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From the Cornishman

PENZANCE's future as a Carlsberg South West Peninsula League club has been plunged into serious doubt following the departure of joint manager Steve Flack and a lack of transfer activity ahead of the fast approaching 2012-13 season.

Club secretary John Mead admitted the club's status in senior football was in a precarious position when he told The Cornishman: "The club's failure to fulfil Friday evening's fixture against Helston in the Dave Gardner Memorial competition has highlighted the continuing problems faced by Penzance AFC in attracting and retaining players.

"We seem to have been in free-fall since last Christmas and have now reached a critical stage where the future of senior football at the club very much hangs in the balance."

With their opening premier division fixture at St Blazey on Saturday August 11 only nine days away, the Magpies are in urgent need of a serious influx of players if they are not to become the second top-flight club to pull out of the SWPL, following Dartmouth's decision last week to withdraw with immediate effect, leaving the division with only 19 teams for the coming season.

Astonished

Mead, an administrator held in the highest regard in south west non-league football and a member of the SWPL management committee said: "The last thing we want to do is to be forced to withdraw either team from their respective league, but that will ultimately depend on the response we get from players over the next few days.

"I am quite astonished that there appears to be a shortage of players in and around Penzance who wish to play their football at the highest level open to them and for their local club.

"I would be greatly saddened if local players are happy to see Penzance AFC in the position we now find ourselves and are not prepared to help us in our quest for survival."

Despite the ongoing turmoil, Mead vowed that the club would fulfil their two remaining tournament matches. He said: "We will get a team to Falmouth for the Dave Gardner game, as well as for the finals' day game with Porthleven (also at Falmouth) on Saturday.

"However, in view of the current situation, there will be an emergency 'open' meeting in our clubhouse on Friday evening at 7.30pm, where we would welcome the attendance of anyone interested in the immediate future of Penzance AFC – particularly players who are able to commit to playing for Penzance in the Peninsula League Premier Division."

And in another plea for potential players to make contact, he added: "Although more than often ignored, FA regulations prevent approaches to players already registered with other clubs. However, players are permitted to make the first move, so if anyone out there feels they are able to help our cause, please give me a call on 07952 312 906 or phone Robin directly on 07870 786831."

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