In-form Parkway keep up their pressure on leaders
Ivybridge Tn...0 Plymouth Parkway...2
PARKWAY ended a superb month with a fifth straight victory which has left them two points behind leaders Bodmin Town and with a game in hand.
But the Bridgers gave as good as they got and had the Erme Valley outfit taken their chances it might have been a very different result.
Ivybridge will be glad to see the back of Wayne Hillson's side as this was the second time in a month they had lost to Parkway, and once again they failed to pierce the Bolitho Park outfit's defence.
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It was not as if they did not have the chances to score, with Joe Truelove's diving header brilliantly kept out by Parkway goalkeeper Ben Elphick before the visitors made a 25th-minute breakthrough.
Dan Griffiths latched on to Warren Daw's ball and skipped past his marker before cutting in from the left and firing low across Josh Oak and inside the far post.
Ivybridge should have been level before the interval but Truelove wasted a far post header and Mark Berry somehow failed to score from right in front of goal.
The significance of those misses become apparent after just two minutes of the second half.
The Bridgers' defence failed to clear a corner and Jon Heveran hooked the ball home, while the player lay prone on the deck.
Even then the home side had chances, with Truelove and Mike Scott both wasting opportunities before Parkway substitute Lewis Young spurned his side's best hope of add to their tally.
Bovey Tracey...1 Tavistock...5
CARLTON FARNHAM netted a hat-trick as the Lambs comprehensively registered their fifth straight league win to climb up to fourth in the table and level on points with Parkway.
It was a result that left boss Ian Southcott pleased. He said: "We had a great start, getting ourselves in front so early, only to concede a sloppy goal.
"But the response from the players was so pleasing as they tore Bovey apart to be leading 4-1 by the 20th minute."
All six goals in this game were scored in an opening 45 minutes that saw Tavvy's forward play prove too awkward for a beleaguered Bovey defence.
Ian Rooke's fifth-minute opener was cancelled out by Bovey's Tom Arnold, but Southcott's side then turned up the pressure to run riot for the rest of the half.
Farnham restored Tavvy's lead on 19 minutes with a well struck left-footed shot from 20 yards. And just four minutes later, Jarryd Kelly reacted first in a goal-mouth scramble to extend their advantage.
Farnham netted his second after only 24 minutes, with a low shot from eight yards.
And on the stroke of half time, he completed his treble when he lashed the ball home from inside the box after the home defence failed to clear their lines.
Bovey improved in the second half but by then Tavvy had already comfortably secured another three points. Although they were unable to add to their margin of victory, it was a fine afternoon's work for the Lambs.
Cullompton Rgs...2 Elburton Villa...3
VILLA climbed up to fifth in the table as Levi Landricombe's stoppage time penalty saw them leave the Premier Division's second from bottom club with all three points despite having squandered a two-goal lead.
In an entertaining game, Villa went ahead on the half hour when Sam Stevens stroked the ball home from six yards following defensive confusion from the hosts.
Villa then took control of the game, deservedly doubling the lead on the hour when Landricombe collected a through ball to sprint clear of the Cully defence before side-footing his effort past advancing home goalkeeper Jon Wannell.
Cully pulled a goal back within a minute, when Sam Kemp was brought down in the area for a penalty that Gary Wills converted.
Galvanised by the goal, Cully applied further pressure, equalising 14 minutes from time through a neat finish from Kemp.
It looked like the struggling hosts had done enough to secure a point but deep into stoppage time home defender Luke Warmsley handled on the line and was sent off.
Landricombe converted the spot-kick for his second of the game to secure all three points for Villa.