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Duchy League Results - 29th October 2011


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Division One

Grampound 4 - 4 St. Columb Major

St. Columb left Grampound with mixed emotions after squandering a 3-1 half-time advantage, with David Rabone forcing a late equaliser for ten-men Major after a resilient performance from the home side opened up the division one title challenge.

St. Columb made the worst possible start, failing to deal with a first minute Grampound attack on the left that resulted in a deep cross dropping favourably in the six yard box to present the home side with the advantage. The lead was short-lived as Major equalised with their first attack; Aaron Bickell's long throw on the right was flicked on by Dom Roberts into the path of strike partner David Rabone who smashed home a fine left footed half-volley to restore parity after three minutes. The high tempo start continued as both sides looked capable scoring in what turned out to be an entertaining end-to-end encounter.

An early exchange of shots failed to trouble the scoreline and Rabone almost added a second when he headed a deep corner from Roberts marginally over. Despite the game being an open affair, it took nearly half an hour for the next goal; Shaun Lawrence's fine curling delivery was volleyed home from close range by Rabone for his second of the game. Grampound were presented with a great opportunity to equalise, although the intervention of Major goalkeeper Anton Lake somehow prevented what should have proven to be one of the easier goalscoring opportunities of the afternoon to maintain the advantage. Major finally made their possession count when another smart passing move resulted in Tom Hunter creating space on the left to pull the ball back for Roberts to calmly drive the ball low into the corner from close range.

Both teams spent half-time on the pitch in poor conditions and what followed in the second half was incredible and at times bizarre as both teams went for a win. Major started the second half brightly yet it was Grampound who were gifted a fine opportunity when a questionable free kick was awarded to the home side; a lovely curling effort appeared to be heading for the top corner when Anton Lake managed to cover the width of his goal to claw the ball out and over the crossbar for a save of the season contender.

Major, not renowned for sitting back to defend leads, continued to attack and Dom Roberts' smart turn and low drive was spilled into the path of Jean Francois, who took too long to tuck the ball away and was thwarted by a fine goal line clearance. The resulting corner fell to central defender Adam Weller on the corner of the box and a stunning driven shot thumped the crossbar and bounced to safety to deny Weller a first goal of the season.

Major, so often the masters of their own downfall when conceding goals, gifted Grampound a way back into the game when Lake's poor clearance failed to generate adequate distance; the resulting strike on goal was mis-hit straight into the path of a team-mate to slot the ball home with a calm finish to reduce the margin to one goal. The momentum was firmly with the home side and Major yet again allowed their opponents a goalscoring opportunity when a free-kick from the right was resulted in a unmarked header being smartly converted from fifteen yards.

The two quick goals forced Major into a reaction and Shaun Lawrence came close to regaining the lead when his dipping long-range strike was tipped over and Aaron Hawken suffered a similar fate as his left-footed free kick curled around the wall and just wide of the target.

What was already an exciting battle ignited just after the hour mark as the referee pointed to the spot for an infringement that was clearly outside the area, ignoring the flag of the assistant and the bewildering looks from the home team. As so often is the case, Anton Lake made another outstanding save, turning the ball around the post with a full-length save with the spot-kick looking destined for the net.

The game didn't need any further controversy and with twenty minutes remaining the referee had little option but to brandish three yellow cards after a scuffle broke out when Jean Francois was manhandled after a seemingly ordinary challenge. With the last quarter of an hour looming, Grampound had the lead they deserved when a fine move on the left wing resulted in a low cross being turned home from close range.

Major went in search of an equaliser with Rabone leading the attack with a curling strike from range that was tipped wide; the resulting corner was headed straight to the visiting striker who smashed a first time volley just wide of the target from eighteen yards. Alex Bicknell then carved the ball wide with ten minutes left after smart work from Rabone and brother Aaron on the right and it appeared that St. Columb were on track to suffer their first defeat of the season to a hard-working Grampound outfit who had enjoyed a better second half performance.

