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News Archive > Sport > FA Vase exit for the Lillywhites

FA Vase exit for the Lillywhites

By Gareth Rowett 27th September 2017

FA Vase exit for the Lillywhites
Callum Hall finds the back of the net with a perfect free-kick

ST AUSTELL have been dumped out of the FA Vase after losing a nine-goal thriller against Bridgwater at Poltair Park.

The Lillywhites, who reached the semi-finals just three years ago were knocked out of in the second qualifying round against the Western Premier League side.

In a topsy-turvy encounter the game flowed to end to an end with both sets of attackers on form it was a fascinating encounter, which had the fans glued to the action throughout.

Six second-half goals saw the game swing between the two sides and after 90 minutes of stalemate the game entered an extra 30 minutes.

Surprisingly the goals dried up in extra-time and only one further goal followed as the visitors booked their safe passage into the first round proper of the competition.

The Lillywhites’ fans will be disappointed to have missed out on an away day as Bridgwater were drawn away at Hampshire-based Bashley in the draw, held on Monday.

One major boost for St Austell has been the permanent signing of former Plymouth Argyle youngster Jack Calver.

Calver has impressed at Poltair playing as a guest from Lanreath and in doing so has forced his way into Chris Knight’s long terms plans for the club.

He had been playing in the East Cornwall League for Lanreath, managed by former St Austell professional Dave McGhee but his permanent signing is an impressive coup by the Lillywhites.

He was released by Plymouth Argyle at the end of last season and is hoping to get back into the professional game and has secured trials with Championship side Cardiff City, managed by ex-Argyle boss Neil Warnock.

It wasn’t a great day at the office for St Austell who saw influential full-back Martin Watts hobble off just after the break and with team captain Tom Chambers and Mark Goldsworthy also sidelined go into Saturday’s game at Godolphin with the squad stretched.

They will be able to welcome defender Martin Giles back into the fold, having served his one-game suspension when they face Godolphin Atlantic, who are managerless following Kevin Richard’s departure at the weekend.

Meanwhile former St Austell winger Neil Slateford has also moved clubs, signing on for St Dennis.

Slateford has joined the Saints in a bid to gain match practise from Bodmin Town and made his debut for the club against Wendron United on Saturday.

The club are likely to have a gentleman’s agreement with Bodmin manager Darren Gilbert and when he has regained fitness he is likely to return to Priory Park, who he joined from St Austell in the summer.

Full report and pictures from Saturday's FA Vase tie in this week's St Austell Voice.

By Gareth Rowett 27th September 2017

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