Duchy League football, February 13
POLPERRO LEAVE IT LATE:
Polperro scored three late goals to defeat Premier Division Calstock 4-1 as a first round KMD Developments Knockout Cup tie finally beat the weather.
Calstock started brightly and took a deserved lead through Ashley Saward but as the game wore on Polperro increased the pressure and Colin Wilson equalised just before half-time.
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Polperro were dominant after the restart camping themselves in the Calstock half, but resolute defending and some poor finishing kept the score level.
Adrian Walton eventually gave Polperro the lead when his fierce free kick went in off the bar before Lee Collins made sure of the result with a good run and shot. Adam Taylor scored in stoppage time to complete the scoring.
There was, however, an upset in the second round where another First Division club Pensilva toppled Premier side Torpoint Athletic.
The first half was very scrappy on a very heavy ground. Sam West fired Torpoint ahead in the 49th minute with a good long range shot into the top corner.
Pensilva made a couple of substitutions bringing on Martin Putt and Sam Rogers who both had slight niggles. It was Rogers who changed the face of the game when his shot was parried by the Torpoint keeper and Zak Peel followed up to equalise in the 57th minute.
Pensilva were now the dominant side and Rogers set up the 82nd minute winner, which came from a left foot volley from skipper Leighton Mitchell for a rare goal.
MOONEY BAGS FOUR:
Division Five leaders Veryan thrashed Division Three side Callington Town 9-1 away from home to progress to the quarter-finals of the Bodmin Sports Trophies League Cup.
Charlie Mooney led the slaughter with four goals while Justin Trebilcock and Toby Robinson added a brace apiece. Bobby Lee Johns completed the Veryan score-line with Will Smith getting the lone consolation goal for a shell-shocked Callington.
Veryan can expect a much bigger test of their credentials at Division Two leaders Padstow in the next round.
MEVA MAKE SEMIS:
Mevagissey reserves completed the semi-final line-up in the Trims & Windows Reserve Team Cup by defeating Grampound reserves 2-0 and now await a two-leg tie with North Petherwin reserves.
Jack Young and Ross Masters were the scorers.
ST AUSTELL CLOSE GAP:
AFC St Austell moved to within three points of Saltash United at the top of the Premier Division after beating St Mawgan 3-1.
They had a shock in the first half when Kieran Taplin gave the visitors the lead with his first goal of the season. St Austell levelled before half-time with a debut goal from Danny Carne.
The hosts moved up a gear after the break with Will Tinsley and Phil Hutchings scoring to sew up the game.
Altarnun hit Biscovey's Division One promotion hopes by defeating the visitors 2-0. This was a game that flowed from end to end with both sides creating chances and the home keeper in particularly good form.
Mike Diebner put Altarnun ahead in the first half with Stuart Cole scoring a good goal after the break to confirm the win.
Looe Town continued their charge up the table and lie fourth after beating Maker with Rame 3-1. Matt Barton scored a brace with Martin Ayres completing their scoring. Mark Mirfin-Strike replied.
Week St Mary leapfrogged St Dennis out of the bottom two on goal difference after beating their rivals 2-1.
Mark Taylor and Steve Short scored what could prove to be priceless goals at the end of the season.
North Petherwin went down to a first home defeat in two and a half seasons of Duchy football as they suffered a big setback to their Division Two title hopes.
AFC Bodmin deservedly won 2-1 in a scrappy game where the home team had no killer edge. Andy Seymour and Mike Horne scored for Bodmin who also put through their own net for the hosts' consolation.
Padstow stretched the lead at the top to four points after beating Boscastle 7-1. Padstow were quickly into their stride and took the lead when Richie McOwen finished well. Padstow were very dominant and increased their lead with further goals from Johnny Murt and Danny Jobson, and should have had more goals by half-time.
Padstow continued to play well as the second half started and were soon further in front with goals coming from Jobson and Murt.
Cameron Wickins then scored a cracking volley to make it six and then Murt scored to complete a hat-trick. Boscastle got a consolation goal with ten minutes to go when Darren Hambly converted a penalty.
