Porthleven will face one of the toughest tests of their South West Peninsula League Division 1 West title credentials when second-placed Liskeard Athletic visit Gala Parc on Saturday.

The Fishermen go into the game as league leaders, with a slim two-point advantage over their opponents and nearest challengers.

But the Blues have two games in hand on the Fishermen, meaning three points on Saturday would give them the upper hand as the season enters its final third.

A win for Port would see them go five points clear, but three points for Liskeard would see them move one point above their hosts with two games in hand.

Porthleven manager Alan Carey said: “I think these are the games you want to be involved in. The players will want to be involved in it, it’s a big game.

“I suppose the neutrals will say it’s a game that Porthleven have got to win, I would say that obviously we would like to win to claw them back a bit and keep the pressure on them but I still think that there’s a long, long way to go and there’s a lot of football to be played yet and I don’t think that the title will be decided.

“Obviously if they come down and they beat us then it will swing it in their direction, but I think it’s a game that we’ve got to get something out of, whether that’s a point or a win, but we’ve got to try and get something out of the game.”

The two teams have already played each other twice this season with Liskeard coming out on top on both occasions. The Blues ran out 3-0 winners in their Walter C Parson League Cup first round tie at their Lux Park home at the end of September, before edging the reverse league fixture 1-0 at the same venue three weeks later.

A win for Porthleven on Saturday would take on added significance, with Liskeard currently boasting one of only 12 unbeaten league records in the country.

The Blues are one of just 12 teams in the 1,700+ teams in the national football pyramid with an unbeaten league record, and are the only side in the South West of England yet to taste defeat this season.

Both teams come into the game in scoring form, with Porthleven having scored six at home to Bude Town at the weekend to maintain their position at the top of the Division 1 West table.

But they would have had to have done something very special to match the efforts of Liskeard, who put a remarkable 20 goals past struggling Ludgvan, with the division’s top-scorer James Lorenz finding the net eight times. The Blues’s 20-1 victory is unsurprisingly a new SWPL Division 1 West record.

Town aim for first league win of year

Falmouth Town will hope to land their first South West Peninsula League Premier win of 2019 when Cullompton Rangers visit Bickland Park on Saturday (3pm).

Cullompton are enjoying one of their best seasons in recent years and currently sit sixth in the division, one place above Town.

Manager Andrew Westgarth said: “I’d say Cullompton are mirroring what we did last season, going completely under the radar, nobody expected them to do anything.

“They’re quietly going about their business and before they know it, after Christmas they’re in the top six and in the quarter-final of the League Cup, so not too dissimilar to what we did.”

Josh Richards is set to play his last game for Town before moving back to Sweden, with David Blizzard ready to slot back in after recovering from injury.

Further good news for Town is that strikers Matt Buchan and Rob Wearne are now back in training.

Dron face Devon trip

Wendron will hope to pick themselves up after Saturday’s defeat to St Dennis when they visit Plymouth Marjon in SWPL Division 1 West on Saturday (3pm)

The Dron lost 3-0 to the Saints on Saturday, losing their three-month unbeaten run in the process, but could move into the top half if they see off Marjon.

Combination League

Leaders Helston Athletic will likely need to collect three points at sixth-placed Penryn Athletic if they are to maintain their five-point lead, with second-placed Perranporth visiting bottom side Carharrack.

Falmouth Town will be hoping to bounce back from two straight defeats by winning at Lizard Argyle, while St Day and St Ives will be hoping to capitalise on any further dropped points by seeing off Hayle and Perranwell respectively.

Carharrack v Perranporth
Lizard Argyle v Falmouth Town
Mullion v RNAS Culdrose
Pendeen Rovers v West Cornwall
Penryn Athletic v Helston Athletic
Redruth United v Porthleven
St Day v Hayle
St Ives v Perranwell
St Just v St Agnes
Wendron United v Illogan RBL