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  1. The Peninsular West title race was kept on the boil on Saturday as both Liskeard and Porthleven lying first and second respectively at the start of play in the Carlsberg Peninsular Division One West had tricky, possible banana skin games and neither would want to slip up and drop points in their chase for the title. Liskeard home to Plymouth Marjon were backed by all the on-line prediction league pundits to win by 3/4/5 and even 6 goals. Unbeaten this season and top of the league that was understandable, but I recently watched Marjon and I felt they were a better side than their league position suggests. And so it proved as Marjon went to Lux Park and earned a point holding Liskeard to a 1-1 draw with James Lorenz once again on target for Liskeard. At Peninsular West level he's a young man that is proving prolific. What I also like about him is he's a not just a goal scorer but a player as well and a joy to watch. Despite his goal that was Liskeards third draw on the bounce ! BLIP, or falling away ? Time will tell. At Gala Parc Porthleven played fourth place St Dennis who again are another good well organised side, difficult to beat and another potential banana skin.. Tom Annear and Heydon Dark, playing in what appeared to be a 4-2-3-1 formation, held the Porthleven midfield together in front of the Porthleven defence and broke up St Dennis's attacks, but for much of the game creativity or vision in front of them in the final third could have been better and the team lacked a natural central playmaker. Dark had a super shot early on in the game, creating his own space before hitting the ball from outside the box and beating St Dennis keeper Ryan Holland, but the ball hit the bar and rebounded safely back into play. Porthleven were unlucky not to be ahead a few minutes later. A through ball saw striker Matt Drummond offside but with hands up showing he was not interfering with play. Porthleven's Dan Hindmarsh had run from deep, and collecting the ball ran on and swept it past Holland. The linesman flagged for offside, in my opinion wrongly and the referee correctly (but wrongly) going with his linesmans decision disallowed a perfectly good goal. On 29 minutes Tom Annear, making his home debut after rejoining the Fishermen from Falmouth Town, picked up a loose ball, and with one touch to set unleashed a shot from 35 yards which dipped over the keeper under the bar and bulged the back of the net. 1-0 Porthleven. A few minutes later Tornado Bello ran at pace into the St Dennis penalty area and looked to trip over his own feet. Cue howls from the St Dennis players but Bello did not look to claim a penalty and jumping to his feet gave chase after the ball. No penalty, no booking ..correct decision. Prior to the game stand in Porthleven keeper Richard Kellow could be seen flicking shots over the bar as players warmed up their shooting boots. In the 36th minute that warm up practice stood him in good stead as a close range effort from Carl Rickard was pushed over the bar by a left hand thrown out diving up and backwards and pushing the ball away over the bar to safety for a corner. 1-0 half time. The second half saw St Dennis show why they are having a good season as they looked to use the wind to catch Porthleven by playing early forward balls on the break. That tenacity and effort combined with some team play through the centre saw them rewarded with an equaliser from a shot into the bottom left corner by their leading scorer Carl Rickard. At 1-1 both teams were pushing in search of a winner, but the Fishermen looked to carry the greater threat and when that man Bello with back to goal on the corner of the six yard box was taken down from behind, this time a penalty was both claimed and awarded. Tornado Bello stepped up himself, stuttered, went again stuttered and shot. Keeper Ryan Holland stood tall as long as possible before dropping close to his left side. He saved the shot, but couldn't quite hold and the ball had just enough weight on it to bounce and squirm under the unlucky keeper. 2-1 Porthleven. In all the shouting, and protesting over the award of the penalty, perhaps St Dennis's most influential player on the day, midfielder Aaron Beresford was sent off, presumably for something he said to the referee? Shame as he was excellent on the ball and having a very good game until that moment. The final fifteen minutes saw George Molcher come on for Porthleven and his composure in the hole helped Porthleven look after the ball much better in advanced play and create more scoring opportunities. However ten man St Dennis were not quite finished either and with minutes remaining a massive goal mouth scramble eventually saw the Port keeper drop on the ball right on his goal Iine to keep the 2-1 score line in tact and see Porthleven take over at the top of the Carlsberg Peninsular league division one table. An enjoyable, incident packed game, not technically great, but a determined collective workman like win against a difficult opponent for Porthleven and they were made to fight all the way for their table topping victory ...My man of the match for leading by example, scoring a great goal and all round driving determination and fighting spirit, TOM ANNEAR. Finally in a sometimes feisty encounter I thought referee Darren Winkworth had a very testing game and sometimes under great verbal pressure, he appeared to keep his mind clear, was excellent in the main and in my opinion got most decisions correct. This Saturday Porthleven are home to Holsworthy 3.00 kick off, and Liskeard are away to ST DENNIS.. 2.30. Kick off.
