FT: Callington Town 1 (76)
Plymouth Parkway 7 (Hobbs 2, 60, 68 pen, Macauley 50, 51, Trott 64, Smith 85)
Parkway made the short hop over the Tamar hoping it would not be unlucky 13 as they looked to continue their winning run. Around 40 or so of the Parkway massive were in the crowd of 123. Parkway made 3 changes from the previous game’s starting line up with Shane Krac, returning from a lengthy injury lay off, included on the bench. The game got off to a dramatic start when in the 1st min an unmarked Callington player headed against the crossbar from a left wing corner. Almost immediately a long ball from defence found Glyn Hobbs muscling his way at pace past the last defender and rifleing a shot wide of the keeper from around 12 yards to give Parkway the perfect start. Play went from end to end for a period with Parkway creating the better chances with Hobbs, Mike Smith and Jordan Trott all having efforts on target either well saved or blocked by an increasingly overworked home defence. With the midfield engine room of Ben Joyce, Christian Pople and Ryan Lane having plenty of possession and linking play well and the 4 man Parkway defence coping comfortably with Callington’s sporadic attacks, it just seemed a matter of time before further goals followed. Resolute home defending, good goalkeeping and at times lack of quality in the final third surprisingly kept the half time score at 0-1. The second half saw Parkway immediately resume control and they increased their lead on 50 mins. A neat flick by Hobbs found Smith racing clear on the left and his perfect pull back was tapped in at close range by the unmarked Connor Macauley. Almost straight from the kick off Parkway regained possession with Hobbs holding up the ball well and releasing Macauley who rounded his marker and finished clinically with a low shot into the corner. Macauley almost completed a 5 min hattrick on 55 mins only to see his effort well saved. Parkway were now in complete control with the midfield trio dominating and providing the wide players with quality ball. Sam Hillson headed narrowly over from a corner on 58 mins and on the hour Parkway went further ahead. Smith yet again broke clear on the left and pulled the ball back to the supporting Hobbs who finished easily from close range. Luke Durham then replaced the impressive Lane. On 64 mins dead ball specialist Jordan Trott then got in on the act. His left footed low curling free kick from wide on the right somehow evaded everyone and nestled in the far corner for Parkway’s 5th. The hardworking Pople who had put in his customary committed shift was then replaced in midfield by Josh Tattersall. Supported well by the midfielders, Smith and Macauley continued to cause havoc down the flanks and yet another marauding run from Smith down the left was ended when he was clearly tripped in the box. No arguments. Hobbs stepped up and calmly stroked the penalty home to complete his 5th hattrick of the season. His reward was to be immediately replaced by Ethan Phillips! Callington continued to battle hard and caught Parkway short at the back on 76 mins when a deep cross from the left found their player unmarked at the far post to head in from close range. Parkway continued to create chances with Durham and Phillips both going close before Smith saw his header hit the post and his follow up shot being parried away by the overworked keeper. Smith finally got the goal his hardworking performance deserved when, on 85 mins, yet another strong run down the left saw him power through despairing defenders and finish cleverly from a tight angle. Parkway almost added to their score when a good effort from Durham was well saved and on 88 mins Tattersall saw his powerful shot from the edge of the box cannon off a post and rebound to safety. A thoroughly dominant all round performance by Parkway from front to back with the second half display as good as I have seen from them all season on quite a tricky surface. A double figure scoreline would not have flattered them. This 13th consecutive win took them back to the top of the table, 2 points clear of Argye reserves with 2 games in hand.