LiveCornwall Senior Cup Live: Wendron United 0 Bodmin Town 3 FT

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Summary

  • Wendron are the last Combination League side left in the competition after St Day were beaten 6-3 by St Austell at Poltair Park.
  • Last season's winners Bodmin are aiming to complete yet another league and cup double.
  • Wendron boss Paul Murray says the odds are against his side, but the 'dron are determined to "enjoy it and give a good account of ourselves."
  • Elsewhere Falmouth Town face Eluburton Villa in the Peninsula League premier division. In division one west Penryn host Vospers Oak Villa, and Porthleven welcome Holsworthy to Gala Parc.
  • Meanwhile Helston Athletic face Perranporth at Kellaway Park in the quarter final of the Cornwall Charity Cup.
  • RUGBY: Falmouth Eagles play table-topping Exeter University at the Recreation Ground, and Penryn travel to promotion-chasing Ivybridge.

2:01pm

Struggling with a lack of signal up here at Underlane. Apologies if our coverage is spotty.

we're off!

1:51pm

Today's game officiated by Michal Wroblewski.

1:42pm

BODMIN: Kevin Miller, Jack Podmore, Shane Jewell, Tom Chambers, Steve Simmonds, Lee Doel, Sam Matthew, Jimmy Alexander, Danny O'Hagan, Chris Wright, Seb Broomfield.

Subs: Johnny Ludlam, Huw Morgan.

1:37pm

We're not quite sure whether Mike Newberry or Chris Madeley will start for Paul Murray's side. There's a late fitness test to come for Newberry.

1:35pm

And we're back...

WENDRON: Jeremy Brown, Mike Brewer, Ryan Tressider, Kirk Davies, Chris Madeley, Matthew Rose, Jason Roberts, Justin Searle, Luke Wort, Steve Brewer, Chris Mulroy.

Subs: Sam Care, Matt Roberts, Ryan Mitchell, Jake Harvey.

11:53am

Falmouth Packet: Matchday Live: Cornwall Senior Cup second round action from Blaise Park, December 7

11:53am

We're going to take a break here at Packet Towers in order to get ready for this afternoon's featured game which sees Combination League Wendron taking on Bodmin Town in the quarter final of the Cornwall Senior Cup. 

We'll be back just after 1pm live from Underlane with all the build up to the big game, which kicks off at 2pm.

Remember, you can get in touch throughout the afternoon by tweeting us @packetsport, commenting below, or by emailing us at sport@packetseries.co.uk.

11:47am

And what about Helston? They returned to something approaching their best form last weekend when they thrashed fierce rivals Callington 5-1 at Kellaway - revenge for a 5-1 reversal away from home earlier in the season.

Falmouth Packet:

The vistitors in the quarter final of the Cornwall Charity Cup this weekend are Perranporth, who must not be relishing the prospect of facing the Blues.

Taylor's side continue to confound their critics, who suggested earlier in the year that the Blues were a one season wonder; that the wheels had fallen off at Kellaway.

But Hugh Howlett's return from Falmouth Town, and Mark Goldsworthy's decision to stick with Helston despite interest from pratically every club in the county, has provided a massive boost for Taylor's team.

Promotion from division one west may be a long shot - their patchy form at the beginning of the campaign saw to that. But who would bet against them going all the way in the cup?

The game kicks off at 2pm.

11:38am

Over at Kernick Road Penryn Athletic, fresh from their excellent 2-0 victory over local rivals Truro City last Saturday, face Port's conquerors seven days ago, Vospers Oak Villa.

Falmouth Packet: Matt Roberts flicks in Penryn's winner on Saturday

Steve Jewell's side were well worth the win against Truro, but they'll know that this Villa side bears absolutely no resemblance to last season's. It's a tricky game for Penryn to negotiate, make no mistake.

Ed Wilton and Greg Hobbs did the damage for Athletic last Saturday, and Jewell will be hoping for more of the same from his front pair. ]

A top three finish may well be beyond Penryn this season, but there's pride to play for. They should have too much for Villa. (KO 3pm)

 

11:31am

In division one west both Penryn and Porthleven have tricky games to negotiate this afternoon.

The visitors to Gala Park today are bottom club Holsworthy, and on paper it's a cast iron three points for Dennis Annear's (pictured below) side, who are looking to bounce back after giving up a two goal lead at home to Vospers Oak Villa last week.

Falmouth Packet: Porthleven manager Dennis Annear

But as is always the case when you're up against a relegation-threatened side, complacency is the enemy. How up for it will Holsworthy be? Are they resigned to their fate, or are they prepared to dig in and fight to stay in divison one west?

Falmouth Packet:

You'd have to say three points for Port, surely? (KO 3pm)

 

11:24am

Are Falmouth Town good enough to stay up? Now there's a question.

