Landricombe hat-trick powers Parkway to more cup success
LEVI LANDRCIOMBE scored a superb hat-trick as Parkway, for the second week running, outclassed opponents from a higher league at Bolitho Park.
Last weekend Parkway demolished Western League Premier outfit Ilfracombe 4-1 in the FA Cup, and they could have won by a far larger margin against a Bridport side who also ply their trade at that level.
Parkway also maintained their 100 per cent record in all competitions this season.
They will be confident of another win when they entertain fellow Peninsula League side St Blazey, who beat Ilfracombe 3-2 after extra-time, in the second qualifying round.
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Against Bridport, Parkway could have been three goals in front inside the opening half hour. Twice Landricombe wasted good opportunities while his strike partner Ryan Richards was denied by a good save from visiting goalkeeper Sam Filkins.
When Landricombe netted the opening goal on 35 minutes it was from a far harder opportunity than his earlier chances.
He took the ball wide of Filkins on the edge of the box before calmly shooting home from a very tight angle.
Within a minute Richards had blazed over when in front of goal, but Parkway did not have to wait long for their second.
Landricombe collected the ball on the left hand corner of the area where he surprised the opposing defender and goalkeeper by hitting a venomous shot into the far corner of the net.
Shortly before the half-time whistle Parkway midfielder Danny Lewis saw the ball hit his arm, as he charged down a shot in the area, which resulted in a penalty that Dan Wise converted to reduce the visitors' arrears.
Any fears the home side had of a second-half Bridport comeback were assuaged 13 minutes in.
The outstanding Gavin Coulton brought the ball out of his own defence before superbly carrying it to the edge of the visitors' area where he put in Landricombe to fire home and complete his hat-trick.
A lengthy hold up, following an injury to the match referee, seemed to take the edge out of the game. Once it resumed, the visitors staged a late rally that saw them pull a goal back through substitute Matt Morley.
However, Parkway made sure of the victory in stoppage time when Richards ran on to a long ball before crashing a half volley past Filkins from 20 yards.
TORPOINT'S hopes of a run in the FA Vase were dashed at the first hurdle as they were beaten by a Camels side playing their first ever game in the competition.
Torpoint only had themselves to blame as they had enough chances to have claimed the £600 prize money and a home tie against Shepton Mallet.
The game was fairly even for the opening half hour, but that was when Billy Hopcroft beat two defenders before dispatching his shot accurately in the corner.
Torpoint keeper Ben Harding had made a great save from Ryan Pooley before the visitors restored parity in the final minute of the half.
Ellis Cowd's long thrown found Adam Carter bundling the ball home from close range.
The visitors came more into the game after the break and only a fine save from Josh Colwill denied Carter a second goal.
However, the Camels struck again on 75 minutes.
James Robertson hauled down Ryan Pooley in the area and he converted the penalty himself.
Torpoint threw everything at their hosts with Carter and Danny Brook both missing chances before Carter turned his marker in the area only for Colwill to save his powerful shot.
THIS was always going to be a difficult game for the Bridgers against a Godolphin outfit who have adapted to life in the Premier Division superbly and currently find themselves in fourth place.
The point saw the Bridgers close the gap on leaders Exmouth to just one point but their strong finish could have earned them all three.
Godolphin's best spell came in the first half with Richard Griffin's lob coming back off Josh Oak's crossbar.
The home side finally opened the scoring on 32 minutes. Great work by Griffin saw his final shot blocked by Oak but Phil Lowry followed up to convert the loose ball.
Ivybridge came more into the game after the break and Jordan Walton spurned a good chance by shooting into the side-netting.
But he made amends, eight minutes from time, when his low drive flew across Godolphin keeper Sean Semmens and into the far corner. In a frantic finalé the home side were reduced to 10 men when former Argyle midfielder Jamie Lowry received a straight red card after a flare up with Chris Maskell.
VILLA showed good character to record their second victory of the season with this triumph over fellow strugglers Falmouth at Haye Road.
In midweek Villa had crashed to a horrible 7-0 home defeat at the hands of St Austell, but they showed their determination to put that result behind them as they opened the scoring after only seven minutes.
Aaron Hulme dispossessed a Falmouth defender on the visitors' 18-yard line before slipping the ball into the path of Mike Smith who drove it powerfully into the net.
The Cornishmen improved after, however, and they fully merited their 32nd-minute equaliser from Lee Jeffery's cross-cum-shot.
The second half saw Villa up their game and, after going close on the hour mark when Gavin Welsh's header crashed against the crossbar, they got the winner seven minutes from time.
Hulme ran on to Jed Smale's through ball and lobbed visiting goalkeeper Jason Chapman.
THE BLUES' difficult start to the season continued as they went down to a heavy defeat at Pennygillam, which leaves them with just two points from nine league matches.
Paul Blatchford's side were rarely in the game against their third-placed hosts, and their cause was not helped by giving away three penalties during the course of the afternoon.
The home side took just four minutes to open the scoring when former Elburton striker Sam Davey headed home from close range.
Eight minutes later Blues defender Ben Collins tripped Davey in the area and the striker duly stepped up to score from the penalty spot.
A torrid 45 minutes was compounded just before the interval when the otherwise impressive Liskeard goalkeeper Jamie Blatchford brought down Clarets midfielder Lance Easton.
A second penalty allowed Davey to complete his treble from 12 yards.
Launceston remained on top in the second half, but they only added one further goal, 15 minutes from time.
Easton was again upended in the area for a third penalty of the afternoon which, this time, was converted by Chris Saunders.