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Matchday Live: Helston Athletic 5 Sticker 3 FT
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- FOOTBALL: Live coverage from Helston Athletic v Sticker in division one west Coverage starts from 2pm, with kick off at 3pm.
- Elsewhere Falmouth Town travel to face SWPL premier division leaders Exmouth Town.
- In the Combination League Wendron Utd face St Day, and Perranwell host Illogan .
- RUGBY: Tribute Cornwall & Devon - Falmouth Eagles welcome Tiverton to the Recreation Ground.
- Western Counties West - Penryn travel to Devon to face Burnham-on-Sea.
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Helston secure what could be an absolutely priceless win against a below-par Sticker side who'll be rightly disappointed with the result.
The visitors were never in it.
@PenrynRFC @Packetsport @rhod13 FT Burnham 26 Penryn 12 http://t.co/VewEqo0OEs— @RossiHancock 05 April 2014
Sticker captain Bradley Ralph pulls a goal back in the 85th minute!
Martyn Webster came out to claim a high ball pumped into the Helston box, but got nowhere near it.
The ball spilled to Ralph in acres of space to nod into an empty net.
Seems churlish to say it given the scoreline, but Helston have been poor at the back today.
Helston cruising to a vital three points. Sticker have thrown everything at them, but they've simply not been good enough by their own high standards.
Helston: Jamie Thirkle on for Ben Stidwell (76)
Sticker: Liam Dingle on for Jack Walker (76)
Helston Athletic 5 (Black 75) Sticker 2
What a goal Phil Black!
A deep cross from Dan Stidwell sees Goldsworthy get under his header at the back post.
The ball drops to Black, who absolutely hammers a volley in to the far corner of the net off the underside of the cross bar. A goal to remember for Black. Stunning!
Helston: Phil Black replaces Matt Fox (70)
A foul on Martyn Webster sees the ball drop to Butler who flicks a shot at goal.
Helston's Ash Stidwell's tracking back to punt it off the line. Helston not happy about the challenge on Webster, but to be honest it looked as though he spilled it.
Like for like Helston sub. Adlard drops into midfield alongside Young.
Helston: Jordan Adlard replaces Kegan Mcphilbin (65)
Spaul breaks clear for Sticker down the left. Helston are stretched, and there are three red shirts waiting in the box.
Bit his cutback misses them all out
Helston Athletic 4 (Fox 61) Sticker 2
Matt Fox slides in at the back post to volley the ball high into the back of the net. Is that enough for Helston? They lead 4-2.
The fog is getting worse here at Kellaway. Great milky clouds of the stuff wafting over the pitch, as Ashley Stidwell receives some treatment
Helston win a corner after some good work by Fox down the right. A real test of character for the Blues now. They need to see this out.
Sticker's tails are up. They think they can go on and win this, never mind settling for a point.
Game on at Kellaway! Butler scores his second, curling a shot past the outstretched arm of Martyn Webster after some more sloppy defensive play from Helston.
This is a long way from over.
And we're off.
Teams making their way out for the second half.
A great half of football from a neutral's point of view. Helston came roaring out of the blocks early on, taking the lead after nine minutes when Mark Goldsworthy poked the ball in from just inside the six yard box.
The Blues had their second five minutes later when Tom Russell slid the ball past Sticker keeper Ryan Holland after Helston had sliced them open again.
And two minutes later they were three up when Russell's shot was stopped by Holland, but Goldsworthy reacted quickest to tap in the rebound.
Sticker pulled one back seconds before the half time whistle thanks to an Andrew Butler tap-in after good work down the right by Jack Spaul.
But the first half belonged to the Blues, who'll look to drive home their advantage after the break.
Helston Athletic 3 (Goldsworthy 9, 15; Russell 13) Sticker 1 (Butler 45+1)
Seconds before the break the visitors pull one back when Spaul sells Ashley Stidwell a dummy before fizzing a low ball into the six yard box for Andrew Butler to tap in.
Helston's defence were nowhere near him. Sloppy from the Blues.
Is that a lifeline for Sticker?
Ben Stidwell goes into the book for a sliding tackle on Jack Spaul. Stidwell tries to drag him up by the arm, howls of anger from Sticker fans.
Dan Meen replaces Adam Solomon at left back for Sticker. Like for like sub. Solomon's had a half hour to forget. Dan Stidwell has run him ragged.
