Another of the Pre Season Friendly jaunts
TORPOINT ATHLETIC 2 PLYMOUTH PARKWAY 3
Attendance: 98 (head count). Club figure was 161, must be my new specs
Admission: £5 (£3 concession for old timers & con merchants)
Programme: Don't publish for friendlies
Tea Hut Selection: Steak Pasty 3 quid
Weather: Cloudy but warm, bit muggy & humid, odd late sunny spell
Parking: On the narrow lane leading down to the ground
Found the chippy that has all the raves on Trip Adviser, look out for the sign on the left as you approach the centre, its tucked away down a side street.
Plenty of boozer type establishments in the town, some more visually appealing than others, here's 2 nicer looking ones, they come with a Royalty connection.
In your dreams.
Here's the best I could find, the Car Ferry & some shops. If you're stacked with cash there is a National Trust Estate a couple of miles out the town called Antony House, only opens sporadically, mainly summertime.
Despite TV & Media propaganda endlessly talking-up low-entertainment sporting events over recent weeks genuine football fans are glad to get back to the real thing, even if it's just a friendly.
The Mill: Home of Torpoint Athletic
Certainly one of the better grounds in the South West Peninsula League. Torpoint have been placed in the newly introduced East Section of the competition structure. They'll be facing mainly sides from Devon this season rather than a selection of Cornwall clubs who've visited the stadium in the past.
There are some charismatic yet practical structures at The Mill which prove popular for both standing and seated supporters.
The Tea Hut
Torpoint provided an excellent example of one of my favourite attractions at a football ground. Hot drinks, hot food and welcoming friendly staff. You can even sit outside, can't see the al fresco happening in November?
One of the reasons I arrived half an hour before kick off was to get in the Tea Hut ahead of the greedy buggers from Parkway. I bagged one of the hot Steak Pasties just before half a dozen of the grub hunters marched through the door. The pasties are made by Dashers who have an outlet in the town centre. Jolly nice too, I hope the photo does it credit. Well worth the £3 in the expensive holiday season South West.
Couple of snaps of the Plymouth Parkway bench in action. A club very much on the up whom many reckon were extremely unlucky not to be Western League champions last season. Pipped by Willand Rovers.
Not been much rain recently which left a visible impression on the pitch. A few threadbare patches were evident (bit like my garden) but it is unfair to say it was a poorly kept surface. Come the rains, the greenery will return. I thought the pitch still provided a decent level surface for the game.
A slightly strange accompaniment to the action was a loud thumping disco in the Clubhouse, this was in progress at kick off and getting even louder come full time? Wouldn't fancy being a neighbour if that racket's a regular occurrence.
The Boney M & Bee Gee's tirade didn't appear to put the players off their game, they served up a rewarding encounter which was competitive throughout and above normal friendly standards.
Parkway seemed to be struggling with gearbox problems for a good part of the first half and Torpoint took advantage, they look a promising outfit for the SWPL campaign ahead, a 1-0 half time lead for the home side was justified reward for their endeavours. Mr Hobbs must have chose his words appropriately for the Parkway half time team talk, needless to say they looked a much better outfit during the second period. Within 3 minutes they'd got the equaliser. Bit of a surprise for the away following when Torpoint thumped a second one home to retake the lead, it was game on again. Parkway heeded the shouts from the boss not to panic but provide the quality. This they truly achieved as they finally slipped effortlessly through the gears to leave Torpoint back at the Ferry Shelter. It ended 2-3 with the home side battling hard to keep within the single goal deficit. They may have lost the game but provided their band of support with plenty to look forward to for the season ahead. Parkway are a class act yet Torpoint certainly gave them a game this evening.
Saw my first sin bin for dissent tonight, Torpoint the offenders. It wouldn't have been a surprise if a Parkway player received 10 minutes off the pitch as well. There was some terrible moaning and grumbling from both sides. The Referee, who had a very good game, provided everyone with numerous friendly warnings (which sharpened in intensity) but still both sides just kept on back chatting and being ridiculously naive. Bit daft considering it was only a friendly, the Ref was fully correct to apply the new rule.
Come the final whistle I decided to swerve 'boogie nights' over at the Disco and head back west. Too old for that rubbish (well, it was only a Wednesday).