Duchy League football review, March 6
LANREATH MAKE LIFE DIFFICULT FOR LAMERTON:
Lanreath put indifferent league form behind to take Premier Division Lamerton to extra-time in a first round KMD Developments Knockout Cup tie.
An own goal by Jordi Barton gave the visitors the lead, but Lanreath fought back to take the game to extra time with James Barrett equalising. The Premier side finally took control with James Steer giving Lamerton a 2-1 win.
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The other outstanding first round tie saw Godolphin Atlantic beat Boscastle 2-0 with Ben Howlett and Josh Fearon on target.
In a second round tie St Newlyn East moved into the last eight after beating Biscovey 2-0. Their goals came from Chris Symon and a Ryan Polmounter penalty.
Fowey United are also through to the quarter-finals after Sam Marchant and Luke Giles gave them a 2-0 win at Lostwithiel.
DUKE OF CORNWALL PUT ON RIGHT ROYAL SHOW:
What could have on paper looked a mismatch as Division Five strugglers Duke of Cornwall hosted Division Two promotion hopefuls North Petherwin in a much delayed Bodmin Sports Trophies League Cup match first round tie proved anything but.
Duke put in a spirited display before eventually falling to a 2-1 defeat. Mark Nagle scored for Duke, but two Wayne Francome goals saw the visitors progress.
Gorran are into the quarter-finals after a closely fought 3-2 win over St Neot. Jack Bray-Smith scored a brace with Mike Brennan adding the other Gorran goal. Dan Chapman scored a brace in reply.
The St Breward and Gerrans & St Mawes United quarter-final went all the way before Gerrans moved into the semi-finals 6-5 on penalties.
Mark Jago of St Breward and Ed Rimmer of Gerrans traded goals in normal time to take the game to extra time. St Breward took the lead in the first half of extra time through Kelvin Tootle, but Gerrans were not to be denied and Glyn Hitchings equalised deep into the second period and they then went on to win an exciting shoot-out.
Another cracking quarter-final tie took place at Jury Park with Padstow progressing on penalties.
Padstow started the brighter and made all the early running without really troubling the Veryan keeper. Veryan took the lead on 15 minutes with a great strike from a free kick from Simon Matthews.
The game flowed from end to end with both teams playing some great football. Padstow drew level when the ball was played through to Kyle Tippett who coolly put the ball past the keeper.
Padstow started the stronger after break and took the lead when Jake Charles fumbled the ball over the line. Veryan came back strongly and equalised through Charlie Mooney.
Both teams tried hard to find the winner but to no avail. Extra time carried on like the rest of the game and Veryan took the lead in the second period through Justin Trebilcock.
Padstow pushed hard to get back on terms and did so right at the death when Jason Farrant scored his first goal for the club following a great header from Rob Rowe to take the score to 3-3 at the end of extra time.
There was a great first five penalties from both teams and with the score at 6-5 Simon Northcott in the Padstow goal dived to his left to push the ball away and take Padstow into the semi-final.
Both teams were a credit to the league and it was a shame one of them had to lose. It would have made a great final.
ALL TO PLAY FOR AFTER SIX GOAL FIRST LEG THRILLER:
It's all to play for in the second leg of the Trims & Windows Reserve Team Cup semi-final after North Petherwin and Mevagissey drew 3-3 in the first game.
Paul Penny, Dan Warring and Gareth Hutchings scored for Petherwin with Jordan Ball, Ryan Lavery and Matt Chesterfield replying for Mevagissey.
St Columb Minor reserves have the advantage in the other semi-final after winning the first leg 2-1 at St Mawgan reserves. Jamie Tipton and Dean Dingle scored for St Columb with Lee Bryant replying.
MEVA NEVER GIVE UP:
Mevagissey, for a second successive week, put a major damper on a Premier Division rival's title credentials.
They fought out a 1-1 draw at Saltash United to follow up their win at Fowey last Saturday. Tony Jane scored for Saltash with Adam Trudgeon replying.
