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Penzance still searching for their first win as Tavistock add to their woes

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 14, 2013

Tavistock's Carlton Farnham

Tavistock's Carlton Farnham

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The Penzance groundstaff worked hard to make their game against Tavistock the only Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division match to survive Saturday's incessant rain, but all their efforts were not rewarded by their team.

Tavistock made the most of the situation by winning 4-0 to move up to fourth place in the league while leaving their hosts still searching for their first League victory of the season.

The first half did not see a lot of goalmouth action but it was the visitors who opened the scoring six minutes before the break, when Carlton Farnham found the top-left corner of the home goal from 25 yards.

Any thoughts that the Penlee Park faithful had of a comeback were practically ended on the hour when the Lambs' former Mansfield Town striker Ian Holmes beat goalkeeper Paul Williams from the penalty spot.

To add to Penzance's troubles, they were left a man short 12 minutes from time when substitute Chris Bullock received his marching orders for dissent.

Tavistock took full advantage of the extra man, with Holmes notching his second of the game before full-back Ben Davies completed the scoring in stoppage time.

Division One East staged just two games but both had a major bearing on the top of the table, as Exmouth Town made the most of Newton Abbot Spurs dropping two points to move above them on goal difference after their 5-1 defeat of Alphington at Southern Road.

First-half goals for Exmouth from Ben Shephard and Adam Fowler were added to by second-half efforts from Chris Duchenski, Ace High and Matt Dawson before Matt Wonnacott's penalty proved only to be a late consolation for the Alphas.

Newton Abbot Spurs led 4-1 at home to Totnes and Dartington but the visitors fought back to earn a deserved point from an exciting 4-4 draw at Newton Recreation Ground.

Mark Dyson, Adam Dyson (two) and Jacob Chisholm were Spurs' scorers with two goals apiece from Liam Collings and John Rimmer earning the visitors their point.

Holsworthy gained only their second victory of their Division One West season when they completed the double over Mousehole, winning 4-2 at Upcott Field.

Ian Rowe, Roger Bonaparte (two) and Richard Smith hit the Magpies' goals, with Perryn Reynolds and Ollie Pridham replying for the well-beaten Seagulls.

Goals from Chris Kitson and Liam Dingle gave Sticker a two-goal lead at Hayle but the home side hit back to claim a 2-2 draw thanks to efforts from Justin Searle and a Kevin Lawrence penalty.

Dobwalls had Martyn Hake giving them a first-half lead, from the penalty spot, with Dan Tapper hitting their second after half-time, before Bryan Hawke hit home side Perranporth's solitary reply at Ponsmere Valley.

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