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Richard Rundle

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  1. Really strange scenes at St Mawgan, as the referee abandoned the game with less than 2 minutes left then 5 minutes later un-abandoned it and played out the remaining time! To be honest, he'd not been having one of his better games beforehand but that's life, we all have good days and bad days. Launceston had taken the lead midway through the first half somewhat against the run of play when a forward broke through in the box and beat the keeper with a fierce shot at the near post. The home team equalised before the break when some fine work on the right hand side by player-manager Ash Bicknell found a team mate unmarked in front of goal to sidefoot home. Second half, not much went on and it looked like the game was heading towards a 1-1 team with bot teams deserving something out of the game, when the ever snappy Sam West got a sin-bin for dissent and the hosts were reduced to 10 men. To be fair, both he and the Launceston No. 5 could have got a yellow card proper for a confrontation not much earlier. Two minutes to go, Launceston got a free kick just in from the corner flag. The ball was crossed in much like a corner and the ref blew the whistle. Neither team really seemed to know what was going on for a minute but it was for a penalty for Launceston for holding off the ball. A Launceston player stepped up to take the spot kick, sent it to the keeper's left but it hit the post and bounced safely away. Within a fraction of a second, the ref blew for the penalty to be retaken, not sure it it was for encroachment or the keeper coming off his line. Cue some understandable disappointment from the Mawgan players, but nothing abusive, shouting or seemingly too much at all. The ref then decided he had had enough and shouted "game abandoned" and proceeded to walk off leaving both teams baffled. Just as spectators were getting in to their cars, I could see the Launceston players filing back on to the field. I shouted out of my car window "What's going on?" and one of them said that he had decided to change his mind and re-start the game. The game restarted with the re-taken penalty not before the ref had incorrectly explained to the keeper where he need to stand while the ball was struck and Launceston scored second time around. Within the time remaining, Launceston perhaps should have had a second spot kick for a foul, but understandably he decided to keep his whistle quiet and the game petered out. Well done to Launceston for earning the 3 points, well done to Mawgan for hosting their first ever game at this level, but not well done to the man in black, I don't like criticising refs but when he acts like that it's hard not to. Still the game needs referees (I hear the Ruan Minor game was postponed due to the lack of a ref) and doubtless the CCFA will back him to the hilt. FT - St Mawgan 1-2 Launceston reserves
  2. At lease the St Piran league has grounds listed against fixtures on their Full-Time site. On the Devon League Full-Time, apart from Bere Alston where they've got the correct info, all the other grounds are just listed as "Roselands 1st", Paignton Saints 1st", Watcombe Wanderers 1st etc. Not very helpful.
  3. Both teams that shipped 10 on Saturday went out and won in midweek.
  4. Too small of sample size to determine whether there's going to be many big hidings or not. Review again nearer Christmas.
  5. Morwenstow 2-10 St Mawgan Well at half time this looked like a close game, with the scoreline being 2-2. Even then, it was clear who were the better side as St Mawgan had by far the lion's share of possession. After the break just about every time they went forward they looked dangerous with Craig Allen notching 5 goals, Sam West a couple and one for Bonar Maull to add to a fantastic first half FK from Aaron Hawken and an own goal. Morwenstow took an early lead through Harry Savage and went 2-1 up through Norman Foster, but that was as good as it got for the home team and it looks like it could be a long season for them if they play like this every week. As for St Mawgan, it's a spectacular start to life at Step 7, but they will surely face tougher tasks as the season progresses.
  6. Did North Petherwin withdraw their application? If not, it appears they have been shunted to the back of the queue again.
  7. Sorry, you are wrong. Regulation 7.2 of the National League System rules states: "Reserve teams, including a team from a club or Club which is not considered by the LC to be sufficiently separate from another club or Club, will not be permitted to compete above Step 6 in the NLS. There must be a minimum of two Steps between a first and reserve team. This does not apply at Steps 6 & 7. No two teams from the same Club can play at the same Step. Reserve teams currently at Step 5 can remain unless relegated, once relegated they will not be permitted to be promoted back to Step 5."
  8. The club "Swindon way" was Andover. They were all up for promotion from Step 5 to Step 4 when their major sponsor pulled out, and they had to cut their cloth accordingly. As a reward for this, they were demoted to Step 6, all their players left and they ended up next to bottom of that level. This bit " In the past clubs that have pulled out of step 4 have not been called voluntary relegated and the those at the bottom saved, " is not true, clubs pulling out either mid season or giving notice of doing so at the end of the season, have always been placed notionally at the bottom and therefore taking up one of the relegation positions.
  9. Just like the East Cornwall League wasn't broken back in 2006 when someone decided to "fix" it by adding a second division and we end up with a situation like now where 8 of the top 9 teams are reserve sides.
  10. Looks like it Dave, with Mousehole res the next option if a reserve team pulls out or North Petherwin if a first team does so (with the restriction of 50% reserve teams)
  11. Has the Devon equivalent got a name yet?
  12. Chaddlewood play at Yealmpton, off the main road through the village opposite a farm shop type place. Last time I had data for Plympton, they were at Devonport High School 3G along with several other teams.
  13. Yes, there has been a relaxation of the 25% reserve teams rules to enable the new leagues to be set up. I hope this relaxation is temporary, as the FA do seem to be bent on making everything completely uniform across the country, regardless of different needs in different areas.
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