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Saltash hit five to set up Friday night title showdown at Plymouth Parkway

By Lee_Hall  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Mount Wise under the floodlights tonight

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Newquay 0 Saltash United 5

All eyes will be on Bolitho Park tonight as the race for this season's Carlsberg South West Peninsula League premier division title prepares to go right down to the wire.

That was thanks to Saltash United's resounding victory at Mount Wise on Wednesday evening as five second half goals set Martin Burgess' men up for a mouth-watering title clash with Plymouth Parkway, who won 5-0 at Tavistock tonight to go top of the table and end Exmouth's remote hopes of the title.

The win moved the Ashes to within five points of Parkway and if they are successful in claiming a ninth straight victory on Friday, then a win at Torpoint on Monday in their final match will see them overtake leaders Parkway by a point and give them the title.

But Parkway just need to avoid defeat, in what is their final match, to ensure the championship.

The Ashes, so impressive in becoming only the second team to win in the league this season at Godolphin on Bank Holiday Monday, set the tempo early on.

But there was a huge let off for them in the 11th minute when Newquay defender Connor Jamieson was barged over in the box by ex Peppermints' defender Dave Trott. It was a tough call for referee Stuart Kane who waved play on.

Hughes had Saltash's best chance in the opening 25 minutes, looping his effort just inches wide of Sam Trudgian's goal.

On the half hour mark Saltash were indebted to goalkeeper Tom Blackler as his outstretched boot was enough to divert Luke Weldhen's volley wide.

The former Newquay stopper was called on again moments later, holding on to Jack Bray-Evans' powerful header.

The deadlock was finally broken just 42 seconds into the second half, Trott's cross from the right somehow sneaking in at the back post.

And the Ashes were celebrating again two minutes later, Sam Hughes this time turning in Jon Hoyles' pass.

Newquay responded gallantly but it was effectively game over in the 66th minute when sub Sam Farrant headed home Joe Carey's cross.

A fourth goal soon followed as Hughes latched on to a long ball over the top before rolling his effort past Trudgian into the bottom corner.

Weldhen was presented with a rare opportunity at the other end but his turn and volley was well saved by the imposing Blackler.

With eight minutes remaining Newquay's capitulation continued as Hoyles beat the offside trap before slipping the ball past Trudgian.

Newquay: S Trudgian, C Jamieson (P Hampshire 49), C McConie, J Bray-Evans (A Coles 71), T Barnett, L Carhart, O Gibson, J Avery, L Whelden, M Drummond, C Bidgood (M Sanders 49). Sub (not used): S Middleton.

Saltash: T Blackler, B Cook (S Sargison 58), D Trott, T Clark, L Russell, M Godfree (S Farrant 46), J Carey, A Cusack, S Hughes, J Hoyles, R Saint (J Morris 76). Subs (not used): J Morris, D Zalick.

Referee: Stuart Kane.

Results: carlsberg premier: Bodmin Town 5 , Falmouth Town 1; Newquay 0 Saltash 5; Tavistock 0 Plymouth Parkway 5; Torpoint Ath 2 St Austell 2

Division One West: Holsworthy 0 Penzance 3.

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