Matt Fox has the ball in the back of the net for Helston, but it's ruled out for offside. Poor decision, he was a good five yards on.
More superb stuff from Helston, and yet again Dan Stidwell's at the heart of it as the Blues move the ball from one wing to another before Russell nips in behind them.
Keeper Holland does well to scramble off his line and make the clearance.
Big shouts for a Helston penalty as Russell is upended in the box. Mr Wroblewski shakes his head. I've seen them given...
Sticker have a great chance to pull one back as Andrew Butler releases Jack Walker, but his shot's scuffed well wide.
Sticker look understandably shell-shocked. Skipper Bradley Ralph shouts "we've given up lads!" You'd hope not. We've not even had half an hour yet.
This is getting embarrassing! Russell's put through one on one with Holland, who blocks his shot.
But the Sticker defence look like they're wading through treacle as Goldsworthy steals in to poke in Helston's third.
Helston have been as brilliant as Sticker have terrible. The Blues lead 3-0 with 18 minutes played.
HELSTON SCORE AGAIN!
It's Tom Russell with a great finish from 10 yards out after some suicidal defending sees Sticker give up the ball 25 yards out.
Young breaks it up, Goldsworthy flicks it on for Russell, who finishes well.
Another great bit of link up play down the right sees Dan Stidwell win a corner. Matt Fox's delivery from the dead ball is poor, but Dan Stidweel's cross from the rebound is anything but.
He loops it back into the box where a knockdown from Tom Russell catches the Sticker defence flat-footed and there's Mark Goldsworthy to flick it past Ryan Holland. Poachers goal. Great start for Helston!
Helston Athletic 1 (Goldsworthy 9) Sticker 0
Nice link up play between the Stidwells Ashley and Ben results in a big shout for a corner from the Blues. Mr Wroblewski points to the keeper.
Helston have settled. Dan Stidwell having some joy down the right against Sticker's Adam Solomon.
0-0 after 7 minutes.
A nervy start from Helston sees Hugh Howlett give away possession 25 yds out, but the ball into the box is poor from Jack Walker.
And we're off
Referee today is highly-rated Mike Wroblewski.
Helston and Sticker making their way out at Kellaway Parc #cornishfootball https://t.co/PKuY7SssuF— @Packetsport 05 April 2014
Sticker are without top scorer Jack Bowyer, but still name a strong starting eleven. But a cursory glance at the subs bench tells you they lack Helston's strength in depth.
Sticker: R Holland, J Rowles, A Solomon, A Avery, B Ralph (c), S Kenney, M Eddy, J Spaul, J Walker, M Lloyd, A Butler. Subs: D Meens, L Dingle, J Boardman.
Team news in. It's a depleted Helston side today. Sid Taylor's Blues are without suspended captain Jamie Thomson, and first choice keeper James Wignall.
Martyn Webster deputises between the posts. Hugh Howlett takes over the captaincy in Thomson's absence.
But most surprising of all is Jordan Adlard's inclusion on the bench for Helston. Adlard is one of half a dozen casualties from the controversy surrounding St Day in the Combination League.
Helston Athletic: M Webster, B Stidwell, S Jenkin, K McPhilbin, A Stidwell, H Howlett (c), D Stidwell, C Young, T Russell, M Goldsworthy, M Fox. Subs: P Black, J Adlard, J Thirkle, C Syrike, J Miller.
And we're back. A real pea-souper hanging like a shroud over Kellaway Park. It's clearing up a bit now, but earlier it was difficult to see from one side of the pitch to another.
Wherever you're heading this afteroon, best to take a brolly. There's more than a little bracing moisture in the air round these parts.
In other words, it's been lashing down all morning.
We're going to take a break while we don the wellies and waterproofs and prepare to brave the elements at Kellaway Parc.
Join us again just before 2pm when we'll bring you all the build up to our featured game from division one west: Helston Athletic v Sticker.
It could be a real crunch afternoon in the Combo. Illogan are by no means assured of three points against Perranwell, who smashed eight past Falmouth Town reserves last weekend.
If they can repeat their performance, there's every chance Town could cause an upset and do Illogan's promotion rivals Wendron a huge favour.
Meanwhile 'dron boss Paul Murray will be eager to restore some pride after their 5-2 league cup semi-final defeat at Clifton Parc against St Day last Sunday.
