Match Report: Wadebridge Town 0 v 1 Torpoint Athletic (FA Vase)

by | Oct 5, 2023

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Enjoy our Match Highlights, Kevin’s Match Report and our Social Media coverage from an excellent performance but disappointing defeat in the FA Vase home versus Torpoint Athletic.

Match Highlights

Kevin’s Match Report

Chances aplenty but only prolific Richards can find target as Torpoint edge it

FA Vase second round qualifying

Wadebridge 0 Torpoint 1

There is a saying in football that scoring goals is the hardest thing to do in football.

And at a blustery Bodieve Park on Saturday, Wadebridge and Torpoint did their utmost to prove the point before a 74th minute strike by Ryan Richards settled this tie.

So many chances went begging, at both ends, that even the prospect of a penalty shootout left the feeling it might not have guaranteed seeing the net bulge.

There was very little to choose between the teams – South West Peninsula League Wadebridge were considered underdogs against Western League Torpoint but it was almost impossible to separate them.

Even the winning goal had a huge slice of good fortune wrapped around it. An attempted clearance by a Bridgers defender hit a team-mate and ricocheted into the path of Richards, who was unmarked in the penalty area.
It was still a difficult chance but the vastly experienced and prolific scoring striker made it look easy as he sidestepped keeper Rob Rosevear and rolled the ball into the net.

Torpoint, urged on by their man of the match Sean Thomson, had been threatening for a while but the manner of the goal seemed unfair on Wadebridge.

Sam Hillson knew he should have done better with a close range header from a 52nd minute corner, sending his effort into the side netting.

Five minutes later the Bridgers responded with a superb ball from Lewis Webber which set Jacob Rowe clear and his fierce shot beat Jordan Duffey but crashed off the bar.

On the hour there was a great chance for Thomson as he beat Wadebridge’s flimsy offside trap and then lobbed the ball over Rob Rosevear – but it ended up nestling on the top of the net rather than inside it.

Rosevear, who had a superb game, had to be at full stretch to stop Jack Wood putting Torpoint ahead but the breakthrough came soon after.

And Richards should have scored his and Torpoint’s second 10 minutes from time when set up by Thomson, but lifted his close range shot over the bar.

As the tie moved into a minimum of four minutes of added time, visiting skipper Darren Hicks thought he had scored with a fierce shot only to see Rosevear perform heroics to tip it over the bar.

Wadebridge had the ball in the net five minutes into time added on but the referee had already blown for a foul from the last gasp corner.

Things might have been different had Rowe scored a fifth minute chance for the home side rather than seeing his shot hit the top of the bar after Duffey blocked his initial effort.

Matt Lloyd also had a great opportunity after 14 minutes, beating Duffey but watching as his goal bound shot was cleared off the line by Tim Harris.

Lloyd played in Rowe for a 40th minute chance and he slid the ball past Duffey but also inches wide.

Small margins.

Wadebridge: R Rosevear, T Harris, S Hepworth, S Gerken, R Hooper, L Webber (C Bidgood 79), C Reski (H Chapman 73), G Eastman, M Lloyd (J Horner 90+3), J Rowe, S Wickins.

Subs not used: B. Rowe, T Jeal (GK).

Yellow cards: C Reski (12), L Webber (36).

Torpoint: J Duffey, J Richards, D Hicks, J Rundle (R Smith 56), S Hillson, E Crawford, J Pope, J Wood, S Thomson, R Richards, O Haslam.

Subs not used: M Lucas, D Murray, J Rowe, L Rooney.

Goal: R Richards (74).

Referee: Lee Dudman.

Attendance: 137.

Men of the Match. Wadebridge – Rob Rosevear; Torpoint – Sean Thomson.

Kevin Marriott

Match Reporter

Match Coverage on Social Media

A selection of Social Media coverage from the match.

80 | big chance for Richards to make it two but he opened his foot too far and puts it wide.

🔴0-1🟡#upthepoint@PLsportsnews @swsportsnews @devoncornwallfc @Cornishfootball @sportscornwall

— Torpoint AFC (@torpointafc) September 23, 2023

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