Boss Hillson blasts Parkway's defending after home cup exit
Plymouth Parkway...3 Liskeard Ath...4
SCHOOLBOY defending cost Parkway dear as they crashed out of the Throgmorton Cup at Bolitho Park.
"You cannot defend in the manner that we did and expect to win," fumed Parkway boss Wayne Hillson after Friday's final whistle.
"That is not taking anything away from Liskeard who worked very hard to gain their victory."
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Hillson had come under fire, from certain quarters of the Parkway fans, for including Truro City pair Stewart Yetton and Marcus Martin.
To be fair to Hillson, at the time of signing, their parent club had been thrown out of the Conference.
It was only after putting pen to paper that Truro got a last minute reprieve.
Hillson said: "I had a couple of injuries and a suspension coming up and when two players of that calibre become available then I would be falling down on my job if I didn't take the opportunity of adding them to our squad."
Yetton's involvement lasted less than five minutes as he suffered a knee injury that could keep him sidelined for some time but Martin did look the part in midfield.
With the exception of Yetton's injury everything looked to be going to plan as his replacement Sam Cooper headed a great chance wide with Ryan Richards, Martin and Cooper all going close before Liskeard shook a crowd of 162 by taking a 31st minute lead.
A mix-up between Parkway goalkeeper Gary Penhaligon and his defence gave the impressive Andrew Neal the chance to nip in and steer the ball into the empty net.
Parkway were level before the break as Cooper's cross found Richards volleying home at the far post, but it was the visitors who struck twice in three minutes early in the second half to take control.
Neal set up Lyle Johnson to restore the Blues' lead on 49 minutes before Callum Martindale handled in the area for Chris Clarke to make it 3-1 from the penalty spot.
Parkway replied with Will Stringer converting a penalty after Richards had been brought down, but back came Liskeard and more hesitancy from Penhaligon allowed Steve Sims to notch their fourth.
Parkway put pressure on Liskeard and broke through again when Richards swept home three minutes from time.
Saltash Utd...5 Teignmouth...2
THE Ashes earned themselves a tricky third round tie away to fellow Peninsula Premier side Launceston after their victory at Kimberley Stadium.
Teignmouth might have been a hard working side but they were always chasing a tie in which the Ashes should have been three goals up inside the first 25 minutes.
Richard Maddison, twice, and Luke Doddridge had both failed to make the most of chances before the Ashes broke through on 26 minutes.
A long punt upfield eluded the Teigns' defence for Maddison to round 'keeper Nicky Moyse and shoot home from 10 yards despite Liam McAuley's attempt to clear off the line.
Goalkeeper Ben Elphick preserved that lead with a 40th minute penalty save from Carl Cliff-Brown and Ashes made the most of the situation to score twice in the opening seven minutes of the second half.
Saltash doubled their lead when Dimitri Kanaki played in Doddridge but the 'keeper got a touch to the ball which fell for Maddison to steer home from 15 yards.
The third came from a Ross Saint left wing cross that was blocked but also fell kindly, this time for Matt Cusack to fire home from eight yards before Ross Saint confidently fired a spot-kick past Moyse.
The Teigns did not give up and within a minute a speculative 20-yard strike from McAuley deceived Elphick to find the top corner.
In stoppage time Gavin Coulton unselfishly set up Maddison to complete his hat-trick from eight yards.
Elburton Villa...4 Witheridge...0
VILLA joint manager Simon Westlake was delighted with a comprehensive victory over a Witheridge side who have been going well this season.
It earns the Haye Road club a visit from East division side Alphington in the last-16.
"Witheridge were disappointed with their performance but it was a case of our players making it difficult for them," said Westlake.
"The victory was even more pleasing after we received notification from the Devon FA, on the morning of the match, that Justin Crowley and Lee Rundle were both suspended.
"We managed to bring a couple of our under-18s in to the side and they both came on and acquitted themselves extremely well.
"There wasn't a lot between the teams in the first half but after the break we tore into them and to be fair they only had one real chance," Westlake added, referring to Simon May's superb save to tip a ferocious drive from Steve Ebdy over his bar.
