FT: Plymouth Parkway 3 (Hobbs 56, Williams 77, Hobbs 78) Galmpton and Roseland 1 (43)
Parkway entertained Galmpton & Roseland from the SWPL East Division in the 2nd round of the Walter Parsons League Cup. In front of what looked like a below average crowd, Parkway, with a slightly depleted squad ,made 3 changes from last Wednesday’s victory. Only 3 subs were named including Mason Hughes making his first appearance of the season. Parkway lined up in a 4 4 2 formation with Mikey Williams filling one of the central defender’s slots. Parkway started on the front foot with Galmpton defending deep and flooding the midfield areas leaving just one up front. Parkway forced a couple of early corners with Aaron Bentley heading just over on both occasions. Parkway dominated both territory and possession creating chance after chance with Galmpton managing to hang on as the game was being played almost exclusively in the Galmpton half. Parkway had a golden opportunity to take the lead on 15 mins but Mike Smith blazed over an empty goal from around 6 yards. Parkway mounted wave after wave of attacks but were unable to break the deadlock despite winning just about everything in the air from a series of corners and free kicks. Most of these either missed the target or lacked the power or accuracy to beat the Galmpton keeper who made a series of comfortable saves. On 33 mins Ethan Phillips was yellow carded for what appeared to be simulation as Parkway continued to press forward. On 43 mins completely against the run of play and from a rare foray forward, Galmpton amazingly took the lead. A long ball pumped forward saw the Parkway defence high up the field and appealing for an offside decision that never came. They all stopped as did Kyle Moore who was well off his line only to see the Galmpton player 40 yards out casually thump the ball goalwards and loop over him into the net. Luck or skill? Who knows? Who said it’s a funny ol game? The second half continued in a similar manner with Parkway dominating but rarely looking like scoring. On 53 mins changes were made with Ben Joyce and Hughes replacing Phillips and Josh Tattersall. Sam Hilson moved into central defence with Williams moving to the left side of midfield and Joyce anchoring the midfield. The change had an almost immediate effect when on 56 mins a fine run and cross into the danger area by Hughes was deflected into his own net by an unfortunate defender. Parkway were now controlling the game better with Joyce particularly influential with his range of accurate passing. Hobbs had a good effort saved on 58 mins with Hilson seeing his header cleared off the line shortly after. A goalmouth scramble on 66 mins saw 3 close range efforts somehow blocked and cleared as Galmpton came under increasing pressure. Virtually nothing had been seen of them as an attacking force as they battled to stay in the game. On 70 mins Hobbs had a delicate chip pushed over the bar and from the resultant corner Parkway had strong shouts for a penalty turned down for what appeared to be handball on the line. Parkway made their final substitution on 75 mins with Luke Durham replacing Connor Macauley. The constant pressure finally paid off on 77 mins when a strong run down the right saw Hobbs skip past a couple of tiring defenders, reach the bye line and deliver a delightful cross into the danger area which Williams anticipated well and slid home from close range. Almost straight from the kick off Parkway regained possession in midfield and a through ball found Hobbs in a central position. Showing strength and power, he evaded a couple of despairing tackles and fired home from around 12 yards. With Parkway now in complete control and Joyce controlling play, they played keep ball sometimes at walking pace and saw the game out comfortably with no further alarms to complete their 16th successive victory in all competitions. A strange game with Parkway dominating for 90% of the time without ever being at their best and being unable to press home their advantage until late on against plucky but ultimately outclassed opponents. A bit like the previous game, substitutions and a change of formation had the desired effect. The draw for the next round was due to be made today but with the league Secretary indisposed, this was postponed until a date yet to be confirmed. Parkway return to league action on Tuesday with they visit Callington and then it’s back to Stadio Bolitho next Saturday when Sandhurst Town from the Hellenic league visit in the 1st round proper of the FA Vase.