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20th may 2010

St Ives Town 1-2 Penzance Reserves

Someone in the Penzance team must have found a four leaf clover as they rode their luck to record their first win at The Saltings since 1996-97. They survived their keeper going off injured with a broken nose plus St Ives managed to miss two penalties!

Ground looking the best it's been, ever, at this time of the season. New changing rooms going in, things are looking up for St Ives. Nice programme especially the artwork.

Penzance are the first to show with a cross, right to left from Johnny Ludlam to Lewis Caspall who’s shot on the run is deflected away for a corner.

St Ives then break forward, a through ball beats the off-side trap. Striker and keeper go one on one, a clever chip over the stopper bounces off the bar, down onto the line then is cleared by Ryan Andrew for a corner. The corner comes in and a flick at the near post flicks up onto the bar and away to safety.

The game then settles down to Penzance pressure with St Ives on the break.

28mins gone Penzance go in front. Penzance play the ball around the St Ives half, the ball goes out right, knocked back in square to Ross Badcock running down the edge of the box who lobs the keeper cross goal.

Then St Ives put pressure in Penzance for several minutes until in one attack down the right line of the 18yd box, Wayne Wager comes out from his goalmouth, goes down at the feet of the striker only to see him tumble. Re has no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Long delay whilst the keeper is seen too. A broken nose. After roughly five minutes, up he gets to carry on. Chris Lock steps up and takes the spot kick. Keeper stands still, ball rising past his left side. Keeper sidesteps and punches the ball up and over the bar.

Last couple of minutes of the half, St Ives get a free kick long on the right. Ball is knocked in, flicked on by a Penzance defender which wrong foots the keeper, a flicked header goes just over the bar.


Within a minute of the restart Penzance go further in front. A corner on the right, the ball comes over, a powerful Max Davies header from close angle.

On 49mins Wager can’t take the pain anymore and late arrival Gerran James replaces him in goal.

A St Ives break on the left results in a cross followed by a shot that goes well over the bar.

More St Ives pressure but they don’t get a clear shot at goal thanks to some good defending.

63min St Ives are awarded a second penalty. The break through on the left into the area. One on one with the keeper. James knocks the forward over! After a bit of gamesmanship about the position of the ball and James running from side to side along the line, Ross Duncan feels the pressure as he knocks it low to the left of the upright.

68mins St Ives get the goal they deserve. A corner on the left, drops onto the line, James flicks it up off the feet of a forward. Ball comes out right. As the defence turns the ball is knocked back in for Martyn Harding to head in from 6yds out. 1-2.

Penzance then get roughly ten minutes of time down the St Ives goalmouth , as their defence pushes forward to catch St Ives off-side. Time and again it happens much to the frustration of the supporters. They keep breaking down the left but good defending in the middle stops any pressure on the keeper.

Last chance fall to Penzance. They work right, cross to near post fools keeper. Ball bounce off him, up onto the post and away to safety.

Penzance – Wayne Wager, Adam Fletcher, Bradley Wills, Max Davies, Ryan Andrew, Ross Badcock, Ryan Holland, Lewis Caspall, Jamie Devine, Peter Waller, John Ludlam

Subs- Gerran James (Wager 49), Ashley Thomas

Corners - St Ives 7-6 Penzance (2-4 1st half)

Fouls conceded – St Ives 8-7 Penzance

Crowd - 38

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