Richards seals win as Parkway maintain unbeaten league start
Penzance...1 Plymouth Parkway...4
PARKWAY'S superb start to the season continued when they overcame a potentially tricky game in a comfortable manner at Penlee Park to maintain their unbeaten league record.
Parkway and champions Bodmin Town are the only unbeaten clubs in the Premier and Wayne Hillson's outfit would overtake Darren Gilbert's side – if they beat Cullompton Rangers at Bolitho Park tomorrow.
Penzance might be bottom of the division but they have been markedly improved under new manager John Dent and Hillson was aware his side had to be on their guard against an upset.
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An early goal was required and Parkway read the script as Mark Berry's curling left wing shot crept into the far corner of Paul Williams' net after only 42 seconds.
A second goal followed on 23 minutes, Parkway midfielder Warren Daw firing his shot into the bottom right corner of the Magpies goal.
Penzance pulled a goal back on the half-hour when they were awarded a free-kick 20 yards out. After Steve Retchford's strike ballooned off the defensive wall, Ryan Andrew reacted quickest to bundle the ball over the line.
The Magpies continued to work tirelessly in the second half, but they failed to seriously trouble Dean Turner in the Parkway goal.
It was the visitors who added to their tally in the final 20 minutes with a fine left-foot strike from Lance Bailey making it 3-1 before Ryan Richards completed the scoring in the last minute, with a cool finish from Paul Heveran's right-wing cross.
Elburton Villa...4 Torpoint Ath...1
VILLA maintained their place in the leading pack with a victory over a Torpoint side who had not lost in their previous four games.
Both sides had a good look at each other before Villa opened the scoring on the half-hour when a piercing run by Levi Landricombe ended with the ball falling to Jack Alexander who fired home from 15 yards.
Torpoint were level inside five minutes when a left wing corner was headed back at the far post by Tom Hall for Paul Baker to nod home from close range despite Simon May's efforts to keep the ball out.
Villa restored their lead direct from the resumption as Sam Stevens swung the ball over from the right flank and the diminutive Alexander headed home his second.
Villa were now in the ascendency and on 65 minutes Justin Crowley broke into the box to send a fine chip to the far post where Stevens headed home from close range.
The scoring was completed when Jordan Trott's surging run saw him cross for substitute Lee Salmons to head home from close range.
Liskeard Ath...2 Tavistock...2
TAVISTOCK boss Ian Southcott was not satisfied with his side's performance despite the fact they came back from two goals down to gain a point at Lux Park.
Southcott said: "The game was lacking quality and I have to take some responsibility as I made changes to the side that didn't pay off.
"However, it was nice to see the lads show character to fight back from 2-0 down, and Ian Holmes showed some real class up front."
Tavistock found themselves behind on 25 minutes when a poor clearance from goalkeeper Andy Meeds fell to Chris Clarke, who placed his shot majestically into the net from 35 yards.
The Blues then had two good opportunities to increase their lead. Joe Knight shot against the Lambs' crossbar from six yards before Robbie Almond put a clear shooting chance over the bar from 12 yards.
It was not until the hour mark that Andrew Neal played in Lyle Johnson and he beat Meeds with a 12-yard drive from the angle of the box to double the home side's lead.
Tavistock threw themselves a life-line almost directly from the restart when a right wing cross found John Wyatt free at the back post to tap the ball into the empty net.
The visitors earned themselves a share of the spoils 10 minutes from time when they were awarded a penalty after Almond and Wyatt collided in the area.
Liskeard's protests were ignored by the referee who pointed to the spot and former Mansfield striker Ian Holmes opened his account for the Langsford Park outfit.
Launceston...3 Ivybridge Town...1
IVYBRIDGE'S impressive run of six consecutive victories came to an abrupt halt at Pennygillam as they only competed in short spells against leaders Launceston.
Leigh Cooper's Clarets had lost their previous two games, but they began the game more like a side looking for their seventh straight win.
Launceston had breached a hesitant Bridgers defence in the 11th minute when Ryan Crabb let fly with a 20-yard effort that flew over goalkeeper Josh Oak and under the visitors' crossbar.
Launceston were now controlling proceedings with Liam Tilley and Sam Scott going close before they doubled their lead on 29 minutes.
Bridgers defender Mike Summers stepped on the ball which was seized upon by Annis and he laid it into the path of Pethick, who hit a sublime angled chip over Oak from 10 yards.
The goal appeared to wake up Ivybridge and they came back in the latter stages of the first half with Shea Saunders robbed by Robbie Blake's fine challenge.
The visitors continued to look the better side after the break, pulling a goal back on 54 minutes when Stuart Morgan's effort was headed off the line by Mike Burke, but Saunders lashed the loose ball home.
Wayne Shailer's goal-bound effort was headed off the line by Mike Burke before the Bridgers' revival was ended by the Clarets' third goal on 66 minutes.
Ben Annis sent a great ball down the left flank for substitute Paul Chuwen.
He continued his run to take the return pass before hitting a superb shot, with the outside of his left foot, that flew into the top corner of Oak's goal for the goal of the game.
Ivybridge replied with Mike Scott, Josh Norrie and Josh Zimmerman all going close in the final minutes.
FA VASE FIRST ROUND PROPER Saltash Utd...0 Buckland Ath...1
SALTASH'S hopes of progressing into the second round proper ended with a narrow defeat to a Buckland side who have started life in the Western League Premier well since promotion from the Peninsula.
Ashes were always expected to be underdogs against their south Devon visitors, who have only lost twice in all competitions this season – once was 2-1 to Bath City in the FA Cup.
Buckland probably shaded a dour first half in which defences were mainly on top. The best chances fell to Ashes' Sam Hughes and Bucks' Liam Moseley, but both failed to hit the target.
Saltash began the second period the stronger of the two sides and only several good saves from former Ashes keeper Kenny Griffiths prevented the home side from breaking the deadlock.
Saltash thought they had broken the deadlock on 55 minutes when Stuart Clark had the ball in the Bucks net only to see a tight offside decision rule his effort out.
It was somewhat against the run of play that the visitors scored the all-important goal as Chris Wright profited from poor defending to play the ball in to Gavin Hammon. The Bucks striker was brought down by the feet of Ashes goalkeeper Ben Elphick and Dean Stevens powered his spot-kick down the middle of the home goal.
Buckland came closest to scoring again when, two minutes from time, Simon Revell's shot cannoned back off the crossbar.