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Matchday Live: Helston Athletic 5 Callington Town 1 FT
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- FOOTBALL: Helston were last in action on Boxing Day when they beat Porthleven 4-1 in the local derby.
- Both sides are level on points in division one west as they chase runaway league leaders Mousehole.
- Elsewhere in the league Penryn Athletic host Truro City at Kernick Road, and Porthleven play Vospers Oak Villa.
- In the Jolly's Cornwall Combination League Falmouth Town Reserves host Perranwell, Falmouth Athletic play Goonhavern, Hayle play Penryn Athletic Reserves, and Porthleven make the trip to St Ives.
- RUGBY: Despite having a free weekend scheduled, Falmouth Eagles will travel to Penzance to play a rearranged match against Pirates Amateurs.
- Penryn travel to Bude for a hastily rearranged Western Counties West macth
- Updates begin on Saturday morning, with coverage from Kellaway Park starting at 2pm.
Read a match report from today's game here
Helston make it 5-1 just as the whistle blows for full time!
Into the last five minutes, and the game has petered out as Helston sit on their 4-1 lead. Callington look spent, as Fergus Nevin goes into the book for a late challenge on Goldsworthy.
HELSTON: Kegan McPhilbin on for Charlie Young (81)
HELSTON: Matt Fox on for Dan Stidwell (74)
Truro 2-0 Arlesey 66 mins #cornishfootball— @CornwallSport 22 February 2014
Godolphin show quality to make it 3-1. Flannigan roars up right hand side and sends cross which is knocked in by Hartigan #cornishfootball— @_tomhowe_ 22 February 2014
Blazey 3 - 2 Elmore. Swain brought down in the penalty area. Takes the penalty hard and low to his left, good pen. #cornishfootball— @stvmtchl 22 February 2014
Twenty minutes to go at Kellaway Park and Helston are looking comfortable. If it stays like this, it's a stunning result for Sid Taylor's side.
Tom Russell has been at the heart of everything Helston have done today, and once again it's his pass that releases Goldsworthy down the right.
The Blues striker skips a tackle, and rolls the ball square for Dan Stidwell who looks odds on to score his second. But instead of shooting he looks for a pass to Chris Strike and Callington clear.
But with Callington players lined up on the goal line there's no way through for Helston, and the visitors clear the danger. A real let off for Callington. They've been at sixes and sevens all afternoon.
Pass back by Callington and Helston have a free kick a yard out! What was Fergus Nevin thinking there, and why did Borthwock pick it up?
HELSTON ATHLETIC 4 CALLINGTON 1
58 minutes played.
Callington enjoying a decent spell with the ball at the moment as Carlton Farnham wins a corner for the visitors, but it's cleared by Helston.
If Callington are going to salvage anything from what's frankly been something of a nightmare for them, they need a goal, and soon.
Delicately poised at Mousehole. If Perranporth get a goal there this result - should things stay this way - becomes even more significant.
Camels get one back. St Austell 3-1 Camelford. 25 ish to go. #cornishfootball— @TimCutlan 22 February 2014
RT @mouseholeafc: Half time: Mousehole 0-0 Perranporth #cornishfootball— @CornwallSport 22 February 2014
HT: Cullompton Rangers 1-0 Newquay AFC and Newquay AFC Reserves 0-1 Redruth United #cornishfootball— @_tomhowe_ 22 February 2014
First Goldsworthy sees his shot cleared off the line by Gary Williams after Bohwick fails to claim a high ball.
Then minutes later Jamie Tho son's free kick from the edge of the boxed is tipped over the bar by the Callington keeper after it looked to be heading for the top corner!
Meanwhile here at. Kellaway Park Callington have started this second half with real purpose, winning an early corner.
Not good news if you're a Falmouth Eagles fan, I'm afraid. It's not gone well in Penzance, reports Tom Sandberg. They've been beaten 32-8 by the Pirates Amateurs.
Teams on their way out for the second half. Callington need a miracle from here. They were already three down when they decided to hit the self-destruct button - or rather Ferguson Nevin did when he head butted Phil Black.
Helston have been imperious, with Young, Black and Goldsworthy a constant menace. Can Callington salvage anything from the game? Looks unlikely. We're about to kick off.
Chaos at Kellaway! First Callington pull one back when Ferguson Nevin's shot from the edge of the box is adjudged to have bounced over the line off the crossbar.
But a minute later the ball takes a horrendous bounce on its way to Borthwick, the keeper miscues, and Phil Black taps in from just outside the six yard box to restore Helston's three goal lead!
Dan Stidwell almost scores his second in as many minutes after Hugh Howlett's header back across goal finds the Helston forward, but he nods it over the bar from six yards out!
It just gets better for Helston, who are running riot at the moment.
The goal owes everything to the bravery of captain Jamie Thomson, who slides in to dispossess a Callington midfielder and regain possssion before releasing Goldsworthy.
The Helston striker runs in on goal and shapes to shoot, but at the last minute, as Borthwick comes off his line to meet him, Goldsworthy squares it for Dan Stidwell who taps into an empty net to put Helston three up!
