Pendeen make their point to put dent in Illogan's title bid
PENDEEN Rovers held league leaders Illogan RBL to a 2-2 draw in an entertaining top of the table encounter at a bitterly cold Borlase Park on Saturday.
Both teams contributed to a game which was a good advert for Combination League football, and with both goalkeepers in excellent form, a draw was a fair outcome.
Despite their hard earned point, Pendeen, whose goals came from Jamie Payne and Ashley Ellis, dropped a place to fifth in the table, while Illogan, who replied through James Martin and Simon Ellis, were replaced in top spot on goal difference by St Day.
The new leaders proved too strong for Hayle in a 7-0 rout at Vogue Park, with the Saints goals coming from Gavin Boon (2). Danny Ford, Chris Tolley, Mike Davies, Martin Day and Tom Hogarth.
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It was also a good day for Ludgvan who extended their winning run with a 3-1 home victory over fellow high fliers Wendron United at Fairfield.
Gerens James took his goals tally for the season to 27 with Jack Ramsey and Tom Patrick also on the scoresheet for the Hurlers, with Ben Allen netting Wendron's reply.
Perranwell were another side climbing the table after Dean Southworth's winner earned them three points in a narrow 1-0 win at Newquay.
The win helped Perran move up to fourth place in the table ahead of Saturday's home game with third place Ludgvan.
St Ives Town remain in sixth spot after goals from leading scorer Jowan May and Curtis Richards earned the Saints a 2-0 home win over Goonhavern at The Saltings.
St Just had few problems beating basement boys Holmans 4-0 at Lafrowda Park.
Veteran striker Darren Steadman was the star of the show with a hat-trick for the Tinners, whose other goal came from experienced defender Darren Ball.
There was a surprise result, however, at Gala Parc where two goals from Steve Jenkins earned second from bottom Porthleven a shock home victory over St Agnes, for whom Nick Perry scored a consolation.
Four goals from Brett Southerland heaped more misery on Falmouth Town as neighbours Falmouth Athletic romped to a 6-3 home victory in an action packed derby at Draceana Avenue.
The champions looked a pale shadow of the team that won 7-1 in the same fixture last season, with goalkeeper Ethan Fearn the only Town player who started that game to play on Saturday after several key players followed former manager Paul Murray to Wendron.
Steve Owen and Quaid Saunder netted the other goals for Athletic, who move up a place to sixth from bottom. Town's goals came from Andy Westgarth (2) and Bryn Wheeler.
Mullion were 3-2 winners in their home local derby with RNAS Culdrose. Alan Thomas, Jacob Lugg and Chris Ensink were on target for the home side, with Culdrose replying through Paul Simmons and Gavin Treacy.
Elsewhere, Penryn Athletic were 3-2 winners at Troon thanks to goals from Matt McIllroy, Chris Mulroy and Ryan Reeve, with Troon's goals scored by Richie Ward and Ashley Smeeth.
Weekend fixtures: Saturday (3pm): Falmouth Tn v St Just; Goonhavern v Porthleven; Hayle v St Ives; Holman SC v Pendeen; Illogan v Falmouth Ath; Penryn v Mullion; Perranwell v Ludgvan; RNAS Culdrose v Troon; St Agnes v Newquay; Wendron Utd v St Day.
Sunday (3pm): Ludgvan v RNAS Culdrose.