Falmouth Packet: Wearne and Richardson on target as Town brave the elements to beat Tavistock

Based on recent performances the answer has to be yes, does it not? The 2-0 win over Tavistock, played in perhaps the most atrocious conditions I've ever seen for a football match, was massive. They're now six points clear of Tav, who occupy 19th spot in the table, six points above Liskeard Athletic, who look all but doomed.

Falmouth Packet:

Today's visitors to Bickland Park are Elburton Villa, sitting comfortably in 12th with little left to play for this season.

On paper the two sides have comparable stats. Falmouth have scored slightly fewer, and conceded more goals - as you might expect.

But it's another winnable game for John Dent's side, and with Elmore playing Torpoint, they may pull themselves to within four points of 16th spot before the afternoon's out.

Surely that would be enough? Wouldn't it? (KO 3pm)

11:14am

Speaking of injuries and absences, what about Penryn?

The Borough had high hopes of being promotion contenders at the beginning of the season, but injuries have blighted their league campaign and coach Paul Trevaskis and his players look resigned to a mid-table finish.

Falmouth Packet: Penryn's Taron Peacock kicks clear

Scrum half Taron Peacock is just one of several long term injuries for the Borough

Which is a real shame, because a fully-fit Penryn side are a match for anyone. The Borough must look at today's opponents Ivybridge and wonder what might have been. The Devon club are challenging for promotion, with Truro, Burnham and league leaders Teigmouth all in the mix.

One way or another the Western Counties West title battle looks set to go down to the wire. But the Borough can still have a hand in deciding who goes up.

Victory today over Devon rivals Ivybridge would certainly throw a spanner in the works.

Falmouth Packet:

11:04am

It's been a frustrating time for Falmouth, who've shown signs of real progress under Angove and fellow coach Graham Whitmore.

But they've also been wildly inconsistent. And with injuries and absences to contend with this afternoon it's tough to predict what kind of an Eagles performance we're going to get. Either way make no mistake, today's opponents don't come any tougher. A quick glance at the league table tells you that.

It's a two-way battle between Exeter and Tiverton for the title, and with it promotion to Western Counties West.

Falmouth Packet:

10:59am

Away from football we have some crackers to look forward to in the rugby, with Falmouth taking on runaway Cornwal and Devon League leaders Exeter University at the Recreation Ground.

The Eagles will be desperate to bounce back after their 32-8 defeat away at Pirates Amateurs last week - a game marred by indiscipline on the part of Phil Anogve's side, who had several players sin-binned.

Falmouth Packet:

 

10:56am

But it's the cup, and anything can happen. Let's not forget, Wendron may be a Combination League team, but they're laced with Peninsula League talent. 

Top-scorer Luke Wort has proven himself at premier division level for Falmouth Town, and Jason Roberts is a former Penryn Athletic player, as is defender Kirk Davies, who knows all about Bodmin.

Falmouth Packet:

Davies was part of Helston's Senior Cup final side last season, and he was sent off in the replay of the final at Treyew Road. Helston went on to lose the game 4-3 after extra time.

How sweet a Wendron victory would taste for Davies this afternoon.

10:44am

So what are Wendron's chances? On paper you'd have to say slight.

Darren Gilbert's side bear only a passing resemblance to the one which won both cups and the Peninsula League premier division last season, but make no mistake they're still the team to beat in Cornwall.

Falmouth Packet: Bodmin celebrate their Senior Cup triumph at Treyew Road last night

And just to set Wendron knees trembling, it's worth noting that they've scored 12 goals in their last two Senior Cup games, walloping Mullion 5-0, and Porthleven 7-0. If the 'dron really want to make a fist of it, as manager Paul Murray told the Packet earlier this week, they'll need to start well and, crucially, avoid conceding an early goal.

Porthleven know all about what that can mean...

10:37am

10:10am

Morning all.

It looks like the rain's finally passed and in its wake we're in for an afternoon involving some massive, massive games, with our featured match being Combination League Wendron United taking on Darren Gilbert's Bodmin Town in the quarter finals of the Cornwall Senior Cup at Underlane (KO 2pm).

But Wendron's isn't the only cup game to take place today. Over at Kellaway Park Sid Taylor's Helston play Perranporth in the quarter final of the Cornwall Charity Cup, and over at the Sports Pavillion Falmouth Town's reserves play RNAS Culdrose in the quarter final of the Combination League Cup.

Enough for you? No? Well how about this: in the rugby, Falmouth Eagles host table-topping Exeter University at the Recreation Ground, and Penryn travel to Western Counties West promotion contenders Ivybridge desperate to bounce back after last week's miserable result against Bude.

Plus we have a bulging fixture programme in both the Peninsula League's premier division, and division one west, along with a full quota of games in the Combination League. 

Oh, it's on. You better believe it.

1:54pm

Falmouth Packet: Matchday Live: Cornwall Senior Cup second round action from Blaise Park, December 7

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