Cornish football preview: Saturday, January 22

Cornwall Sports Media looks ahead to the latest weekend of football across all divisions.

Southern Football League

Truro City are set to finally play their first home game of 2022 this weekend, with Hayes & Yeading United the visitors to Bolitho Park in the Southern League Premier South this weekend.

Paul Wotton’s side will have been buoyed by their 2-0 triumph in London last weekend, with Jamie Richards and Tyler Harvey scoring as City defeated Hendon, avenging their 4-0 opening-day defeat to the Dons.

Truro, who are set to visit United in the return game next month, will be keen for three points to help close the ten-point gap on Yate Town in the final play-off place.

Premier South (3pm)

Truro City v Hayes and Yeading United

Western Football League

Mousehole will be hoping to end the weekend in second spot in the Western Football League Premier Division, with the high-flying Seagulls hoping to extend their league winning run to eight when they visit second-from-bottom Ashton & Backwell United. Jake Ash’s side will move up to second – the all-important promotion play-off spot – if they can better Exmouth Town’s result at home to Keynsham Town.

Helston Athletic have had a bit of a wobble of late but are still very much in contention for a top-two finish. Steve Massey’s sixth-placed Blues welcome Bridgwater United, sat two points and two places above them, to Kellaway Park this weekend, hoping to end a run of three straight defeats in all competitions.

The most recent defeat came in a fiery Cornwall Senior Cup quarter-final loss at Saltash United last weekend, and the Ashes will be keen to ensure their own ambitions of a strong finish are met. Dane Bunney’s side, who are three points behind Helston, head to 17th-placed Cadbury Heath on Saturday.

Millbrook’s excellent unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end at nine last week after losing 4-2 at Dobwalls in the Senior Cup, and Mackenzie Brown’s outfit will be looking to kickstart a new run when they welcome Bitton to Jenkins Park. A win could see Millbrook enter the top half and would be welcomed by their Cornish rivals, with fourth-placed Bitton nestled among the cluster of promotion-chasing clubs.

Premier (3pm)

Ashton & Backwell United v Mousehole
Cadbury Heath v Saltash United
Helston Athletic v Bridgwater United
Millbrook v Bitton

Walter C Parson League Cup

The third round of the Walter C Parson League Cup is set to finally be concluded this weekend, with South West Peninsula League west division leaders Falmouth Town making the long trip to east division table-toppers Okehampton Argyle.

The match was due to take place on January 3, but covid issues in the Argyle camp saw the match moved to this weekend. Both sides are fighting for league honours in their respective divisions, but the winner of this tie will take one step closer to cup glory and secure a quarter-final trip to St Blazey next month.

Third round (2pm)

Okehampton Argyle v Falmouth Town

South West Peninsula League

Liskeard Athletic welcome Bodmin Town to Lux Park this weekend knowing that victory is a must if they are to start chasing down league leaders Falmouth Town, who are in League Cup action on Saturday. A win will see the Blues close the gap to 13 points with two games in hand, while Darren Gilbert’s Bodmin could end the day in the top ten if they can secure all three points.

Third-placed Camelford will have their eye on returning to second, which they will do if they can defeat Callington Town at Trefrew Park and Bodmin can take something away from Liskeard. The Camels have not played a league game since December 17, with Callington’s last game in all competitions coming only a day later.

Senior Cup semi-finalists Wendron United, enjoying a fantastic season thus far, could also end the day in second if they can win at bottom side St Dennis and the above two games go their way. The Saints have just one point to their name this term, but gave the Dron a scare in the reverse fixture in September, eventually succumbing 3-2 at Underlane.

Just one place below Wendron are fellow semi-finalists Dobwalls, who face an important trip to St Blazey, who sit only one place below them in sixth. Phil Lafferty’s side will be intent on revenge after losing 6-1 at the east Cornwall outfit in the reverse league fixture, and were also dumped out of the FA Vase by Simon Westlake and Ben Washam’s charges, who are another team enjoying an excellent campaign.

Looking down the table, the next two sides are Newquay and Wadebridge Town, who also meet one another at the latter’s Bodieve Park. There will also be an element of revenge on the cards for Paul Rowe’s Bridgers, who were eliminated from the Vase by Craig Ainslie’s Peppermints, who then went on to beat them again in the league four days later.

Sticker, sat 14th in the table, welcome ninth-placed Launceston to Burngullow Park with the aim of ending a five-game winless run, which began with a defeat at the Clarets. Bentley Alcantara’s goal was all that separated the sides in the reverse fixture at Pennygillam in November.

