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  1. Hello folks. I blogged about Porthleven's League Cup game with Falmouth Town Reserves on Tuesday night and have now received a statement from Port's new chairman, Rob Hichens, about the club's plans for the future. Read all about it, as they say, at thecupfootballblogger.wordpress.com. See https://thecupfootballblogger.wordpress.com/2021/10/15/breaking-news-official-statement-from-porthleven-fc/
  2. I was at the Porthleven game and agree with most of this report. It was an enjoyable cup tie. I was on the opposite side of the ground to the dugouts so can't comment on the the claim of a homophobic slur other than to say that something like that is simply not acceptable. I hope the club is taking steps to investigate these claims.
  3. Result tonight in the Intermediate Cup: Sticker Reserves 0 Illogan RBL 5. The visitors scored three times in the final 10 minutes of the first half and twice more in the first 20 minutes of the second to cruise into the second round.
  4. According to Truro City's Twitter feed, their midweek game at home to Dorchester is off because the visitors are having petrol problems.
  5. According to the Cornwall FA website, Sticker Reserves v Illogan RBL is on Tuesday night, not this afternoon. Is that correct?
  6. Just to mention that my blog from this game is now online at thecupfootballblogger.wordpress.com I believe this is the link https://thecupfootballblogger.wordpress.com/2021/09/17/compare-and-contrast/ It does quote the Razor61 report quite a lot! It also features some action from the Lincolnshire League clash between Wyberton and Horncastle Town, which I visited while on holiday in that part of the world.
  7. My blog from the Rosudgeon v Mawnan game is now online at thecupfootballblogger.wordpress.com I don't mention the narrowness of the pitch!
  8. My blog from the Wendron Reserves v St Day game is now online at thecupfootballblogger.wordpress.com
  9. These video highlights are well worth a watch. Proper job. Meanwhile, my non-video thoughts on this game, and the Millbrook v Mousehole clash on Tuesday night, are now online in my blog at thecupfootballblogger.wordpress.com
  10. Hi Dave. Yes, I know the background and, from here, it looks as if the Combo and East Cornwall missed their chance to protect their status - they would have been the obvious choices to be the step 7/feeder leagues for Cornwall and then the St Piran League need not have been instigated. As it is, the SPL now has that status and the Combo and ECPL are classed as grassroots and therefore of no higher a standing than the Trelawny and Duchy. So we now have four so-called grassroots leagues in Cornwall. Is that really necessary? Wouldn't combining them into just two be less cumbersome? As I said before, I am sure it is all a bit more complicated than that but, well sometimes the simple solutions are the best.
  11. I am a relative new boy to Cornish football, having only been down here for about 10 years and with no in-depth knowledge of or feeling for local football history - and my main interest is obviously in cup football, as my user name would suggest - but couldn't all these arguments be settled by actually combining some of the leagues now? I know it is something that has been mooted before but thought it might be worth another airing. I have no axe to grind with any league in Cornwall, and certainly not with any of the people who work so hard to run the leagues, but didn't the creation of the St Piran League change the landscape entirely? Couple that with the wider FA reorganisation, which has seen the "upward movement" of a number of Cornish teams, isn't now the right time to think about reshaping the leagues in Cornwall? (OK, not right now as the season is about to start, but maybe some time very soon!) From where I stand, it would make sense to combine the Combo and the Trelawny in the west and the Duchy and East Cornwall in the, er, east and then they could logically feed into the respective east and west divisions of the St Piran League. To try to preserve some of the history of these leagues, perhaps the west league could be called the Trelawny Combination and the east competition could by the East Duchy League? That, to me, would be a simpler and more easily understood structure. And then rows about teams being "upwardly moved" from, say Trelawny Division 2 to the Combo, should disappear, although I am sure we will all still find something to argue about! I am sure the answer is never going to be that simple but this solution does make sense to me. But, wherever you play or watch your football this season, and in whatever competition, I hope you all enjoy the season ahead. Let's hope it is an entertaining and, hopefully, complete one. Cheers.
  12. I think it was a penalty and I think the Danish player went down just as easily for the free-kick from which they scored. I think at whatever level you watch or play there are lots of things that could be classed as cheating, from diving to claiming a throw-in when you know it came off you. It can all be classified as cheating if you want but the reality is that it happens all the time, everywhere. That might be sad but it is true. No, I am not having a laugh. I was just saying I don't see why England players should solely be picked on when every team does it. The Danish free-kick from which they scored came from a player throwing himself to the ground but I haven't heard the same level of criticism of that. I agree that "simulation" by anybody should be dealt with much more harshly. That would be wonderful but I don't think it is going to happen. So, instead of just picking and choosing who we want to criticise for it, EVERYONE who does it, whoever they play for, should be criticised. And I still think it was a pen! 😁
  13. With regards to the England penalty, Sterling did go down easily but was touched, both on the back leg and the hip. It happens every week in football. It was one of those where you'd want it if it was for you and would argue if it was against you. Also, the free-kick for the Danish goal came from a player throwing himself to the ground to try to win a foul, which he got. When England do it, it's cheating, when others do it, it's professionalism. And do you think Italy have reached the final without being a bit "professional" at times? No, me neither. Come on England!
  14. I think Oke do have plans in place to improve their ground. I know a lot of tidying up work was done a couple of seasons ago after they had dropped out of the SWPL and I have heard tell of plans to now fence it in etc, although I don't know of anything concrete (pun intended). I still think the ground is in a lovely setting, with the river running by and the moorland hills in the background. There is also a new sports centre by the school on the other side of the ground so a lot has changed in recent years. But, yes, they do still have a lot of ground grading work to do.
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