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Matchday Live: Falmouth Town 4 Elmore 4 FT
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- FOOTBALL: Town's game against Elmore survives the bad weather.
- Wendron face Dobwalls in the third round of the Cornwall Senior Cup.
- Porthleven travel to St Dennis in SWPL division one west.
- RUGBY: Falmouth Eagles travel to Newquay buoyed by their crushing 65-0 victory against Veor last weekend.
- Penryn's home game against Kingsbridge is postponed.
Meanwhile you can read a match report from today's game here
We'll have reaction from Town boss John Dent, and midfielder Harry Evans shortly.
It's all over. Falmouth manage to salvage what may be a vital point in their quest to stay up after a real thriller at Bickland Park.
Elmore win a corner in the dying moments!
Batchelor hammers a long range effort just wide of the upright as Falmouth go searching for the winner.
Would you Adam and Eve it! Harry Evans scores his second of the game with another cross cum shot from way out wide on the right that somehow managed to evade Joe Moore and bury itself in the far corner.
HARRY EVANS SCORES THE EQUALISER!
Evans earns yet another corner, but the delivery is terrible and Elmore clear.
Into the last three minutes at Bickland Park, and Town trail 4-3. Gary Pascoe urges them on from the dugout. John Dent, still serving a touch line ban, sits stony-faced in the stands. It's not looking good at the moment.
Another week, another howler. This time it's stand-in keeper Richard Kellow who races off his line to claim a ball at the feet of Tom Tricker, but misses completely, gifting Tricker the simplest of finishes for his second of the game.
A spell of pressure from Town ends with a deep cross into the Elmore back post being bundled over the line by second half sub Andy Westgarth. No less than Town deserve!
Tom Whipp let's loose with a shot from 20 yards out, but it's miles wide.
Time running out for Town.
We're into the 77th minute at Bickland Park. Elmore lead Falmouth Town 3-2.
Manager's son Liam Dent is about to come on for Town. Rob Wearne makes way (76)
Referee Lee Dudman warns James Blake, who gave him a mouthful after a decision went against him.
James Skinner isn't so lucky. He lunges in on Tom Whipp and earns a yellow card.
It's all Falmouth until Elmore break and Richard Kellow is forced into what can only be described as a left back's save.
Town defend the corner.
Harry Evans earns Town another corner. He's been the best player in a yellow and black shirt this afternoon.
Exmouth have doubled their lead and make it 2-0 #cornishfootball #cornishscores— @AFCSTAUSTELL 25 January 2014
Just over an hour played at Bickland Park, and Falmouth trail Elmore by three goals to two.
RT @Ron_ejuleff: Launceston 1-1 godolphin, 57 j lowry #cornwallscores #cornishfootball— @SportCornwall 25 January 2014
RT @_tomhowe_: FT: Newquay AFC 2-2 Hayle #cornishfootball— @TCFC_Official 25 January 2014
Tom Tricker goes into the book for kicking the ball away.
Gary Bell smashes a shot from the edge of the box into the roof of the net after Rob Wearne does brilliantly to keep the ball in on the right. Wearne put that on a plate for Bell. Great finish.
A lifeline for Town!
Town squander another chance when Whipp and Batchelor link up well down the right but Whipp's cross is over hit.
Danny Tapp puts Elmore 3-1 up with a scrappy finish from close range following a corner. Poor defending from Town. There were two green-shirted players queuing up for it.
Disaster for Town. It's an uphill battle from here.
Sounds like some game at St Dennis.
Here at Bickland Park Ross Pope thumps a tame volley wide of the upright. Elmore struggling to get out of their own half at the moment.
RT @dan_peeters: Full time st Dennis 4-4 portleven #cornishfootball #cornwallscores— @SportCornwall 25 January 2014
Town still playing 4-2-3-1. Westgarth looks like he'll play just off Wearne.
Andy Westgarth preparing to make an appearance for Town. Looks like Ed Timmons is the player coming off. (50)
Good start to the second half for Falmouth, as Gary Bell's long range effort drifts over the bar. Town have started brightly. Elmore under pressure.