HELSTON ATHLETIC 2 CALLINGTON TOWN 0
37 minutes played
What was he thinking! The Callington centre back, who's had a torrid time during the opening half hour, aims a head butt at Phil Black off the ball, and receives his marching orders from referee Steve Noott!
Callington two down and reduced to ten men!
MIKE NORMAN IS SENT OFF FOR CALLINGTON! (30)
Stunning, simply stunning! Ashley Stidwell receives the ball wide on the right after Young finds him with a clipped pass inside his marker.
Stidwell takes a touch, skips a tackle, looks up and bends a superb shot beyond the outstretched arm of Sam Borthwick and in off the far post. A better goal this season you will not see. Helston go two up!
HELSTON ATHLETIC 1 CALLINGTON TOWN 0
25 minutes played.
Callington have settled in the last few minutes, and the men in yellow are starting to put some decent moves together.
Carlton Farnham's looked dangerous wide on the right, but as of yet there's no end product. James Wignall's not had a save to make in the Helston goal.
Big penalty shout for Helston! Tom Russell's hauled down on the box by Gary Williams. It looks about as cast iron a penalty as you'll ever see but referee Noott waves away Helston's protests.
On the touchline Blues boss Sid Taylor has turned a delicate shade of crimson.
It's fair to say he disagreed with the decision.
Big shouts for a foul as first Goldsworthy and then Young are sent tumbling by Callington's Mike Norman. Nothing doing says ref Steve Noott.
But there's no ignoring a kick on Tom Russell seconds later. The awarding of the free kick draws sarcastic applause from Blues supporters.
Young plays another great through ball for Black, who forces Callington into conceding another corner. This is good stuff for the Blues, who've really rattled the visitors in these opening ten minutes or so.
Truro 2-0 Arlesey. Ben Watson 9 mins. #cornishfootball— @CornwallSport 22 February 2014
Goldsworthy opens the scoring for Helston after Callington are caught cold at the back looking for a linesman's flag.
Phil Black ignores their protests, races in on goal and squares it for an unmarked Goldsorthy at the back post. It was a simple tap-in. Perfect start for Helston!
Mark Goldsworthy breaks down the right and fizzes a low ball into the box that Callington keeper Sam Borthwick almost spills into the path of Dan Stidwell at the back post. The visitors scramble the ball out for a corner. Lively start at Kellaway.
And there's the first shot for Callington as Blues keeper James Wignall's goal kick hangs up in the wind and Kirk Smith collects 20 yards out before rifling a shot over the bar.
And we're off.
Teams out for kick off, seconds away...
Meanwhile over in Penzance the Falmouth Eagless are trailing Pirates Amateurs. Our correspondent Tom Sandberg is watching the game.
@Packetsport Pirates Ams 8 - Falmouth Eagles 3. #cornishrugby— @tzsphotography 22 February 2014
Russell and Young returning for Helston is a major boost, as manager Sid Taylor begins his touch line ban for the use of foul and abusive language during the Blues's home game against Wadebridge towards the tail end of last season.
CALLINGTON team news just in: Sam Borthwick; Liam Dart, Gary Williams, Adam Casey, Mike Norman, Fergus Nevin (c), Kirk Smith, Lee Beer, Sam Stevens, Ryan Lucassi, Carlton Farnham.
Subs: George Jones, Josh McCabe, Andre Roolikov.
Team news for Helston and as expected there are starts for Tom Russell and Charlie Young.
HELSTON ATHLETIC: James Wignall; Ashley Stidwell, Chris Strike, Jamie Thomson (c), Hugh Howlett, Aaron Collick, Phil Black, Charlie Young, Tom Russell, Mark Goldsworthy, Dan Stidwell.
Subs: Matt Fox, Kegan McPhilbin, Steve Jenkin, George Molcher, Martin Webster.
Windy at Kellaway Park, but dry. Pitch has held up well #cornishfootball https://t.co/jHnFhh3bAD— @Packetsport 22 February 2014
RT @vospersoakvilla: Today's game away to @porthlevenfoot is on!! Good luck to the lads— @Cornishfootball 22 February 2014
Game on at poltair park today where we entertain Camelford #cornishfootball— @AFCSTA_2nds 22 February 2014
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Helston have midfielders Charlie Young (pictured below) and Tom Russell availble for selection after the pair overcame injuries - Russell's in particular has kept him out for much of the season.
Defender Ben Stidwell has been called away and will not feature, but Howlett's return is a big boost for the Blues, who have seventeen players available for Taylor to choose from - plenty of clubs in the league would love to have that kind of strength in depth.
Helston have been written off by many after a patchy start to the season, not helped, of course, by the transfer of top-scorer Liam Eddy to Truro City, and the shenanigans surrounding his strike partner Mark Goldsworthy, who's been linked with just about every club in the Peninsula League, it seems.
But Goldsworthy remains a Blue, and Helston remain real contenders. The gap at the top of the table is significant, but not insurmoutable.
It may be a long shot, but if Wayne Quinn's Mousehole start to drop points, the race for promotion could be thrown wide open. Taylor is eager to make sure Helston are in a position to capitalise if it does.
