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News Archive > Sport > The big switch on

The big switch on

By Gareth Rowett 11th October 2017

The big switch on
Cherilyn Williams cuts the ribbon as Sticker unveil their new floodlights

IT WAS all light on the night as Sticker Football Club officially switched on their new floodlights on Monday night.

The club hosted their first floodlit match when Plymouth Argyle’s reserve side were the visitors to Burngullow Park.

Nearly 300 were in attendance and would have been engrossed in a thrilling encounter, which Argyle snatched with a 93rd-minute header from captain Jordan Bentley sealing a 3-2 victory.

It was a great occasion for the club and Cornwall councillor Cherilyn Williams was on hand to turn them on the first time.

The club’s manager Andrew Avery said: “It was a great night for the club after months of planning and hard work that has gone on over previous seasons to achieve these fantastic new addition to our ever growing facility.

“The previous months have seen the club literally grow out of the ground and we've all been able to see the lights in place but last night to see the lights illuminated and the ground brought to another level was fantastic.

“It was an exciting night at the club and the amount of people that turned up for the occasion was great.

“The work that has gone on to prep for the occasion again shows the endeavour of our committee and a huge thanks goes to them all and AMPS Electrical Services for the installation of the lights.”

Sticker were awarded a grant from the Football Stadia Improvement Fund – the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The funding has enabled Sticker AFC to install a new lighting system, allowing them to offer a safer and more effective training environment to their players.

After their recent promotion to the South West Peninsula League Premier Division, the project helped the club to meet the standards of the FA National Ground Grading Criteria for their new Step 6 position.

Avery added: “The club won’t rest there, people will have noticed the new works to the stand which hopefully soon will have additional seating.

“The dugouts are to be re positioned and along with this, a new standing section is to be erected and all has to be achieved by March 2018 so the works won't stop any time soon.”

After the official switch-on it was down to business as Sticker hosted high-flying Plymouth Argyle reserves.

They gave a great account of themselves and it was only a header, which came from the last chance of the match, by first-year professional Jordan Bentley then ensured that the Pilgrims left mid Cornwall with all three points.

Speaking after the last-minute defeat Avery said: “The changing room was such a disappointed place after the game, we played so well in the first half and the chances created should of had the game won by half time.

“We've found ourselves in these positions before and its cost us in previous games. We need to learn to be ruthless in this league and at the moment this isn't happening.

“The goals we conceded were poor by our standards, I can't be harsh on the finish for the first goal but it came from a poor clearance and then we switched off allowing an in challenged shot.

“The second from our own own attack and a mistake in the nets saw a tame shot go in and to concede the third with literally seconds to go on the clock really hurts. It was a goalmouth scramble which we just couldn't clear, with no time left on the clock to even reply it feels really bitter.

“In the end I believe their fitness levels came above ours, which they should be, as they are in full-time training but we have to do better in seeing games out.

“The occasion was a great a spectacle in front of a good crowd which is fully what the club deserves and what we want to have on a regular bases.

“We need to grow quickly in these league and start taking more points, we can't use the excuse that we're the new boys because in most of the games we've had more chances than our opposition to win them.”

Sticker have a weekend off on Saturday, as their reserve team host Veryan in a top of the table clash in the JJ Jones and Sons Duchy Premier League.

Sticker’s first team return to action on October 21 when they host Torpoint Athletic.

By Gareth Rowett 11th October 2017

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