Magpies and Seagulls get off to flying starts
SWPL DIVISION ONE WEST
Penzance 6, Perranporth 4
AFTER completing a turbulent campaign without a solitary league victory on the way to relegation from the premier division last term, the Magpies will be delighted to secure three points at the first time of asking in Saturday's 10-goal thriller at Penlee Park.
Despite an encouraging pre-season which included winning the Dave Gardner Tournament, home supporters may have felt an all too familiar feeling when Josh Burton volleyed Perranporth ahead from Ian Gosling's right-wing free kick on the quarter hour.
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But the Magpies were back on level terms within a minute when veteran defender Dean Mooney nodded home from full back Dominic Batchelor's free-kick. And to complete an incredible three minute spell the hosts took the lead when Callum George broke clear of the visiting defence and steered the ball past former Penzance keeper Andy Butcher.
New signing Shane Richards made it 3-1 after 31 minutes from Lewis Caspell's unselfish square ball across the six-yard box, and the visitors' afternoon went from bad to worse when Chris Bullock was afforded a free header to make it 4-1, before the Pilchards lost influential defender Dean Harris with a hamstring injury ten minutes before the break.
Penzance increased their lead within three minutes of the restart when Bullock rounded off more good work from Caspell by blasting the ball into the top right corner, but the Pilchards responded positively and two goals in as many minutes from Bryan Hawke (59) and Adam Barnicoat on the hour gave them a glimmer of hope.
But the visitors' weakness at set pieces was to cost them dear and it was from another free header that summer signing Gary Bell headed the home side's sixth from another Batchelor free kick, awarded after the impressive Caspell had been upended on the edge of the box following a surging run down the left.
Perranporth had chances to further reduce the arrears, but an injury time header from Shaun Mulvenna proved little more than a consolation.
Penzance: P Williams; D Batchelor, L Andrew, D Mooney, R Andrew, B Wills (c), C George, G Bell, S Richards, C Bullock, L Caspell. Subs: H Corin (for L Andrew 71), J Anderson, TJ Lobb.
Referee: Kevin Knowles (Falmouth).
MoM: Lewis Caspell (Penzance).
Mousehole 1, St Dennis 0
MOUSEHOLE's new-look side got their season off to a winning start with a hard-fought victory over St Dennis at Trungle Parc on Saturday.
The visiting Saints also produced a performance which augured well for their campaign against a Mousehole side rejuvenated by the appointment of joint player-managers Wayne Quinn and Matt Shiels during the summer and some impressive signings.
But there was only one goal to separate the two teams, that coming on the half hour mark when Nick Pugliese finished well after being set up by Shiels.
Mousehole, who included former Penzance midfielder James Vercesi in their starting line-up, were guilty of spurning several chances in the second half and James's younger brother Mark had a chance to double the Seagulls' lead, only to see his spot kick saved.
St Dennis threw everything at Mousehole in the final 10 minutes and home keeper Dexter King was called upon to pull off a superb save to ensure his side went on to take the three points.
Mousehole: D King; M Laity, M Moon, C Russell, W Quinn, O Barrett, S Stevens, N Pugliese, M Vercesi, M Shiels, J Vercesi. Subs: C Boyns (for Shiels), M Davies (for Moon).
MoM: Dexter King (Mousehole).
WHEN Dave Youlden claimed his hat-trick goal to put his side 5-1 up at home to Vospers Oak Villa, league newcomers Bude Town looked well on course for a fairytale start to life in the South West Peninsula League.
But few could have anticipated what was to unfold as Villa went to score five second half goals to clinch an incredible 6-5 win at Broadclose Park.
Bude, promoted from the Cornish Guardian East Cornwall Premier League, couldn't have made a better start as two goals from Andy Hayward and a strike from Youlden put Andrew Haines' men in control.
A Youlden penalty then made it 4-0 to Bude, before an own goal gave Vospers a glimmer of hope. Youlden then made it 5-1 to complete his hat-trick and it looked like being game over.
Steve Blackburn pulled a goal back for Vospers and when the same player scored another, nerves set in for the hosts.
Ryan Bass and Steve Avery then found the net to bring the scores level before Blackburn claimed his hat-trick to complete an amazing fightback.
Callington Town enjoyed a winning start to the season after twice coming from behind to defeat Penryn Athletic at Ginsters Marshfield Parc.
After falling behind to Kayne Trevaskis' 14th minute strike Callington drew level in the 32nd minute through Sam Stevens' close range strike.
Trevaskis scored a second for Penryn after the break, but it wasn't until 12 minutes from time that Town levelled the scores again through Kirk Smith.
And with 83 minutes played Callington snatched victory when Smith scored his second of the game with a low finish.
Wadebridge Town's failure to take their chances proved costly as Sticker ran out 2-1 winners at Bodieve Park on Saturday.
Ryan Lucassi came close to giving the Bridgers the lead after seeing his effort rebound off the post.
Sticker took a 42nd minute lead through Andy Butler, but the sides went in level at the break after Nick Dowling followed up to score after seeing his spot kick saved by Sticker goalkeeper Ryan Holland.
Sticker's winner arrived in the 54th minute when Wadebridge goalkeeper Simon Zinn failed to hold on to Jack Bowyer's close range effort. And Wadebridge's misery was compounded when they were reduced to ten men following Matt Thackery's red card after a second booking.
Foxhole Stars made a disappointing start to their division one west campaign as they suffered a 4-0 defeat at Porthleven.
There was no way back for Stars once Tom Annear scored from the penalty spot after brother Jordan was brought down in the box.
Jordan Annear then got his name on the scoresheet in the 40th minute with a fine finish into the roof of the Stars' net.
Dan Tarrant made it 3-0 in the second half after Stars' goalkeeper Carl Hadrill could only punch his attempted clearance into the path of the Porthleven defender.
Hadrill was beaten again, this time by Freddie Williams, after a skilful run into the box.
Tuesday's Division One West results: Foxhole Stars 1, Dobwalls 3; Perranporth 3, Wadebridge Town 4; St Dennis 1, Sticker 4.