But he's aboslutely right. A slip up today, and surely the curtain will finally fall on Helston's promotion hopes this season?
Realistically it's going to be very difficult for us to get second place, and if we don't get a positive result on Saturday then we'll be fighting for third place. It would just be too much ground to catch up with too few games. Teams like Mousehole don't become bad teams overnight. They're quality. We just have to keep fighting, and keep going.
So what of our featured game?
Well, they don't come much bigger for Helston. Speaking to the Packet, Blues boss Sid Taylor (pictured above) said it was a "must win" for Helston, who've been bolstered by the return of defender Hugh Howlett after just three games at Falmouth Town.
If Callington win their games in hand they'll be six points behind Mouseohle, and they still have to play them. So it's a massive game for them too. For us it's a must-win. I've always said that we'll have a say in what happens at the top, and if we get a result today it drags us back up there.
But it's hardly been plain sailing for Penryn Athletic either.
Top-scorer Kayne Trevasksis left for Falmouth Town back in November, then left Falmouth for former club Perranporth after just three games at Bickland Park - gotta love those transfer rules, right?
In his absence fellow striker Greg Hobbs pitched in with a few goals, and for a while Penryn managed without him. Their league position stabilised. All was well again, so it seemed.
Kayne Trevaskis pictured playing for Penryn against Helston earlier in the season
But defeat against Callington in the second week of January served to highlight the deficiencies in Steve Jewell's squad, and foremost among them is a lack of firepower. Penryn have drawn more games than any other club in the league.
Had they found the back of the net more regularly, there's little doubt they would be challenging the clubs at the top of division one west rather than sitting a disappointing seventh.
But with only four points separating them from third placed Dobwalls, hope springs eternal for Jewell's side. Three points against Truro today and Penryn are back in business.
Back to the football, Penryn RFC's close neighbours Penryn Athletic host Truro City at Kernick Road - the first division one west game for Penryn since their defeat at the hands of Callington in the second week of January.
Truro have enjoyed (if that's the word) yet another topsy-turvy season - is there any other kind for the Treyew Road club? The latest episode in the City soap opera featured the shock resignation of reserve team manager Anthony Reynolds last month.
Bowker, pictured here playing for Falmouth Town many moons ago, was a popular and well-respected figure among Truro City's reserve team players, many of whom felt he was the perfect choice to take over from Anthony Reynolds.
It was a strange one. Truro looked to be motoring under Reynolds, until their good run of form came to an abrupt halt at Gala Parc wth a 5-1 thumping at the hands of Porthleven.
The fallout from that result proved damaging - in Reynolds's case terminally so.
The former Hayle boss finally came to the conclusion that his position was untenable after a disagreement with club chairman Peter Masters, who was critical of their performance and took to Twitter to express his opinion.
Veteran Andy Bowker was tipped to take over from Reynolds. His appointment would certainly have proven popular among the club's players.
But Masters and first team manager Steve Massey had other ideas, and Foxhole’s Jon Peters and Robin Watt were given the nod instead.
How disappointed was Bowker? Well, he left to take over management duties at Tavistock, and several reserve team players voiced their disapproval of the club's decision on social media.
From Penryn's point of view, it could be the perfect time to play City.
Penryn will be looking to build on that hard-fought win over Devonport last week when they travel to Bude in another rearranged Western Counties West game.
It's been a rough old season for the Borough, whose campaign has been blighted by injuries to key players - captain Jordan Rose, for example, has been out since close to the beginning of the season.
Paul Trevaskis will be hoping for a second consecutive win when Penryn travel to Bude this afternoon
But today's game offers the chance for Paul Trevaskis's side to register a morale-boosting second consecutive win, and in the process shunt themselves up the table.
Given the high standards Penryn set for themselves they certainly won't be content with a mid-table finish come the end of the season. Like Falmouth, on paper they should have too much for lowly Bude.
Ah well, it looks like you can at least play football and rugby in it, so for now I'm happy to ignore the strange blue hue to the sky, and the piercing light from that weird yellow ball hanging just above the water in the bay.
So what's in store today? A bit of this, I would guess:
We were anticipating a dearth of rugby given that all our local teams had a free weekend pencilled in, but recent cancellations due to the weather mean both Penryn and Falmouth are in action.
The Eagles travel to Penzance for a rescheduled game against Pirates Amateurs. Victory could see Falmouth leapfrog Crediton into fourth place in the Cornwall and Devon League.
A third palce finish is still well within reach for Phil Angove and Graham Whitmore's side, but Exeter University look more than comfortable in top spot. It looks to be a straight shootout between them and Tiverton for the title.
But after a tough season last time around, third - or even fourth place - would represent real progress for Falmouth. On paper they should be too strong for the Amateurs.
Morning all. Something's wrong.
Let me explain. I woke up a couple of hours ago, bounced out of bed and threw back the curtains expecting to be greeted by the familiar sight of low-lying clouds scudding across the Falmouth sky, and torrential rain battering off the windowsill.
Instead I woke up to this:
Can someone please tell what's going on? Is there a scientific name for this kind of freak weather occurence?
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