Wendron manager Paul Murray.
Murray was - some might say justifiably - aggrieved that, because of a difference in league and cup rules, the Saints were able to field players in the cup who are not eligible to play in the league. Make of that what you will.
Either way Wendron will be up for it, no doubt about that. It could be a big afternoon in the JCCL title race.
In the Jolly's Cornwall Combination League, Wendron United have an early opportunity to get revenge for their league cup semi-final defeat against St Day when they face them in the league at Vogue Park.
Saturday, April 5 fixtures:
Falmouth Ath v Redruth United
Ludgvan v Falmouth Town
Mullion v Goonhavern
Perranwell v Illogan RBL
St Agnes v Hayle
St Day v Wendron United
St Just v Troon
For Penryn, their penultimate game of the season sees the Borough travel to face Burnham-on-Sea, who until a dip in form after the turn of the year looked like real promotion contenders.
As everyone knows, the Borough have had a topsy-turvy season ruined by injuries and patchy form.
Some of those players have made their returns in the last few weeks - Grant Randlesome and Taron Peacock to name but two - but overall there's no escaping the fact that it's been a disappointing year for Paul Trevaskis's side.
But Penryn swept past Paignton last weekend in their last home fixture of the season. They'll be keen to follow it up with another good performance today.
In the day's rugby Falmouth Eagles face Tiverton at the Recreation Ground (KO 3pm) looking to finish their season off with a flourish.
Phil Angove's side have had their ups and downs, but this Eagles outfit are much-improved from the one that struggled so badly at times last season.
But one glance at the table is enough to see that the visitors to the Rec today are a bit handy. Tiverton are second, and while Exeter University look dead certs for promotion, they'll want to take maximum points from Falmouth this afternoon to keep the pressure up.
The Eagles have managed some fine results at home this season. Can they cause an upset?
In the SWPL premier division Falmouth Town have a tricky trip up to Devon to face Exmouth Town, who sit top of the table going into Saturday.
Town will be looking to bounce back from their 0-1 defeat against St Blazey at Bickland Park last weekend - not a game for the purists, that.
Counter-intuitively John Dent's side are actually more comfortable on the road. Falmouth have won just five games in two seasons at Bickland. Most of the points Town have earned in 2014 they've gathered on their travels.
Can they do it again today? Well, Exmouth have lost just three games all season, and while they might not finish as champions - Bodmin and Parkway both have games in hand on them - it's going to be tough ask for Town today.
Stranger things have happened, mind. While goals at Bickland have proven tough to come by, away from home Town have fared much better. Could be interesting.
Falmouth Town striker Rob Wearne
We'll bring you all the action from Kellaway Parc from 2pm onwards, as well as keeping you up to date with the latest scores from around the grounds.
You can get in touch with us on Twitter @packetsport throughout the day.
So what else so we have to look forward to this afternoon?
Sticker have been something of a surprise package this season. Did anyone exepct them to do as well as they have? Probably not.
True, the Burngullow Park club may not be under quite the same pressure - they've not applied for promotion to the SWPL premier division - but make no mistake, they'll be up for it. Sticker are organised, they're quick, and despite being league newcomers they've shown they can mix it with the best of them.
Not to mention that in Jack Bowyer they have one of the league's top goalscorers. He's just one behind Helston's Mark Goldsworthy in the race for the golden boot.
Team mate Andrew Butler isn't far off, either. The Blues are in for a tough old afternoon.
Our featured game this afternoon comes from Kellaway Parc, where Sid Taylor's Helston will face second place Sticker, who've been flying in the league this season.
'Must win match' is phrase bandied about a lot these days, but really, is this a game Helston can afford to lose?
Callington, their most likely rivals for promotion from division one west, sit two points above the Blues with two games in hand. They travel to Holsworthy this afternoon, and barring a real upset, you'd expect Lee Beer's side to come away with the points.
Defeat would leave Helston a daunting five points behind Cally with eight games left to play. Not an insurmountable gap, but one that could prove crucial.
Here's how they stand going into today's game:
A belated good morning to you all from Packet Towers on what could be a potentially massive day in the race for promotion from division one west.
Coverage begins from 10am on Saturday morning, with all the build up to the game, along with updates from the day's other matches throughout the afternoon.
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