CSWPL Premier Division: Plymouth Parkway boost promotion hopes with 1-0 win against Falmouth Town
PREMIER DIVISIONPlymouth Parkway...1 Falmouth Town...0
PARKWAY might have only a slim chance of taking the title away from Bodmin, but they strengthened their promotion cause with a narrow victory over struggling Town at Bolitho Park.
The victory ends Parkway's three game winless run and keeps them four points ahead of third placed Elburton, who have played a game less.
With a top-two finish required if Parkway are to secure promotion to the Western League, this victory over a hard working Falmouth side could prove crucial come the end of the season.
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Parkway were never at their best throughout the 90 minutes and when they did get a sight of goal, they found Town goalkeeper Ethan Fearne in impressive form.
Fearne saved well in the first half from Ryan Richards, Dan Hart and Andy Harris while, at the other end, Town often looked dangerous on the break and should have scored when Pat Shaughnessy failed to make meaningful contact in front of goal on the half-hour mark.
The visitors looked the brighter side at the start of the second half but Parkway held firm to deny them the breakthrough and the game increasingly looked like it would go the distance without either net bulging.
However, with 16 minutes left on the clock, Dan Griffths put a curling ball in to the box that Richards did well to knock into the path of Warren Daw, who slid it into the net despite the attention of several Town defenders.
Parkway were able to see out the closing stages without any concern and although the win was welcome they know they will have to improve their level of performance if they are to secure promotion.
Liskeard Ath...1 St Austell...0
LISKEARD'S Premier Division status looks more secure after this very good victory over a useful St Austell side at Lux Park.
The Lillywhites travelled to Liskeard on the back of a four-match unbeaten run but found the Blues buoyant after last weekend's victory in a six-pointer at Penzance.
But it was the home side who created the better chances with Miles Hatfield, Ben Collings and Matt Lyndsay all seeing efforts either go wide or saved as the interval was reached goalless.
The second half began with Lyndsay spurning a great chance when he fired wide before Ryan Wallis lifted another good chance over the bar from the edge of the box.
The all-important goal came 15 minutes from time.
Lyndsay's effort came back off the post and when the ball came back in the Lillywhites keeper spilled it only for Chris Canham to slam it into the roof of the net.
Blues manager Paul Blatchford was delighted with his side's performance.
He said: "We were absolutely superb on Saturday, restricting a good side to about two chances all match."
DIVISION ONE WEST Godolphin Atlantic...2 Callington Town...1
CALLINGTON can take plenty of positives from this narrow defeat away to runaway West division leaders Godolphin, who had skipper Ollie Pinnell to thank for their goals.
Godolphin maintained their 11-point lead at the top of the table, but they were aware they had been in a real contest by the final whistle – which they were glad to hear.
Atlantic took a 20th minute lead when Ross Fallen's corner found skipper Pinnell forcing the ball home from close range.
Callington equalised 10 minutes into the second half when good link-up play between Ryan Lucassi and Dean Smith put in Andy Sargent to fire home from eight yards.
The visitors had their best spell of the game without creating any real scoring chances.
The home side restored their lead, 15 minutes from time, when Pinnell fired home low with a shot-on-the-turn from six yards from a corner.