Match Report: Wadebridge Town 8 v 2 Sticker

by | Oct 21, 2023

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Enjoy the Gaffer’s reflections, our Match Highlights, Kevin’s Match Report and our Social Media coverage from our impressive midweek victory versus Sticker.

The Gaffer’s Reflections

It was a night when we did the simple things well. Sometimes that’s easier said than done.

If we can achieve that consistently and combine it with the hard work we displayed, we will win a lot more than we lose.

Paul Rowe

The Gaffer

Match Highlights

Kevin’s Match Report

Rowe’s fab four as Bridgers hit back from early shock

South West Peninsula League
Premier West
Wadebridge Town 8 Sticker 2

When Alfie Flack gave Sticker the lead after 50 seconds on a wet and windy Wednesday night, for a fleeting moment there was a feeling a shock might be on the cards at Bodieve.

It proved to be a false dawn for the strugglers, who then conceded three goals before the half-hour mark to give themselves a mountain to climb.

Pressure from Matt Lloyd led to a defender scoring an own goal for a 10th minute equaliser and Jacob Smale was in the right place to finish off a sweeping move to put the Bridgers ahead for the first time after 20 minutes.

Eight minutes later Sam Wickins opened up Sticker’s square back line with a superb pass to send Jacob Rowe through and his lob over the keeper nestled in the far corner of the net.

Lloyd then lifted a close range left foot shot over the bar as Wadebridge continued to batter the Sticker penalty area without adding to their score before half-time.

But it didn’t take long after the restart for the Bridgers – and Rowe in particular – to secure a victory which would lift the home side into the top six of the table.

Five minutes into the second half Rowe cut in from the left to move into the penalty area and his low drive flew into the net.

And he completed his hat-trick four minutes later with a close range finish from Smale’s cross.

Rowe was having the sort of night where everything he tried was coming off and he added his fourth goal – and Wadebridge’s sixth – by being in the right place to tap in a corner.

To their credit, Sticker never threw in the towel and 16-year-old Taeler Chapman produced a superb finish to reduce the arrears eight minutes from time. It was his first senior goal.
Taeler is the brother of Haiden, an 18-year-old striker who came on as a 55th minute substitute for Wadebridge.

Their proud father James, the former Bodmin Town chairman, said it was the first time they had played against each other.

Unfortunately, Taeler’s goal only served to kick Wadebridge back into scoring mode and they added further goals from substitute Sam Hepworth and Lloyd.

For the Bridgers this was an impressive response to a disappointing exit from the Walter C Parson Cup, while Sticker will put it down to experience.

They were so short of players they had to call up five reserves into the squad, which also included 43-year-old Rich Nancarrow on the bench.

They deserved praise for being there – and they will have better days.

Wadebridge: R Rosevear, T Harris, S Wickins, R Hooper (S Hepworth 73), S Simmonds, J Rowe, C Reski, G Eastman, M Lloyd, M Vallejo (H Chapman 55), J Smale (S Arnold 62).

Goals: J Rowe 4 (28, 50, 54, 65), own goal (10), J Smale (20), S Hepworth (84), M Lloyd (86).
Sub not used: T Jeal.

Sticker: E Etwell, Hooper, Clapman, Rowles-Jane, Warren, Edworthy, O’Hara, T Chapman, S Dover, J Nancarrow, A Flack.
Subs: Lees, Avery, R Nancarrow, Clarke (gk).

Goals: A Flack (1), T Chapman (82).

Man of the Match: Jacob Rowe.

Kevin Marriott

Match Reporter

Match Coverage on Social Media

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