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Porthleven 1 Foxhole 2

Tuesday 17th March 2009

Foxhole thoroughly deserved their win after a tremendously gutsy display at Gala Parc. After surviving two early scares when Butler had to head off the line Burr's lob, and Warne was required to do likewise when Holland lost the flight of Burchell's inswinging corner, the battling Foxes enjoyed the best of the half, their intelligent football constantly threatening to prise open a Porthleven defence affected by Brown's premature withdrawal through injury. Pennington tipped over Butler's drive and, following a flowing move, Nicholls found Friendship twelve yards out but his finish was wayward, before Griffin was denied a blatant penalty when he was upended by Laity. Soon after Bromley's powerful 35-yard drive had been parried for a corner, Griffin seized on Nicholls' assist to lob home seven minutes from the break and Friendship almost doubled the lead when he raced on to Nicholls' flick but Pennington smothered the shot.

The second half began in similar vein, Griffin's effort being deflected into the grateful arms of the keeper and Adam Holland's overhead kick amidst a goalmouth scramble bouncing agonisingly off the top of the bar. However Porthleven then had their best spell as Young's left-footed effort struck an upright and Holland brilliantly saved Reynolds' volley from the edge of the box, while referee Christmas again incurred the wrath of the visiting faithful with a series of controversial decisions, not least when May's tackle on Reynolds was deemed worthy of both a free-kick and a booking. Fortunately Burchell was less than clinical from numerous dead-ball opportunities and his frustration was evident when he was cautioned for a foul on Nicholls, until, with a quarter of an hour remaining, his volley flew past Holland for an equaliser that had been coming for some time. The names of both Day and Williams were taken for poor challenges on Butler as the match continued to be entertainingly feisty, but, with Port pressing for a winner, Nicholls' hopeful cross from the right was headed past his own keeper by Laity on 83 minutes. Although Lawrence's shot through a crowded area near the end was well fielded by Holland, Foxhole saw out time relatively comfortably to clinch a famous victory.

Foxhole (4-4-2): Ryan Holland 8; Matt May 8, Jason Warne 8, Mark Rowe 8, Phil Hobbs 8; Andrew Butler 7, Richard Griffin 7, Adam Holland 8, Adam Bromley 8; Liam Nicholls 8 (sub. Lewis Prince 6), Kyle Friendship 8.

Porthleven (4-4-2): Richard Pennington; Matt Laity, Martin Day, Wayne Brown (sub. Paul Ainscough), Jamie Burr; Kevin Lawrence, Chris Strike (sub. Richard Young), Josh Kemp, Darren Burchell; Mike Vanes (sub. Danny Williams), Stuart Reynolds.

Referee: Mr Paul Christmas (Truro) 6.

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How long will Capeling last if he does return ? That back problem of his seems to have really caused alot of problems for him over the last few seasons, which is a real shame for the player coz he certainly knew where the goal was when he was at Perranporth :drink:

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How long will Capeling last if he does return ? That back problem of his seems to have really caused alot of problems for him over the last few seasons, which is a real shame for the player coz he certainly knew where the goal was when he was at Perranporth :drink:

I have it on good authority B) that this may be the last time he trys to get back to playing again!!! :(

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