Match Report: St Austell 4 v 2 Wadebridge Town

by | Nov 28, 2023

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Enjoy the Gaffer’s reflections, our Match Highlights, Kevin’s Match Report and our Social Media coverage from our gutsy defeat versus St Austell.

The Gaffer’s Reflections

Our season so far, summed up in 90 minutes.
In general terms I was pleased with the performance.

We gave away some daft goals but kept going and found ourselves right in the game with 10 to go, only to switch off again.

Paul Rowe

The Gaffer

Match Highlights

Kevin’s Match Report

Eddy’s back-heeled goal ends Wadebridge fightback

South West Peninsula League
Premier Division West
AFC St Austell 4 Wadebridge Town 2

St Austell warmed up for next Saturday’s FA Vase date against Highworth Town with an entertaining win which kept them second in the table.

But they needed a cheeky back-heeled goal from substitute Liam Eddy a minute from normal time to end Wadebridge’s strong fightback after trailing 3-0 just after half-time.

The Lillywhites made an impressive start with goals from Adam Carter – set up by George Marris – and Neil Slateford (penalty) inside the opening 20 minutes.

And when Tom Whipp was left unmarked to head in Slateford’s 48th minute corner, the home side looked to have put the game beyond reach.

That was the signal for Wadebridge boss Paul Rowe to ring the changes and three substitutions in the 52nd minute breathed fresh life into the visitors.

One of those subs, Morgan Vallejo, thought he had pulled a goal back on the hour with a fierce shot but St Austell keeper Harry Ashton produced a breathtaking save to keep the ball out.

Five minutes later, however, the Bridgers did get on the scoresheet with another of their subs, Haiden Chapman, finishing off after Matt Lloyd had taken the ball around Ashton.

And Wadebridge were properly back in the game 12 minutes from time when Lloyd’s headed flick on allowed Jacob Rowe to steer the ball into the net from close range.

The Bridgers pushed for an unlikely equaliser until Eddy effectively ended their hopes with a breakaway which saw his initial shot hit a post before he back-heeled the rebound into the net from six yards.

There was still time for Wadebridge to have another chance but Sam Hepworth’s shot was brilliantly saved by Ashton.

St Austell: H Ashton, J Shaw, M Duff, T Whipp, O Brokenshire, J Miller, N Slateford, M Searle (C Wharton 72), A Carter (L Eddy 64), K Bishop (H Hann 86), G Marris (N Teagle 64).
Goals: A Carter (16), N Slateford, pen (19), T Whipp (48).
Yellow card: O Brokenshire (77).

Wadebridge: R Rosevear, T Harris, S Hepworth, C Reski (M Vallejo 52), G Eastman (L Webber 52), M Lloyd, J Smale, J Rowe, R Hooper, J Tripconey (H Chapman 52), S Gerken.
Sub not used: B Rowe.
Goals: H Chapman (65), J Rowe (78).
Yellow card: J Smale (44).

Referee: S Edge.
Attendance: 158.

Men of the Match. St Austell – Neil Slateford; Wadebridge – Jacob Smale.

Kevin Marriott

Match Reporter

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