Probus are in relegation trouble after a 1-0 home defeat to St Cleer. The goal came midway through the first half with Probus missing many chances to turn the game around. Calstock slipped even closer to the drop when beaten 5-0 at home by St Mawgan. Chris Leach hit a hat trick with Sean Lambart adding a brace.
PENSILVA DRAW A BLANK:
Pensilva maintained their unbeaten record with a goalless draw at Grampound, but will a fifth draw in 11 games be seen as a bit of a setback to their title ambitions?
This was a fairly even game with both sides failing to make clear-cut chances. Dan Riley in the home goal made a fine save in the first half and his opposite number made a similar save to deny Peter Thomas near the end.
A good local derby at Gunnislake produced a 2-1 win for St Dominick. Mike King gave the hosts a fifth minute lead before new signing Lee Hawkins levelled for St Dominick.
The game had roughly five minutes to go when St Dominick were awarded a free kick and Scott Coombe fired in the winner.
Maker with Rame, who were hit for ten last week, put in a much better performance at home to Altarnun, but were unable to break the visitors down as the game ended goalless.
Pelynt moved closer to the top two after a 3-2 victory over Week St Mary. Antony Harman, Liam Jones and Ali Carter scored for Pelynt with Rob Pearce and Ken Hale replying.
CARTER'S ON THE MARK:
Only one game was played in Division Two with Sticker beating AFC Bodmin 1-0. With good playing conditions and an excellent surface both sides played good passing football in the early stages.
However, neither goalkeeper was really troubled as both attacks tended to fizzle out. After a Liam Andrews' shot had tested the visiting keeper, a Mark Carter shot was fumbled into the net to give Sticker a single goal lead at half time.
Both sides huffed and puffed in the second half but again the two custodians had a quiet afternoon.
HEY PRESCOTT – KIERAN SMASHES SIX OF THE BEST:
Callington Town have turned their season around in Division Three and the impetus has been provided by new signing Kieran Prescott.
He has scored in all three successive wins since his arrival and was in incredible form at Tregony, scoring six of his team's goals in a 7-3 win.
Jordan Swinney was the other Callington scorer with Paul Biddick hitting a hat trick in reply for Tregony.
Welcome Inn and St Stephen drew 2-2. Aidan Jepson and Jimmy Penhall scored for Welcome. St Stephen replied through Ross Dunn and a Matt Spry equaliser.
Leaders St Minver won 3-0 at Delabole United. Ben Beesley, Cory Cleave and Jason Northcott scored their goals.
Stoke Climsland were also 3-0 winners over Lanivet Inn. Andy Cradick, Sam Shepherd and Andy Morris were the marksmen.
A very weakened Roche team made the trip to LC Phoenix despite thinking about calling the game off the night before so all credit to them although they suffered a heavy 8-1 loss.
Harry Marsh scored a hat trick with Liam Fowler, Matthew Brookes, Dan Webber, Danny Castle and Nathan Cox completing the home total. Andy Craddock scored the visitors' consolation.
MATT FINISHES OFF SAINTS:
Pensilva reserves left St Teath pinned to the foot of Division Four after a 3-1 win. Nathan Deighton headed them ahead in the second minute.
Although not playing particularly well Karl Gross doubled the lead before the break. Strangely Pensilva played much better after the restart, but didn't have the goals to show for the improvement.
Jack Brown pulled St Teath back in the game, but eventually a Matt Carter-Brown goal gave Pensilva some breathing space.
Shaun Keeble has now hit the 25-goal mark for the season after his brace helped Tintagel beat Gunnislake reserves 4-2.
Ryan Holland and Adam Wright completed the home scoring with Norton Boultby getting a brace in reply.
Lifton left it late before scoring the only goal of the game in the last ten minutes to beat Grampound reserves. Ed Horn was the scorer.
LEWIS PROVES HE CAN:
St Merryn consolidated third place in Division Five after a 3-0 win at St Minver reserves. Lewis Canfied scored a brace with Kevin Allen also finding the net.
Boscastle reserves pulled away from the bottom two after a Dean Favreau brace gave them a 2-0 win over Pelynt reserves.