Rain plays havoc with Peninsula programme
THE incessant Christmas rain looked to have created a first as Boxing Day games in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League began falling as early as Christmas Eve and a second complete washout in just three days looked to be on the cards.
That would have been the first time ever that the Peninsula would have suffered a complete washout of fixtures in consecutive match days.
Thirteen of the scheduled 21 games were postponed on Christmas Eve with Plymouth Parkway's home game against Elburton Villa, Liskeard Athletic's traditional game against Saltash United and Tavistock's derby against Launceston all going in the Premier Division.
The local fixture list was finally wiped out as Vospers Oak Villa's home game against Dobwalls plus Plymstock United's trip to Totnes & Dartington and Callington Town's long haul to Holsworthy were also postponed before the 4pm Christmas Eve deadline.
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Falmouth Town were the only side to decide to call a game off on Christmas Day while Hayle's home game against Mousehole and Foxhole Stars visit to St Dennis went on Boxing Day.
But a full wipe-out was averted as the remaining five games all went ahead.
Premier Division leaders Bodmin increased their lead over second place Parkway to four points as they beat Newquay 4-2 at Priory Park.
Liverton hammered Bovey Tracey 6-0 at Halford, which was good news for Liskeard who are just three points adrift of the Moorlanders.
Newton Abbot Spurs returned to the top of the East Divsion with a 3-1 victory at Teignmouth while Stoke Gabriel lost 5-1 at home to Galmpton United.
The one remaining West division game saw league leaders Godolphin Atlantic come back from 3-1 down to beat third place Wadebridge Town 5-3 at Godolphin Way.
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