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Town beat RNAS to go top of table

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 20, 2012

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TUESDAY

FALMOUTH Town Reserves went top of the Jolly's Combination League table thanks to Tuesday night's 2-1 victory over RNAS Culdrose at Bickland Park.

Steve Brewer and Luke Murray were on target in a win that takes Paul Murray's men above Illogan RBL.

Jack Valentine was Culdrose's scorer in what was their first defeat of the season.

Porthleven Reserves beat Newquay's second string 3-1.

SATURDAY

St Ives 10, Porthleven Res 0

SIX goals from Jowan May helped St Ives cruise to an emphatic 10-0 victory over Porthleven and maintained the Saints' unbeaten start to the season, writes Scott Haley.

It was only 2-0 at half-time, but it was always going to be an uphill struggle for a Port side who only had ten players available due to first team commitments.

But Porthleven boss Tony Roberts was unsympathetic towards his side, claiming naivety from some of his players in the second half was the reason they were beaten so heavily.

He said: "We paid the price in the second half because we went for the game and got caught out. You can't do that with ten men.

"But we'll keep plodding along, fulfilling our fixtures and hopefully bring in a few more players. That's all we can do."

Saints' manager Sky Allen credited Porthleven for giving 100% until the end.

He said: "Whether they had ten men or not, we can only beat whoever is in front of us and we did that.

"Credit to Porthleven because they kept going until the final whistle but we pushed forward in the second half and we were just too much for them."

St Ives controlled the majority of the match and were rewarded after 15 minutes when Curtis Richards sent a pinpoint ball into the box which found the head of Ian Hodges who couldn't miss from six yards.

Porthleven were working hard, and the home side had to be patient in the first half knowing chances would eventually come once the away side tired.

Joel McWilliams made it 2-0 two minutes before half-time when he broke the offside trap and unselfishly squared to May who tapped home for his first of the afternoon.

Early in the second half both May and McWilliams were denied by two point blank saves from Port keeper Sam Freeman before Martyn Moon prodded home from six yards to make it 3-0.

Three minutes later it was four when May buried a left footed shot into the bottom corner after a great run down the left.

Another driving run down the left from May saw him find McWilliams who tapped home to make it five, before May sealed his hat-trick slotting past keeper Freeman after being played in one on one.

Two more from May shortly after made it eight, before McWilliams scored the Saints' ninth of the afternoon albeit with a deflection off Porthleven defender Scott Toy.

May saved the best till last with virtually the last kick of the game, superbly lobbing Martyn Harding's through ball over Freeman from 20 yards.

St Ives were fashioning their new kit but it was the same old story for the Saints so far this season, who look a force to be reckoned with.

St Ives: M Harding, J Kernow, M Thomas (D Chard, 63) , S Twyford, M Fox (A Turner, 53), I Hodges, R Bushby (c), M Moon, C Richards, J McWilliams, J May.

Goals: Hodges (15), May (43, 62, 71, 80, 84, 89), Moon (59), McWilliams (70, 86).

Porthleven: S Freeman, B Huse, S Toy, F Conway, N Roberts, G Nolan, G Stevens, G Perrington, C Conway, D Rogers.

MoM: Jowan May – Scored six well taken goals reaping havoc on the Porthleven defence throughout.

Referee: Adam Price (Illogan).

THERE were 58 goals scored in ten matches on Saturday, with St Ives leading the way, knocking in ten without reply at home against Porthleven,

This win beats their previous highest score of 5-2 against Porthleven by some way. St Agnes' 6-1 win at Wendron was also their biggest winning margin in a league game at Underlane, while Penryn's 3-3 draw at Ludgvan was the highest scoring draw between the sides.

Saturday's results: Goonhavern 1 (Joe Carlyon) 1 Illogan 2 (Dominic Pullen, Ian Cullingham); Hayle 1 (Kane Williams) RNAS Culdrose 1 (Jack Valentine); Holman SC 2 (Rikki Smith,Tarik Kalkan) St Day 4 (Ryan Trathen 2, Gavin Boon, Shane Richards); Ludgvan 3 (Jack Ramsey 2, Tom Patrick) Penryn 3 (Ryan Reeve 2, Chris Mulroy); Mullion 1 (Sam Harry) Falmouth Town 5 (Luke Murray 2, Dave Rawlings, Bobby Bryant, Jason Roberts); Perranwell 5 (Matt Rose 2, Luke Brabyn, Jimmy Thompson, OG) Newquay 1 (Sam Trudgian); St Ives 10 (Jowan May 6, Joel McWilliams 2, Martyn Moon, Ian Hodges) Porthleven 0; St Just 1 (Darren Steadman) 1 St Agnes 6 (Mike Burn 3, Duane Britton 2, Luke Osborne); Troon 4 (Ollie Perkins 3, Ashley Smeeth) Falmouth Athletic 1 (Ollie Clarke) 1; Wendron 4 (Ryan Tresidder 2, Justin Searle, Dean Batch) Pendeen 3 (Jack Willis 2, Jamie Payne).

Golden Boot Award: Jowan May (St Ives) – 14; Duane Britton (St Agnes), Ashley Smeeth (Troon) and Ryan Tresidder (Wendron) – all 9.

THIS Saturday is the preliminary round of the Westinsure Cornwall Senior Cup with 12 Combination League teams in action, leaving only two league fixtures.

The following week this season's Combination League Cup competition gets under way with the four preliminary round ties.

So with some clubs playing two cup matches in a row, the league table could start to get distorted and teams end up in false positions for a few weeks.

Fixtures (Saturday):

Westinsure Cornwall Senior Cup (preliminary round, 1.30pm): Biscovey v Probus; Goonhavern Ath v Nanpean Rovers; Illogan RBL v St Ives Town; Mullion v RNAS Culdrose; Pendeen Rovers v Holman SC; Polperro v Lanreath; Roche v Bude Tn; St Day v Millbrook; St Dominick v St Teath; St Just v Falmouth Ath; St Stephens Borough v St Agnes; Troon v Perranwell; Wendron Utd v Morwenstow.

Jolly's Cornwall Combination League (3pm): Newquay v Hayle; Penryn Ath v Porthleven.

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