Dan-tastic Jennings hits hat-trick in Bridgers' win
DAN Jennings was the star of the show as the striker hit a second half hat-trick in Wadebridge Town's 5-1 win over St Dennis on Saturday – but it was a victory that came at a cost following an injury to Sam Gerken.
The talented former Cornwall Youth player suffered a suspected fractured cheekbone following a clash of heads in the 26th minute at Bodieve Park. Gerken is due to undergo an operation this week and it is thought he could be sidelined for around six weeks.
The day, however, belonged to Jennings, who is clearly enjoying being back at the club following a brief spell at local rivals Camelford.
But it was St Dennis who took a first half lead when Carl Rickard, playing his last game for the club before joining Godolphin Atlantic, fired in from 20 yards.
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The Bridgers were level before the break when a mistake by Brett Allen allowed Paul Menhinick to score for the hosts.
Wadebridge took the lead in the 57th minute after they were awarded a penalty. Despite seeing his spot kick saved by Allen, Jennings followed up to put away the rebound.
Only five minutes had passed when the Bridgers were awarded a second penalty. This time Jennings made sure as he stroked the ball past Allen to make it 3-1.
Jennings scored again eight minutes from time to complete his hat-trick with a good finish from the edge of the area.
And in the 87th minute Liam Ames completed the scoring with Wadebridge's fifth.
Sticker moved four points clear at the top of the division one west table following Saturday's 3-1 win at Dobwalls.
But they had to come from behind at Lantoom Park after Harry Hook converted Simon Skews' cross on the half hour mark.
It was a lead that was short-lived, though, as Sam Kenny beat Dobwalls goalkeeper Josh Gilbert from close range.
There was little in it in the second half but two goals in the last ten minutes handed victory to Sticker as Jack Bowyer and Matt Lloyd grabbed the all important strikes.
Foxhole Stars are still searching for their first points of the season after going down to a seventh straight league defeat at Perranporth on Saturday.
The Foxes couldn't have come any closer to breaking their losing run though and were extremely unlucky not to come away from Ponsmere Valley with at least a point for their efforts.
To rub salt into the wounds the game was settled by a controversial penalty awarded to Perranporth on the stroke of half-time.
Foxhole goalkeeper Dan Peters was adjudged to have fouled Ed Wilton in the box and former Newquay striker Paul Robertson dispatched the resulting spot kick.
John Peters' men were unlucky not to snatch a point when Dan Vincent, after beating three players, fired wide.
A weakened Callington Town slipped to a disappointing 4-0 defeat at home to Truro City on Saturday. It could have turned out so different for the hosts had they taken the lead when City goalkeeper Luke Payne produced a fine double save.
Callington fell further behind in the 51st minute when Bradley Leivers found the net for City.
And any hopes of salvaging something from the game were over when Kyle Fraser scored Truro's third goal of the afternoon.
And after Mike Norman missed a penalty for the hosts, Andy Bowker completed the scoring with Truro's fourth goal.
Bude Town's difficult start to the season continued as they were beaten 2-1 at home to Penzance.
After Bude missed chances to score through Adam Smith and Dominic Abbot, they were made to pay as they fell behind to Jamie Payne's first half strike for the Magpies.
Callum George doubled Penzance's lead in the 80th minute, before Bude pulled a goal back when Abbot headed in from close range.