With both sides looking to add another goal, Rabone was scythed down from behind without punishment and another crude challenge from behind was rewarded with nothing more than a free-kick on the edge of the Grampound area as Alex Bicknell drove goalwards. Aaron Hawken was on hand to curl another fine delivery into the box for Rabone to head home his third from close range to restore parity, a seventh goal in three games for the big target man.

There was yet more controversy in the closing minutes as Major's Shaun Lawrence was booked for a seemingly innocuous collision on the corner of the eighteen yard box. Despite the decision to caution the midfielder, Lawrence collected an inexplicable second booking for his reaction leaving the away team to play out the closing minutes with ten men. Just as both sides prepared for a enthralling few final minutes the referee concluded the game with little time added on.

Grampound were delighted with their point and on another day may have taken advantage of the opportunities presented to them to take all three points; on the other hand, Major, who have enjoyed a fine start to life in division one, will be disappointed to have allowed Grampound back into the game but will be equally pleased to have salvaged an outcome having gifted Grampound the chance to get back into the game.

Newquay Logs and Coal man of the match - Anton Lake.

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Stoke Climsland 3 - 0 Camelford

Fair result today for camelford who.lost to the better more determined side.

Started brightly enough for camels but again spurned their chances.

Stoke are a good side who play some very pretty football and play and trust

their system which is goin to pay for them throughout this season. I think they will

definitely be in the mix come may.Credit to them for managing to make the ball work in

in very tough conditions.

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Premier Sixes 5 Sticker 2.

Josh Mitchell, Tom Currah (2), Karl Olander & Stevie Wotton scoring for the home side.Arguably P6 best performance of the season and victory never looked in doubt despite a weird penalty given against us on the stroke of half time to go in at half time 1-1.

Some inspired goalkeeping by the Sticker keeper kept P6 goal tally for the day to 5!

Big game in Junior Cup against Camelford next weekend...

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A nice report from Michael fairly honest. Apart from none of the goals or chances were gifted but well earned or well deserved goals. My honest opinion is Grampound's desire and application SHOULD and on another day would have gave them 3 points against a talented football side. Our goals were good moves and i think that we derserve more credit for a great team performance. We should have won. And its testomy to our team that I and the manager sat disappointed we didnt claim all 3 points. St Columb are a vert talented side and i wish them the best for the season until we make the short journey your place. :)

Oh and we never go back to the locked changing rooms, as time you walk back there its time to come out again!

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LC Phoenix 1 Calstock 0

Launceston College Phoenix showed their ability to graft out results in this fair yet physical encounter between two competitive sides. Weather conditions and a heavy pitch meant the football was never going to be as spectacular as you might want, but credit to both teams for attempting to thread some decent play together.

Phoenix edged the first half and deserved the lead from a well taken Harry Marsh header. Then the second half was largely about Calstock chasing the game and Phoenix catching them on the counter- attack. Jack Rich made a glorious save and the Phoenix defence, under Kev O’ Donovan’s marshalling, proved resolute and resistant to any Calstock attack. At the other end of the pitch, Harry Marsh and Dave Sharpe ran the Calstock defence ragged, while Jake Collings began exploiting the obvious gaps as Calstock went looking for the equaliser. Unfortunately for Phoenix, the luxury of a two goal lead never materialised, ensuring a gritty battle across the park until the final whistle.

Phoenix could have won by four or five goals, and yet they could have left the field sharing the points; that’s how tight Duchy 4 is proving to be this year, and football at this level is all the better for it.

The White Hart Hotel Man of the Match Award: Harry Marsh

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Division One

Grampound 4 - 4 St. Columb Major

St. Columb left Grampound with mixed emotions after squandering a 3-1 half-time advantage, with David Rabone forcing a late equaliser for ten-men Major after a resilient performance from the home side opened up the division one title challenge.

St. Columb made the worst possible start, failing to deal with a first minute Grampound attack on the left that resulted in a deep cross dropping favourably in the six yard box to present the home side with the advantage. The lead was short-lived as Major equalised with their first attack; Aaron Bickell's long throw on the right was flicked on by Dom Roberts into the path of strike partner David Rabone who smashed home a fine left footed half-volley to restore parity after three minutes. The high tempo start continued as both sides looked capable scoring in what turned out to be an entertaining end-to-end encounter.

