Bere Alston United 2, Wendron United 6

WENDRON United confirmed their highest-ever South West Peninsula League finish after running out comfortable winners at Bere Alston United in their Division 1 West match on Saturday.

Cameron Wheat, Rory Jarvis and TJ Walter scored two goals apiece as Wendron guaranteed a minimum eighth-place finish, beating their ninth place of 2015/16, equalled their highest SWPL points total of 43 from the 2016/17 season and also matched their record 13 wins from the same campaign.

Both of those records will be broken should the Dron beat local rivals Porthleven on Good Friday, with the two sides meeting in a 2pm kick-off at Gala Parc.

In-form attacker Wheat opened the scoring after ten minutes when Jarvis picked up the ball and squared it to the youngster, who side-footed the ball home from close range.

Wheat was on hand to double the score on 20 minutes after good play from Will Paul, who is enjoying a run of games in the first team of late. His strong run and cross from the right was converted by Wheat in a similar fashion to his first.

The Dron extended their lead on the half-hour mark, with Jarvis doing the honours with a stunning finish. The striker received the ball just inside his own half when he spotted the goalkeeper off his line, and proceeded to deliver a sublime volley into the net.

Bere Alston gave themselves hope when they pulled one back shortly before half-time. It was a sloppy goal from Wendron’s perspective, with the visitors being punished for failing to clear their lines when a strike from the edge of the box went through everyone and under stand-in goalkeeper Antony Williams.

But the away side were back on the front foot in the second half, although they had to wait until the hour to add to their tally. Jarvis was the man to do so, profiting from Reece Carroll’s through ball being missed by the home ‘keeper, allowing him to walk the ball in from 18 yards.

It was now Walter’s turn to add a brace of goals, netting the fifth and sixth goals for the Dron midway through the half. His first, and Wendron’s fifth, came from good work by Wheat who beat two men before setting up Jarvis whose shot was saved by the ‘keeper, but only into the path of Walter to tap in.

The same man completed the visitors’ scoring with ten minutes left when he received the ball from substitute Michael O’Neill just outside the box before taking a touch and rifling in.

Bere Alston grabbed another consolation strike in the 85th minute when they caught the rampant visitors on the counter, but it was to be a second emphatic win for the Dron in as many weeks.

Wendron: A Williams, J Souch, R Carroll, J Burtenshaw, S Humphries, B Ringrose, T Martin (M O’Neill 70), T Walter, W Paul (B Clark 60), C Wheat, R Jarvis. Subs (unused): J Greenwood.