FT: Plymouth Parkway 2 (Rosanquest 14, Krac pen 77)
Brislington (Buck 54, Woolland 79, Hillson og 89)
Parkway entertained Brislington looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s narrow home defeat to Clevedon and halt a run of 3 successive defeats. Having already beaten Brislington 5-1 in the FA Vase earlier in the season, hopes were high. Two changes were made from Wednesday’s starting line up including continuing with the recent policy of having players from other clubs signed as cover in the squad.Two were included today, one starting, the other on the bench, both of whom had played 90 minutes for their parent club the previous evening! Attacking midfielder, the creative Mikey Williams was deployed as an emergency centre back alongside Aaron Bentley. Brislington almost caught Parkway cold from the off with Kyle Moore having to tip over a smart effort from Connor Biggins on 2 minutes. Parkway were dealt a blow on 5 minutes when Ryan Lane picked up a nasty looking injury and had to be assisted from the field with Tiegan Rosanquest his replacement. With Parkway still reorganising, a cross from the right saw Brislington have a free header saved low down by Moore. Parkway were struggling to get any fluency in their play with Brislington proving doughty opponents and denying Parkway time or space and it was arguably against the run of play that they took the lead on 14 minutes. A long ball found Mike Smith wide on the left and his cross to the far post dropped to substitute Rosanquest who showed good first time control and fired home from around 10 yards. Parkway now looked to build on the goal and another Rosanquest run down the right saw his cross well defended by Brislington. The game developed into a midfield battle with neither side able to gain control with too many passes going astray and too many long balls, all being dealt with comfortably by both defences. Parkway should have doubled their lead on 34 minutes when a strong run on the right by the hard working Smith saw him outpace his marker, get to the bye line and cross to the unmarked Stewart Yetton at the far post who, on the stretch, stabbed his effort just wide. Play continued to be scrappy with Parkway having a couple more half chances, a Shane Krac shot well saved on 35 minutes and a Smith header from a Jordan Trott free kick on 42 minutes. A largely uninspiring half lacking any real quality from either side with Parkway just about deserving to be in front. Brislington started the second half the sharper and on 53 minutes a free kick was blocked close to the line by Williams and it was no real surprise when they equalised a minute later. A punch from Moore through a mass of bodies failed to gain any distance and with Parkway unable to clear the loose ball, Oaklan Buck reacted quickest and rammed home from around 6 yards. Play continued to be scrappy, being frequently broken up by a series of petty fouls by both sides and injury stoppages with clear chances few and far between. Brislington enjoyed a period of possession with Parkway working hard to stay in the game but lacking the guile to penetrate the robust Brislington defence. Parkway introduced fresh legs on 65 minutes with Christian Pople and Tyler Elliott replacing Ben Joyce and Stewart Yetton respectively with Pople quickly into the game winning his fair share of tackles and shoring up the midfield in his customary manner. Play continued to be fragmented but with Brislington looking threatening on the break. Parkway then had a period on top with Sam Hillson and Jack Crago linking but yet again the final ball lacked quality. Krac then made a strong run from midfield, shooting just wide from around 18 yards. Brislington replaced James Peart with Jimmy Woolland on 75 minutes with Parkway regaining the lead shortly after. More clever play by Smith on the right released substitute Elliott who was clearly tripped just inside the box with Krac taking responsibility and confidently hammering home the penalty. Always vulnerable just after scoring, Brislington equalised on 78 minutes. Parkway conceded another unnecessary free kick wide on the left with the kick being aimed to the far post where it was headed back across the goal to find substitute Woolland unmarked heading home from close range. Two free headers in the 6 yard box. With Brislington dropping deeper and defending well, Parkway had plenty of possession but were unable to find a way through and were restricted to an Elliott shot from distance being well saved and a Krac free kick from 25 yards on 83 minutes flying just over. With Parkway now pushing men forward, spaces opened up at the back and on 89 minutes a long clearance by Brislington deep into Parkway territory caused confusion between Hillson and Moore and with no apparent communication between the two, Hillson’s cushioned header back to his keeper evaded Moore and trickled over the line to put Brislington ahead. Brislington then replaced Buck with Ricky Chandler as the game entered stoppage time with Parkway unable to turn their final period of possession into any clear cut chances. A disappointing performance from Parkway in a poor game lacking any real quality against a hard working, competitive Brislington who rode their luck at times but generally matched Parkway in all areas. The recent dip in form, after an encouraging start to the season, has seen Parkway drop to 9th in the league having lost their last 4 games conceding 14 goals and scoring just 6. Staff and management now have a week to take stock, regroup, arrest the slide and go again next Saturday when bottom club Shortwood United, who have lost all 10 of their league games, visit Stadio Bolitho. Whilst the ambition within the club remains strong, a catalogue of injuries have not helped the recent decline, with the step up to the Western League maybe being just a bit tougher than had been anticipated. It appears that anyone can beat anyone on the day and it is worthy of note that today’s results included the impressive Clevedon losing 3-0 at Bradford Town with the league leaders Bridgwater drawing 4-4 at home to Roman Glass St George.
|1. Kyle Moore|