Chipping Sodbury Town 0
Plymouth Parkway 3
25th Jan 2020 Toolstation Western League Premier Division
For the opening quarter of this league fixture there was little to choose between the sides but as the half progressed it became clear why Parkway are currently sitting in second place in the Toolstation Premier just three points behind the leaders, with a game in hand and with a superior goal difference.
Sodbury succumbed to the growing pressure after 20 minutes. The Parkway target man Adam Carter found himself clear of the defence only to slip and fall at the key moment, but he had the presence of mind to hook the ball across the penalty area from a prone position. His pass found Mikey Williams who fired home unchallenged to give the visitors the lead.
The Sods battled hard and created a couple of half chances however they were constantly under pressure from an inform side who had a lively winger in Jordan Copp who caused mayhem whenever he could.
With just six minutes of the half remaining the Sods had their best chance of a goal when Jack Parker latched onto a misplaced pass but a fine covering tackle by Aaron Bentley snuffed out the threat and the chance was gone.
Just when Sodbury looked to be heading for a single goal deficit at the break Williams popped up to fire home after Craig Duff dissected the home defence to leave him clear to shoot low into the left hand corner from 15 yards out.
The second half started with Sodbury looking determined to turn the tie round and for a while they enjoyed a greater share of the possession. Dan Brown switched to the centre of the back four with his commanding presence giving the Sods more stability.
However the sides struggled for control on a difficult surface and both teams were guilty of conceding possession too easily. With 25 minutes to play they each introduced fresh legs however it was Parkway that continued to pose the greater threat and on 67 minutes they increased their lead. Mikey Williams completed his hat-trick with a first time shot following a patient passage of play with Duff supplying the final pass.
Despite the Sods working hard to find a consolation Parkway saw out the game with relative ease and they must be hoping that their hosts do them a favour when they face first placed Bradford Town in their next fixture.
Report – Mark Lloyd
Chipping Sodbury Town FC
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