South West U15 Blues
- competition : South West U15 Blues
- date : 29/02/2020
- time : 10:30
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Paulton Rovers v Torquay
With the threat of Storm Jorge making an appearance, the English Riviera relocates to the Somer Valley, as Paulton Rovers welcomes Torquay. The next time we’ll see JPL action on a Saturday ‘Leap Day’ will be 2048, so this will probably be the lads last chance to shine and I’ll be dribbling in a home for retired coaches.
Q1 kicks off in brisk fashion and Paulton win the early exchanges. Paulton continue to press but the M5 journey is now fading from the Torquay legs as they look to find a foothold in the game. Torquay look to play out from the back, encouraging the Paulton press, making it difficult for the men in yellow to play up the thirds. A Torquay shot from distance, easy for the Paulton keeper. Torquay are gaining in confidence and a well struck corner is headed clear. Paulton are now looking to hit Torquay on the break; a ball on the right finds the Paulton striker in pursuit. The Torquay keeper rushes out and is left floundering with the resulting cross to the waiting forward only intercepted by a returning defender. At this point Storm Jorge gets his boots on and makes an appearance. First, he curls in some hail, then the old one-two with snow and rain, making the conditions very difficult. Paulton continue to seek an advantage, a carefully weighted ball to the advancing striker is denied by a bobbly handball. The final say of the quarter is a Torquay free kick into the untroubled Paulton defence. Q1 0-0.
Q2. Finally, the deadlock is broken. What can only be described as a fortuitous overhead boot forward, this neatly finds the Paulton striker on the edge of the box. Confidently he beats his man and caresses it inside the righthand post. The goal unleashes a period of open play in the middle, but 5 minutes later we see another goal. A timely block gives the opportunity for the Paulton wing-back to play the ball forward splitting the yellow defence. The forward is quick on his heels, controls the ball, and effortlessly puts it right of the keeper outstretched hands. However, goals aren’t exclusive to one side; now it’s Torquay’s turn. From a neat corner to the near post, the ball is cleverly flicked backwards. The ball finds an uncontested Torquay head at the back post and is smartly tucked home. With a goal back and the wind in their faces Torquay press on. The right winger beats the left back, forcing a save from the Paulton keeper. Now defenders are putting their bodies on the line with further shots raining down. The goal advantage remains intact but not for long. With a good spell of interplay on the right, the Torquay winger breaks and finds space for a cross. Unmarked at the back post a simple tap-in draws the game level. Q2 2-2.
Q3. The third quarter sees Torquay in the ascendancy. An early corner is headed wide. Torquay continue to press and harry but end product is in short supply. The first meaningful chance falls to Paulton. A looping through ball, with no right to find the forward, plops stupidly at his feet. Serenely the ball is placed wide. Big chance. Torquay are quick on the break, but the Paulton defenders mop up with assurance. The next big chance involves all three Paulton attacking forwards. On the edge of the box the ball moves from one to another to the third. Cute play, but the final shot is side-footed over. With the sun glistening of the pitch, a ball from the left finds the Paulton forward with his back to goal. With canny guile he tucks it round to the wing-back; the defender is breathing down his neck and the opportunity looks lost. As the defender stretches to tidy up, the wing-back floats the ball over the keeper’s head and the ball dips under the crossbar. Q3 3-2
Q4. Entering the final quarter, attitude and resilience will be the decider. Jorge has come and gone and come again. Play has become scruffy and hurried. The Paulton forward with only the keeper to beat, scuffs his shot and it limps wide. Straight away Torquay attack, the shot needs the keeper’s fingertips to maintain the lead. From the resulting corner the ball falls into a cauldron of legs in the six-yard box. Like a pinball wizard the ball is flippered into the roof of the net. Level pegging. Another long ball over the top delivers a Torquay corner. Corners aren’t an easy watch for the Paulton bench. Fortunately, this is headed clear. Torquay are now sniffing victory and playing with purpose. On the left side the Torquay forward beats his man and opens up some space. Without hesitation and convincingly, places the ball in the far corner and Torquay find themselves in front. Paulton need to regroup but with a freekick central in their own half they lose possession and the ball is deftly released to the Torquay forward. He is in acres of space and slips it home. Torquay now look comfortable, wanting the ball more, playing wide and finding a yellow shirt at every opportunity. In the final minutes Torquay continue to press, Paulton players know the game is out of sight; retaining possession is an ordeal, knowing Jorge and Torquay have won the day. Q4 3-5.
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