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Duchy League results - Saturday 3rd Dec


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St. Columb Major 1 - 0 Foxhole Stars

A fortuitous late goal from Shaun Lawrence proved enough to give St. Columb Major another home win after an interesting battle at The Recreation Ground. A great deal of hard work resulted in a tidy looking pitch despite the overnight rain, although the heavy conditions were in favour of the away side as they sought to win a point with a defensive performance.

Major had the first opportunity within five minutes as Ali Bicknell found David Rabone on the right, who curled the ball just wide with the outside of his right boot from the corner of the area. Within a matter of minutes Foxhole had the first opportunity to open the scoring when a long ball could not be capitalised upon and was subsequently cleared by Simon Mitchell, who was returning to the Major line-up after almost a year-long absence. Leading scorer Dom Roberts tried an outrageous backheel from eighteen yards when the visiting goalkeeper spilled a routine cross, although the effort lacked power and was cleared by a defender on the line. A quick clearance by stand-in goalkeeper Casey Hawkey, who scored in the earlier encounter a Goverseth as an outfield player, was collected by Ali Bicknell who found David Rabone with a smart pass; Rabone turned his marker and drove a left footed shot straight at the goalkeeper from the edge of the area.

Foxhole squandered another presentable opportunity when through on goal and a third opportunity went begging with Foxhole players seemingly lacking in confidence in front of goal. After half an hour Major had their best chance to open the scoring; a deep cross from Aaron Bicknell was headed on by Dom Roberts into the path of Rabone, who side-footed the ball onto the post with the rebound failing to be convered by the outstreched boot of Roberts.

Mitchell had to be replaced on the half-hour mark due to injury and soon after Jean Francois outjumped his marker to flick the ball goalwards, however, his header went straight into the grateful hands of the Foxhole goalkeeper. Another quick move between Roberts and Rabone resulted in Francois sliding in at the far post, with his effort wide of the target. Roberts, who held the ball up well during the game, smartly controlled the ball and released a short pass into the path of Scott Weadon who took the ball in his stride and hit a low drive that was deflected marginally past the far post.

Major were quickest out of the blocks in the second half and Rabone's low curling shot slid agonisingly wide of the far post with the goalkeeper scrambling across his goal line. The pattern continued as Foxhole defended resolutely, as a result attacks from the away side were few and far between as the visitors failed to trouble goalkeeper Hawkey.

Major continued to create chances and were unfortunate not to go ahead when Shaun Lawrence struck a curling free-kick from thirty yards that arced over the wall and onto the crossbar with the goalkeeper beaten. Foxhole continued to defend in numbers and smart work on the left resulted in Weaden side footing a lovely curling effort from the edge of the area that crashed into the crossbar and away to safety. At this stage it appeared that St. Columb were going to be thwarted by a combination of resolute defending and a little bit of misfortune after a series of attacks failed to result in the opening goal.

After a long-range strike went high and wide, fortune was very much on the side of Shaun Lawrence as his right wing cross sailed over everyone and into the top corner for the winner. With time running out it appeared that Foxhole were going to squeeze a valuable point out of the league leaders until Lawrence intervened and although there was a degree of luck involved, St. Columb continued to play football and the goal proved appropriate reward for the substantial volume of attacking play and possession as the home side.

There was still time for an Ali Bicknell strike to be correctly chalked off as he crept offside and late substitute Dominique Engola was tripped in the box, only for the referee to decide that the advantage would be played as he tried to stay on his feet with the ball being cleared.

Foxhole worked hard and will feel a little hard done by to walk away with nothing and will rue the earlier opportunities that may have had a significant bearing on the outcome of the game, however, Major stuck to their task and patiently carved out a winning goal, even if it did arrive in less than conventional circumstances.

Newquay Logs and Coal man of the match - Scott Weadon

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St. Columb Major 1 - 0 Foxhole

St. Columb needed a little bit of good fortune this afternoon after a Shaun Lawrence cross flew into the top corner with ten minutes remaining after a resolute defensive performance from visiting Foxhole.

Major hit the woodwork on three occasions and with time running out it appeared that Foxhole were going to squeeze a valuable point out of the league leaders.

