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  1. Paul Collings

    Duchy League & Cup - Saturday 10 November 2018

    League Cup = Dobwalls 3 - 2 Lifton Nipped a couple miles up the road to Lantoom today a bit concerned that the weather was going to be a problem but it stayed dry all match. A good, entertaining first half saw the second division visitors make the most of third division Dobwalls' defensive frailty and go two up after just ten minutes thanks to goals from Ben Sims and Liam Cairns. Dobwalls were creating chances but thwarted by a very sound Lifton 'keeper. The home side eventually drew level before the break, Ben Gaynor and Sam Humigan on target, to set up a great second half but it failed to live up to expectations. With a couple of minutes remaining, and the less than welcome prospect of extra time looming, Scott Corson grabbed a winner for Dobwalls. The match was confidently handled by young referee Josh Morford (nearly everyone but George Wright is young to me now). As always it was great to relive the 70s and put the football world to rights with Dobwalls' regulars, Andy, Graham and Adrian.
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    Junior Cup Draw

    I think Gwinnear versus Boscastle might be beckoning - can we get a half time cuppa there ?
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    Duchy League - Saturday 3 November 2018

    This is a topic that definitely divides opinion. Of course the rules are inconvenient to some clubs and players, some times. On balance I think it is better to have some restrictions than none 21 days rather than 28 came into force this season. One player, one club is simply not practical unless it were an FA directive covering the whole of the country because every league would have to agree. It would certainly be less fair on clubs with one team and goodness knows what sort of transfer chaos there would be. There is a procedure for changing rules but it is not quite as simple as that. Many of the FA's Standard Code Rules cannot be changed and that has nothing to do with the leagues. Any rule changes that are correctly proposed (and allowed by the FA) would get put to the member clubs for voting on at a general meeting - it is not in the hands of the league officers. The simple fact is that clubs hardly ever bother to propose any changes.
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    Duchy League - Saturday 3 November 2018

    Its 21 days for the Duchy League and as has been pointed out many times on here, the players are not classed as senior or junior status.
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    2019/20 restructure

    Meeting cancelled due to a lack of interest ! This must be the biggest change in the local game for years, its a bit bizarre that nobody seems to care.
  6. Pensilva 5 - 3 Gerrans & St Mawes Pensilva dominated the first half and were comfortable 5 - 1 leaders at half time. Excellent spirit from GSM saw them take the game by the scruff of the neck after the break and after ten minutes it was 5 - 3 - game on. This was great for a neutral spectator and it was a really well contested and entertaining second period, no further goals though and Pens deserved their win. The old school refereeing by George Wright (as featured on tv !!) plus a good half time cuppa and lovely post match pint & chat all made for a great afternoon. Looking forward to going on my travels with the chairman for the third round.
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    Stoke Climsland 2nds?

    Stoke Climsland FC has not withdrawn a team and does only have the one team (Division One). At the beginning of the season officials outside of the Duchy League managed to remove them completely from the Full-Time/Wholegame systems but then when they were reinstated they appeared in both Division One & Two. Believe it or not, it is apparently not a simple matter to get rid of the false entry. Totally out of the Duchy League's control. The eagle-eyed of you out there will also notice that St Dominick & Pensilva are listed as 'reserves' when both clubs only have the one side and Dobwalls & Lostwithiel Reserves are so good 'they named them twice' (to quote ol' blue eyes). That's technology for you ! It wasn't like it in the good old days, just had to cross it out then.
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    Duchy League - Saturday Oct 20 2018

    Div One. St Dominick 5 - 0 Tregrehan Mills The Millers have a big, strong, experienced side that will earn plenty of points along the way but not when up against a youthful, lively side like St Dominick has. A two goal lead at the break was a good reflection of the first half, a good standard of football being played by both sides and in the right spirit but with the visiting strikers not giving the home defence too many problems even though they had plenty of attacking moves. St Dominick were pretty dominant after the break and kept up the pressure right to the final whistle notching up three further goals along the way. Thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in the sun at Lovells Park. Alan Shaw's handling of the game with the whistle added to the enjoyment - hardly knew he was there.
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    2019/20 restructure

    just a reminder for anyone interested. On Wednesday 31st October at 7pm Cornwall FA will be hosting an open forum for clubs, leagues and any interested parties in relation to the Southwest League Re-structure in 2018-19 (for season 2019/20)It will be an opportunity for clubs to meet members of the new committee who will be sitting on the new Step 7 League as well as gain insight and information on funding opportunities for clubs who may wish to apply to, not only the new league, but also The Peninsula League at Step 6. In addition we will look to answer any questions people may have about the proposed new set-up and the effect it may have on football in Cornwall.If you wish to attend please email or call Richard Pallot richard.pallot@cornwallfa.com 01208 262983
  10. I am very pleased to confirm that the Duchy League has a new general secretary. He is Nanpean based Derek Walker and his email address is - duchyleague@outlook.com The League has been fortunate to secure Derek's services as it heads into an uncertain future for grass roots local football. .
  11. You only have to look at the distances involved in the three walkovers to understand the main problem Mullion to Launceston, St Teath to St Just and Ludgvan to Saltash Doesn't bode well for two countywide leagues next season.
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    Duchy League - Saturday 6 October 2018

    Div Three = Liskeard 2 - 7 Polperro Two good teams on show first half, some feisty tackles going in but nothing nasty. Liskeard took the lead after 30 minutes but the visitors had gone 2-1 up by the break. The second half was a different story as Liskeard fell apart and the goals kept coming for Polperro. Thanks to Liskeard for supplying a stand in referee for the first half and to Allen Johns for coming out at very short notice to handle the second.
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    Duchy League - Saturday Sept 29 2018

    bad behaviour (allegedly) - a referee's report will go to the Cornwall FA and once dealt with the League will consider the outcome. Until all that happens, somewhere down the line, further comment wont be helpful
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    Duchy League - Saturday Sept 29 2018

    Div Four - St Cleer Reserves 8 (i think) - 1 Delabole First Duchy game of the season for me (not feeling the love yet) and the scoreline says it all. St Cleer better in all respects but the visitors were a good bunch of lads (several older lads) and kept at it. It does make you wonder if at say 5 nil it wouldn't be better to call it a day and retire to the pub ! Mr Chairman went to see North Petherwin entertain Foxhole Stars in the Premier Division and enjoyed a cracking match which was a credit to the League. It ended honours even at 2 - 2. Petherwin took a two goal lead but Foxhole deservedly grabbed two late goals. to secure a point. Referee Richard Butter was on top form to add to the enjoyment of all concerned. I think it will be really tight at the top of the Premier Division this season.
  15. With some Junior Cup ties postponed yesterday there will obviously be some fixture changes for next week (Sat 29th) and the Duchy fixture secretary wont be able to sort all these out until he has confirmation from Cornwall FA (and possibly ECPL if any of their games are affected). Absolute pain in the whatsit for Dan Code so please be patient and keep on eye your your Full-Time messages etc.