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Calor Southern League & South West Peninsula League preview 23/11
Calor League Premier Division
Truro City v Biggleswade Town
Truro City face a visit from fellow mid-table team Biggleswade Town this weekend, as they look to move into the top half of the Calor League Premier Division.
With both teams locked on 19 points, this promises to be tight fixture with not much to pick between the two sides.
City go into the game on the back of a mid-week defeat to Chippenham, where a poor ten minutes saw them concede three goals which ultimately cost them the game.
Biggleswade meanwhile will be travelling to Treyew Road full of confidence. The visitors are unbeaten in their last five fixtures, winning three.
Nat Peacock has been on fine form for the Waders this season, scoring almost half their goals in the league. City manager Steve Massey will be hoping he has a quiet afternoon on Saturday.
Both teams will believe they can take three points from the match, and the White Tigers boss will be aware of the importance of beating teams around them in the league - especially with both teams facing midweek games against higher-placed opposition.
With both sides level on points and goals scored, it will undoubtedly be a closely contested fixture. However, the fact that City have played three games more and have a considerably worse defensive record could work in Biggleswade's favour.
Prediction: Truro City 1 – 2 Biggleswade Town
South West Peninsula League - Division One West
Helston Athletic v Wadebridge Town
Helston Athletic will be looking to take advantage of their games in hand and close the gap on the teams above them when the play host to Wadebridge Town this Saturday.
Wadebridge meanwhile will be looking forward to getting back to league action after over a month without a match - their last game being a 5-3 victory at home to Perranporth.
Having won five out of their last six games, scoring 27 goals in the process, Helston are on the march up the table and currently sit fourth. Only Dobwalls have halted them in recent weeks, beating the Blues both home and away.
Wadebridge’s form over their last six league matches is almost identical having won five and only lost to Dobwalls.
The Blues boast one of the league’s best defences and most potent forward lines, placing in the best three in both goals conceded and goals scored. A crucial part of that attacking threat is striker Mark Goldsworthy, who has notched up an impressive 12 goals already, seeing him sit fourth in his bid to retain the golden boot.
These are two in-form teams and it will no doubt be an evenly fought game, but Wadebridge’s lack of league action and Helstons home advantage may play a part.
Prediction: Helston Athletic 3 – 2 Wadebridge Town
Porthleven v Dobwalls
Porthleven may find it tough when they come up against a Dobwalls side that has won three out of their last four games, only narrowly losing out to Truro City in a seven-goal thriller last week.
Tenth-placed Porthleven sit comfortably in mid-table, 12 points above relegation and 11 points off third.
An impressive draw at home to Penryn Athletic last time out will give them some belief going into Saturday’s match at Gala Parc. It was important that they bounced back with a good result following their crushing 8-0 defeat to Sticker the week before.
Dobwalls have been on an impressive run themselves, and currently sit sixth in the league, seven points above the Fishermen.
Their sixth place standing is in thanks partly to their forward line that boasts an impressive 35 goals, 24 of which have been scored by strike partnership Martyn Hake and Harry Hook.
Hake is currently the league’s top-scorer with 15 goals, while Hook has notched nine himself.
The Fishermen haven’t got the best defensive record, shipping 30 goals in 12 games - something that Dobwalls will look to exploit.
Prediction: Porthleven 1 – 2 Dobwalls
Bude Town v Truro City
Bude Town will hope they can pick up some much needed points this weekend when they face a visit from seventh placed Truro City.
City will be on a high after their dramatic 4-3 win over Dobwalls last week, which saw them leapfrog Wadebridge and get themselves to within three points of the top four. Their form has been somewhat up and down of late, winning two and losing two of their last four games, so Bude will take some hope from Vospers Oak Villa taking three points from the White Tigers.
However it’s a different story for the north Cornwall club, who sit second-bottom and have lost 10 of their 13 league matches this season.
The Truro frontline will be hoping to add to their goals tally as they come up against the league’s poorest defence, which has conceded a staggering 42 goals in just 13 games.
If City hope to chase down the promotion rivals above them then they have to be beating teams at the foot of the table, and after a good result against Dobwalls last week they shouldn’t face any problems this weekend.
Prediction: Bude Town 0 – 3 Truro City