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Pendeen see lead cut at top after derby draw

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

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PENDEEN maintained their unbeaten start to the season after earning a point from an entertaining 1-1 draw at St Ives.

Defender Ryan Bushby put the Saints ahead the opening minute, but Ashley Ellis equalised five minutes into the second half to ensure Rovers stay top of the table.

Pendeen's four wins and two draws so far represents their best start to a season since 1986-87.

Illogan moved to within a point of the leaders Pendeen Rovers as a stunning injury time winner from Simon Carter earned them a 2-1 win at Perranwell.

Earlier James Martin had given Illogan the lead but Perranwell looked to have salvaged a point as they also scored in stoppage time with a superb strike from Chris Madeley, only for Carter's last-gasp strike settled the outcome.

Illogan's victory saw them climb to second place, while St Agnes moved up to fourth place after they inflicted St Day's first league defeat of the season. Two goals from Mike Burn and one from Dan O'Toole gave Aggie a 3-1 win at Vogue.

Mullion won 3-2 at home to Penryn with goals from Rob Carey, Alan Thomas and Ben Wormington. Steve Kellow and Dave Broglino were Penryn's scorers.

Jack Valentine, David Macphee, Alan McInnes and an own goal gave RNAS Culdrose a 4-2 win at St Just, for whom Stewart Nicholls scored both goals.

Wendron beat Porthleven 3-1 in a local derby at Underlane, thanks to goals from Ryan Tresidder, Rob Dunne and Justin Searle, while Kane Williams, Dan Scorer and AJ Lilley scored for Hayle in a 3-1 win at home to Troon, whose reply came from Ashley Smeeth.

Goonhavern beat Newquay 4-0 in their local derby at Reen Manor, while Gerens James bagged a hat-trick as Ludgvan won 4-1 at home to Holman SC. Mark Richards scored Ludgvan's other goal.


A DEPLETED Pendeen side, missing several regular players will have been satisfied with the point they earned from a 1-1 draw with St Day at Borlase Park.

After a goalless first half, Luke May gave Rovers a 52nd minute lead with a free kick from 30 yards which went in after hitting both uprights.

Pendeen's Gary Matthews saw his penalty well saved by the St Day keeper five minutes later, and the miss was to prove costly for the home side as within another two minutes St Day equalised when striker Shane Richards found the back of the net following a goalmouth scramble.

St Ives continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 win at Wendron, with all the goals coming in the first half at Underlane.

County Youth team striker Joel McWilliams scored two well-taken goals for the Saints with a 20-yard lob over the keeper and a header from Martyn Moon's corner, before Jowan May completed the scoring two minutes before the interval.

Ashley Smeeth was in superb goalscoring form for Troon as he hit five goals, including a first half hat-trick, as his side thrashed Ludgvan 7-2 at Grouter Park.

Player-manager Jamie Marles chipped in with a brace for Troon, with both Ludgvan's goals scored by Ashley Thomas.

Ace marksman Dominic Pullen was on target once again for Illogan in a hard-fought 2-0 home win over Mullion in a top of the table clash at Oxland Parc.

Pullen's 26th minute opener gave the home side a half-time lead before James Martin struck midway through the second half to finally make the points safe.

Falmouth Town racked up a big win at Bickland Park with Luke Wort bagging a quartet and Ben Ambrose a hat-trick in an emphatic 8-0 home win over Holman SC. Steve Brewer was also on the scoresheet for Town.

Another huge home win came at Enys Parc, where St Agnes beat Falmouth Athletic 9-1. Duane Britten notched a hat-trick for Aggie, with braces for Luke Osborne and Nick Perry and others from Mike Burn and Dan O'Toole. Athletic's consolation came from Adam Barnicoat.

RNAS Culdrose picked up a point from their first game of the season as they drew 1-1 with Perranwell at the airbase. Matt Rose scored a last minute equaliser to salvage a draw for the visitors after Jack Valentine had given the servicemen a 25th minute lead.

St Just earned their second consecutive league win as two goals from Darren Steadman and another from Chris Curnow earned them a 3-1 win at Porthleven, who replied through Gavin Perraton, while Goonhavern were 2-1 winners at Penryn, thanks to goals from Ian Gosling and Luke Brown.

Steve Allen netted Penryn's consolation.

Elsewhere, Hayle and Newquay shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Trevassack Park.

Both goals came in the last five minutes with Sam Hill earning a point for the visitors after a goal from 16-year-old AJ Lilley had appeared to have earned Hayle all three points.

Saturday results and scorers: Falmouth Town 8 (Luke Wort 4, Ben Ambrose 3, Steve Brewer) Holman SC 0; Hayle 1 (AJ Lilley) Newquay 1 (Sam Hill); Illogan 2 (Dominic Pullen, James Martin) Mullion 0; Pendeen Rovers 1 (Luke May) St Day 1 (Shane Richards); Penryn Athletic 1 (Steve Allen) Goonhavern 2 (Ian Gosling, Luke Brown); Porthleven 1 (Gavin Perraton) 1 St Just 3 (Darren Steadman 2, Chris Curnow); RNAS Culdrose 1 (Jack Valentine) Perranwell 1 (Matt Rose); St Agnes 9 (Duane Britton 3, Luke Osbourne 2, Nick Perry 2, Mike Burn, Dan O'Toole) Falmouth Athletic 1 (Adam Barnicoat); Troon 7 (Ashley Smeeth 5, Jamie Marles 2) Ludgvan 2 (Ashley Thomas 2); Wendron 0 St Ives Town 3 (Joel McWilliams 2, Jowan May).

Forthcoming fixtures:

Saturday (3pm): Illogan RBL v Penryn Ath; Ludgvan v Falmouth Town; Newquay v St Ives Town; Pendeen Rovers v Perranwell; Porthleven v Goonhavern; St Day v St Just; Troon v Mullion; Wendron v Hayle.

Tuesday (6.30pm): Penryn Athletic v RNAS Culdrose; Porthleven v St Day.

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