"We gave him earache over not catching the ball!" joked the Elburton boss.
Villa took a fifth minute lead when Jordan Trott's free-kick, from the halfway line, was missed by everyone to bounce past goalkeeper John Wannell and into the corner of the net.
Ray Spear's 50th minute pass released Lee Salmons who held off the challenge of two Withy defenders before rounding Wannell and slotting into an unguarded net.
A third goal followed, 15 minutes from time, when Sam Stevens set up Spear to fire a 20-yard shot across goal and inside the far post.
On the stroke of full-time Levi Landricombe broke into the visitors' box to complete the scoring.
Wadebridge Town...1 Tavistock...2
THE Lambs successfully negotiated this potential banana skin against a Bridgers outfit who are unbeaten in the West division.
"Wadebridge were on top in the first half and fully deserved their lead," said Lambs boss Ian Southcott.
"With half-an-hour to go we were heading out of the cup but the lads dug deep and showed great character to turn the game around."
Wadebridge deservedly opened the scoring on 23 minutes when Dan Jennings, who is being chased by several Premier sides, headed home a Nick Dowling corner.
It was only a series of fine saves by Andy Meeds that kept Tavistock in the tie with one of his best coming five minutes before the break.
Liam Ames let fly with a scorching drive that Meeds, at full stretch somehow deflected wide of his goal.
The home crowd were shocked in the 52nd minute when Jamie Ahearn headed in a free-kick to level the scores.
There were six minutes remaining when substitute Ian Rooke headed in a right-wing cross to give Tavistock the lead.
The Bridgers piled on the pressure in the closing minutes but were foiled by more saves by Meeds which saw Tavistock through to a trip to Liskeard Athletic in third round.
Galmpton Utd...2 Torpoint Ath...5
TORPOINT had to overcome the robust approach of their East division hosts before claiming a place in the last-16 with victory at the War Memorial Ground.
Torpoint's reward, if you can call it that, is a home tie against the winners of Saturday's postponed tie between Ivybridge Town and holders Bodmin Town.
Torpoint took an 11th minute lead when Darren Hicks scored the first of three spot-kicks, low past goalkeeper Matt Congdon, after Dean Smith was scythed down in the Galmpton area.
Galmpton equalised, nine minutes after the break, when Robbie Bowker shot home from 20 yards, but within three minutes Paul Baker's sublime drive from 20 yards had restored Torpoint's lead.
Torpoint gave themselves a two-goal cushion, on 62 minutes, when Liam Thornton got the final touch in a goalmouth scramble.
Galmpton refused to give up the fight, pulling a goal back seven minutes later when Alex Bayliss capitalised on an error by Dan Chapman to fire home from close range, but they then had player-manager Richard Ridley sent off for a second caution.
Passage into the third round was assured on 80 minutes when Hicks converted his second penalty of the game after Jimmy Alexander had been brought down in the area.
Hicks completed a rare hat-trick of spot-kicks on 84 minutes, this time after Baker had been fouled.
Launceston...2 Callington Town...0
TOWN boss Lee Beer admitted Launceston were worthy winners after watching his East division side concede a goal in each half to their Premier hosts at Pennygillam.
A good-sized crowd of 159 watched the cup tie in which Callington competed well but always looked to be chasing the game after the Clarets had taken a 17th minute lead.
Ben Annis cut in from the left flank to send a crisp, angled drive across Town goalkeeper Jamie Blatchfort to nestle sweetly in at the far corner.
Callington were unlucky not to restore parity before the interval as Andy Sargent's 28th minute shot had enough power to beat home goalkeeper Dan Stevenson, but not covering defender Joe Smith who got back to hack the ball off the goalline.
Shortly before the break Ryan Lucassi was left cursing his luck as his angled effort came back off Stevenson's post.
The second half saw the home side deservedly confirm their victory, going close with Chris Head's header coming back off the visitors' crossbar before they claimed their second 19 minutes from time.
Callington were left furiously protesting a handball decision that gave substitute Sam Davey the opportunity to score from a penalty.