RT @dan_peeters: St Dennis 4-4 portleven!!! @Martin_8x with the goal #cornishfootball #cornwallscores— @GarethRowett 25 January 2014
Teams making their way out for the second half. Can Town salvage something from this? Just a goal separates the two sides.
What a result for Wendron! They reach the next round of the Cornwall Senior Cup after beating Dobwalls 3-2 away from home.
I'll say it again. What. A. Result.
And it's not just them. Combination League St Day have dumped division one west Penzance out of the competition too.
Senior cup full time - Dobwalls 2 Wendron 3, St Day 3 Penzance 2— @mikesampson15 25 January 2014
RT @dan_peeters: St Dennis 3-3 portleven..st Dennis were 3-0 down #cornishfootball #cornwallscores— @SportCornwall 25 January 2014
How did Gary Bell miss that? A ball in to the back post drops to his feet, but his shot, if you can call it that, dribbles into the grateful arms of Joe Moore.
Whistle blows for half time, and after a great start which saw Harry Evans open the scoring for Town, they trail 2-1 thanks to a world class strike from Brett Worbey, and another belter from Tom Tricker, despite claims of offside.
Still everything to play for in the second half. Town have created enough chances to suggest they can get something from this game.
Dfc 2-3 wendron. #cornishfootball— @DobwallsFC 25 January 2014
...and it's almost a repeat of the opening goal, as the ball beats both sets of players and bobbles out at the back post.
Evans does brilliantly to find Wearne with a chipped ball into the six yard box. Town win a corner...
Ed Timmons delivers a superb ball deep to the back post but Whipp, arriving late, can't keep his header down.
Falmouth knocking at the door but Elmore still lead 2-1 with four minutes left of the first half.
Tom Whipp storms into the box on the right and lashes a low drive at goal that whistles past the far post with Moore beaten.
Better from Town.
Lee Jeffrey is lucky boy. A ball over the top finds the feet of Blake, and Falmouth are stretched again. But the linesman on the far side raises his flag, despite Jefrrey playing him onside.
Town enjoying a spell of pressure.
Dom Batchelor latches on to. Tom Whipp through ball and cracks a volley at goal, but it's easy for Joe Moore.
Games been a bit nightly these last few minutes. Some spicy tackles going in from both sides.
80th min Chris Tolley scores st day 3-1 Penzance— @Cornishfootball 25 January 2014
Elmore look so dangerous on the break. Ian Wheatley darts down the right wing and delivers a low ball into the box that stand-in keeper Richard Kellow parries with his legs.
Elmore looking the better side at the moment. They lead 2-1.
Falmouth sub: Scott Kellow replaced by Lee Jeffrey (32)
@Packetsport HT Falmouth Eagles 5_ Newquay 3 #cornishrugby— @tzsphotography 25 January 2014
Tom Whipp jinks his way past three players, plays a short pass into the path of Rob Wearne on the edge of the six yard box.
Wearne cracks a low drive at goal that keeper Joe Moore can only get a hand to, and Harry Evans, racing in at the back post, knocks in the rebound.
Town players wheel away to celebrate, but the linesman's flag is up. No goal!
FALMOUTH GOAL DISALLOWED!
Tom Tricker, playing on the shoulder of marker Ed Timmons beats the offside trap, raves into the Town penalty area and thumps a low drive past Richard Kellow.
offside? Certainly looked that way.
Elmore go 2-1 up!
Elmore looking dangerous thee last few minutes. Harry Evans is having a good game for Town, but too many passes are going astray in midfield, and there are big holes at the back which Elmore have done their best to exploit.
Brett Worbey draws Elmore level with a stunning first time strike from the edge of the box which beats Richard Kellow at his near post.
Absolute worldy, that.
Lee Radford goes in a little too hard on Timmons and earns a yellow (16)
Penzance grab a lifeline - three minutes later they've pulled a goal back - St. day 2-1 Penzance— @Cornishfootball 25 January 2014
The visitors almost equalise straight from the kick off. They have a three on one situation inside the final third, but the final ball across goal for Blake is cut out by Ed Timmons.
