Bude battlers make their point at City
Truro City 1 Bude Town 1
BUDE belied their lowly league position to earn a well deserved Carlsberg SWPL Division One West point at a Truro side, boosted by the inclusion of several first teamers.
The draw was enough to take the North Cornwall club a point clear of the division's bottom two – Foxhole and Holsworthy –whose games against Penryn and Penzance respectively, were postponed because of waterlogged pitches.
In fact, the game at Treyew was one of only two to go ahead in the division.
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It was the first game in charge for Truro's new management team of Robin Watt, Jon Peters and Steve Flack who have come to Treyew Road from Foxhole, after the departure of Anthony Reynolds.
And with the club's first team's Calor League premier division's game at Redditch United, another victim of the weather, City took the chance to give a run out to several players, with Warren Daw, Jordan Copp and Shane White all starting.
There was also a return to Truro colours of their FA Vase winning captain Tom Smith after his departure from St Austell and he skippered the side.
But it was Bude, who went into the game with just two wins from 18 matches, who looked the likelier side to score early on. It took a smart save by City's American keeper Jai Gilpin to keep out a Charlie Watton shot while Billy Hopcroft might have done better with a couple of openings.
In very windy conditions the game was never going to be a classic but the pitch held up well. The home side found it difficult to get in the game and their struggles even prompted first team manager Steve Massey to offer some touchline coaching, much to the ire of Fowey-based referee Chris Stevens and the pair enjoyed a frank exchange of views.
City did come more into the match as the half progressed with makeshift striker White lobbing wide, while Ashley Smeeth was denied by Bude keeper Gary Dinshaw after going clear and his follow up effort was then hacked off the line. White then brought a great save from Dinshaw, while substitute Mike Davies hit the bar with a long range effort.
The breakthrough though came ten minutes into the second half when Adam Smith played in Billy Hopcroft on the right of the area and the striker calmly found the far corner with Gilpin well beaten. But Bude could only hold the lead for less than ten minutes, with Tom Langford drilling a low drive past Dinshaw after White pulled the ball back into his path from the right.
In the heavy conditions, both teams started to tire and the game became rather disjointed though Bude were relieved in stoppage time when home substitute Connor Davey clipped the top of the bar.
Defeat would have unfair on the visitors who this Saturday travel to play Foxhole in a relegation six pointer.
Perranporth 0 Dobwalls 2
GOALS by Martyn Hawke and Jack Bartlett gave Dobwalls the points at a windy Perranporth to move up to third in the Division One West table.
With the wind at their backs in the first half, it was not until six minutes before the break that the visitors went ahead when Hake converted a Harry Hook cross.
After the interval, it was the home side's turn to do more of the attacking and Dobwalls keeper Josh Gilbert did superbly to deny Josh Burton, before Bartlett sealed the points in the closing minutes.
St Blazey 2 Ivybridge 3
IN THE only Carlsberg premier division game to survive the weather, St Blazey went down to a last minute goal.
The home side had gone ahead in the first half with a Danny Zalick close range effort efore Andrew Neal equalised.
Then, in a dramatic finale, a Todd Hanrahan free-kick put Ivybridge, who were playing their first game of 2014, ahead. And there were just two minutes left when Joe Stone looked to have salvaged a point for St Blazey. But straight from the restart Steve Sutton lobbed the stranded Dave Painter in the St Blazey goal for a dramatic winner.