Whilst there was an element of fortune about the goal, Major were camped in the Foxhole half for a large part of the game and should have taken advantage of some presentable opportunities, however, Foxhole worked hard and will feel a little hard done by to walk away with nothing. The game could have been very different had Foxhole shown a little more composure in front of goal, with three attacks breaking down when there was a clear numerical advantage.

Well done Foxhole, you worked tirelessly and you did deserve at least a point out of this game, you should feel proud that you defended and played so well until they scored ten minutes from the end. It was a very good match to watch. Good luck to St Columb for the rest of the season.

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St. Columb Major 1 - 0 Foxhole

St. Columb needed a little bit of good fortune this afternoon after a Shaun Lawrence cross flew into the top corner with ten minutes remaining after a resolute defensive performance from visiting Foxhole.

Major hit the woodwork on three occasions and with time running out it appeared that Foxhole were going to squeeze a valuable point out of the league leaders.

Whilst there was an element of fortune about the goal, Major were camped in the Foxhole half for a large part of the game and should have taken advantage of some presentable opportunities, however, Foxhole worked hard and will feel a little hard done by to walk away with nothing. The game could have been very different had Foxhole shown a little more composure in front of goal, with three attacks breaking down when there was a clear numerical advantage.

Well done Foxhole, you worked tirelessly and you did deserve at least a point out of this game, you should feel proud that you defended and played so well until they scored ten minutes from the end. It was a very good match to watch. Good luck to St Columb for the rest of the season.

St Columb 1 – Foxhole 0

A game on paper that may of looked like an easy win for St Columb. There is no doubt that St Columb are the team to beat in Duchy 1 this season and no doubt they will find themselves in Duchy Prem

next season. In my two seasons at Foxhole i have only come across one better footballing side than St Columb and that would of been last years Torpoint Duchy Prem side.

Anyway Foxhole have been steadily improving for the last 4 weeks and today took on St Columb at the rec in St Columb.

The first half was quite evenly contested by both teams. Foxhole had a few clear cut chances when Nathan Lee went through on goal with just keeper to beat, but he did nt connect with the ball well and the ball just did nt make it to the goal line. Foxhole had other chances in front of goal but failed to find that goal that was needed.

St Columb also had there chance to in the 1st half, more than Foxhole, just not so clear cut.

2nd half Foxhole were penned back by St Columb and St columb had the better chances. Foxholes workrate and heart kept St Columb at bay for most of the 2nd half, although most of the play was with St Columb. Foxhole dug in kept the score to nil nil until 10mins to go when Columb netted from the right winger who was 35yds out and popped the ball in for a cross back post, but dropped in the foxhole net. Foxhole had 3 clear chance in the second half but Ayden Rundall to be ruled off side on going through on goal on all three.

The score finished 1nil to St Columb.

To sum up from the Foxhole camp – Foxhole are improving week on week at the moment and have come along way as a young team. Foxes worked hard to close down every ball from St Columb today and of course the foxes players were disappointed with the result. Which is good that these lads really do care.

Proper Cornish Foxhole man of the match- difficult this week as the whole team played so well, so the whole team.

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boscastle 1-2 st dominick !! this was a good game considering the conditions of the weather and heavyness of the pitch both side tried to play football and in the 1st half was a fairly even afair with only 1 goal from boscastles dean faverau the difference , half time , in the 1st 20 mins of the 2nd half boscastle were put under a lot of pressure from st dominick with attack after attack which resulted in a foul about 25 yrds out central to the goal which from the resulting free kick dominick had there equaliser but keeper should have done better the about 3 mins after st dominicks no 10 who had a great enfluecnce all game took the ball down the right and avaided 3 tackle to chip the ball in over the keeper to the awaiting striker 2-1 for next ten mins boscastle were trying to hang on and then for last 10 mins we managed to get on top and had quite a few oppertunitys to get what i felt would have been a deserved equaliser but was not to be , also st dominick were a threat on the break in last 10 and went on for the 3 points , would like to wish st dominick all the best for rest of the season great bunch of lads who play some nice football

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