St Austell and district grassroots March 6
CORNISH GUARDIAN ST AUSTELL LEAGUE
Carpeteers 5 Dench 2
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The young Dench team couldn't handle the pace and power of a fit again Craig Phillips, who scored a first half hat trick.
Dench did end the half on a high when Tallen Michael reduced the arrears, but Carpeteers scored twice early in the second half through Ricco Barker and Phillips to kill off any hopes of a Dench revival.
Dench played their part in an entertaining game and it was fitting that Ben Willetts added a second for Dench before the final whistle.
Hotshots 0 A Team 4
Hotshots are struggling at the moment through injuries and work commitments so they fielded a new look team for this match, and they acquitted themselves well in the first half against reigning champions A Team.
But it all fell apart in the second half when Sam Blount, Martin Sleaman, Chris Dingle and Paul Reed all scored to give A Team a comfortable victory as they chase Gherkins for this seasons title.
Sabma Boys 1 Chenpump 1
Sabma Boys were looking good at the start of this game, though they had to do without the recently retired (again) Luke Buckland, but it didn't seem to effect them as they took the lead through the experienced Dan Sacky. Chenpump looked a little sluggish in the first half, but they regrouped in the second half and gained their reward when Allah Siam fired home the equaliser.
Keith FC 1 Gherkins 5
This was a very different Keith team than the one that has graced the Premiership so far this season, and league leaders Gherkins took full advantage, they even had the luxury of resting captain Mike Hayley for this game.
Bruce Campbell opened the scoring, with Jason Rettalick and Ben Thomas both scoring to give Gherkins a three goal half time lead.
Keith gave some resistance in the second half when Ashley Taylor scored, but Rettalick and Thomas both scored again for Gherkins who keep their slender lead at the top of the table.
Bog Trotters 3 Team Bring It 1
Team Bring It were full of confidence before the match that they would cause an upset against leaders Bog Trotters, but the leaders had other ideas as top scorer Bruce Hocking gave Bog Trotters an early lead, finishing off a brilliantly worked team goal, things got worse for Team Bring it when Josh Martin added a second for the leaders.
Joe Prophet scored for Team Bring it at the start of the second half to give them hope of a comeback, but Josh Hicks added a third for Bog Trotters to give the League leaders another three points.
Cobras 1 Real Sosobad 7
Real knew that only a win would keep the pressure on leaders Bog Trotters, and they did so in emphatic style against struggling Cobras.
They were helped on their way when Sam Case guided the ball past his own keeper, to give Real the lead, and they never looked back. Craig Phillips scored four, with Hayden Boxhall and Ricco Barker the other scorers.
Yong Gunz 1 Sons of Pitches 2
Young Gunz are a fading force, but they looked to be back to their best when Martin Sleaman gave them the first half lead against a hapless Sons of Pitches. I don't know what they put in their half time oranges, but Sons of Pitches came out for the second half a different team, Arron Yeo equalised, then Nathan Sussex scored the winner to ease his teams relegation fears.
Pioneers 0 One Direction 5
One Direction needed this win to keep pressure on the top three, and they did it in style against struggling Pioneers, even Jason Kane in the Pioneers defence could do nothing to stop One Direction's three pronged attack. Brad Hoskin, Adam Cleaves and Ben Rosevear all scored for One Direction in the first half, with Adam Scott hitting a second half brace to complete the rout.
K LS 0 The Originals 5
K LS are still coming to terms with 6 a side, though they did perform well in the first half restricting Originals to a single goal scored by Aaron Beresford. Beresford added a second after the break, with Ryan Craze also grabbing a brace. Joe Richards was Originals other scorer.
Dragonz 4 v 2 Monster Inkz
Dragonz haven't lost since they signed Shane Kibell, and it was his four goals that won this match, but Monster Inkz will feel hard done by as they battered the Dragonz defence for much of the game only to be thwarted by the excellence of Chris Oak and Leigh Michael.
Sabine and Ben Foster scored for Monster Inkz, whose promotion hopes are fading after this loss.
Dench Juniors 1 3 Galahad Utd 3
League leaders Dench Juniors were looking to extend their lead at the expense of second-placed Galahad Utd, but the old pretenders had other ideas and they took the lead when Scott Buckley side footed into the Dench goal.
Derek Lucas levelled the scores before half time, but the experienced Galahad finished the stronger and won the game with goals from Ashley Cannon and Alex Stephens, they are now only one point behind Dench.
Parkside Garage 0 Big Heads 1
Promotion-hopefuls Parkside were expecting an easy win against bottom of the table Big Heads, but that's not how it panned out as Big Heads played with a cohesion that has been lacking all season, and Parkside were not at their best, which is a pity because a win would have put them only a point behind leaders Dench.
Leon Trudgeon scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half to give Big Heads hope of escaping relegation.
Niles Bakery 0 Cool Runnings 1
Niles will feel unlucky, they played really well, but lacked a cutting edge and that cost them dear in the end as Cool Runnings had master finisher Shane Kibell in their team, and he scored the winning goal in the second half. Niles desperately need to find a goalscorer, or they will carry on struggling.
SMG 5 Drop The Soap 2
SMG consolidated their place as league leaders, but it was a real struggle against improving Drop the Soap.
