Enjoy the Gaffer’s reflections, our match highlights, Rappo’s report, our match day gallery and all Social Media coverage from our disappointing defeat at home versus Liskeard Athletic.
The Gaffer’s Reflections
Delighted with the lads in the first half. Felt like our energy levels had returned, all that was missing was a goal or two to show for our efforts
The penalty decision was a tough one to take, it was a great tackle from Simmo.
We never really recovered mentally from that. We conceded a poor goal early in the second half, all of our own making.
Liskeard are the last team you want to be chasing a game against, they were great on the break after that.
It was a defeat, but we were very good for the first 45 against a top side and that’s what we will be taking into the Newquay game.
LISKEARD 3 Gilbert 42’(P) 75’ Thorp 48’
4th v 2nd, top 2 in the current form league table, best defensive team in the league with only 7 conceded against the best attacking team in the league scoring 36 having both played 11 games.
This was certainly the proverbial game of two halves and completely changed on one big decision just before the break.
The Bridgers came absolutely flying out the blocks shutting down Liskeard all over the pitch at pace with the front 3 of Matt Lloyd, Jack Rapsey and Tom Shepherd quick to pounce on any defender with the ball and Rapsey charging down two clearances from Liskeard keeper Luke Gwillam within the first 3 minutes.
This filtered back through the team with the home midfield getting in around the talented Max Gilbert and Jarrad Woods never letting them get on the ball and the hosts were creating several half chances with the best of them seeing Sheppard crossing to Rapsey who shot past the far post when well placed from 15 yards and Tom Shepherd shot from the edge of the area whizzing low a foot past the post. Dylan Peel made a great flying last ditch header off the line and around the far post just before Rapsey could head in from a yard out.
The Bridgers were on top with probably 70/30 possession wise and playing some good football but on 42 minutes the match was about to literally turn on its head.
Dan Jennings got in behind the home defence but as DJ shot over the bar from 8 yards Steve Simmonds looked to have made a superb last ditch block tackle, the type he’s been timing to perfection throughout his illustrious career over the last 20 odd seasons or so, but without too much appealing from the visiting players the referee pointed to the spot! To be fair to him he was in a great position to make the decision but not too many people in the ground including a few knowledgeable football Liskeard guys I know and spoke to at half time thought it was a foul and said they would have been gutted if it went against them. To almost make matters worse Simmo then received a yellow card for the “foul” presumably.
Anyway I’m not here to bash another ref and I thought the officials controlled a top of the league match very well overall throughout the 90 minutes but if ever I’ve seen a game change on one decision this was certainly it. Max Gilbert sent Bridgers keeper Rob Rosevear the wrong way from the spot and instead of possibly being a couple goals down at half time the visitors went in 1-0 up!
The stuffing seemed to be knocked out of the hosts as Liskeard started the 2nd half just as Wadebridge had started the 1st. A relentless few minutes of pressure led to the blues doubling their lead when a corner was headed home by Macauley Thorp despite Simmonds best efforts to hook it out with the ball finishing in the roof of the net.
It was now Liskeard who were attacking at great pace and home skipper Tom Strike was booked for halting an attack and minutes later Rosevear made a great reflex save from a Jennings header scooping the ball away to his right Dave Seaman style that had already gone past him.
Opposing keeper Gwillam was in great form himself at the other end saving headers from Lloyd and Rapsey and palming a dangerous low Lloyd drilled cross from the left away from danger. Two of the best keepers in the league on show tonight in my opinion.
Strike saw his 25 yard free kick deflected just wide of a post after 65 minutes but 10 minutes later the game was over when following a slick passage of play from Liskeard on the counter attack down the right Gilbert ran on to hit a great strike into the far corner from 15 yards.
Lloyd dive headed wide from a pinpoint Sam Gerken cross in the 82nd minute before Matt Outtram struck a powerful low shot wide of the post at the other end a minute later.
Gwillam did well to punch away a couple of testing home crosses as injury time approached but in the end it was title favourites Liskeard who ran out worthy winners with their 2nd half performance but the Bridgers will be wondering how they lost a game they dominated for nearly half of it by 3 goals.
Great game of football in the conditions and a good advert for the league between two good footballing sides.
Matchday Gallery (courtesy of Rachel Rapsey)
Match Coverage on Social Media
A selection of Social Media coverage from the match.
Check out the Gaffer @rower71's thoughts as we welcome the players, staff and supporters of @LiskeardAthlet1 to Bodieve Park on Wednesday #utbb #wadebridge @swpleague @swsportsnews @sportscornwall @Cornishfootball @evoleze https://t.co/ex0sBwpuub— Wadebridge Town FC (@TheBridger1894) October 11, 2022
It’s #MatchDay as we welcome The #Blues to #wadebridge #utbb— Wadebridge Town FC (@TheBridger1894) October 12, 2022
🆚 Home to @LiskeardAthlet1
📅 Wednesday 12/10/22
📍 Bodieve Park, PL27 6EA
🚪 £6 Adults, £4 Concessions, Under 16s Free
📕 £2@swsportsnews @sportscornwall @Cornishfootball @evoleze pic.twitter.com/B33cC7qUUo
ABOUT LAST NIGHT @MarjonPlymouth 3-3 @ElburtonVilla 2-2 @Ivytownfc 1-1— PlymouthSportsNews (@PLsportsnews) October 12, 2022
all drew #Launceston won 2-1! @swpleague results & tonight's fixtures - #Liskeard @TheBridger1894 - hit link here https://t.co/Wke6SyfbFD #PlymouthFootball @PLsportsnews #CornwallFootball @KJMsport57 ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/iDwLsKUSbv
Join us and watch this match between 1st Team & @LiskeardAthlet1 , simply click and watch: https://t.co/hEnvq2mF1E #utbb #wadebridge @swpleague @swsportsnews @sportscornwall @Cornishfootball @evoleze— Wadebridge Town FC (@TheBridger1894) October 12, 2022
Controversial penalty shout from the referee with Simmonds appearing to get to the ball before Jennings. Ref consulted linesman before booking Simmonds and sticking with penalty decision. 0-1. @PLsportsnews @swsportsnews— Kevin Marriott ❤️🤍❤️🤍 (@KJMsport57) October 12, 2022
1st half summary: Wadebridge unfortunate to be behind after creating the best chances. Liskeard far from their best but a controversial penalty, scored by Max Gilbert, gives them the advantage. Rain pouring down. @PLsportsnews @swsportsnews— Kevin Marriott ❤️🤍❤️🤍 (@KJMsport57) October 12, 2022
Substitute Harvey Mullis OFF Harry Bell ON 💙— Liskeard Athletic (@LiskeardAthlet1) October 12, 2022
Amazing finish and awesome assist by @jamesrowe19— Lianne Williams (@LianneWilliams3) October 12, 2022
I have no idea what the penalty was for either. Thought @LiskeardAthlet1 were superb defensively and carried a threat second half. @TheBridger1894 did not work Luke Gwillam enough to get anything out of the game.— Barrie Wood (@TamarSports) October 12, 2022
Agree entirely!— Barrie Wood (@TamarSports) October 12, 2022
An exceptionally good @NonLgeProgs from last nights @TheBridger1894 v @LiskeardAthlet1 @swpleague game. The best in the league so far and a challenger to @torpointafc as the best in #Kernow / #Cornwall pic.twitter.com/hqFh2O6qtH— Barrie Wood (@TamarSports) October 13, 2022
Great 3 points and cleano on the road😁🔵 https://t.co/SUokN8rpS3— Luke Gwillam (@LGwills11) October 12, 2022