Watch the highlights here – Parkway v Wellington Match Highlights
FT: Plymouth Parkway 5 (Williams 6, Yetton 9, 90+2, Bentley 42, Smith 74) Wellington AFC 0
A decent crowd of 148 saw Parkway looking to build on last Saturday’s win and consolidate their league position. Two changes were made with Mike Smith in for Adam Carter up front and central defender Nick Milton, returning after a 3 match suspension, in for Ryan Lane. Parkway made a fast start pushing Wellington on the defensive immediately and took the lead on 6 minutes. A free kick from Jordan Trott on the right fired into the 6 yard area found Mikey Williams stooping low to head home from close range. Wellington attacked from the restart and a cross from the left was headed just wide. Parkway now into their stride doubled their lead on 9 minutes. A poor clearance was intercepted by the ever alert Smith who picked out Teigan Rosanquest on the right. After turning his marker inside out and getting to the byline, he stood up a precise, inviting cross to the back post with the predatory Stewart Yetton anticipating well and heading downwards into the corner just evading the desparing keeper. Parkway looking comfortable and in control all over the pitch, pressing high and moving the ball around quickly and accurately almost got a third on 21 minutes with Ben Joyce seeing his shot pushed wide by the keeper. From the corner Aaron Bentley had his header also pushed away for another corner. Wellington continued to try and compete but with Joyce controlling the midfield with his neat range of long diagonal and short range passing and the industrious Christian Pople chasing, tackling and closing down space, Parkway became totally dominant. Full backs Trott and Bentley, rarely required to defend, were able to regularly push forward to support the wide players with the constant movement of the front two, Smith and Yetton, stretching the Wellington defence. Chances continued to be created with Yetton heading just over on 27 minutes. On the rare occasions Wellington managed to get forward, their attacks were comfortably dealt with by captain Rob Farkins who was totally dominant in the air and Milton showing excellent anticipation in breaking up the attacks. On 40 minutes, after another period of pressure, Parkway increased their lead. Yet another sweeping diagonal ball from Joyce to the wide right saw Bentley show great desire and determination to beat the defender to the ball, cut inside on to his left foot, power into the box and rifle his shot from an angle into the roof of the net. The marauding Smith was then sent clear on 42 minutes only to see the keeper save with his feet. The final action of the half in a pulsating Parkway performance surprisingly saw Wellington manage a shot on target well saved by the previously untroubled Kyle Moore. Wellington made a brighter start to the second half as they attempted to deny Parkway time and space in the midfield and wide areas. Despite this, a strong run forward by Bentley set up Farkins who saw his volley blocked and from the corner Smith hooked over from close range. Wellington then had a period of possession but were unable to penetrate the solid looking Parkway defence. Parkway upped the tempo again and good link up play between Yetton and Smith saw the latter have a good effort from 10 yards well saved. On 65 minutes River Allen and Lane replaced the highly influential Joyce and Pople in the midfield engine room, both having had superb games. Wellington, to their credit, continued to try and play their game and had another period of possession as the Parkway tempo dropped slightly. This didn’t last long as from a sweeping move wide down the left on 74 minutes, Trott delivered another trade mark pinpoint cross to the the far post where the ever willing Smith rose majestically above his marker to power home an unstoppable header. His reward, having put in a wholehearted shift, was to be replaced by Carter! Parkway continued to push forward looking for more goals but Wellington kept at it and defended well under considerable pressure. With substitutes Lane and Allen continuing the midfield dominance, a slick move on 85 minutes saw Allen set Williams free in the 6 yard box only for him to shank his shot nearer to the corner flag than the goal! Not to be denied a 5th goal, Parkway continued to attack freely and in stoppage time a cute ball from Lane to Yetton on the edge of the 18 yard box saw him turn smartly and fire in a left foot shot which took a slight deflection giving the overworked keeper no chance. A comprehensive victory based on a solid defence, a creative and tenacious midfield and lively, pacy, mobile strikers with the senior players showing strong leadership and control throughout. To their credit, Wellington tried to play their passing game, did not give up but were ultimately outpassed and outclassed in what was arguably Parkway’s best all round performance of the season and a second consecutive clean sheet. No doubt there will tougher challenges ahead but tonight’s game will have laid down a marker to others of Parkway’s capabilities when at their best. The action continues at Bolitho Park on Saturday when Larkhall Athletic of the EVO Stick Southern League, Division 1 South (step 4), a league higher than Parkway, visit in the FA Cup preliminary round when a tough encounter is envisaged. Larkhall commenced their season last Saturday with a 1-1 draw at Bideford and were beaten 2-0 at home on Wednesday by last season’s Western League champions Street.
|1. Kyle Moore|