Wendron United and Porthleven are set to meet in a local derby with a difference on Saturday, with the added spice of a Cornwall Senior Cup semi-final spot up for grabs for the winner.

The pair will head to Wendron’s Underlane ground knowing that one of them is just 90 minutes away from a place in the last four.

Victory for Porthleven would put them one more win away from reaching the final for the first time since they won the cup in 2004.

The South West Peninsula League Division 1 West leaders will go into the game as slight favourites, but will be wary of when the two teams met at the same ground on Boxing Day, when Port needed a late strike from Tornado Bello to rescue a point.

Porthleven boss Alan Carey said: “It’s going to be a tough game, on Boxing Day they totally outplayed us so I’m under no illusions as to how tough a game that’s going to be. I think they’re a good side, they’re there on merit, same as us, and we’re going to have to be at our best.”

Wendron come into the game having picked up just one point from their last three games, but manager Jack Greenwood is not too worried about his side’s recent results.

He said: “The last three weeks haven’t gone as we would have liked, but from our point of view we haven’t actually been playing that badly and we feel a little bit hard done by that we’ve only got one point from a possible nine.

“The fact we’re at home is big for us and the way that the Boxing Day game went will still be fresh in the players’ memories and the fact that we haven’t won in three and the players will be keen to avenge that.”

While the teams drew 2-2 on Boxing Day, Porthleven reigned supreme in the two league matches last season, winning 4-0 at Underlane and 5-1 at Gala Parc respectively.

Falmouth in quarter-final action again

Falmouth Town will have the chance to reach a second semi-final this weekend when Launceston visit Bickland Park in the Cornwall Senior Cup quarter-final (ko 3pm).

Town are celebrating yet another big cup result after seeing off St Austell in the Walter C Parson League Cup last week, with Jordan Annear scoring the only goal at Poltair Park as the defending champions reached the semi-finals for the second year running.

Revenge may well be on the menu for Falmouth, after they surrendered a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to the Clarets at the same ground back in September.

Tim Nixon had given Town a half-time lead, but goals from Jordan Walton and Tom Savigar ended Falmouth’s run of seven straight home wins at the start of the season.

Unlike the League Cup clash at St Austell, Falmouth will be the favourites to reach the last four this time, with 18th-placed Launceston having only managed to win once in 13 league matches since that game in September – a 6-0 thrashing of bottom side Sticker on December 22 – but Westgarth isn’t prepared to let any complacency slip in.

“I know Launceston are struggling in the lower end of the table but that counts for nothing,” he said. “You’ve seen in cup competitions where teams from lower leagues have beaten higher sides, or those in a higher position have lost, so all we can do is prepare right.”

With Town not having played last weekend, the players will have enjoyed a ten-day break before Saturday’s cup clash, something which Westgarth feels is well deserved.

He said: “It’s nice to have a week off actually, to give the guys a bit of a chance to have a breather because it was a hard Christmas and we’ve had a hell of a run of hard games."

Cup action in Combination League

Either Wendron United Reserves or Penryn Athletic will be within one game of the Combination League Cup final if they can get past the other in their quarter-final at Kernick Road on Saturday (kick-off 2pm).

It will be the teams’ second meeting in a week with the two sides having met at Wendron’s Underlane ground on Saturday in the league, only for the game to be abandoned after ten minutes.

Penryn’s top-scorer Ryan Reeve hit a hat-trick when the teams met in the league fixture at Kernick in August, with Connor Powell and Bradley Leivers also scoring in a 5-0 win.

Athletic booked their place in the quarter-final with a 5-0 win at RNAS Culdrose, with Reeve again scoring a hat-trick while Leivers and James Daniel completed the scoring.

Wendron sealed their spot in the last eight with a 2-0 win at Hayle, with Guill McIvor and William Paul netting.

  • Elsewhere, league leaders Helston Athletic Reserves make the short trip to Lizard Argyle in the preliminary round of the Supplementary Cup – the competition for the losers of the preliminary and first round ties in the League Cup.

Helston are on a run of 11 wins in their last 13 games, which includes a 5-0 win at Argyle back in November in which Charlie Young, Dan Stidwell, Fraser Paterson, Jamie Thompson and Jamie Thirkle netted for the Blues.

Perranwell are also in Supplementary Cup action and face a trip to Hayle, who are one league place below the Well in eighth and are on the same points (39).

Porthleven Reserves host fellow league strugglers Redruth United in their preliminary round tie, with the sides ranked 18th and 17th respectively.

RNAS Culdrose and Mullion are in Combination League action, with Culdrose visiting St Day while Mullion travel to St Just.