LANDER TEAMS REACH TWO COUNTY FINALS:
Both Richard Lander School's Under 16, Year 11, football teams made it through to the County Cup final and both played Saltash.net Community School at Cornwall College last week.
This was a first, with both boys and girls' finalists coming from the same schools.
The boys' team, went out wearing yellow arm bands in memory of student, Tom Savage, who sadly died last year.
They fought valiantly all match and were extremely unlucky to lose 1-0. The Saltash girls team was formidable opposition, beating Lander 9-1.
Richard Lander Girls' U16s 1 Saltash.net Communtiy School 9
After a gruelling three matches against Tretherras, Pool and Penryn, the Richard Lander girls played a strong Saltash side, in the U16 county final at Cornwall College, writes Gina Clarkson.
The Lander team, of varying ages from Year 9 to Year 11, featured Lennon Lewis (capt), Amy Peachey, Rosie Tudball, Georgia Doyle-Lay, Hannah Smith, Wint Naing, Alabama Seymour, Polly Wallace, Georgia Cotterill, Charlotte Collier, Katie McKillop, Katie Bray, Jessie Holman and goalkeeper Sophie Fuller.
Straight from the kick-off, Saltash showed they were a team to be feared, but Lander displayed some quality passing and movement through their county players, Amy Peachey and Lennon Lewis.
Saltash went ahead, but towards the end of the first half the Lander midfield of Rosie Tudball, Alabama Seymour, Amy Peachey and Lennon Lewis combined well to set up Georgia Doyle-Lay for a spectacular equaliser.
But it was Saltash who were the stronger side and eventually ran out 9-1 winners, scoring several quick goals in the second half.
Whilst the girls did not win the match, each player left with a runners-up medal and were very gracious to the other team.
Richard Lander Boys' U16s 0 Saltash.net Community School 1:
Having already reached the final of this competition twice before, both in Year 7 and Year 9 and losing both times, Lander were desperate to not lose the third time around, reports Matt Read.
This year meant more to us, than previous years, because, as a team, we felt it was important to win this competition for Tom and in respect of his memory the team wore yellow armbands in the match.
Right from kick off, Lander realised it was going to be a tough game as they were far more superior than any of the other teams we had faced on the way to the final.
They pressed us high up the pitch keeping us boxed in, forcing several good saves from our keeper Liam Donohue only allowing us a few breaks in which to threaten their goal.
Then one of their strikers found themselves on the end of a cross and we were 1-0 down just a quarter of the way into the match.
After conceding, we pushed forward relentlessly with many chances and free kicks sailing just wide of their goal.
As the second half kicked off, Mr Stoddard made some substitutions and we pushed forward even harder still searching for that elusive goal with both Kieran Parker and Will Snapes coming extremely close.
Saltash were struggling to contain our onslaught and ended up with four of their players being booked as the game progressed.
However, we could not bring the game back and finally lost our first game of the season. We would like to thank everyone for their support during this cup run and are sorry that we didn't win it this time.
Line-up: Dario Pisano (captain) Kieran Parker (vice-captain), Kyle Marks, George Spurrier, Ben Irish, George Roberts, Ross Tann, Greg Wallis, Liam Donohue, Harry Searle, Alex Lucas. Subs: Matt Read, Will Snapes, Marc Moore, Jonathan Russell.
HONOURS EVEN IN WIND:
Newquay U15s 1 TruroU15s 1:
With no break in the weather, football has been almost impossible since Christmas, but the Newquay coach managed to hire an artificial pitch for a league game on Saturday.
With the wind, Newquay had the advantage in the first half but Truro looked dangerous on the break and good work from forwards Elliot Edmondson and Jamie Webster kept the Newquay defence busy and the half ended goalless.
After the break was Truro's turn to play downwind and most of the play was in the Newquay half but it was Newquay who opened the scoring.
The restart saw a very determined Truro dominate the next session with many chances at the Newquay goal but good work from the talented Newquay keeper kept the ball out .
Finally Jamie Shaw for Truro got a potent low drive away to equalise and the game was all square with 10 minutes remaining.
It was so windy that during a Newquay substitution with eight minutes remaining, Saul Fairman the Truro winger, was literally blown of his feet without a Newquay man within 10 yards of him. Another frantic five minutes from Truro should of resulted in a goal but it was not to be and with honours even after a hard fought match in difficult conditions the boys of both Newquay and Truro can be congratulated on a match played in good spirit.
Mark Kessell's man of the match: Jamie Shaw (Truro).
KIT BOOST FOR BOYS:
Truro City Youth Football Club's Quattro U13 side have been given a major boost, with backing from top Cornish car retailer Dales SEAT.
Tom Rawlings manager of Dales SEAT, attended a training session to officially present the new kit.
The family-run firm's logo appears on the back of the shirts of the team, who plays in the Kernow U13 Conference league.
Team manager Spencer Sanford said: "All the team are delighted with their new kit. It makes a welcome change from the hand-me-downs they were previously wearing.
"The support from Dales SEAT is invaluable to us as it means the boys can take to the pitch in style in their all white kit for both home and away games. Sponsorship is vital in making available funds to ensure the club can offer the best kit and equipment to the boys."
Tom Rawlings, said: "We are delighted to be one of the team's official sponsors. This is a great opportunity for us to show our support for youth sport in the community – and especially football-mad Truro youngsters."
The Quattro team train at Truro's Penair School and play their home matches at Kenwyn.
TRURO HIT BACK TO EXTEND CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD:
University of Exeter III 3 Truro 4
Truro stretched their lead at the top of The Championship to five points with this win as their closest rivals could only draw.
But they had to come from 2-0 down after the home side started strongly.
The students' second goal seemed to wake up the visitors and some fine approach play saw Sam Dunstan go through to beat the keeper before squaring the ball for Cuthbert Shepherd to score.
