WITH leaders Falmouth Town suffering their second defeat of the season in a 3-0 reverse at Illogan (see feature match) St Ives Town remain hot on the heels of the top two after Saturday's 2-0 home win over near neighbours Ludgvan at The Saltings.
Both St Ives goals came in the first half with Joel McWilliams continuing his impressive run of recent form by giving the Saints the lead, before fellow striker Jowan May headed home the second.
Ludgvan's sixth defeat of the season leaves the Hurlers sitting fifth from bottom and only three points above the relegation zone.
It was also a good afternoon for Pendeen Rovers, who came from behind to defeat Penryn Athletic reserves 3-1 at Kernick.
Ryan Reeve gave the home side the lead from the penalty spot but Pendeen hit back with Wade Brown bagging a brace against his former club, either side of a close range effort from Ashley Ellis.
Pendeen maintain fourth spot in the table, level on points with St Ives and with a game in hand, while Penryn slipped to eighth spot.
Mullion moved up the table with a 4-2 home win over Perranwell lifting them up to fifth place, thanks to goals from Alan Thomas, Dagan Vaughan-Spruce, Chris Ensink and Phil Cattran. James Rowberry and Rikki Smith netted Perran's consolation goals.
St Agnes climbed into the top six after a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Wendron United at Enys Parc, with Jake Shaw and Dan O'Toole on target for Martyn Kimmins' men. Angus Howlett was on the scoresheet for the visitors.
St Day dropped a place to seventh despite a fine 3-1 victory at home to Goonhavern Athletic. Danny Ford, Luke Kelland and Martin Day netted the Saints' goals, with Paul Robertson replying for Goonhavern.
Hayle reserves recorded a second successive league victory as two goals from Billy Foster and others from Kane Williams and Carl Shorthouse earned them a 4-2 win at Falmouth Athletic, while Troon were the day's big winners with a 6-1 home victory over lowly Porthleven reserves.
Ashley Smeeth and Ollie Perkins helped themselves to a brace apiece for Troon, whose other goals came from Matthew Rowe and Richard Scott.
Leading scorer Gavin Perraton netted Porthleven's consolation effort.
RNAS Culdrose heaped more misery on bottom of the table Holmans with a 6-2 home win at the air base. Jack Valentine bagged a hat-trick, with a brace for Michael Clarke and one from David McPhee.
Jason Blight and Wayne Rouffignac got the Holmans' goals.
Elsewhere, goals from Cameron Bidgood (2), Andy Morris (2) and Luke Dunbell earned Newquay reserves a 5-2 home win over third from bottom St Just, whose goals came from Jon Bird and Neil Curnow.
Saturday fixtures (3pm): : Falmouth Athletic DC v Penryn Athletic; Goonhavern Athletic v St Ives Town; Holman SC v Hayle; Ludgvan v Mullion; Newquay v St Day; Pendeen Rovers v Falmouth Town; Perranwell v St Agnes; Porthleven v Illogan RBL; RNAS Culdrose v St Just; Wendron Utd v Troon.