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Witheridge close the gap at the top as title rivals are all washed out

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 30, 2014

By Mike Sampson

Chris Vinnicombe

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THE eagerly awaited meetings between four of the South West Peninsula League’s title contenders were all washed out this weekend, leaving secretary Philip Hiscox once again rearranging games.

Plymouth Parkway’s trip to Bodmin Town and Ivybridge Town’s match at home to leaders Exmouth Town were among the three games – the other being Elburton Villa’s trip to Newquay – to fall on Saturday morning.

That left the way open for Witheridge to close the gap on the leading pair, and the Edge Down Park outfit were not in a mood to let that opportunity pass them by.

Chris Vinnicombe’s side travelled to Langsford Park to take on struggling Tavistock and they left the home contingent with worried frowns after their 2-0 victory had left the Lambs still adrift in the relegation zone.

Tavistock might have three games in hand over 18th-placed Cullompton Rangers but, with an inferior goal difference, they effectively need to take seven points from those games to overhaul the Speeds Meadow club.

That is not going to be easy as this latest defeat left Andy Bowker’s Lambs without a victory in their last 13 games.

Witheridge moved up to third place in the Premier Division after Dave Rowe had fired them ahead on 16 minutes before he turned provider on the hour to set up Jordan Charran, who rifled the ball home from 16 yards.

Cullompton had the opportunity to ensure that bottom club Liskeard Athletic would finish in the bottom two as they led 2-0 by the interval at Lux Park.

Marcus Fansom and Dean Stamp had converted Rangers’ only two chances whereas Liskeard had missed several, including hitting the woodwork.

The Blues came at their visitors after the break and deservedly pulled a goal back courtesy of Ben Waters, who forced the ball home from close range.

The match was in the third minute of stoppage time when veteran Roger Bonaparte, 47 this coming September, relinquished his defensive duties to force home a corner with almost the final kick of the match to equalise.

Godolphin Atlantic hit visitors Elmore for six with Luke Rigby, Phil Lowry, Kyle Brown, Josh Fearon, Aaron Dilley and Ross Fallens all on target in their 6-1 victory, Steve Harris hitting the solitary reply for the visitors.

Sam Davey scored twice, one from the penalty spot, to give Launceston a two-goal lead at Bovey Tracey, who hit back in the second half to gain a point courtesy of goals from Jared Lewington and Dan Taylor.

Jason Robertson’s own-goal was enough to see St Blazey win 1-0 at Falmouth Town, while Andy Boxall and Dave Youldon were Camelford’s scorers in their 2-2 home draw against St Austell, who had Ollie Deadman and Dan Lean on target.

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