Lillywhites strike seven in emphatic win on derby day
St Austell earnt bragging rights over local rivals St Dennis but were made to work hard for their three points.
By Tom Howe
21st April 2021
St Austell reserves manager Dave Lea was impressed with the application of his players, who returned after lockdown to defeat their St Dennis counterparts 7-3 on Saturday.
New signing Ash Winkworth, who has recently arrived from Godolphin Atlantic, opened the scoring for the Lillywhites in a game delayed until 5.00 pm to avoid a clash with the funeral of HRH Duke of Edinburgh. James Martin added a second shortly after the 20 minute mark, with Leon Trudgeon reducing the deficit to send the teams into the half-time break at 2-1.
Martin netted his brace early in the second-half but back came St Dennis once again with Owen Rosevear scoring from the spot following a late challenge by St Austell centre back Keelan England. CJ Bird equalised in style but, instead of inspiring his own team to go on and win, it was St Austell who grabbed the initiative and went on to score a further four unanswered goals.
Their fourth was bundled home by Joe Tilley with the fifth following close behind as Martin completed his impressive treble. Zack O’Connor combined well with Tilley before scoring St Austell’s sixth, with Aiden Dingle scoring a speculative seventh for Lea’s men.
“St Dennis proved tough opponents for a while but in the last half hour there was only going to be one team that was going to win,” he told the Voice.
“We increased our possession, controlled the game and, considering the lengthy lay off, produced some good football. It is three points in the group stage, a great start and we now look forward to Sticker next Saturday.”
Winkworth drove home to put the hosts in front inside five minutes, his team weathering some early pressure from St Dennis before hitting their opponents on the break. Tilley saw an St Austell second ruled out for offside before setting up team-mate Martin to double his side’s advantage, only for St Dennis to pull one back through Trudgeon before the break.
St Austell asserted their dominance once more after the break, with Dingle setting Martin away. With confidence high following his earlier goal, Martin chipped the advancing custodian to restore the host’s two-goal advantage.
Rosevear’s penalty followed shortly after before a long-range effort brought the scores level at 3-3. However, late strikes from Tilley, Martin, O’Connor and Dingle meant all three points remained at Poltair Park.