Truro & District Grassroots Sport December 5
FINN STORMS TO VICTORY IN SCHOOLS' CUP:
Truro School's Finn Birnie continued his excellent start to the season with a superb victory in the final of the English Schools' Cup in Southend.
The 13-year-old from Sticker, not only showed his talent but also his championship temperament, as he took control of the junior boys' race on the second lap to lift his first national title by seven seconds.
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Finn said: "I was expecting to do quite well after Liverpool (Birnie finished fourth in the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Liverpool the previous week) but I was shocked to win.
"I didn't think I would win overall and I am so happy."
Finn, who had already won the county and regional titles of the competition, keep his composure after a confusing start which saw some of the field left in their blocks on Saturday.
"It was a very strange start as not all the runners were in the starting pens when suddenly the starter fired the gun," said Truro School team manager John Knowles.
"One of our boys fell over a couple were not ready."
Fortunately Finn wasn't one of them and he quickly hit the front as five runners eased clear of the 140-strong field.
"I took the lead after a quarter of the race and kept it from there," added Finn. "The other boys left did challenge me and I was quite nervous for a while as I could hear people shouting their names.
"But I kept trying my hardest and on the second lap really went for it. I was so happy and proud when I crossed the finish line."
To underline the magnitude of Birnie's victory, Knowles reckons it is the first win by a Cornwall male runner for more than 20 years.
"The last individual winner from the county was Charlotte Cayton-Smith in 2009 so they don't come around very often," added Knowles.
"It is also worth remembering that 287 schools started out in this competition and we finished fifth in the final. That is a tremendous achievement and the Truro School boys should be very proud of how they performed and conducted themselves on the trip to Southend."
The Mier twins, Harris and Elliot, also made the top 50 with Harris a fine 21st. Ben Norton completed the scoring in 70th place with Fred Bareham and Alex McCartney providing the back-up.
Chacewater 4 Gulval 3 (aet):
Chacewater put in a very good performance at the Recreaton Ground to overcome Gulval from the Trelawny Premier League and go into the hat for the fourth round of the Cornwall Junior Cup.
Experienced referee Paul Roberts also had a very good game.
Starting well, Chacewater created two goalscoring chances before Chris Shackley crossed for Matt McIlroy to score from eight yards after 14 minutes and four minutes later Craig Hitchens ran at the visitors before unleashing a shot from 20 yards.
Although dominating the play Chacewater were not able to kill off Gulval and they were handed a lifeline with a penalty just before the break which Jason Gribble got a hand to, but could not keep out of the net.
Gulval equalised in the 49th minute in a goalmouth scramble after a long ball caused confusion in the home ranks.
Chacewater raised their game again with Brendan Hitchens,John Dunstan, Martin Lloyd,Matt McIlroy and Chris Shackley all going close to scoring.
The late introduction of Steve Kellow bore immediate fruit as his exquisite pass found Shackley who ran on and drove his shot low under the keeper in the 95th minute.
The same player brought a spectacular save from the visiting keeper before Chacewater conceded another equaliser in the 112th minute following a free-kick.
Chacewater kept their heads and went to the other end of the pitch with Steve Kellow crossing to Shackley who controlled the ball, turned and drove in the winning goal from 15 yards.
Chacewater travel to Sennen on Saturday (2.30pm)
Mullion 1 Trispen 1:
Trispen returned from their trip to Mullion with a share of the - Trelawny League Division 2 spoils, but really felt this was two points dropped after dominating the proceedings for long periods.
However, they only had one goal to show for their dominance when Lewis Dodd converted with venom after being put through in the 39th minute following good work from Sam Lawrence.
The second half continued in a similar manner with lots of possession but lacking the final ball to undo the determined and deep sitting Mullion defence.
Trispen were punished in the 70th minute when a softly conceded corner dropped among a bundle of players to be scrambled home by Pedro.
Trispen continued to push and laid siege to the Mullion goal in the hope of grabbing a late winner with a chance to Mike Cruse flashing wide and Fred Tallis having a close range volley brilliantly blocked it was not to be.
