South West Peninsula League Round-Up…

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Bodmin Town moved to the top of the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division table on Saturday…..

….as they beat bottom of the table Penzance by a huge 11-0 scoreline at Priory Park.

In fact it was 8-0 by half-time as the leaders swept themselves a point clear of previous incumbants Plymouth Parkway, who were held to a goalless draw at Bolitho Park by St Blazey.

The top division was particularly badly affected by postponements with five of the eight scheduled games being postponed.

Away from the top two only Liverton United got their game on but for no reward as they were beaten 4-2 by visiting St Austell.

In Division One East, six of the eight games went ahead with just the games at Stoke Gabriel and Teignmouth falling foul of the weather.

The division has new leaders after Axminster Town won 1-0 away at Alphington and that was enough to go top after Budleigh Salterton were rather surprisingly beaten 1-5 at home to Appledore.

The other top of the table action was at the Recreation Ground where Newton Abbot Spurs hosted Exmouth Town with the visitors edging a 3-2 win which lifts them three places and into third spot in the table.

Elsewhere, Galmpton United continued their recent improved form with a 2-1 win at Exeter Civil Service but ended the game with ten-men after a sending-off, whilst Plymstock United leap-frogged themselves above Crediton United as they beat the Kyrton 5-0 at Dean Cross.
Bottom of the table Sidmouth Town collected just their third point of the season as they drew 1-1 at home to a University of Exeter side playing their last game before the festive break.

With Division One West leaders Godolphin, high-flying Wadebridge and fourth-placed Callington all without a game on Saturday, Helston Athletic were given a prime chance to put pressure on at the top and they could hardly have taken the chance better as they thrashed Vospers Oak Villa 10-0 – the biggest home West Division win of the campaign so far.

Two sides on the fringe of the race had wins as Penryn Athletic won 4-2 away at Porthleven in a West Cornwall derby, whilst Dobwalls ran out 5-1 winners in their home game with Perranporth.

At the bottom end of the table there was significant movement as Holsworthy, in their twelfth game of the season, finally collected their first points as they won 3-1 away at Mousehole.

The Magpies in fact climbed off the bottom as Foxhole Stars dropped a place after losing 3-0 at home to Truro City Reserves.

One game ended all square as Sticker and Hayle shared the spoils from a 1-1 draw at Burngullow Park.

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