  2. If the above and Twitter is correct and Tom Annear has or is signing then that could be a great bit of work by Alan Carey and Kevin Richards and shows how committed they both are to Porthleven's progression. Hard to believe Falmouth would let such a quality player out of their grasp. An Attacker, Tornado Bello and now Tom Annear (?) will give more strength to the side down the spine and great cover across the back or holding midfield. If it's correct good luck to Tom who rarely put a foot wrong when playing for Falmouth and would be a massive asset to Porthleven''s promotion bid. GOOD PLAYER..
  3. A big Saturday in the Penisular West saw Liskeard hang on to top spot of the slippery promotion pole as Lyle Johnson grabbed a last minute equaliser at home against Mousehole. Second place Porthleven had a thumping 8-2 home win over Bere Alston with new signing Tornado Bello, in the absence of leading score Matt Drumond, playing up through the middle and hitting four goals on his debut. As the Porthleven players left the pitch the word around the terraces from those on Twitterworld was that Mousehole had beaten Liskeard 1-0 and the Fishermens wIn would take them back to the top of the league. That news was fans jumping the gun by literally seconds because by the time the players reached the edge of the pitch the update and correct final score came through the ether with Liskeard scoring in the 89th minute meaning Liskeard had held on to top spot AND to their undefeated league status. Well done Liskeard and unlucky Mousehole. Mousehole apparently had dominated possession and scored first through Paulo Sousa only for Liskeard who had been dangerous on the break, to earn what was twittered as "a draw probably being the right result." A frantic end to end finish saw both Liskeard and Mousehole both have a further chance to win the game. Down West, after banging in 8 goals it's hard to be critical of Porthleven's rampant high scoring win but whilst 8-2 is emphatic it was not overall as convincing as the score suggests. From the first minute, 1-0 , third minute 2-0 the result was never ever in doubt, but once again with more key players unavailable there were periods where although relatively untroubled by a hard working Bere Alston, Porthleven could have done with someone to bark out orders and kick a few backsides when the tempo dropped or passes were not crisp, accurate or sharp enough. I think the team done well, but they could have done even better. With the arrival of Tornado, and when the injured/unavailable players return, Porhleven now appear to have good cover for all positions with the possible exception of centre back. If a strong, influential leader could be found to sign and play there then I believe Porthleven could continue and reinforce their own great start and go REALLY close to the top of the league come May and more importantly continue to chase down that promotion to the Peninsular Premiership. A BIG plus for Porthleven on Saturday was the return of the first of the long term injured in defender Chris Wormington who came on for the last ten minutes. Everything seems to be moving in the right direction for the Fishermen. Wel done Porthleven players and their management, It's warming up into a terrific title race in the Peninsula West and it's great to watch and enjoy at both ends of the county...Roll on Saturday.
  4. There are not to many posts regarding Peninsular West sides which is a shame as there are some good teams and good players, particularly in the top half of the division. Would make interesting reading to have more match report posts to read and get a little insight into all the Penisular West clubs. For those interested and given Liskeard v Mousehole fixture today, here's a short personal overview of those teams currently at or near the top.. Mousehole. A quality, pacy, great passing pressing footballing side. They create LOTS of scoring opportunities but although having scored 37 in 10 games could easily have had so many more with better finishing. As I've said on a previous post, probably the best technical side in the division and a pleasure to watch. Liskeard. Another tidy side, unbeaten in the league, but not a patch on Mousehole's possession based football. Often play on the break with attacking wing backs perhaps create fewer game chances than Mousehole but have a clinical finisher in James Lorenz. By no means a one player team but Stop Lorenz, Stop Liskeard ? Porthleven.. The underdogs ? Pre Season predictions did not see Porthleven feature as a top three-or even with few, if any, as a potential top five candidate this term. Attractive football from the back and through the thirds with early balls, usually from wide to the striker (s) has brought 41 goals in 11 games. They can play good early passing football but also have a bit of grit and a little know how. Have had so many short and long term injuries Alan Carey and Kev Richards have done incredibly well to keep picking up the points and keep the team firing. The Fishermen could go back to the top of the league this afternoon if they can beat Bere Alston and if Mousehole were to win at Liskeard! A side that has shown they can dig in when the going gets tough. Apologies to Wadebridge and St Dennis who are also in the top group but I can't really give an opinion on them having not seen enough of them yet..?. It's tight at the top, great to follow, often good football to watch and certainly all to play for at the top of the Peninsular West league.. Couple of hours to kick offs? ENJOY..
  5. Will Mousehole be the first team to topple leaders Liskeard. A massive game Peninsular game involving the unbeaten Liskeard and arguably on their day the best footballing side in the Peninsular West, Mousehole. Mousehole need the win to move them up closer into contention, Liskeard need the win to maintain their good start and bounce back from last weeks draw at Penzance. Intriguing game.. If the Seaguls get their quick passing, pressing game together it's Mousehole for me. Should be a great game to watch.
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