The Trispen match ball was sponsored by Standen Opticians and Vanilla Bar, Truro.
Lanner 2 Chacewater Res. 5:
League leaders Chacewater overcame a tricky fixture at Lanner to extend their lead to five points at the top of Trelawny League Division Three. Young referee Sam Mills had a fine match and looks to have a promising future.
A strike by big Dave Cilia,who has been light on the goals front this season by his high own standards, gave Chacewater a welcome lead at half time.
Two goals from the manager's protege, Ian Bromwell, a difficult finish from attacking experienced midfielder Gavin Bennetts and another to his tally by flying winger Lewis Bridger gave the visitors a comfortable win although Lanner did hit back through Symon Stephens and Stuart Lugg.
The reserves host Marazion Res. on Saturday in the Arthur Pearce Cup (2pm).
St Erme 5 Newbridge Ath 5
These two Truro-area based teams produced a Trelawny League Division 5 local derby, where it is fair to say the attacking was better than the defending.
The visitors, who have made a good start to life as a new team with a top six position in the current league table, started much the better team against the Saints who are in their second year as a club after they finished sixth in their debut season.
Newbridge took the lead and looked in control until an outstanding 20 minute display of football from the hosts saw them score four goals.
As usual the set piece delivery from Tony Penrose was causing havoc and Kyle Savin got on the end of two corners in five minutes, followed by a goal from Elliott Jolly, who got in between the defender and keeper to finish.
Dan Taylor volleyed home from close range right on half time to turn the game completely on its head.
The second half started in the same vein, with man of the match Savin completing his hat-trick after some poor defending to put St Erme 5-1 up. he hosts missed several chances to put the game out of reach and it proved costly as Athletic made a remarkable comeback in the last 25 minutes.
A combination of excellent football and poor defending saw them score four goals to level the match and they looked the more likely winners, but the Saints just managed to hold on to snatch a point in ratheer bizarre circumstances.
Fifteen pairs of ladies played the qualifying round of the Daily Mail Foursomes to establish the pair who will go forward to represent Perranporth in the national knock out competition. The format was foursomes Medal.
First place on a countback over the last six holes with a net 75, and representing Perranporth in the 2014 Daily Mail Foursomes, were Bev Vann and Sue Roworth.
In second place, also with a net 75 were Jackie Mallett and Vicky Lee Comyn, while in third with a net 75.5 were Jan Sargeant and Mandy Wright.
TRURO WINTER LEAGUE:
Phil Chapman won round seven of Truro's Winter League with 39pts, one ahead of Simon Clitherow, with Neill Sawkins third on 38pts.
HOME HOPES DASHED:
Truro U15s 0 Penzance U15s 2:
After Truro's first league win last week, hopes were high for the home side for this match against the Penzance Ravens.
Both sides started brightly, but it was Penzance that broke first with a fine run that split the Truro defence and a great shot left Ben Peters diving forlornly as the visitors took the lead.
Truro had their chance a few minutes later and the ball looked to have crossed the line from Elliot Edmondson'a header.
Unfortunately for the Truro side the Penzance linesman must have been unsighted, and the "goal" was not given much to the dismay of the home supporters.
Play was quite physical and there could even have been a couple of reds during a robust period of play as Truro went in at half time 1-0 down.
After the break a few changes were made to the Truro midfield and Penzance seemed to strengthen.
Truro captain Matt Pereira, who had a good game s with some fine tackles, went into another one in the penalty area which the referee deemed a foul.
Although the penalty was partially saved by the Truro keeper Penzance followed up to score and seal the city boys' fate.
Mark Kessell's man of the match: Will Belding.
TRURO HIT BACK TO STAY IN TOUCH AT THE TOP:
Truro 2 Plymouth University 1:
Truro made it five out of five Championship wins at their Truro School home to stay four points behind leaders Robinsons A, who beat them 2-1 in Bristol the previous week.
The game started with a stuttering tempo both sides were finding their feet and stringing some good move together with no real end product.
About 15 minutes into the first half the deadlock was broken when Truro were caught on the counter attack and Plymouth managed to bundle a goal home.
