Elcock goal seals victory for Launceston
LAUNCESTON enjoyed a winning return to action with an impressive 3-1 win over Godolphin Atlantic at Pennygillam.
Playing their first league game since drawing 2-2 at home to Elmore on December 14, the Clarets proved more clinical in front of goal to move up to second in the premier division table.
They took a 27th minute lead when Sam Davey fired home Chris Head's cross.
Launceston's leading scorer should have scored a second only to send his penalty wide after he was brought down in the box.
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And they were made to pay in the second half when a much-improved Godolphin drew level when Jamie Lowry's cross-cum-shot beat Dan Stevenson.
But despite the visitors' improvement, Launceston held firm and regained the lead in the 76th minute through Lance Easton.
And the hosts made sure of victory in injury time when Andrew Elcock fired past Shaun Semmens.
Ellis Cowd marked his return to action by scoring in Torpoint Athletic's 4-0 win over Liskeard Athletic.
Cowd has been sidelined with a broken arm. But he had the last word on Saturday by scoring Torpoint's fourth goal.
Lewis Pacey gave the home side a 25th minute lead with a brilliant curling effort past Blues goalkeeper Rob Brown. Callum Martindale doubled their lead in the 55th minute when he fired home Danny Brook's pass.
Former Newquay man Brook then got his name on the scoresheet ten minutes later with a fine finish into the top corner from 25 yards out.
And it was left for Cowd to celebrate his return to the side with a low strike in the 72nd minute.
Lee Whetter was sent off as St Austell were beaten 2-1 at Exmouth Town.
Both teams ended the game with ten men as Exmouth debutant, former Truro City midfielder Dan Clay, was also dismissed for his part in the fracas late in the game. The Lillywhites fell behind in the 27th minute when Lloyd Gardner scored from the penalty spot after James Ansell was brought down in the box.
Phil Lafferty's men fell further behind in the 63rd minute when Alex Greening tapped in after Ansell's cross came back off the bar.
Mike Body, with his 150th Peninsula League goal, hit back for St Austell, but they weren't able to add a second as the game ended in controversy following a melee, resulting in red cards for Whetter and Clay.
Camelford's four-match unbeaten run away from home was brought to an end at Bovey Tracey on Saturday.
It was the Camels' first league defeat on their travels since losing at Godolphin in November.
Camelford boss Reg Hambly will feel his side should have extended their impressive away run after taking an 11th minute lead through a Mark Gusterson penalty.
But the sides went in level at the break when Bovey's Lewis Plackett fired home on the half volley.
And with ten minutes of the second half played Dan Taylor scored what turned out to be the winner when he cut in before driving the ball into the bottom corner.
Newquay were no match for Plymouth Parkway as the title contenders scored four second half goals to earn a 6-1 win at Bolitho Park. It was Parkway's first league outing since losing at Godolphin earlier in the month and it was the Peppermints who felt the backlash in Devon.
Levi Landricombe scored from close range after 21 minutes, before Ryan Richards doubled their lead moments later following an error by Newquay goalkeeper Sam Trudgian.
Matt Drummond pulled a goal back for Newquay on the stroke of half-time, before Parkway took control emphatically in the second half.
Danny Gaze's deflected free kick made it 3-1, before Landricombe scored a fourth for the hosts. Richards then scored his second and Danny Lewis completed the rout.