It went straight in from the corner, with Elmore's back four and keeper Joe Moore powerless to do anything about it.
The perfect start for Town!
Harry Evans puts Town a goal up!
St Day go two up against Penzance. Here at Bickland Park Town have their first corner of the game.
Boon makes it St day 2-0 Penzance 54th min— @Cornishfootball 25 January 2014
James Blake sends a free kick well over the bar from 25 yards out after Tom Whipp conceded a clumsy foul.
Town looking to play striker Rob Wearne in behind the Elmore back four, but the final ball's been poor and Elmore have been doubling up on him.
Not much to report in the opening few minutes. It's been bitty, with few passes finding feet and no attempts on goal from either side.
Falmouth just about edging it in terms of possession.
I think we have the entire Helston team, including manager Sid Taylor, and former Blue Liam Eddy in the stands at Bickland.
And we're off.
Today's referee: Lee Dudman from Plymouth.
Rugby, and Camborne's game against Clevedon has been delayed because the posts have blown over...
No such trouble here at Bickland Park. We're seconds from kickoff
Confirmation of the goal scorer at Vogue Park.
Ht - St Day (M Davies) 1-0 Penzance— @Cornishfootball 25 January 2014
No game at the Memorial Ground for Penryn this afternoon. I presume that's due to a waterlogged pitch, but we've had no confirmation either way
Here at Bickland Park we're just under ten minutes from kick off.
There's a chill wind whipping around Bickland Park. Scarf and glove affair this afternoon.
I have neither, obviously.
TRY! @chrisfuca comes close but Priddey finishes. 8-0 to the Reds. #cornwallscores https://t.co/pgmf68ly8k— @RedruthRugby 25 January 2014
Sounds like we have a couple of crackers on the cards in the Cornwall Senior Cup.
Wendron raced into an early lead at Dobwalls, but the home side have just equalised, while at Vogue Park St Day have taken the lead against Penzance.
Dfc 2-2 wendron. Hook equaliser #cornishfootball— @DobwallsFC 25 January 2014
St Day take lead in senior cup at home to Penzance— @Cornishfootball 25 January 2014
Elmore have arrived.
Team news just in: J Moore, I Wheatley, L Fraser, D Tapp, B Worbey, J Skinner, L Pike, D Veale, J Blake, L Radford, T Tricker.
Subs: J Welch, S Harris, L Thomas.
And a great start for Port away at St Dennis in division one west.
What a start for WENDRON away at Dobwalls.
Porthleven take the lead on extremely soft surface at St Dennis after nine minutes #cornishfootball— @GarethRowett 25 January 2014
Dfc 2-1 down #cornishfootball— @DobwallsFC 25 January 2014
So we're barely 25 minutes from kick off and still no sign of today's opponents Elmore. We may be looking at a delayed kick off at Bickland Park.
The pitch really has held up well. Credit to the ground staff here at Bickland Park.
Town out warming up. Elmore yet to arrive.
Bit worrying given it's 2.20pm.
Falmouth lining up in a 4-2-3-1 as they did last week, with Gary Bell and Ross Pope screening the back four.
Doubtless Town will miss Richardson in midfield. He scored both their goals against Liskeard last week, and might even have bagged himself a well-deserved hat-trick.
Richardson was clear on goal when he pulled up clutching the back of his leg.
Team news just in for Town
Falmouth Town: R Kellow, S Kellow, J Cooper, H Howlett, T Whipp, G Bell, E Timmons, R Pope, D Batchelor, H Evans, R Wearne.
Subs: A Westgarth, L Jeffrey, E Fearne, L Dent.
Some early team news for Falmouth, and it's a shock. Steady yourselves...
Richard Kellow starts in goal for Town. You read that right. Ethan Fearne, Town's second string keeper, may not feature at all. Kellow, who returned to Bickland Park recently after an abortive spell at Newquay earlier in the season, usually plays left back.
Odd one, that.
Nearing kick off in our 2pm starts. In the Cornwall Senior Cup third round Wendron face Dobwalls, while elsewhere St Day host Penzance.
