DIVISION ONE WEST
Helston Athletic 4, Hayle 0
THEY say titles are never won or lost this early in the season, but defeat for one of these sides at the weekend would leave them with an almighty hill to climb, writes Lee Hall.
Both Helston and Hayle have made impressive starts to the division one west campaign.
But at the weekend they both found themselves in very similar situations, eager to bounce back after losing their previous league fixtures.
The pressure, perhaps, more so on Helston, billed as title favourites at the start of the season, their reputation took a battering a week earlier when they went down to a 5-1 defeat at ten-man Godolphin.
Had they lost on Saturday they would have been eight points adrift of Godolphin, who were 2-0 winners at Sticker.
Hayle, on the other hand, after finishing 13th last season, have been earning rave reviews following some shrewd signings by manager Anthony Reynolds during the summer.
Despite last Tuesday's 4-1 defeat at Wadebridge, they went into Saturday's game third in the table.
And, while Reynolds was disappointed to concede all four goals in the second half at the weekend, the Hayle boss was still able to take plenty of encouragement away from Kellaway Parc.
He said: "We lost a bit of confidence in midweek after losing to Wadebridge, but I thought the lads responded well.
"We matched them in the first half, played some great football, but we've just had a really poor second half.
"From our point of view we've now got to regroup and concentrate on St Blazey (at home in the Throgmorton Cup on Saturday)."
For Helston manager Sid Taylor, meanwhile, it was the proverbial game of two halves.
In the opening 45 minutes he was tearing his hair out at his side's failure to follow instructions.
But once Mark Goldsworthy put Helston in front in the 58th minute, Taylor's men took control.
Hayle created the better of the chances in the first half without being able to convert.
And it was the hosts who eventually took the lead, in the 58th minute, when Mark Goldsworthy rolled the ball past Hayle goalkeeper Danny Burrows into the bottom corner after running on to Nigel Thwaites' through ball.
Thwaites was the provider for Helston's second goal too when the Helston skipper crossed for Liam Eddy who stroked the ball home from close range.
Goldsworthy then claimed Helston's third goal, from the penalty spot, after the striker was fouled in the box by Tom Whipp. It was harsh on the defender, who appeared to win the ball, as Goldsworthy confidently put away the spot kick.
Eddy then claimed his second goal of the afternoon, again Hayle were unclucky to concede, as Goldsworthy collided with Burrows, and the ball fell into the path of Eddy who was left with an easy finish into an empty net.
Callington Town 9, Mousehole 1
A SPIRITED Mousehole side provided to be no match for Callington who returned to winning ways in merciless style.
Striker Ryan Lucassi led the way with a hat-trick, closely followed by two-goal hauls from both Carlton Farnham and Kirk Smith as the Trungle Park side capitulated.
Lucassi had given Town a 10th-minute lead before Mousehole levelled five minutes later through Ollie Pridham.
The visitors maintained the status quo for a further 10 minutes until Farnham and Lucassi had made it 3-1.
The game was over as a contest before the interval when midfielder Kirk Smith struck twice – his second goal a screamer from 30 yards.
Callington did not let up after the break with Fergus Nevin scoring his first goal for the club on 55 minutes before Lucassi completed his hat-trick.
Farnham added his second from the penalty spot, and Phil Burgoyne competed the rout.
Mousehole host Penryn Athletic on Saturday in the Throgmorton Cup (2.30).
Newquay 2, Penzance 1
NEWQUAY may have gained their third win of the season, but they were certainly made to work extremely hard for it against an improving Penzance side at Mount Wise on Saturday.
The Peppermints led after 25 minutes when Shaun Middleton scored from the penalty spot after Magpies' centre half James Street handled in the box.
The prolific Luke Weldhen then extended Newquay's lead early in the second half, heading home Shane Jewell's cross.
Teenage striker Callum George's lob over Newquay keeper Tom Blackler made it 2-1, boosting the Magpies hopes of a first league point of the campaign under new boss John Dent.
But it was not to be, and despite Steve Machin having a Newquay goal ruled out for offside, the hosts hung on for victory.
Penzance make the short trip to division one west strugglers Porthleven on Saturday in the second round of the Throgmorton League Cup (see back page preview).
Newquay: T Blackler, O Deadman, S Jewell, J Kemp, M Arscott, J Bunt, S Farrant, S Middleton (c), L Weldhen, D Zalick, J Bray-Evans. Subs: A Piggott, S Machin (for Kemp); P Hampshire, G Hooper, E Simcox (not used).
Penzance: P Wiliams, M Best, J Oakley, J Street (c), D Mooney, L Andrew, J Coleman, R Andrew, J Blake, C George, H Corin. Sub: L Rudkin (for Blake).