The game started to pick up pace with some excellent defending from Truro's ever present back four of late with James Dunstan and Dan Round proving as solid as ever and Martin Rowe and Alex Money began to get themselves on the ball and find the front men.
Truro came close when excellent work from Tom Haigh and Cal Westaway forced an error and Sam Dunstan and Tom Haigh exchanged a one two before an excellent last ditch tackle from the defender denied an opportunity.
Tatlow and Dave chanter in the heart of the midfield were working efficiently as ever and then from a creative piece of player, involving James Westaway and sam Dunstan, forced a short corner.
Truro's drag flick specialist James Dunstan stepped up and saw an effort superbly saved by the opposition keeper.
Truro were really beginning to knock on the door.
Then man of the match Cuthbert Shephard found some space and slipped an excellent ball in to the path of James Westaway who expertly finished to bring the sides level at 1-1 half time.
The second half started with both teams building attacks and mounting some good goals scoring chances.
Truro keeper Harry Waters made some magnificent saves to frustrate Plymouth.
Good link up play from Dunstan and Westaway saw a chance go begging as the Plymouth keeper made an excellent save down to his left.
But as the game wore on Truro began to seize the initiative and once again the 16-year-old Cuthbert Shephard superbly left two players behind with a magical piece of skill, slipped in Ed Varco who expertly nutmegged the advancing keeper to find Ben Eddy a yard out to win the game for Truro.
Truro are now in joint second in the league heading into their last game of 2013 at Exeter Hornets on Saturday.
Truro Ladies II 5 Newquay II 2:
Truro's ladies' second team earned their first home win Trelawney Division 2 win of the season with this decisive win over Newquay at Penair School.
But they had to come from 2-0 down after a strong start by the visitors.
Tamar Hosking pulled a goal back before half time and after the break Hosking scored a second half hat trick to put Truro 4-2 up with captain Emily Osborne scoring their fifth.
Maid of The Match: Tamar Hosking.
Truro: Miranda Burton, Amie Tall (GK), Tamar Hosking, Emily Osborne (capt), Katherine Wright, Blythe Sledman, Rosie Taylor-Jones, Phoebe Goold, Elena Symes, Jenna Tregear, Emily White, Hannah Lee, Emily Coston, Shannon Hope and Janey Wright.
Truro B 6 Plymouth Marjons C 1:
Truro stayed top of South West 1 with their seventh win of the season.
The home side led 2-0 at half time with Dave Tinkler and Ben Rogers on target.
After the break, the visitors got one back, but Truro started to dominate and two goals from Tom Carne, the team's leading scorer, coupled with others from Stu Hares and Matt Dewhurst, gave the home side a well earned win.
Mmn of the Match: Tom Carne and Sion Roberts.
Truro: Steve Caton, Ian Woods, Stu Hares , Dave Churchard, Matt Dewhurst, Colin Tinkler, Richard Carne (capt), James Coston, Sam Dunstan, Dave Tinkler, Ben Rogers, Tom Carne, Sion Roberts, Ryan Morrish.
TRY FEST FOR TITANS:
Bude Res 34 Truro Titans 51
The Titans maintained their impressive run of form in this high scoring victory at Bude which saw 15 tries.
The visitors scored nine tries through Mark Lear, Ian Rowe (2), Tom Eley, Louis Bate, Tom Hines, Daniel Dunkin and Tom Eley (2).
Damian Stoddard and Eley (2) added conversions.
Bude scored six tries of their own, with two converted.
This Saturday Truro travel to play Newquay Hornets in another Merit Table fixtures.
GOOD WINS FOR TRURO:
On Sunday, Truro U13s continued their unbeaten run with a fine 50-10 victory over a sporting Penzance side in a highly entertaining game.
The equally successful Truro U15 team beat their Penzance counterparts 17-5 in a game which kept a good Sunday morning crowd warm.
PERRANPORTH SNOOKER LEAGUE
Perranporth Con Club
Highest break 41: M Endean.
St Newlyn East
Highest break 35: C Hunt.