We'll provide updates as and when we get them.
Here at Bickland Park, John Dent will be without the injured Dan Richardson this afternoon. The midfielder pulled his hamstring last week against Liskeard.
Harry Evans, back from England Colleges duty, may be asked to deputise in his absence.
Pitch at Bickland Park proving popular with the local wildlife. It's held up well considering the hammering it's received.
Time to take our leave of Packet Towers and head up to what we expect will be a muddy Bickland Park for today's featured game: Falmouth Town v Elmore.
They're all big games for John Dent's side at the moment, but today, like last weekend's match against Liskeard Athletic, is a must-win.
Elmore are just a place above Falmouth in the SWPL premier division, and three points would put daylight between Town and the clubs in the drop zone.
Here's how the premier division table looks ahead of this afternoon's games. We'll be back soon.
It's a massive day for Wendron United, who will finally face Dobwalls in the third round of the Cornwall Senior Cup (kick off 2pm). It's perhaps the biggest game in the club's short history.
But they won't be overawed by the occasion. Paul Murray's side have been superb form this season. They sit second in the Combination League, eight points behind leaders Illogan but with a game in hand.
They last played on January 11 when they hammered struggling Troon 9-0 at Under Lane. Dobwalls are, of course, a very different proposition.
The home side are fifth in division one west at the moment, they've done the double over Helston, they've beaten Wadebridge...it's going to be tough for the 'dron.
But as Murray told the Packet a fortnight ago, Wendron have nothing to lose. They'll enjoy the occasion and play without fear. A Combination League side they may be, but in Kirk Davies, Luke Wort, and Jason Roberts they have players of real pedigree who have played at a higher level.
Dobwalls won't have it all their own way, that's for sure.
Pitch is looking lovely @DobwallsFC #cornishfootball http://t.co/XPipFC7tF4— @JoshGilbert9 25 January 2014
Senior Cup Dobwalls v Wendron and St Day v Penzance survive the weather. Results and next round draw Radio Cornwall 5.30pm #cornishfootball— @cornwallfa 25 January 2014
Guessing that has something to do with the state of the Memorial Ground pitch after all this rain, but we'll wait for confirmation on that.
Penryn's game at home against Kingsbridge is off.
So happy football is on today!! #OneMorePort #BlackAndYellow http://t.co/Qna2baZKqB— @JackProwse 25 January 2014
This just in:
Confirmation that the Referee has called off both today’s First team game and tomorrow’s Ladies game at Treyew Road due to a waterlogged pitch. After checking the pitch earlier today I have to agree with the decision. Yes it’s a nice day today and the pitch looks playable but the reality is that it is saturated. Steve Massey now prepares for Tuesday’s away first team match at Stourbridge and second team promotion push match next weekend.Truro City chairman, Peter Masters
Boom the 3rd team game is ON away too st buryan good luck lads first game in 7 weeks— @PenrynAthletic 25 January 2014
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For those of you wondering, Truro City's Calor Southern League home game against Hungerford was cancelled last night after a late pitch inspection.
It didn't really come as much of a surprise. Chairman Peter Masters released a statement earlier in the day describing the pitch at Treyew Road as 'unplayable.'
The fixtures are really backing up for City now. It's going to be a busy few weeks for Steve Massey's side, no doubt about it. Truro have only managed a single game in 2014, and will have to play a string of midweek matches to make up for lost time.
Their next home fixture is on Saturday, February 8, when they host league leaders Hemel Hempstead.
Cup games on this afternoon:
Throgmorton Cup 3rd Round : 2.30pm
St Blazey v Teignmouth
Cornwall Senior Cup 3rd Round: 2pm
Dobwalls v Wendron United
St Day v Penzance
So Launceston v Godolphin Atlantic passes its pitch inspection and goes ahead as scheduled.
That just about covers it for the football.
