Penryn dent Rovers title hopes with superb win
PENDEEN'S hopes of landing their first ever Cornwall Combination League title suffered a setback following a 3-1 home defeat to Penryn Athletic on Saturday.
Goals from Matthew Boyle, Ryan Reeve and Mike Cruse earned Penryn their eighth league win of the season which moved them up to sixth in the table, while Pendeen, beaten in the league for only the second time this season, remain third, seven points off top spot.
The battle of the top two saw Illogan leapfrog St Day into pole position with a 2-1 win in a thoroughly entertaining encounter at Vogue (see feature match).
Meanwhile Perranwell are hot on the heels of the top three after recording their ninth win of the season in a 4-3 home victory over Porthleven.
Jimmy Thompson netted a brace with Perran's other goals coming from Mike Brewer and James Rowberry. Gavin Perraton netted twice for the visitors, whose other goal came from Kieran McNally.
St Ives Town got their campaign back on track as they returned to winning ways with a 5-1 home victory over Mullion. Jowan May scored two of the Saints' goals, with others from Ryan Bushby, Curtis Richards and an own goal. Chris Blee scored the only goal for the visitors.
Falmouth Town's slide down the table continued as they lost 4-2 at RNAS Culdrose, whose goals came from Jack Valentine (2), Jamie Thirkle and David McPhee. Bobby Bryant and Bryn Wheeler scored for Town.
Wendron and St Agnes shared the spoils in a goalless draw at Underlane, but there were goals aplenty at Goonhavern, where the home side found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-1 defeat at the hands of Ludgvan.
Gerens James helped himself to a hat-trick for the Hurlers, with Tom Patrick adding a brace and others from Joe Day and Jack Ramsey. Leading scorer Paul Robertson netted for Goonhavern, who are now only one point ahead of Ludgvan in 10th spot with a game in hand.
St Just picked up only their fourth league win of the season, beating Hayle 4-2 at Trevassack Park. Jon Bird (2), Darren Steadman and Joe Sturgeon scored the Tinners' goals, with Andrew Lilley and Darrel Macarthy netting for Hayle. St Just remain two points behind Hayle in 16th place.
Elsewhere, Holmans registered their eighth league point of the season with a 2-2 draw at home to Troon. Adam Selley and Aaron Meredith were on target for the home side with Ashley Smeeth and Dan Richards replying for Troon, who drew for the first time in the league this season.
Falmouth Athletic's home game with Newquay was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.