An early exchange of shots failed to trouble the scoreline and Rabone almost added a second when he headed a deep corner from Roberts marginally over. Despite the game being an open affair, it took nearly half an hour for the next goal; Shaun Lawrence's fine curling delivery was volleyed home from close range by Rabone for his second of the game. Grampound were presented with a great opportunity to equalise, although the intervention of Major goalkeeper Anton Lake somehow prevented what should have proven to be one of the easier goalscoring opportunities of the afternoon to maintain the advantage. Major finally made their possession count when another smart passing move resulted in Tom Hunter creating space on the left to pull the ball back for Roberts to calmly drive the ball low into the corner from close range.

Both teams spent half-time on the pitch in poor conditions and what followed in the second half was incredible and at times bizarre as both teams went for a win. Major started the second half brightly yet it was Grampound who were gifted a fine opportunity when a questionable free kick was awarded to the home side; a lovely curling effort appeared to be heading for the top corner when Anton Lake managed to cover the width of his goal to claw the ball out and over the crossbar for a save of the season contender.

Major, not renowned for sitting back to defend leads, continued to attack and Dom Roberts' smart turn and low drive was spilled into the path of Jean Francois, who took too long to tuck the ball away and was thwarted by a fine goal line clearance. The resulting corner fell to central defender Adam Weller on the corner of the box and a stunning driven shot thumped the crossbar and bounced to safety to deny Weller a first goal of the season.

Major, so often the masters of their own downfall when conceding goals, gifted Grampound a way back into the game when Lake's poor clearance failed to generate adequate distance; the resulting strike on goal was mis-hit straight into the path of a team-mate to slot the ball home with a calm finish to reduce the margin to one goal. The momentum was firmly with the home side and Major yet again allowed their opponents a goalscoring opportunity when a free-kick from the right was resulted in a unmarked header being smartly converted from fifteen yards.

The two quick goals forced Major into a reaction and Shaun Lawrence came close to regaining the lead when his dipping long-range strike was tipped over and Aaron Hawken suffered a similar fate as his left-footed free kick curled around the wall and just wide of the target.

What was already an exciting battle ignited just after the hour mark as the referee pointed to the spot for an infringement that was clearly outside the area, ignoring the flag of the assistant and the bewildering looks from the home team. As so often is the case, Anton Lake made another outstanding save, turning the ball around the post with a full-length save with the spot-kick looking destined for the net.

The game didn't need any further controversy and with twenty minutes remaining the referee had little option but to brandish three yellow cards after a scuffle broke out when Jean Francois was manhandled after a seemingly ordinary challenge. With the last quarter of an hour looming, Grampound had the lead they deserved when a fine move on the left wing resulted in a low cross being turned home from close range.

Major went in search of an equaliser with Rabone leading the attack with a curling strike from range that was tipped wide; the resulting corner was headed straight to the visiting striker who smashed a first time volley just wide of the target from eighteen yards. Alex Bicknell then carved the ball wide with ten minutes left after smart work from Rabone and brother Aaron on the right and it appeared that St. Columb were on track to suffer their first defeat of the season to a hard-working Grampound outfit who had enjoyed a better second half performance.

With both sides looking to add another goal, Rabone was scythed down from behind without punishment and another crude challenge from behind was rewarded with nothing more than a free-kick on the edge of the Grampound area as Alex Bicknell drove goalwards. Aaron Hawken was on hand to curl another fine delivery into the box for Rabone to head home his third from close range to restore parity, a seventh goal in three games for the big target man.

There was yet more controversy in the closing minutes as Major's Shaun Lawrence was booked for a seemingly innocuous collision on the corner of the eighteen yard box. Despite the decision to caution the midfielder, Lawrence collected an inexplicable second booking for his reaction leaving the away team to play out the closing minutes with ten men. Just as both sides prepared for a enthralling few final minutes the referee concluded the game with little time added on.

