FT: Cadbury Heath 0 Plymouth Parkway 5 (Carter 3, og 44, Duff 55, 89, M. Williams 58)
PARKWAY HIT THE SUMMIT WITH AWAY WIN AT CADBURY HEATH
For the second time in 4 days Parkway were on the road looking to maintain their title challenge with this time a visit to struggling Cadbury Heath. 3 changes were made from their midweek victory at Clevedon Town with Adam Carter, Jack Calver and Tiegan Rosenquest replacing Shane Krac, Jamie Lowry and Jordan Copp.
Playing down the considerable slope with a strong wind at their backs and a bobbly surface, Parkway made a lightening start and after applying early pressure took the lead on 3 minutes. A strong run down the right by the speedy Rosenquest saw the ball laid back to Calver whose stinging shot was acrobatically tipped over by young Oliver Jones in the home goal. The hosts failed to deal with the resultant corner allowing top scorer Carter to prod home from close range. Parkway continued their early attacking barrage and almost doubled their lead on 6 minutes. An incisive move involving Rob Farkins, Mikey Williams and Billy Palfrey ended with Palfrey pulling his shot narrowly wide from around 18 yards. With Parkway dominating midfield and looking dangerous every time they went forward, a surging run along the left by Ryan Lane resulted in another corner on 7 minutes which was headed narrowly over by Carter. With Calver, Craig Duff and Palfrey controlling the midfield and dominating possession, Parkway continued to threaten with almost every attack however the tricky conditions often saw their final ball and wayward delivery denying them further efforts on target.
Little was seen of the Heathens as an attacking force with their first venture into the Parkway half on 13 minutes being easily dealt with by the strong, well organised Parkway defence. On 15 minutes Parkway conceded possession just inside their own half allowing Simon McElroy to go clear however his attempted chip from distance was comfortably gathered by Kyle Moore. Parkway continued on the offensive creating further half chances as the home defence came under increasing pressure. On 24 minutes Mikey Williams saw his shot superbly pushed behind by Jones as the game continued to be relatively one sided with the home defence just about holding firm as Parkway forced the pace.
Another Parkway attack on 35 minutes saw Carter fire an angled drive just over as the home goal bore a charmed life. A rare break forward by the hosts on 38 minutes saw a cross from the right drop to George Boon whose powerful shot from around 20 yards was well saved by Moore. Parkway continued to attack at will and their dominance was finally rewarded on the stroke of half time. A cross from the right was headed back into the danger area by Carter and after a scramble in the 6 yard area the ball was sliced high into the roof of the net by an unfortunate Heathens defender. A thoroughly dominant half by Parkway and but for some last ditch defending, the difficult underfoot conditions and strong wind they could well have been further ahead with their finishing not quite matching their, at times, excellent approach play.
Now playing against the wind and up the slope, Parkway continued in the ascendancy with the hosts making an early substitution, Lewis Hedges replacing Kristian Lee on 49 minutes. With Parkway pushing forward, another fluent move on 50 minutes saw Carter put a diving header just wide. On 53 minutes a long kick from Jones carried on the wind deep into Parkway half and almost caught them out with Moore coming smartly off his line to deal with a misplaced back header from birthday boy Nick Milton.
On 55 minutes Parkway increased their lead after more good link up play along the right resulted in a free kick being awarded. Calver’s well directed kick into the danger caused confusion in the home defence with Duff reacting smartly to poke home the loose ball from close range. From the restart a slip in the Parkway defence allowed Lewis Saunders to break clear with Moore spreading himself well to make a fine save. Lane was replaced by Copp on 57 minutes shortly before Parkway extended their lead on 58 minutes. A superb passage of flowing play and one touch football along the right with Duff linking well with Mikey Williams saw Williams drive into the 18 yard area and showing good balance and footwork curl a low shot from around 12 yards into the far corner giving Jones no chance. With the game effectively sealed, Parkway were able to rotate with a double substitution being made on 62 minutes with Krac and Fletcher Williams replacing Palfrey and Mikey Williams. The hosts replaced Ben Allen with Enis Akgun shortly after as the tempo of the game decreased and the rain began to sweep in making conditions even more difficult. On 67 minutes a penetrating run from Copp showing good control saw him fire a shot just wide as Parkway remained in control and continuing to threaten.
Krac and Fletcher Williams made an immediate impact seeing plenty of the ball in midfield and keeping the pressure on the hosts. A cross from the right on 69 minutes saw the ball come out to Fletcher Williams 25 yards out whose well placed shot was deflected behind for a corner. The hosts made their final substitution on 72 minutes with Tom Withers replacing Boon. As conditions continued to deteriorate, the intensity of the game dropped with Parkway remaining well organised, in control and looking to manage the game out without further alarms. However they kept attacking to the end against tiring hosts and were rewarded with a fifth goal on 89 minutes with another fine move. Rosenquest and Carter linked well to release the impressive Duff who finished clinically and calmly from close range for his second of the game. In pretty miserable all round conditions, a thoroughly competent, polished performance from Parkway against plucky, spirited but ultimately outclassed opponents who to their credit never gave up but can probably consider themselves flattered by the victory margin. With Bradford Town’s home game with Tavistock being postponed only 17 miles away, Parkway’s seventh consecutive league victory and fifth clean sheet sees them leapfrog Bradford at the top on goal difference by a margin of plus 10. There now follows what could be a defining week of the season with Bradford visiting Bolitho Park on Tuesday with the reverse fixture on Wednesday of the following week. Sandwiched in between is of course the FA Vase quarter final with Northern League Hebburn Town next Saturday, a mere 800 mile round trip! Let’s hope the weather is not the winner.
|1. Kyle Moore|
|5. Jordan Bentley|
|3. Ryan Lane|
|11. Jack Calver|
|5. Rob Farkins|
|6. Nick Milton|
|17. Mikey Williams||Goal|
|4. Billy Palfrey|
|9. Adam Carter||Goal|
|10. Craig Duff||GoalGoal|
|12. Teigan Rosenquest|
|7. Jordan Copp|
|8. Shane Krac|
|14. Fletcher Williams|
|2. Aaron Bentley|