in style by getting their sixth goal in the 90thminute. Persistence by the hard working Crago saw him win the ball just outside the 18 yard area and unselfishly set up Copp who casually crashed the ball right footed into the top corner from around 20 yards for a fitting way to end the game. An emphatic performance by Parkway who dominated the game creating numerous chances, looking creative in midfield and solid in defence with the whole squad contributing to the first win at this level with some showing their versatility by playing in unfamiliar positions. The quality of delivery of their set pieces was also much improved from previous games.
Mangotsfield competed well throughout but were unable to match the quality or intensity of Parkway on the day. On Monday, with a 3pm kick off, Parkway entertain Willand Rovers, who were beaten 2-1 at home by Sholing today, before hitting the road again next Saturday for the long trip to Gosport Borough of the Southern Premier League in the FA Cup 1stRound Qualifying.
1 Moore, 2 Davis, 3 Hall, 4 Landricombe ©, 5 Rose (Lane 52), 6 Bentley, 7 Williams (Copp 66), 8 Allen, 9 Carter, 10 Andrew (Simmons 78), 11 Crago
Substitutes: 12 Bath (unused), 14 Lane, 15 Copp, 16 Simmons, Coombes (GK, unused)