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Goals galore as leading sides slip up at weekend

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

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THERE were some mixed results last weekend with the top four all losing and the next five sides all winning.

As of Saturday, only two sides remained unbeaten, Wendron with four wins from four and Culdrose who didn't kick their season off until Tuesday evening.

Last season, there were five teams, not including Culdrose who went into September unbeaten. Does this mean this year will be a little more even?

Sports reporters have been bemoaning the lack of goals in the Premiership, saying that sides have tightened up their defences and there is a lack of good strikers.

In contrast, last Saturday there were 44 goals scored in nine Combo games, with Redruth United's, Dan McInerney keeping up his record in scoring at least one in every game. Gerens James of Ludgvan leads the Golden Boot Award with 13 scored, compared to Dan's 10, but Gerens has scored his in four games, missing the target in one match.

It is a surprise to see Goonhavern propping up the table, one of four sides without a point on the board. Last season they finished 10th but are now struggling for some reason.

Did other teams come in over the summer and cherry pick their best players? Porthleven are once again finding it difficult to put points on the board matching their start to last season.

By last Christmas last year they only had 11 points and it looks like they will be in the same boat and perhaps worse as their goals for have dried up.

Also down there are Falmouth Athletic, who with the demise of Falmouth Albion should be picking up more players and points than they have. Perhaps with Falmouth Town starting up a new Trelawny League side, Athletic are having trouble recruiting.

Both Hayle and Newquay, under new management have started their seasons much stronger than last term, with Perranwell seeming to be going in the other direction. Martyn Kimmins at St Agnes must be pleased with his side's results so far, winning three of five away games. Only another 12 away trips to other grounds before they can play at Enys Park.

Remember St Ives had to play all their games away from home when they were having their new facilities built.

At least there are no clubs in the Combo ground-sharing like Coventry City who have lost 80 oer cent of their supporters by having to lodge with Northampton, which leads me onto Combo attendances. Average attendances are down for most leagues and our league is not immune, even with the big crowd at Clijah Croft last week.

It's not a big drop in average per game but it is worrying. After several years of increases last season saw a slight drop and let's hope this season doesn't carry on that trend. Reduced attendances mean less gate money, bar and tea hut takings making it more difficult to find the cash to keep a side running. It's not lack of goals as there are plenty in our league, something else is keeping spectators away.

This weekend we have a basement clash as Falmouth Town entertain Goonhavern, and two games some would say were top of the table, Illogan home to Wendron and Mullion hosting Redruth United.

St Just travel to improving Hayle, while Troon will hope to take all three points of visiting Penryn.

Culdrose host the nomads from St Agnes, Ludgvan might score a hatful at home against pointless Falmouth Athletic, while another side playing their first home game of the season, St Day, face another struggling side Porthleven. St Ives play improving Newquay at the Saltings. All matches kick-off at 3pm.

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