Pendeen Rovers net big win over Fishermen while rivals let precious points slip
PENDEEN Rovers were the only top four team to achieve a league victory on Saturday as their 5-0 home win over Porthleven saw them climb to fourth place.
Ashley Ellis hit a brace for Andre Peters' side, whose other goals came from Gary Matthews, Andy House and striker Wade Brown, who marked his return to the Borlase Park club from St Day with a goal.
St Ives Town remain in third place as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Perranwell.
Joel McWilliams was on the scoresheet for the Saints, with David Standing netting for the visitors, who remain in 10th spot.
There was a shock result at Hayle, where high-flying Mullion went down 1-0, with the goal coming from 16-year-old Andrew Lilley. The three points saw Hayle climb to 12th place in the table, while Mullion slipped a place to fifth.
Leaders Falmouth Town failed to record a victory for only the second time this season as they could only draw 2-2 at Wendron United, whose goals came from Tom Langford and Justin Searle.
Ben Ambrose and Jason Roberts were on target for Town, who now lead second placed Illogan by three points, with St Ives and Pendeen in third and fouth spot respectively both on 20.
Penryn Athletic moved up to seventh place as two goals from Dan Knowles plus others from Ryan Reeve, Steve Kellow, Stefan Churcher and Lee Gribble earned them a 6-2 win at RNAS Culdrose, who replied through Michael Clarke and an own goal.
Down at the bottom, Falmouth Athletic remain in the relegation zone above basement side Holmans after a 5-3 defeat at St Day, whose goals came from Luke Kelland, Danny Ford, Chris Tolley, Lewis Ellis and Shane Richards. Athletic's Ryan Whitby netted a brace, with Brett Sutherland also finding the back of the net.
THEY say a week is a long time in politics but the same sometimes holds true in football, writes Paul Smith.
After defeating title favourites Illogan RBL 8-1 the previous week, Mullion must have gone to Hayle last Saturday expecting to walk away with the three points, only to came away with a 1-0 defeat.
Other results saw draw specialists St Ives remain the league's only unbeaten side after ten games with their fifth draw of the season.
Falmouth Town put two goals past Wendron to keep their run of scoring in every league game, with their tally now standing at 49.
Holmans lost their seventh game in a row, while Falmouth Athletic haven't won in eight.
After the draw was made for the Westinsure Cornwall Senior Cup last weekend, we know there will be at least one Combo team in the third round as Illogan were drawn at home to Pendeen.
There are a couple of possible upsets as Wendron face high-flying St Blazey and St Day entertain Saltash United.
St Just will play Bude Town, who must face a 164 mile round journey. All games are scheduled to kick-off at 1.30pm on December 1.
At the time of writing we are still awaiting the match date for the last preliminary round League Cup tie between Pendeen and Newquay. The seven known ties in the first round are due to be played on November 17.
Looking at the all-time list and this weekend's fixtures, Penryn Athletic's home game against Pendeen Rovers will be their 500th league game.
Penryn's first team, of course, played 778 Combination League matches, but this squad is counted separately in the list.
Meanwhile, Goonhavern's game at St Day will be their 350th league fixture.
The league's monthly meeting will be held tonight. News from it will appear next week.