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24th March Round Up

By Anthony Tucker

Perran take Div 1 title - Foxes boost promotion hopes - Grampound pick up first league win - Home success for Bude

In the Q Cornwall Leisure Veterans League Bude Town preserved their Division 1 status with a 3-1 home success over Callington Town. On target for the hosts were Lee James, Mark McManus and Ian Adams from the penalty spot. The result leaves Cally in the relegation zone and will need a victory in their final game to have any hope of avoiding the drop.

Elsewhere Perranporth were crowned champions without kicking a ball. They were due to visit Newmoor Rovers, but at the last minute the game was called off with Rovers unable to field a team. As a result of this and several other similar postponements Newmoor were subsequently removed from the league meaning that Perranporth’s position at the top of the table is unassailable.

In Division 2 Grampound picked up their first league win of the season with a dominating performance at Kernow Wanderers. After intense pressure for half an hour, a Glyn Ford header eventually found its way into the net. However, minutes later the home side equalised with a well-taken Chris Povey goal after a rare excursion into the Grampound penalty area. The second half saw Grampound camped in the Wanderers half. Goals eventually came from Richard Martin's long shot, Jody Allen's flick from a low cross and Glyn Ford's second when he fired a loose ball home from 10 yards after it had ricocheted around in the goal area.

Foxhole finished their Div 2 campaign with a decent home win against their hardworking opponents, Halsetown. Slightly against the run of play, the visitors opened the scoring when Guy Marshall's sweetly struck free kick from 30 yards found the top corner. The home side were on level terms on the half hour when Bobbylee Johns prodded home after a neat move down the right hand side. Five minutes before half time the Foxes went ahead when LeeJohns corner found its way into the back of the net. Initially it looked as though the ball had flown in directly from the corner kick, but Ali Milton wheeled away claiming the final touch. Early in the second period Foxhole stretched the lead to 3-1. No doubting the scorer on this occasion, with LeeJohns finding the net with a right foot shot from the edge of the box. Almost immediately though, Halsetown went up the other end to reduce the arrears. Kevin Toms curling his shot past James Wakeham in the home goal. James Edens restored the two goal cushion with a lovely strike from 25 yards. Nick Wakefield came close to extending the lead, but his shot which looked goal bound agonisingly curled away to strike the post. The visitors refused to cave in and came close to scoring on a few occasions. Wakeham was forced into a couple of sharp saves and Edens was alert to make a stunning goal line clearance. Eventually the Foxes pressure told and added further goals. LeeJohns completing his hat trick and the hard working Martin Gilbert completing the scoring.

Where next?

FA Peoples Cup Regional Finals Rovers do themselves proud, but bow out of the tournament
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