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21st August 2010

Penzance Reserves 1-7 St Day

Some say it’s good to get the tough games over early in the season but this scoreline flatters St Day. On the 69min mark the score stood at 0-2 with St Day having missed a penalty earlier, then Penzance pull one back on 70mins but this seems to sting St Day into life and they run the Magpies ragged for the rest of the game, scoring five. Duane Britton, transferred from relegated Portreath wades in with five goals, four of them scored in those last few minutes.

Penzance did the same last season losing their first game 9-1 at Perranwell then settling down to a decent season. Illogan on Tuesday will also be tough but we live in hope.

St Day kick the season off facing towards the sea end of the ground and even though they are individually stronger than the Penzance youngsters fail to seriously threaten keeper Ryan Gendall playing his first league game for Penzance. St Day have a shout for a penalty when one of their players trips over Ryan’s outstretched leg in a crowded box going for a cross following a move down the right. Tom Dann has to make a last ditch save to foil another break into the box after 20mins.

St Day go in front on 26mins when newly transferred Reg Pearson (from Helston) breaks into the box following a through ball calmly slotting the ball under the keeper from 10yds out.

Penzance bring on Lewis Caspall for injured Saul Pankhurst who is hurt when a big defender jumps on his foot.

35mins gone and St Day go 2-0 up through Britton. They work the ball to the right, cross the ball along the front edge of the box where Britton receives it, side stepping his defender he fires in low under the keeper.

Penzance manage to get to the St Day box, knock the ball around until Caspall launches that the keeper holds.


On 51mis Penzance bring on Ross Williams for Jimmy England. A few seconds later St Day break into the box and Britton is upended. Pearson steps up to take the penalty knocking it low and to the keepers left. Ryan gets down and grabs the ball. Saved!

Penzance have a throw on the left, the ball is laid off, crossed into the box where Liam Andrew turns and shoots just wide. Steve Winters comes on for Caspall.

A minute later Penzance are back in the hunt when youngster Joe Chadwick knocks one in. Penzance work into the box, a shot is parried by St Day keeper Jason Peters; another shot is parried before Chadwick scores from 8yds out.

70mins gone and the game is in the balance? No, St Day seem to be stung into action and it’s all one way from then on.

A minute later from the kick-off a through ball is laid off to Britton who bursts through the middle to shoot left of the keeper. 1-3.

A minute later the ref blows to say that the Penzance keeper has picked up a back pass. The ball is placed on the corner of the 6yd box on the left. The ball is touched to Andy Miles who volleys in under the jumping wall. 1-4 after 73mins.

Penzance hold out for three minutes before St Day get a corner on the right. Ball comes over, Britton scores with a glancing header that goes in at the back post. 1-5 after 76min.

Penzance break managing a shot before St Day surge forward again. It is starting to look like a training match. Gendall saves a shot before a flicked header goes just wide.

Five minutes to go and another one goes in. Down the right, a cross over followed by a shot which is parried, Britton knocks in the 10yd rebound to make it 1-6.

Last minute, St Day’s seventh, Britton’s fifth. A simple one two on the edge of the box, a run in and volley from 6yds giving the keeper no chance.


Penzance Man of the Match – Darren Ball, worked tirelessly marshalling the defence against the onslaught.

Penzance – Ryan Gendall, James Street, Joe Day, Darren Ball ©, Saul Pankhurst, Tom Dann, Jimmy England, Ryan Andrew, Liam Andrew, Ross Badcock, Joe Chadwick

Subs – Lewis Caspall (Pankhurst 30), Ross Williams (England 51), Steve Winters (Caspall 69)

Corners – Penzance 2-7 St Day (2-3 1st half)

Fouls conceded – Penzance 8-17 St Day

Crowd - 57

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  • 2 weeks later...

The Young lad Saul who came off in the first half broke his ankle. Poor lad has just turned 17.

This is on the Pz webaite

One of Penzance AFC's bright young stars Saul Pankhurst, is now at home recovering after suffering a broken ankle which he sustained while playing in the Reserves first home of the season versus St Day.

His Dad informed me earlier via email that Saul had spent 4 days in hospital and has had his ankle pinned in three places. He has to keep it elevated for two weeks and then a further 4 weeks on crutches with a cast on. Unfortunately, It looks doubtful that he'll play again this season.

Everyone at the club wishes Saul a very speedy recovery !!


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