“It was a strange game because Middlezoy looked fairly dejected early on, so it was hard for us to play in our usual tempo”
CTLFC Manager, Adam McPherson
Although the table will no doubt change in the coming weeks, with teams in the top four having games in hand, Callington moved to their highest position of the season with Sunday’s thrashing of Middlezoy.
The game was played on 3G at Tavistock College and got off to a decent start for the hosts when they were creating a series of excellent chances inside the opening 10 minutes. The best of which fell to Gemma Farley but the midfielder failed to find the net. Farley then almost turned provider as her dangerous corner fell to Adele Brown but once again Town failed to capitalise from close-range.
Next up to fire narrowly off target was Chloe Williams as her effort from a wide angle flew just wide of the far post. In an increasingly frustrating opening half-hour, Callington struggled to find their cutting edge in front of goal, despite dominating possession of the ball in good attacking territory.
Eventually, they broke the deadlock when Farley chipped the ball to an unmarked Adele Brown, who composed herself and placed her half-volley into the bottom corner. The goal seemed to settle the home side and soon they doubled their lead when Lucy Jones set up Eleri Griffiths to finish well.
It was almost 3-0 moments later when Jodie Smith’s strike looked to be heading for the top-corner but her effort went inches off target.
Despite Callington’s dominance and a very quiet afternoon for Sara Rowe in Town’s goal, it remained just 2-0 up to the half-time break.
Callington came out in the second half with slightly more purpose but still found Middlezoy hard to break down, as at this point they were reduced to 10 players due to injury and naturally resorted to sitting deep with everyone behind the ball.
Finally Williams got Callington off and scoring again when her low driven cross crept in at the back post. Brown made it 4-0 soon after when she lashed home a loose ball inside the area. At the other end in a rare break away, Callington were given a wake-up call when a counter-attack saw an effort rattle the cross-bar.
On 70 minutes Lucy Jones set-up Griffiths who made it 5-0 with a clinical finish. The strike took the young forward into double figures for the season. Next up to get in on the goal-scoring action was substitute Lisa Pearce, as her brilliant turn and finish into the bottom corner made it 6-0.
The rout was completed when Tyler Matthews played in Williams and the striker buried her shot into the far corner of the net, taking her personal tally to 15 for the season.
Player of the match was awarded to Eleri Griffiths. The attacker will be a big loss for Callington next season, as once again her energy and work-rate was pivotal in getting the home side going up front.
After the match Town manager Adam McPherson said: “It was a strange game because Middlezoy looked fairly dejected early on, so it was hard for us to play in our usual tempo. We were efficient with our build-up play but it wasn’t until late in the second half when we started making it count in front of goal. I think missing so many big figures within the squad changed the dynamic significantly as well. We almost seemed a touch flat. However, to win so comfortably and stay in the mix for a top-four finish is still really pleasing.”
Next up for Callington is the visit of Keynsham Town Development, who themselves had an easy win at Downend and kept themselves in top-spot. Callington will be hoping the weather forecast is right for a drier week in order to stand a chance of getting back onto home soil at Ginsters Marshfield Park.
PHOTO - Adele Brown, who had a solid game, firing a shot a the Middlezoy goal.
Updated 10:44 - 11 Feb 2019 by Adam McPherson