Aaron Beresford opened the scoring for SMG, but the lead was short lived as Liam Wherry equalised for Drop the Soap. SMG though ended the half with a lead when Sam Blount scored with a powerful finish.
The second half saw MSG take control of the match with goals from Blount Beresford and Eliah O'Brien. Drop the Soap never gave up and reduced the arrears with a late goal from Rhys Walkham.
Mean Machine 0 The Smiths 2
Mean Machine held the powerful Smith's in a first half dominated by both teams defences and it wasn't until the second half that Smiths broke through when Cameron Miller scored his eighth goal of the season.
Mean Machine tried their best to force an equaliser, but it was Smiths who broke through when Sam Best scored, to seal the points for The Smiths.
Bad Boys 2 Whichway 1
Whichway are in the middle of a torrid run of form at the moment and this result will do nothing for their confidence, all started well when the lively Derek Lucas gave Whichway the lead.
But they couldn't hold on to their lead and Josh Walmsley equalised for Bad Boys before half time, and they deservedly snatched the winning goal with a second half strike from Brandon Trudgeon.
There is a new league starting on Wednesday nights at Poltair. Anyone interested should contact Glyn on 07870 768 440.
CHURCHILL IS TOP DOG IN LOSTTWITHIEL LEAGUE:
The winter league has concluded at Lostwithiel and the winner of the winter best shield, for the best six scores over 13 weekends of individual Stableford competitions, was Dave Churchill.
Runner-up was Roy McNulty, third was Ian Crawford and fourth was Ken Hallam.
Only seven points covered the top four places.
In the men's section the captain versus vice captains match ended in a win by the narrowest margin of 5-4 with 36 players participating. Special thanks to Sid Pascoe for stepping in to help out the captain's team.
The ladies hosted their first ever captain versus vice-captain's match and it ended in a tie.
ST AUSTELL ROUND-UP:
Latest results at St Austell include:
Seniors' Better Ball Stableford: 1 Graham Bunt & Derek Preece 42 pts; 2 Peter Simmonds & Jim Tunna 41; 3 Geoff Snell & Jim Turner 41.
Congratulations to John Holder, who had a hole in one on the second during this competition.
Ladies' Better Ball Stableford: 1 Rosemary Mitchell & Jane White 44 pts; 2 Shirley Gay & Jill Stewart 43 pts; 3 Marion Sutton & Claire Waters 42 pts.
Men's Whitbread Tankards – Better Ball Medal: 1 Collie Dudley and Andy McGirl 60; 2 Stan Carter & Bob Fell 61; 3 Jamie & Kevin Roach 62.
Mixed Competition Better Ball/Greensomes: 1 Sue Pascoe & Chris Maggs 40; 2 Mary & Stan Carter 38 pts; 3 Wendy & Dave Huxtable 38 pts.
Junior 18 Hole Stableford: Handicaps 1-28: 1 Ricardo Sanchez 35 pts; 2 Kerry Bartlett 32 pts; 3 Rhys Johns 31 pts. Handicaps 29-54: 1 Soul Barker 50 pts; 2 Leon Knight 40 pts; 3 Hayden Thornton 36 pts.
Seniors' Winter League: Stableford – full handicap: 1 Derek Way 44 pts. 2 Peter Taylor 42. 3 Kenneth Rowe 41.
Captain's Day Stableford 7/8 handicap (9 holes): 1 Lloyd Addison 21 pts; 2 Tony Kellow 21 3 Roger Hall 20.
MIKE SAVES THE DAY:
Gorran 3 St Neot 2:
Gorran's 'Man of the Match' in this home Bodmin Sports Trophies Duchy League Cup match with Division 4 promotion contenders St Neot, was keeper Mike Harwood who, for the second week in succession, saved a penalty at a decisive point in the game.
Gorran went ahead after ten minutes when Mike Brennan headed into the corner of the net from Glen Littlejohns' free kick.
In an end to end encounter, St Neot's Dan Chapman equalised with a powerfully headed goal direct from a corner ten minutes before the interval.
St Neot went ahead midway through the second half with Chapman's second goal. The visitors could well have gone further ahead when awarded a penalty soon afterwards, but Harwood saved well.
With time running out, Gorran's pressure brought its reward through Jack Bray-Smith's equaliser and it was the same player who fired Gorran into the lead ten minutes before the end to earn Gorran a place in the third round at Division 5 St Merryn.
PACKHORSE ON FIRE:
Despite a disappointing league campaign, Packhorse proved on Sunday that with a full strength side they're a match for anyone in the Cornwall Sunday Football League.
Their 5-1 mauling of Lostwithiel will give them enormous heart as they face Carlyon Arms in the 'derby' and Blue Anchor in the knock out semi final in their next two games.
A brace each from Stuart Kesson-Smith and Jake Mansell plus a goal from captain and man of the match Andrew Riddle saw the St Blazey-based side consolidate their position in the top half of the table. Luxulyan were forced to work hard for their points as they eventually overcame LC Phoenix 2-1 away.
Carlyon Arms won by the odd goal in 7 at Rock Inn, the home side pulling it back to 4-3 with the last kick of the game.
Blue Anchor kept pace with the leaders by defeating struggling St Breward 7-0 at home.