Football: Duchy League review January 29
WELDHEN HAS MAJOR SAY WITH DEBUT HAT-TRICK:
The weather was again the winner as 18 Duchy League games were postponed for waterlogged pitches.
Only one game survived in the Premier Division and that was only after St Cleer agreed to reverse the fixture and play at St Columb Major.
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A fantastic game followed with the hosts winning 5-4. Dan Ball gave St Columb a tenth minute lead and a minute later new signing Luke Weldhen doubled their advantage.
A defensive mistake allowed Leighton Mitchell to pull a goal back in the 15th minute.
Weldhen scored a great individual goal five minutes before half-time, but the home defensive frailties reappeared a minute later when Steve Luscombe was handed the visitors' second.
If St Cleer thought they were right back in the game they soon realised that Weldhen was proving a big handful and his cross come shot to complete his hat-trick put Major 4-2 up at half time.
Three minutes after the restart Major took a short corner and the ball was crossed for Ashley Bicknell to head home.
St Cleer reduced the arrears from an overhead kick in the 59th minute and 15 minutes from time pulled to within one goal when Mitchell scored a header from a corner.
The home team finished stronger as they completed a 5-4 win.
SMITH'S CRISP FINISHES:
Division One leaders Altarnun took advantage of being the only game played in that division to stretch their lead at the top by beating Grampound 5-0.
Playing against the elements in the first half the hosts took the lead when Wayne Francome crossed for Sam Smith to head home
The second half with the wind at their backs was one-way traffic for the home team. Francome headed in from a corner for the second and five minutes later Smith headed his second from another good cross.
Smith completed his hat-trick with a great strike from 25 yards with Francome completing the scoring from close range.
BODMIN'S STURDY RESULT:
AFC Bodmin beat Premier Sixes 2-1 to enhance their own Division Two promotion chances and at the same time put a major dent in the visitors' own ambitions.
Bodmin scored through Connor Sturdy and an own goal, with Martyn Probert scoring the goal that maintains Sixes' incredible consecutive scoring record.
Sticker missed a chance to close the gap on the top four after being held to a disappointing home goalless draw by bottom side St Breward.
On a drying pitch both teams attempted to play football although the strong wind had a significant effect on ball control.
Sticker pressed forward with the wind at their backs but a combination of poor finishing and stout defence ensured the first half ended goalless.
Although Sticker had greater possession, some atrocious passing gave the visitor's the confidence to push forward with the wind in their favour.
The nearest Sticker came to opening the score was when Liam Dingle bounced a shot off the crossbar. It was a game for Sticker to forget but one for St Breward to take confidence from with a workmanlike performance.
It was good to see Adam Holland returning after long term illness and putting in a solid 45 minutes in his first competitive action for more than 12 months.
WING TAKES FLIGHT:
Two of the top three in Division Three met at North Hill with Callington Town gaining a point from a 3-3 draw.
A strong wind was the deciding factor in the game. Jason Ridgment scored a brace for North Hill with Jason Mountain completing their tally. Dan Pethick and Liam Bryant were among the visitors' scorers.
Stoke Climsland closed the gap in second place beating Lanreath 4-3.
This was a tale of two halves. Stoke eased to a 4-0 lead by half time with goals from Tom Cleveland, Tom Savage and a brace from James Wing in his last game before moving away from the area.
Lanreath, with the wind at their backs in the second half, fought back bravely with Jamie Hussey scoring a brace and James Barrett adding another goal, but they couldn't find an equaliser.
Queens Rangers and St Stephen reserves drew 2-2. Kyle Willmott and Dave Hooper scored for St Stephen with Rob Hambly and Phil Walmsley replying for the hosts.
ZAK HAS GREAT A-PEEL:
Veryan retain their 100 per cent record in Division Four after a 5-2 win at Pensilva reserves.
Martin Putt put Pensilva ahead and scored a second to regain their lead after Liam Cope had put the visitors level. Bobby Lee John scored the visitors' second equaliser before Craig Phillips scored to give Veryan the lead for the first time.
Cope scored his second with Aaron Moyses completing the scoring.
St Cleer Reserves take over at the top after a 5-4 win at Tintagel. A good game played on a tricky surface saw Zak Peel score a hat trick for the visitors.
Bradley Cole and Emilio Garcia completed the visitors' scoring with Adam Price hitting back with a hat trick and Shaun Keeble adding Tintagel's other goal.
DARK DAY ON HIGH STREET:
The top two in Division Five met at St Merryn. The home side played with the wind in the first half but fell behind to an Adam Patton goal.
High Street went into half time with the lead and the elements for the second half, but it was the home side who dominated the half.
Mick Shearer equalised and then Josh Dark struck with what proved to be the winner. Kevin Allen had three one-on-ones to increase the hosts lead, but failed on each occasion.
Tregrehan Mills beat Boscastle reserves 2-0. They were slow to get going in the first half, but took the lead around the half hour mark when Lewis Husband scored from 30 yards.
Mills upped the pace in the second half and an overhead kick from Sam Rowse in the 58th minute gave them a comfortable win.
St Mawgan reserves were held 1-1 at home by Standard Inn. Lee Gallagher was the hosts' scorer.