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looking down the premier division results for boxing day it looks as if most games went to form or were typical boxing day derby scorelines.bodmin towns 2-1 win at st blazey was a game worthy of a draw but sometimes you might not play all that well and grind out a result and 3 points is what is all about at the end of the day. if i was to pick out a result of the day it wuld be between the excellent point earned at home by ellburton villa,s 3 3 draw at home to high flying parkway not forgetting they took a 8 2 pasting 2 weeks ago down at falmouth and of course saltash united,s 3-1 home victory over liskeard athletic which sees them extend their lead at the top of the table and on a very good run at the moment.

so dare i now to ask the question who for the prem title my prediction is it will come down to 1 of 4 teams

saltash current leaders parkway previous tabletoppers falmouth town and bodmin town,any differences of opinion although we all know anybody can beat anyone on their day just ask liverpool about their game against reading, not that i have anything against liverpool as they came up on my football coupon this afternoon just a shame charlton at norwich city and hibs at killmarnock did not read my script.

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Porthleven 3, Penzance 1 (ht 0-0)

Porthleven returned to the top of the division one west table with a deserved Boxing Day derby victory over Penzance at Gala Parc.

The Magpies competed well in a fairly even first half, despite having to survive a couple of nervous moments, but these were really brought upon themselves. Keeper Craig Nicholls had to deal with an underhit back-pass from defender Darren Holsey which almost allowed Port's top scorer Andy Westgarth in, while Liam Devine hammered the ball against his own crossbar when trying to clear Westgarth's right-wing cross on the half-hour.

Former Magpies' winger Kevin Lawrence was in impressive form on the right for the home side and he and Steve Warr came closest to breaking the deadlock, but the visitors deserved to be level at the break after producing a vastly improved showing on recent weeks.

However, the second half was to prove a very different story, as Porthleven stepped up a gear, while the Magpies, and it must be said, referee Ian Roberts, completely lost their way.

The home side came out all guns blazing after the restart and after six minutes Lawrence was denied by the woodwork when he turned and fired a shot against the right post, but five minutes later Port were ahead when the Magpies conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box, which Mark Hollands' duly despatched into the top right corner which gave Nicholls no chance.

And Lawrence again played a big part in Porthleven's second goal which put the game out of reach; Westgarth was afforded acres of room down the right he burst down the wing and played in Lawrence, who in turn delivered a pinpoint cross for Warr and he made no mistake with a good finish into the top corner.

Substitute Steve Brewer almost added a third within moments of coming off the bench, heading just over, before the Magpies scored what proved to be little more than a consolation goal after 73 minutes when Wayne Quinn's corner was bundled into the net by Liam Devine.

A succession of bookings and finicky decisions by whistle happy referee Roberts blighted the closing stages of a game which had been played in fairly good spirits, and it was from one such bizarre decision that Porthleven scored their third. Substitute Jason Robertson, who played for the Magpies at the start of last season, was red carded, apparently for retaliation after what appeared a fairly innocuous challenge. But with the home side awarded the free-kick on the edge of the box, it was Hollands who was again the scourge of the Magpies by curling the ball over the defensive wall and into the far corner to wrap up three points for Gary Marks' men over his old club.

The biggest news of the afternoon however, was yet to follow from the visitors' dressing room afterwards, with Wayne Quinn announcing his departure from Penlee Park. He will be rejoining his old club Hayle, managed by his father Colin. Opinion appears to be split on whether Quinn's exit will prove to be good news or bad for the Magpies, but they will nevertheless be hoping for a six-point return from their next two games against struggling Foxhole and St Austell, to reignite their flagging campaign.

PORTHLEVEN: Sid Taylor; Mark Hollands, Martin Day, Hugh Howlett, Steve Warr, Jamie Burr, Jamie Thirkle, Nigel Thwaites, Andy Westgarth, Glen Rogers, Kevin Lawrence. Subs: Steve Brewer (for Thwaites), Jason Robertson (for Warr), Scott Rogers, Matt Fox.

PENZANCE: Craig Nicholls; James Greet, Jamie Devine, Darren Holsey, Liam Devine, Steve Burt, Stuart Reynolds, Wayne Quinn, Paul Cox, Steve Hancock, Nick Pugliese. Subs: Dan Stidwell (for Hancock), Liam Bennett (for Cox), James Street (for Holsey).

Bookings: Port - Day, Warr, G Rogers. Penzance - Burt, Holsey, J Devine, J Greet.

Man of the Match: Kevin Lawrence.

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Don't think you're a million miles away with your comments there CTB. As for big fish, the likes of Mousehole, Dobwalls and Camelford seem to have coped very well without.

Having spoken last night to a member of the Pz team, he told me that he expects there to be a completely different atmosphere in the home changing room on Saturday, and that they might be able to play without the added burden of being chastised for every mistake they've made by a player who let's face it, should never be playing at this level of football in the first place...

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