Last weekend saw the opening matches of the 2019/20 season in the Cornwall Veterans League. In Division 1 Bude Town and Royal Par shared six goals, but visiting Royal will be kicking themselves that they weren’t travelling back to Par with all three points after letting a 3 goal lead slip in the last 20 minutes. The visitors struck early in the first half and two quick goals in the second period saw them extend their lead. Goals from Lee James and Steve Hackett reduced the arrears and the home side completed the comeback in the last minute with Pete Lovett holding his nerve to strike the equalizer from the penalty spot.
Also in Division 1 there were a couple of local derbies. Downderry Rovers saw off local rivals Lanreath with an impressive 6-1 victory at Rally Park, and Millbrook were home victors over Saltash United 4-2 with Brian Stacey scoring all the goals for the hosts. Replying for the Ashes were Chris Allmett and Phil Screech.
Foxhole travelled to Callington Town and probably left the Ginsters Marshfield Park scratching their heads wondering how they didn’t come away with at least a point. Both sides traded chances in the early stages with Pete Jonas hitting the bar for the hosts and Gary Heale forcing a smart save from the home keeper. On 25 minutes the visitors went ahead with new signing Ryan Morcom forcing the ball home after Martin Gilbert’s shot had been parried. Gilbert’s well struck shot early in the second period struck the bar, but a few minutes later the home side were on terms when Paul Nesbitt took advantage of a defensive slip. Frank Snell was millimetres away from connecting to a cross at the back post to restore the visitors’ lead just before the hour mark. Then, with 14 minutes remaining, Town went ahead for the first time in the match scoring at the near post. On 80 minutes Steve Best saw an effort come back off the post as the Foxes pushed for an equalizer. It looked like they had salvaged a point in the dying moments, but Gilbert’s well placed header was ruled out by a linesman’s flag. There was still time for Foxhole to once again hit the woodwork. Shaun Truscott’s long range effort somehow stayed out after it hit the inside of the post to ricochet across the goal.
Due to various commitments and circumstances there was only one game in Division 2. St Dennis hosted Kernow Wanderers as Boscawen Park and the sides were goalless at half time although Wanderers lost Will Elhana just before the break when he picked up a second yellow card. Saints made their numerical advantage count in the second period banging in 7 goals, with Adam Floyd helping himself to five and Lee Whetter netting a brace. The visitors netted a consolation with the goal of the game. Martyn Fugler firing home from long range in the 89th minute.