Grampound were delighted with their point and on another day may have taken advantage of the opportunities presented to them to take all three points; on the other hand, Major, who have enjoyed a fine start to life in division one, will be disappointed to have allowed Grampound back into the game but will be equally pleased to have salvaged an outcome having gifted Grampound the chance to get back into the game.

Newquay Logs and Coal man of the match - Anton Lake.

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Padstow 3 - 2 Tintagel

A poor performance from the league leaders, Padstow as they struggled to overcome Tintagel, who looked nothing like a team

who had not won a game so far this season.

Padstow took an early lead and could have been 3 in front in the first 10 minutes but failed to take their chances.

Tintagel grew in confidence and started to play some nice football and thoroughly deserved their equaliser after 25 minutes.

They were very much in the game and created a few chances of their own and could have easily gone in at half time in front.

The second half started in the same manner as the first with the home team pressing but Tintagel went in front after some sloppy defending from the home side.

The away side could sense an upset and really worked hard to keep Padstow away from their goal.

Padstow did not help themselves as they to often were guilty of giving the ball away to cheaply.

With 20 minutes to go Padstow drew level thanks to some poor defending at the far post.

This lifted Padstow who started to look a bit more like the team at the top of the league.

They went back in front with the goal of the game following a great delivery from a corner by Simon Press

the ball was met by Jake Charles and his header gave the keeper no chance.

Tintagel never gave up and caused a few heart stopping moments and could have snatched an equaliser right at the death but it was not to be.

No doubt Tintagel went away feeling disappointed at not taking at least point with them from Jury Park.

If they continue to play like they did today then their first win surely will come sooner rather than later.

Well played to Jock and his boys.

Not a great game from a Padstow point of view but still another 3 points on the board.

They say its the sign of a good side when they don't play well and still win.

On the plus side we never gave up and battled right to the end.

Played some decent stuff towards the end of the game but no where near the standard they have set so far this season.

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A nice report from Michael fairly honest. Apart from none of the goals or chances were gifted but well earned or well deserved goals. My honest opinion is Grampound's desire and application SHOULD and on another day would have gave them 3 points against a talented football side. Our goals were good moves and i think that we derserve more credit for a great team performance. We should have won. And its testomy to our team that I and the manager sat disappointed we didnt claim all 3 points. St Columb are a vert talented side and i wish them the best for the season until we make the short journey your place. :)

Oh and we never go back to the locked changing rooms, as time you walk back there its time to come out again!

Mike very good report as normal. We went into the break 3-1 up with out even breaking stride or playing well really. All goals we gave to grampound falling to clear our lines giving the ball away. I cant relly remmember a part in the game that grampound made more than 3 passe. hit and hope was the moto most of the game. we played against 12 men the ref totaly backed grampound the whole way :SM_carton: . A penalty that was 2 yards outside the box clearly the markings were their. :SM_carton_y: :SM_carton_y: 2 yellows for shaun which was hardly a foul in the first place. it was the most inconsitent performance from a ref all season. Only mins before shaun picked his 2 yellow cards up, one of our players have been put up in the air with out a talking to. But we came away with a point and a good wake up call. Time for us to get back to playing the football we can. Credit where it is due Grampound are a very hard working side will pose a good threat when playing at home on that pitch.

Good luck for rest of season. :clapper:

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st dennis 4-looe town 1

at last we win a game,after the recent shambles that we have been thru it was nice 2 c every player that started on the pitch 4 st dennis put the effort in n get the rewards of a win,no complaints,massive well done 2 the boys!!

not gonna bother sayin anything bout the ref

goals 4 st dennis were from adam gamble,stuart bell and nathan sussex had 2

looe had the better chances but cudnt finish which has been very similar 2 our season so far,good luck 2 looe 4 the season

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'playmaker10' - it is interesting that you see things differently, I felt that St. Columb allowed Grampound back into the game when it was relatively under control, however, I agree that no matter how the chances are created, they still have to be converted and the opportunities were well taken. It was definitely the best game I've seen all season and a great advert for Duchy League football.

