Title race heats up as top four all win – ECPL/Combo round-up

East Cornwall Premier League

Josh Caddy plundered a hat-trick as league leaders St Minver won 5-0 at home to St Blazey reserves to preserve their five-point cushion at the summit. Michael Kempthorne and Adrian Ashton also netted for the table toppers.

Second-placed Altarnun remain five points adrift with two games in hand after they matched their rivals’ efforts, running out 5-0 winners at home to St Newlyn East. Samuel Smith scored a brace and Cameron Heard, Joshua Smith and Brandon Ambrose registered single strikes for the Nuns.

Kieran Prescott scored twice as third-placed Gunnislake kept in touch with the top two by winning 4-0 at St Stephen. Ashley Small and Liam Raglan also got on the scoresheet for the Lakers, who remain two points behind Altarnun.

Foxhole Stars made it a clean sweep of wins for the top four sides after they triumphed 4-2 at St Cleer. Tyler Cheshire bagged a brace for the Foxes, while Jowan Dingle and Lee Rickard also notched for the Clay Country outfit. Finnley Bartlett was responsible for both of the home side’s strikes.

Elsewhere, Cameron Barrett, Sam Brown and Oliver Edwards scored as ninth-placed St Teath won 3-1 at home to Newquay Academy to move to within a point of the top six. Johnny Coleman replied for Newquay.

Combination League

Penryn Athletic reserves closed the gap on inactive league leaders Helston Athletic thirds to three points after winning 2-1 at home to Mullion reserves. Liam Dent and Jamie Allen provided the goals for the hosts, while Seth Rutterford replied for the seventh-placed Seagulls.

Craig Owens scored twice as Wendron United thirds put four goals past Goonhavern Athletic at Underlane. Zach Alexander and Jamie Blatch also netted as the Dron moved above Holmans into fifth place.

Holmans drop to sixth after suffering a 3-1 reverse at St Day reserves. Chris Dower, Cameron Searle and Matthew Stevens scored for the Saints, who climb above Hayle reserves to ninth, while Kyle Hocking bagged a consolation for the visitors.

Rosudgeon became the first side to reach the semi-finals of the Combination League Cup after running out 4-2 winners at home to St Agnes reserves. Alex Ralph scored a brace for the hosts, while Tom Rowe and Jonty Wheatley also netted, with Mike Burn and Oliver Keveren replying for the Aggie.

Allan McInnis notched twice as RNAS Culdrose won 2-1 at Pendeen Rovers, moving above Goonhavern into 14th as a result. Joe McMullen netted for Pendeen, who remain eighth.

Elsewhere, Matthew McNair scored as bottom side Godolphin Atlantic reserves earned a point at home to Lizard Argyle, for whom Josh Travis scored.

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