Soon after Ian welch ran through half the Exeter team to slot it to Shepherd who crossed for w Sam Dunstan to place the ball through the keeper's leg and level the scores.
But after the interval Exeter regained the lead before Ian welch made it 3-3 following a short corner.
With Exeter putting pressure on Truro a good defensive performance kept them out before a late final well worked short corner saw man of the match Welch score a priceless winner for Truro who this Saturday are at home to Westbury (1.45pm) at Truro School.
Truro 4 Eastcote 0
On Sunday, Truro hosted Middlesex visitors Eastcote, in what was their fourth game in just eight days, with a place in the quarter finals of the Pensions Trophy at stake.
Truro's first goal came through being the quickest to react after play had broken down outside the Eastcote D, with Ian Welch only needing one touch to steady himself before launching a rasping shot into the bottom left hand corner off the reverse of his stick.
The second goal came soon after as Samuel Dunstan placed a hard reverse shot into the bottom left of the target
The second half began with yet another Welch reverse stick goal this time finding the bottom right corner to make it 3-0. He was to complete his hat trick soon after from a short corner, sending a powerful drag flick into the roof of the net. This wrapped up what was a remarkable weekend for Welch who had now netted five times in the weekend as well as earning Saturday's man of the match award.
He didn't claim the award for a second time in two days though, as Marc Lewis picked up the accolades for a powerful performance in defence both on and off the ball.
Truro 2nds 7 Plymouth Uni III 0
Truro Ladies' second team started this Trelawney 2 game strongly, with their midfield of Chezzie Waters, Rebecca Row and Emily Coston dominant and it was Coston who put them ahead.
And by half time they had eased into a 5-0 lead with two goals from Rebecca Row, one from Blythe Stedman and second from Coston.
After the interval Row completed her first hat trick with a beuatiful strike into the top corner.
And with five minutes left Phoebe Williams, completed the scoring with a strike the ball from top of the D into bottom left of the goal.
Player of the Match: Phoebe Williams.
Truro II: Emily Osborne (Captain), Rebecca Row, Lauren Woolcock, Emily Coston, Phoebe Williams, Emily White, Blythe Stedman, Elena Symes, Phoebe Goold, Rosie Taylor-Jones, Katy Parkinson and Chezzie Waters.
GREENS ON FIRE:
Truro Junior Hockey Club's U14 Green Squad kept their title hopes alive in the CHA Junior League with another great team performance.
The task was always going to be a difficult one as two of the ten player squad were unavailable, and a third withdrew late on Friday through illness, leaving the remaining seven players (the minimum allowed) to face the penultimate round without the back-up of rolling subs.
But sound tactical play from new girl Molly Browne in at centre half, and continual attacking drives down the right by Amelia Heather helped to set-up good scoring opportunities.
Centre forward Daisy Tudball opened the scoring against Falmouth, finishing a delightful and well worked team goal. Then Megan Gibbs, back in her preferred left wing position following two games boosting the defence, wasted no time with a second.
The second match against Penzance A's was again very close. Having drawn 0-0 in the first round, and being the joint league leaders on points with Truro going into round three, it was a fast and furious encounter with both sides knowing the importance of the result.
The match could have gone either way, with each team creating good scoring opportunities. But on this occasion Truro just couldn't find the final touches needed and Penzance scored late on to win 1-0.
Picking themselves up to play the third and final game of the session against Truro Yellows, the Greens
despite tired legs and the disappointment of their first defeat, played an exceptional game.
A break away chance saw the Yellows steal a consolation goal at 3-1, but with high quality passes coming in from Molly Browne in midfield, the Green forwards had final say with Daisy Tudball and Amelia Heather grabbing a goal each, and Megan Gibbs scoring an incredible five goals to increase her overall tally to 12 across the three rounds.
Third placed Truro High School won their four matches, and so with three sides now on or around the same points, some with games in hand, and varying goal differences, the final stage looks set for a nail biting finish.
Truro Green (U14): Emily McIntosh, Ellie Casanove, Niamh Westgarth, Molly Browne, Megan Gibbs, Daisy Tudball, Amelia Heather.
WEATHER HITS LEAGUE:
Last Saturday at Perranporth Golf Club saw a second consecutive cancellation of the winter league.
With the low pressure dominating our weather at the moment it seems the wind and rain will be around for a while longer.
In contrast the pressure remains high in the overall league table with seven players within five points of each other.
Past captain Steve Cox still leads the way on 85pts, pursued by Mike Allen on 83pts. A further three players are loitering with intent on 82pts, they are James Davidson, Gary Marson and Joe Zammit. Guy Greenland and Robbie Ham make up the top seven, both sitting on 80pts.
There is still time for any player in the league to win it, theoretically, as there are eight weeks remaining and only six best scores to count.
SENIORS BRAVE ELEMENTS:
Despite the atrocious weather, the Killiow Seniors have still managed to hold a couple of competitions in recent weeks.
In the last Roll Up Mike Cornelius won with 38 points whilst Geoff Adams was second with 37 and Colin Holloway was third with 36.
Colin then went on to win the second round of the second Winter Series for the Seniors. He won on countback from Joseph Scott in second place, both scoring 36 points. Jim Smart was third with 35.
TRURO EDGE OUT RIVALS
In tough conditions at Perranporth on Sunday, Truro edged out the home side 3-2 in the first round of the Mail on Sunday competition.
The winners for Truro were Dave Kneebone (6&5), Jack Mewton (3 & 2) and Ben Treleaven (one up), while David Thomas (2&1) and Robbie Ham (one up) won for Perranporth.
Other team members: Perranporth: Phil Wilkes, Steve Sperring, and Kevin Silcocks; Truro: Spike Drew and Simon Bray.