Truro City 1 Callington 1
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Callington Town were crowned Division 2 champions by the league on Sunday after a thrilling game at Treyew Road. The away side were made to work hard for the first piece of silverware in the team’s history. Truro started the game full of intent and settled early with some excellent passing football. The home side looked dangerous and utilised the pace of striker LB Reeks to good effect. Callington appeared a little nervous and struggled to relax into their usual game. Things got worse for Callington though when after 20 minutes, a thunderous strike from around 30 yards flew past away keeper Sara Rowe, who was left with little chance. With a draw needed to take the title this seemed to spark Callington into life. The away side then began to exert some pressure of their own, firing a string of dangerous corners across the face of Truro’s goal. Callington midfielder Jodie Shipton also tried to level the score with a number of long range efforts.
Callington came out after the break with the bit between their teeth and from the first minute of the second half pressed much higher up the pitch. This resulted in more pressure being placed on the home back line and midfield. However, Truro’s sturdy defence restricted Callington to mostly long range efforts. As the half wore on, Callington’s influential central midfielders, Carla Knighton and Shipton began to settle, creating a number of half chances. However, with Callington playing so high up the pitch the ever present danger of being caught on the break was almost realised when a through ball to LB Reeks resulted in her motoring away to a one-on-one with the goal keeper. Her shot seemed to be heading inside the post but Rowe pulled of a magnificent low save to her right to avert the danger. This did not deter the away side as they once again went hunting for the equaliser. Then finally after 75 minutes they got what they were looking for. Shipton latched onto a central through ball before out muscling two defenders and calmly driving the ball home to the huge adulation of her team mates. The away side did not rest on their laurels and continued to press the ball in Truro’s half of the pitch and were able to run out with a hard fought draw.