FT: Newquay 0 Plymouth Parkway 3 (Williams 14, 23, Hobbs 50)
Parkway, with around 30 of the supporting posse, travelled to a wet ‘n windy Mount Wise for this rearrangement of a rearranged fixture! Parkway showed 3 changes to last Friday’s starting line up with Jamie Bass, Luke Durham and Charlie Johansen replacing Sam Hillson, Ryan Lane and Mike Smith respectively. The game got off to a lively start with Parkway going close in the 1st min and Jordan Trott having a shot pushed over after 4 mins. Newquay looked dangerous on the break and created some good chances of their own. On 5 mins a booming kick from the Newquay keeper caused confusion in the Parkway defence who allowed the ball to bounce just outside the area and only a fine save by Kyle Moore kept the scoreline blank. Moore was called into action again shortly after when more uncharacteristic slack Parkway defending allowed a Newquay player to go clear only to be thwarted by another fine save. After 11 mins Parkway could easily have been 2 goals down but for Moore’s agility. Probably the busiest start he’s had to a game for a long time. After stemming the tide, Parkway gradually got their game together, gaining and keeping possession and trying to force an opening. They took the lead on 14 mins when a fine run down the left wing by Durham took him to the byeline and his low cross was clipped in at the near post by Mikey Williams who had anticipated well and got ahead of his marker. Newquay continued to compete well and break quickly and on 16 mins created yet another chance only for Moore to narrow the angle and block the shot which was then cleared off the line by Trott. The game continued to be fairly even with Parkway looking to exert some midfield control but Newquay continued to battle hard and deny them time and space. Parkway saw a shot from distance by Glyn Hobbs fly over on 18 mins before increasing their lead on 23 mins. A superb 60 yard ball from deep in his own half to the right flank from the increasingly influential Ben Joyce found Williams who, after a fine first touch, cut inside, beat his marker and rounded the keeper to finish with ease for his 2nd goal of the night. This was Parkway’s 100th LEAGUE goal of the season. Including all other competitions, 141 goals have now been scored this season. Parkway now began to show some fluency in all areas and continued to push Newquay back, forcing a series of corners one of which saw a header flash narrowly over. After a rocky start to the half when Moore undoubtedly kept them in the game, Parkway gradually upped their performance, looked more solid at the back and were worthy leaders at half time. They increased their lead on 50 mins with a fine team goal. The lively Johansen pressurised the Newquay left back, determinedly won the ball off him wide on the right, moved the ball into Hobbs who in turn found the overlapping Trott on the left who pulled the ball back to Hobbs who, after beating a couple of defenders, rifled in a shot beating the keeper at the near post. Parkway were now completely dominant and were happy to just move the ball around, keeping possession for as long as they could. Newquay continued to work hard but were making little impression going forward and hanging on at the back. Parkway almost increased their lead further on 55 mins when more good work by Durham saw him set up Johansen who blasted his effort way over when well placed. A fairly quiet period followed with Parkway content to remain patient, keep possession and conserve a bit of energy. With the game seemingly under control the replacements started, with Connor Macauley replacing Johansen on the hour, Smith on for Hobbs on 70 mins and Lane for Williams on 78 mins. Parkway continued to look dangerous and on 82 mins Smith broke through only to see his shot saved at the 2nd attempt. For the final 15 mins play became pretty scrappy and fragmented with Parkway comfortable playing keep ball with Newquay being given a bit of a run around. They did however keep trying and forced Moore into a couple of saves late on, ending the game as he started it, being in the action. Whilst arguably not at their fluent best, Parkway, after a shaky start, did enough to secure the 3 points at the same time keeping their 12th clean sheet. Credit to Newquay who did not give up and gave it a go but ultimately were beaten by a classier side. Parkway now go 18 points clear at the top of the table and 24 points clear of 4th place. Well done to the club for getting this game brought forward in an attempt to prevent an end of season fixture pile up. Due to Cornish Cup fixtures taking precedence over League fixtures, this Saturday’s visit of St Austell to Stadio Bolitho has been postponed with the next game now being Falmouth Town the visitors on Sat 10 Feb.