Foxhole came from two goals down to defeat Lanreath 4-2. Foxhole started the better but found chances hard to come by.
They fell behind to a soft free kick, which was forced home by James Barrett and the same player doubled the advantage from a disputed penalty.
Sam Leaney kick-started the comeback with Jamie Robinson restoring parity. Tom Grylls put Foxhole in front with Lee Martin hitting a screamer for their fourth.
Gerrans & St Mawes United eased away from the bottom two after hammering St Breward 4-0 where Joe Warren opened his account for the season with a hat-trick. The hosts' other goal came from Glyn Hitchings.
Queens Rangers slipped closer to relegation after losing 4-2 at home to Premier Sixes. Jamie Seery scored a brace for the hosts with Rob Hambly adding their other goal.
Sixes won with strikes from Josh Mitchell, Jack Bevan, Joe Harvey and an own goal.
Sticker were beaten 2-1 at home by Lostwithiel. Sticker spent most of the first half camped in the visitors' half but had nothing to show for their efforts.
The home side continued to push forward in the second period and were soon rewarded after Alex Keast was fouled in the penalty area and Mark Carter dispatched the spot kick.
The game turned on the referee's decision to red card Bradley Hoskin who was deemed to be the last man. From the resultant free kick James Hutchings blasted home the equaliser.
Although Sticker continued to push forward the deficiency in numbers began to tell and Lostwithiel were able to come more into the game. A glancing header from Dan Carr sealed the result and all three points.
SAINTS MARCH ON:
Division Three leaders St Minver moved on in impeccable style to win 4-0 at Welcome Inn to further enhance their title hopes.
An upset looked on the cards when Welcome had the best of the first 25 minutes. St Minver were forced to change formation, which seemed to settle them a little.
They then got the breakthrough with a Joe Robinson goal to lead 1-0 at half-time but with the game still in the balance. St Minver were much brighter in the second half and goals followed with Ben Beesley hitting his tenth of the season and top scorer Jason Northcott bagging two to increase his tally.
It was 4-0 when Welcome killed off any hopes when first their captain was shown a second yellow with the goalkeeper then getting involved and the referee showing him a straight red.
Welcome were forced to play the last ten minutes with nine men, but determination kept the score the same.
LC Phoenix are maybe the only side that can stop the St Minver machine. They kept up the pressure with a Josh Barron hat-trick helping them to a 4-1 win at Lanivet Inn.
Matt Brookes was the other visiting scorer with Sam Goodswen getting his usual goal for Lanivet.
Aaron Arnold scored four goals as Delabole United won their big derby clash with Camelford 6-4.
Delabole ensured local bragging rights with Dave Barrett and Wayne Connell adding further goals.
Gary Wren, Craig Thompson, Fergus Lessels and George Hughes replied for Camelford.
MAJOR GO LEVEL:
St Columb Major reserves moved level on points with Veryan at the top of Division Five, albeit having played three more games, after defeating Duke of Cornwall 5-0.
Luke Worrall, Jamie Tipton, Josh Turner, Mike Rabone and Dean Dingle against his former club were the marksmen.
Dan Gregory scored a hat-trick as Southgate Seniors got back to winning ways with a 6-1 victory at Boscastle reserves.
Rob Chapman, Tom Wyman and Rob Oldaker completed the visitors' tally with Nathan Gessex getting the home consolation.
Dean Seville was another hat-trick man as his side Tregrehan Mills enjoyed a 9-3 romp at St Mawgan reserves. Tom Adams added a brace with Ricardo Lanzana, Ben Double, Dom Swire and Clive Coram completing their scoring.
St Mawgan replied with a Lee Bryant brace and a Liam Collins goal.
St Minver reserves and North Petherwin reserves drew 2-2. Ryan Butler and Brian Kelly scored for St Minver with Gareth Hutchings replying with a brace.
St Merryn had an emphatic 8-1 win at basement club St Newlyn East reserves.
Ashley Rescorla scored a hat-trick with the other goals shared between Josh Dark, Lewis Canfield, with a first of the season, Kevin Allen, Matt Boylan and Richard Hughes. Steve Revell replied.