'ontheball' - the intelligent part of your reply appears to be missing? Would you like a shorter report for the forum? I take the full report that goes in the newspaper/on the website and on the club facebook page and copy it, but if you'd like to see a condensed version on here then feel free to offer something constructive...

Whilst we're on the topic of offering something constructive, if the report was so lengthy and boring, why on earth would you quote the whole thing in your reply?!

'cornishlegend' - I understand the disappointment, although we've not paid too much attention to anything other than our own game in recent weeks whilst we've been taking three points; I agree that it is a wake up call after a very promising start to the season, although the start that St. Columb have made to this season has exceeded the expectations of everyone involved with the club and it is great to see such a fantastic atmosphere, much improved facilities and some great football being played - certainly banishes a few memories from the last couple of seasons!

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On the ball obviously not, ALL YOUR POST at just digs at people just grow up and get a life, and try to promote your team if u are involved with one. Micheal i look forward to read your reports each week and will carry on to do so. Yes yesterday was not great with poor reffing st columb was in control of game but made some mistakes and credit to grampound took those chances, to sum it up a good point away from home (should of been 3) on a hard pitch to play football, credit to grampound for not giving up and a poor ref FOR BOTH SIDES. kEEP IT UP MIKE WELL DONE

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Padstow 3 - 2 Tintagel

A poor performance from the league leaders, Padstow as they struggled to overcome Tintagel, who looked nothing like a team

who had not won a game so far this season.

Padstow took an early lead and could have been 3 in front in the first 10 minutes but failed to take their chances.

Tintagel grew in confidence and started to play some nice football and thoroughly deserved their equaliser after 25 minutes.

They were very much in the game and created a few chances of their own and could have easily gone in at half time in front.

The second half started in the same manner as the first with the home team pressing but Tintagel went in front after some sloppy defending from the home side.

The away side could sense an upset and really worked hard to keep Padstow away from their goal.

Padstow did not help themselves as they to often were guilty of giving the ball away to cheaply.

With 20 minutes to go Padstow drew level thanks to some poor defending at the far post.

This lifted Padstow who started to look a bit more like the team at the top of the league.

They went back in front with the goal of the game following a great delivery from a corner by Simon Press

the ball was met by Jake Charles and his header gave the keeper no chance.

Tintagel never gave up and caused a few heart stopping moments and could have snatched an equaliser right at the death but it was not to be.

No doubt Tintagel went away feeling disappointed at not taking at least point with them from Jury Park.

If they continue to play like they did today then their first win surely will come sooner rather than later.

Well played to Jock and his boys.

Not a great game from a Padstow point of view but still another 3 points on the board.

They say its the sign of a good side when they don't play well and still win.

On the plus side we never gave up and battled right to the end.

Played some decent stuff towards the end of the game but no where near the standard they have set so far this season.

Thanks to Padstow for being a well run club and giving us a good match report. The game was played by the players in good spirit and was entertaining to watch. Looking forward to the return fixture.

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St Mawgan 3 - 1 Probus

Standard conditions at St Mawgan, downhill wind with spots of rain which make it very difficult for the team going up the hill. St Mawgan went up hill in the first half and went in to the brake 1 nil down form some bad marking from a corner, Probus had one more good chance with a one on one but Mawgans new goal keeper made himself big and forced the shot wide. We had some good chances in first half as well and feel we should have had a penalty.

Mawgan dominated the second half downhill with the wind and equalized not long after halftime through a head form sean lambert from a corner. A good passing move from Mawgan lead to Darren Roose scoring a second and another move with Olsen scoring the third with Lambert and Chris Leach heavily involved. Mawgan had more chances to score with the keeper making some good saves.

Ref had a good game and showed some common sense where cards could have been shown which was great to see and explained why he didnt give the penalty to us after the game.

Thanks to the lads from Probus for coming into the bar after the game, I think everyone who came with them came in which is rare for travelling sides

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