West Indies beaten 1-0 by Cornwall

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Jamaica Gleaner

Goalkeeper Gomez, full back de LaBastide excel

ST. AUSTELL, Cornwall:

THE WEST Indian soccer tourists lost their opening game of their British tour tonight when they went down 1-0 to a Cornwall county eleven at St. Austell.

Team manager Eric James summed up the match when he said: "Our midfield play was really good, but we lacked finish. It is obvious that we are not yeat up to the required standard for an 80-minute game. It will take us a little time to settle down."

In midfield, the tourists were the better team and they thrilled the crowd with their ball juggling and sudden bursts of speed, but they lacked finish. In the first half they put in only three shots and the individualism of the inside forwards played into the hands of the quick-tackling Cornwall defence.

The West Indies defence was no less strong and the centre half Noel Daniel controlled the middle while diminutive right back Tyrone De La Bastide engaged in many exciting tussles with Cornwall's six-foot right winger David Pollard.

De La Bastide did not come up to Pollard's shoulder, but his quicksilver tackling, good positioning and uncanny anticipation cut Pollard right out of the game.

Behind a steady defence was always the capable Pat Gomez, captain of the side. Cornish fans remembered his display against their side for the Trinidad team in 1953 and he proved that he has lost none of his brilliance.

Some of his saves from shots by left winger Tony Pollard, twin brother of the Cornish right winger, had lass stamped all over them.


In the second half Cornwall's goalkeeper Owen Warrick had to show his mettle and brought off one brilliant save from West Indies right half Doyle Griffith.

His first-time shot sent the ball screaming for the corner of the net when Warrick flung himself across the goal and pushed the ball against the post.

The goal that send the tourists to defeat came in the17th minute of the second half.

Cornwall centre half Bill Hogbin pulled the ball back into the West Indies goal mouth and 17-year-old Johnny Brown hurtled in to head a brilliant goal.

Five minutes from the end, Brown, who has been offered a trial with English first division club Arsenal, was carried off on a stretcher with an ankle injury.

Considering the unaccustomed conditions, the tourists acquitted themselves well against a side which is a force in English amateur soccer.

Since the war Cornwall have won the South Western group of the Southern Counties amateur championship eight times.

Commented former England player Harold Hobbis, who is coaching WI side while they are in England, "I'm quite pleased with their performance. For remember two days is not long to get rid of your sea legs after a 14 day boat trip."

Footnote: Why was the duration of the match 80 and not 90 minutes? Because the band played on. The band in this case was that of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Their pre-match programme went over schedule and the game had to be shortened.