CSWPL Premier Division: Torpoint Athletic notch up record victory with 12-1 win against Penzance
Torpoint Ath...12 Penzance...1
TORPOINT achieved a Peninsula League Premier Division record victory with this drubbing of the bottom club at The Mill.
The match was also a memorable one for striker Lewis Kershaw, who bagged five goals, and for Darren Hicks who weighed in with a hat-trick.
Kershaw, who began the rout with a well-placed six-yard shot in the eighth minute, and he was on target again four minutes later, prodding home from close range after Jimmy Alexander's free-kick had rebounded into his path off the post.
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The third goal arrived in the 32nd minute when Liam Thornton's corner was headed home by Josh Fenwick. Three minutes later, Luke Avis-Riordan burst into the Penzance area before crashing the ball home from 14 yards.
In the 41st minute Avis-Riordan crossed for Shane White to head home the fifth and he then centred, three minutes later, for Kershaw to tap home for his hat-trick.
On the stroke of half-time Avis-Riordan once again crossing for Kershaw to notch the seventh with a header.
The goals continued to rain down on poor Penzance after the interval. Kershaw was on target for his fifth in the 54th minute and six minutes later a foul in the area on Tom Payne led to Hicks converting the penalty. He then turned provider as he crossed for Dave Smith to head home in the 74th minute.
Hicks then side-footed home the 11th goal seven minutes from time, and after the visitors netted the most scant of consolations, through Chris Bullock, the scoring was completed just before full time when Hicks secured his hat-trick with a low 10-yard drive.
Tavistock...1 Elburton Villa...3
VILLA made it 10 points from four league games with victory at Langsford Park.
The Lambs are getting an unerring knack of losing 3-1, this being their third defeat on the trot by that scoreline, taking their winless run to five games.
But even more worrying for manager Ian Southcott must be the fact his side have not won at home since November 14.
Yet circumstances were such that Southcott was not displeased with his players efforts.
He said: "After two poor displays, and going in to the game with a decimated squad, the lads were fantastic and were left wondering how they had lost the game.
"With 15 minutes to go we had a virtual open goal to put our ourselves in front and at 2-1 down we missed a penalty."
He added: "The game was very competitive but played in the right spirit and I feel for our lads as they deserved something, but all credit to Elburton who are a decent side and were clinical in front of goal."
Tavistock took an eighth-minute lead when Carlton Farnham's pass put in former Mansfield Town striker Ian Holmes to slot the ball past the advancing Simon May.
Elburton took 12 minutes to restore parity when Levi Landricombe bent a 20-yard free-kick around the Lambs' defensive wall and wide of home custodian Andy Meeds.
Opportunities fell to both teams in the second half but it was not until the 84th minute Villa took the lead when Michael Landricombe was on hand to steer the ball home after it had broken loose in the area.
Almost immediately Tavistock were presented with the ideal opportunity to draw level as May took out Farnham in the area. The fact the keeper remained on the pitch proved to be a big plus for Villa as he dived low to make a good save from Holmes spot-kick.
Villa were then reduced to 10 men, two minutes from time, with Levi Landricombe receiving his second yellow for dissent but there was still enough time for Robbie Almond to put Ray Spear in the clear to complete the scoring with a neat lob.
Saltash Utd...2 Liverton Utd...0
SALTASH ended a run of four games without a win as they gained revenge for their recent 4-0 defeat at Liverton with a deserved victory over the in-form south Devon outfit at Kimberley Stadium.
Former Saltash manager Tony Bowker has done a fantastic job with the newly-promoted side, who had only lost once in their previous six games – a run that had shot them up in to the top half of the table.
The opening 20 minutes was tight as both teams tested each other out in the middle of the park but that changed on 24 minutes when Ashes took the lead.
Striker Danny Zalick took advantage of a mix-up in the Liverton defence to hit a clever lob the ball over visiting keeper Ben Hardie from eight yards.
It was the visitors who fashioned the next chance, just prior to the half time whistle, when Stuart Bowker's cross found Craig Fenner heading just wide of the far post
The second-half continued in the same fashion, although Ashes keeper Nathan Murphy made a double save to preserve his side's lead.
Saltash gave themselves breathing space in the 62nd minute when a through ball from Gavin Coulton found Zalick, and he turned sweetly before driving the ball low into the corner of the net from 20 yards.
Zalick came close to adding to the tally but Hardie's full length save denied him as the Ashes defence comfortably held out for the win.