Parkway's title hopes are still alive as Richards nets winner
Liverton Utd...0 Plymouth Parkway...1
PARKWAY battled their way to a potentially vital three points in south Devon to leave them in second place in the table, one point behind leaders Bodmin.
Having recently stated their intention to apply for promotion to the Western League Premier Division, Parkway will need a top two finish this season.
However, although bringing step five football to Bolitho Park is their main aim, Parkway also have realistic title ambitions following a run of results that has seen them win seven and draw one of their last eight matches.
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It is often said that a side's true quality is shown when their backs are against the wall and, on a heavy pitch against a Liverton side that was fresh from a 6-0 Boxing Day win over Bovey Tracey, Parkway proved they have the stomach for a fight by grinding out the victory.
The game's only goal came on the half hour when Ryan Richards' 15-yard drive took a slight deflection on its way into the Liverton net.
In a game of few chances Liverton went close to equalising in the 75th minute when Jordan Lamm's shot rebounded off the inside of the post.
Ten minutes later Parkway were indebted to goalkeeper Ben Elphick for pulling off a fine save to tip Staurt Bowker's goal-bound header around the post and, after this, the Bolitho Park outfit saw out the final five minutes to claim an impressive three points.
Elburton Villa...1 Ivybridge Town...1
THE main talking point from this derby clash surrounded the moment when Justin Crowley conceded a 68th-minute penalty from which Todd Hanrahan gave Bridgers the lead.
Bridgers substitute Steve Sutton, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes, sent in a shot that saw Crowley produce a good save, of which, any goalkeeper would have been proud.
But Crowley, who had earlier been booked for a late challenge, escaped any further retribution from the referee which left most of the crowd scratching their heads in disbelief before Todd Hanrahan sent Villa keeper Simon May the wrong way from his spot-kick.
A goal down, and a man short, might have been too much for Villa, but instead they pushed forward in search of an equaliser which came four minutes later.
Ray Spear's astute pass split the centre of the Bridgers defence to put in Sam Stevens. Stevens profited from Josh Oak's one and only hesitation to fire his shot between the keeper's legs and into the centre of the goal.
The equaliser was a just one as it was Villa who had created the majority of the goal-scoring opportunities only to find Oak in superb form.
Villa started strongly with Callum Martindale firing over from the angle of the area before Michael Landricombe saw his far post header well saved by Oak.
Ivybridge hit back with Simon May rushing out of his goal to deny Mark Berry before the Bridgers striker wasted a great chance as his shot, on the turn, went straight at the Villa keeper.
Oak then produced a fine, low save to deny Aaron Spear, who was making his Villa debut, before Bridgers skipper Stuart Morgan wasted a fine chance by curling his shot wide of the far post.
The half ended with Oak making another fine save, to deny Stevens, in stoppage time and he continued to deny the home side in the early stages of the second half as Aaron Spear, Jack Alexander and Ray Spear all failed to beat the visiting custodian.
Hanrahan's spot-kick and Stevens' equaliser had maintained the status quo, although Villa finished strongly with Aaron Spear smashing his 18-yard drive against Oak's crossbar before Mike Landricombe had the ball in the visitors' net only for his effort to be ruled out for offside.
Falmouth Town...0 Saltash Utd...0
THE only obstacle that the Ashes found insurmountable at Bickland Park was Argyle youth coach Jason Chapman, who must have pulled off at least eight first class saves to earn his side, almost single-handedly, a point.
Ashes should have converted at least one of their many chances but that is not to detract from Chapman's brilliance that left many of the Saltash team scratching their heads in amazement at the experienced keeper's agility.
His performance ensured Town ended a run of two heavy defeats yet it was the home side, who fashioned the first scoring opportunity when Glen Squires intercepted a backpass only to send his shot straight at Ashes keeper Nathan Murphy.
Chapman then did well to keep out Sam Hughes' low drive before somehow deflecting Matt Godfree's fierce shot around the post.
Drummond's good pass put Squires in but he curled his shot over the bar from 15 yards as both sides went for the win.
The second half began with Saltash coming at Town and once again Chapman excelled, turning Dimtri Kanaki's drive around his post.
Falmouth replied and Squires combined with Karl Turner, whose shot was turned around the post by Murphy.
Godfree's 70th-minute free-kick looked goal-bound until Chapman interceded as Saltash finished strongly.
Town struggled to get out of their half but the home defence, and in particular Chapman, held firm to deny their visitors the victory that their overall performance should have earned them.
Launceston...3 Liskeard Ath...1
LISKEARD manager Paul Blatchford could take heart from the way his side stuck to their task at Pennygillam before finally conceding a third goal 20 minutes from time.
Blatchford reflected: "Launceston are one of the better sides in the Peninsula and at 2-1 we were still very much in the game.
"But another lapse at the back cost us dearly."
The Blues boss has now had time to look at his squad and is aware he still requires a bit of experience along the spine of his side if he is to pull them clear of the lower reaches of the Peninsula Premier.
Launceston took an eighth minute lead when right-back Sam Scott cut in from the flank to send a 30-yard drive flying through a crowd of players and into the bottom corner of the Blues goal.
Liskeard hit back to level the score nine minutes later when Tom Hall made the running before sending in a drive that keeper Dan Stevenson parried only for Alex Martin to slot the loose ball into an empty goal.
The Clarets restored their lead on 26 minutes when Sam Davey broke down the left to drill the ball across the area to find Liam Tilley firing home from six yards.
The home side should have increased their lead four minutes after the break when Chris Head rounded Blues keeper Andy Brenton but only managed to send his shot over the bar from 12 yards on the angle.
Head let two more chances go begging before he made amends, on 70 minutes, when good work on the right by Scott saw him send the ball across goal, to leave Head with a simple tap-in.
EAST CORNWALL PREMIER DIVISION Probus...0 Millbrook...2
MILLBROOK retained their position at the top of the East Cornwall Premier Division with a hard-fought win at resilient Probus.
The opening goal came after Probus defender Mark Bishop handled a volley from James Rowe.
Bishop was sent off before Millbrook skipper Lee Wakeham dispatched the penalty to give his side the lead.
After the break, Probus battled to stay in the game, but the killer blow came when Lee Wakeham sent in a defence-splitting cross for Lee Morgan to add a simple touch to beat the Probus keeper.
The goal took the fight out of Probus and Millbrook saw out the game comfortably.