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Launceston 5 Foxhole 2

Saturday 18th August 2007

Keen for a game after both Padstow and St Mawgan pulled out of recent friendlies, depleted Foxhole must now regret agreeing this visit to Launceston who, bolstered by first teamers Dan Rogers and Dan Tilley, were four goals up within 20 minutes and generally embarrassed the Foxes with some clever play.


By converting Banks' cross from close range, Tilley opened the scoring with only 90 seconds on the clock before doubling the lead from 20 yards moments later, his low shot completely deceiving Holland who appeared to jump over the ball. Banks then struck a post with a curling free-kick from the edge of the box, the award of which was merely the first of a gamut of entertainingly ludicrous decisions by the home referee.


On 15 minutes, Warne failed to deal with Tilley's trickery, miskicking straight to the flowing mane of Justin Lee Collins lookalike Dan Rogers, who gleefully thumped home emphatically. It was difficult to tell which was actually longer: the golden locks of the ubiquitous Rogers, or the Pennygillam pitch, which was so in need of cutting, some of the more vertically challenged Foxes were prone to vanishing from view before reappearing with faces covered in grasshopper droppings.


Andrews made it 4-0 after running unchallenged from somewhere near Holsworthy while Tilley nearly added a fifth but his drive was tipped over, as the visitors were constantly torn apart like a Siegfried and Roy dress rehearsal. However, on 27, Warne released Adam Holland who cleverly planted his effort beyond the keeper.


With only assistant manager Paul Philp on the bench, the same eleven had to soldier on after the break, but some pride was restored with a battling performance and the creation of several chances that, with more composure, may have inspired an unlikely fightback. Although Turner scored the Clarets' fifth after 55 minutes, Foxhole looked the more threatening as Lean, Holland and Panter all went tantalisingly close before Nicholls brilliantly controlled Warne's cross 12 minutes from time, dummying both Cox and Harris, and rolling the ball into the corner.


Soon after, Warne burst clear but his finish lacked conviction; the damage had been done, though, in that kamikaze opening period. Hopefully a stronger squad will travel to Porthleven on Wednesday (7.30pm).

FOXHOLE(3-5-2): Ryan Holland 5; Adam Rowe 5, Jeff Dillon 6, Dave Grose 6; Matt Lean 5, Jason Warne 5, Andrew May 5, Steve Panter 6, Mark Rowe 6; Liam Nicholls 6, Adam Holland 6.

Sub: Paul Philp 5.

LAUNCESTON(3-5-2): Matt Harris; Shaun Cox, Andy Sleep, Matt Hodgetts; Paul Banks, Joe Smith, Liam Dart, Dan Rogers, Matt Andrews; Dan Tilley, James Turner.

Subs: Richard Graves, Micky Rowles, Andy Hunt.

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