SWPL premier division games ON:
Torpoint Athletic v Liskeard Athletic
Plymouth Parkway v Newquay
Launceston v Godolphin Atlantic
Falmouth Town v Elmore
Exmouth Town v St Austell
Bovey Tracey v Camelford
Bodmin Town v Cullompton Rangers
SWPL division one west games ON:
St Dennis v Porthleven
Vospers Oak Villa v Perranporth
Game day. #onemoreport #football #cornishfootball #3points— @tom_annear 25 January 2014
So there you have it. Best of British to Dennis Annear's side up at St Dennis. It's going to be a tough old game for Port this afternoon.
Last time out St Dennis thumped runaway league leaders Mousehole 4-1.
St Dennis game home to Porthleven passes pitch inspection and is ON #cornishfootball— @GarethRowett 25 January 2014
It looks as though Porthleven's game away at St Dennis might just survive the weather. Port last played on January 11 when they thrashed Truro City Reserves 5-1 at Gala Parc.
Barry Wyatt tries in vain to reach the ball after being dispossessed by Christian Blango for Port's fifth goal against Truro City Reserves.
Helston Athletic were less fortunate. Their home game against Foxhole Stars has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Kellaway Park.
In fact only two games remain in division one west: Port's clash with St Dennis, and Vospers Oak Villa v Perranporth.
GAMES CURRENTLY ON:
SWPL Premier division (3pm KO): Torpoint Athletic v Liskeard Athletic, Falmouth Town v Elmore, Plymouth Parkway v Newquay, Bovey Tracey v Camelford, Bovey Tracey v Camelford, Bodmin Town v Cullompton Rangers, Exmouth Town v St Austell.
Division one west (2.15pm KO): St Dennis v Porthleven, Vospers Oak Villa v Perranporth
Cornwall Senior Cup: Dobwalls v Wendron United (2pm)
Throgmorton Cup - St Blazey v Teignmouth
Meanwhile the Falmouth Eagles, flying high after last week's thumping win against bottom club Veor, take a trip up the coast to play Newquay Hornets.
Eagles coach Phil Angove wast understandably delighted by the way his side played against Veor. It was a game the Eagles would have expected to win, but the manner of their victory - running in eleven unanswered tries - was impressive nonetheless.
On paper the Eagles should make it two wins on the bounce, but Newquay's never an easy place to go to, and as Angove said earlier in the week, if the wind gets up it can act as a great leveller.
Turning to rugby, Penryn will lbe ooking to bounce back after their derby defeat against Truro at a muddy St Clements Hill last week. They play Kingsbridge at the Memorial Ground this afternoon.
It's been a nightmare season for the Bourough so far. Paul Trevakis's side have been forced to contend with half a dozen long-term absentees, including the likes of scrum half Taron Peacock and captain, Jordan Rose.
Today's opponents are just a place abouve the Borough in Western Counties West. Could be a cracker.
RT @IlloganRbl: Illogan vs Falmouth town is on... #cornishfootball— @Packetsport 25 January 2014
1st team travel to play @DobwallsFC #cornishfootball #GoodLuckLads #Dron— @WendronFC 25 January 2014
One player you definitely won't see make an appearance for Falmouth this afternoon is former Helston Athletic goalkeeper Jason Robertson.
Robertson was close to putting pen to paper on a move from Combination League St Day to Falmouth.
But with Helston still holding his SWPL forms, the transfer of Hugh Howlett prevented Dent from approaching the same club for another player within a 28-day period.
Dent's move for Robertsons provoked an angry reaction from Blues boss Sid Taylor, who was adamant the player would not be allowed to move. There's little love lost between Dent and Taylor, with the two trading angry accusations in the wake of Howlett's transfer just over a fortnight ago.
But it's all academic now. Robertson's expected to stay at Vogue Park for the remainder of the season.
Blue skies over Falmouth this morning, would you Adam and Eve it. Town's game against Elmore gets the go ahead, and John Dent's side have the opportunity to pull further clear of danger at the foot of the SWPL premier division.
The Falmouth boss faces two potential headaches ahead of this afternoon's game. The first being the question of who to start in goal. Regular keeper Danny Burrows is away at a wedding - not his own, I might add - so exepct to see Ethan Fearne step up from the club's second team.
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