The Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Premier Division bucked this season’s trend on Saturday with three goalless draws in seven fixtures.
The previous 103 games had only seen two 0-0 draws but Saturday was a day for defences with only 14 goals scored, and six of them came at Bovey Tracey.
Unfortunately for the Mill Marsh Park faithful it was visitors Saltash United who grabbed all six goals at the home of the Moorlanders, who have gone six league and cup games without a victory.
Bovey’s only success came on the opening Friday of the season when they beat Torpoint 5-0.
Saltash were far superior to their hosts and it took 10 minutes for the impressive Dimitri Kanaki to follow up on home goalkeeper Tom Brooks’ save to slot the ball home.
Kanaki’s corner was punched clear by Brooks only for Adam Bance to fire the loose ball into the net, 10 minutes later, and a third goal followed almost instantaneously when Stuart Clark crossed for Jon Hoyles to head home from six yards.
A fourth goal arrived, five minutes before the break, when Kanaki’s through ball picked out Sam Farrant who finished neatly from 12 yards.
Any lingering hopes Bovey had of launching a comeback were entirely dashed three minutes into the second half when they had Liam Head sent off for a second bookable offence. But it was not until the 70th minute that Kelvin Fyneboy converted a penalty with Simon Parnell completing the rout five minutes from time.
Exmouth and Ivybridge share top spot after Saturday’s victories left them with identical statistics. Exmouth take top spot courtesy of E coming before I.
Two second half goals from Ben Woolley and Ace High saw Exmouth beat Godolphin 2-0 at Southern Road while Ivybridge had Joe Truelove and Andrew Neal on target as they beat Torpoint 2-1 at Erme Valley where Adam Carter hit his third goal in two games from the visitors.
Sam Davey and Luke Doddridge were Launceston’s scorers in a 2-1 victory at Falmouth, who had Andy Westgarth replying for a Town outfit that find themselves in the unusual position of propping up the table.
The three goalless draw came at Speeds Meadow, where Cullompton met Liskeard, Horsden Park in the game between Elmore and St Austell and Camelford’s trip to Witheridge completing the blank scorelines.