Elsewhere, Penryn Athletic know they can move above the inactive St Austell and into the top ten if they can take all three points from their game at home to Penzance, who are on a run of seven consecutive defeats. Penryn, who suffered an agonising late defeat at Bodmin last time out, ran out 4-0 winners in the reverse game with Penzance at Penlee Park.

In the east division, Torpoint Athletic will look to take advantage of leaders Okehampton Argyle’s League Cup commitments and close the gap to four points when they visit Axminster Town. Dean Cardew’s side, who are seven points behind Argyle with six games in hand, have dropped just eight points all season, but two were at the hands of the Tigers in a thrilling 4-4 draw at The Mill in September.

Premier East (3pm)

Axminster Town v Torpoint Athletic

Premier West (3pm)

Camelford v Callington Town
Liskeard Athletic v Bodmin Town
Penryn Athletic v Penzance
St Blazey v Dobwalls
St Dennis v Wendron United
Sticker v Launceston
Wadebridge Town v Newquay

St Piran League

East division (2.30pm)

Callington Town v Bude Town
Morwenstow v St Dennis
Polperro v St Austell
Saltash United v Torpoint Athletic
St Dominick v Saltash Borough
St Mawgan v Millbrook

West division (2.30pm)

Hayle v Mullion
Illogan RBL v Helston Athletic
Ludgvan v Porthleven
Perranporth v Redruth United
St Ives Town v Mousehole
Truro City v St Agnes
Wendron United v Perranwell

East Cornwall Premier League

Fixtures (2.30pm)

Altarnun v Looe Town
Gunnislake v St Teath
Roche v Newquay
St Stephen v Foxhole Stars
Torpoint Athletic v St Newlyn East

Combination League

Fixtures (2.30pm)

Goonhavern Athletic v Wendron United
Mawnan v Lizard Argyle
RNAS Culdrose v Holmans
Rosudgeon v Mullion
St Agnes v Pendeen Rovers
St Day v Godolphin Atlantic

Cornwall Junior Cup

Quarter-finals (2pm)

Dobwalls v Tregrehan Mills

Duchy League

Division 1 East (2.30pm)

Boscastle v Pensilva
Bude Town v Lifton
Calstock v Saltash United
Dobwalls v North Petherwin
Southgate Seniors v St Dominick
St Cleer v Polperro
Tintagel v St Breward

Division 1 West (2.30pm)

Gerrans & St Mawes United v AFC Bodmin
Holywell & Cubert v St Merryn
Mevagissey v Lanivet Inn
Polzeath v Lostwithiel (3pm)
St Columb Major v Nanpean Rovers
St Minver v Gorran

Division 2 (2.30pm)

Boscastle v Gunnislake
Delabole United v Gunnislake
Foxhole Stars v Boscastle
Lostwithiel v St Mawgan
North Hill v Grampound
North Petherwin v Biscovey
Week St Mary v Looe Town

Trelawny League

Premier (2.30pm)

Constantine v Troon
Newlyn Non-Athletico v St Just
Stithians v Mawnan
Threemilestone v Camborne School of Mines
West Cornwall v Praze-an-Beeble (3pm)

Division 1 (2.30pm)

Penzance v Illogan RBL
Perranwell v St Erme
RNAS Culdrose v Redruth United

Division 2 (2.30pm)

Falmouth United v New Inn Titans
Holmans v Frogpool & Cusgarne
St Ives Marines v Threemilestone
Tregony v St Ives Town
Wendron United v Falmouth DC

Division 3 (2.30pm)

Dropship v Constantine
Lanner v Probus
Lizard Argyle v Stithians
Mullion v Mount Ambrose
St Agnes v Carharrack

Division 4 (2.30pm)

Helston Raiders v St Keverne
Ruan Minor v Storm
Wendron United v Goonhavern Athletic

South West Women’s Football League

Premier (Sunday 2pm)

St Austell v Royal Wootton Bassett Town

Western (Sunday 2pm)

Saltash United v Liskeard Athletic

Cornwall Women’s Football League

Division 1 (Sunday 2pm)

Bude Town v Saltash United
Callington Town v Helston Athletic
FXSU v Mousehole
Saltash Borough v Penryn

Division 2 (Sunday 2pm)

Dropship v Bodmin
RNAS Culdrose v Wendron United
Wadebridge Town v Foxhole Stars

[Featured image: Colin Bradbury / Cornwall Sports Media]

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