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Cornwall Veterans Results 30th Nov

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Latest batch of results for the Vets:-


'The Cruisers' Holmans 4-2 Downderry
Packhorse P-P Callington Town
Perranporth P-P Grampound
Western Inn 2-2 Penzance-Newlyn Non Athletico

Knockout Cup:

St Agnes Bolsters 2-1 St Agnes Argyle


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That's a great crowd for a vets game Mauler!!! Played a vets game start of last season and my mrs was the only one there and she was sitting in the car!! Had a nice little free kick top corner, looked over expecting at least a thumbs up and she was reading a Take a break magazine!!! :-(. Att: 1..... not even watching! :-)

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Mark, she used to come and watch us all the time in the days we played veterans at Hayle winning leagues and cups and I don't think she saw any of your goals as she was busy reading the match reports about your goalscoring exploits on a Saturday in those days mate. Great days with a great team of top goalscorers. You, Perry Bullock, Andy Trathen Dave N'jie.

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Sorry to the Western lads as this is a bit late but I did say I would post a report for them.

Cornwall Veterans League

30th November 2014

Western Inn 2-2 Penzance Newlyn

Att - 4

Penzance looked to be heading for their first league defeat of the season when a shout from the touchline, “Five minutes to go”, seemed to spur them on and they used their “Get Out Of Jail” card and score an equaliser in the last minute of the ninety.

We did joke with the Western lads before the game that they would score two goals but no more!

Western Inn play at Foxhole's Goverseth Park a nice set-up for football.

In a game dominated by corners, most to the home side, Western Inn used their height advantage to good effect cutting out Penzance's long balls when defending, and heading goal-wards once in their opposition's area. For some reason Penzance seemed to be all over the place and soon lost their shape and at times had to defend for long periods.

Both sides start the first half kicking long and Penzance have the first chance with a route one ball which sees the keeper comes out, miss time his challenge but luckily he forces the player wide. A quick lay-off and shot is blocked by a defender who gets back in time.

A Western corner is knocked to the back post but the header is just wide. There then follows a series of corners for Western who first try high balls in, then low to feet but each is either wide, blocked or cleared.

On the half hour Penzance are awarded a penalty that seemed a bit harsh on the defender. Penzance break wide left into the box, knock the ball behind the defender catching him on the arm. The referee whistles and points to the spot, so Steve Semmens steps up placing the ball to the keeper's right to put the visitors one up.

The lead lasts six minutes before Western are on level terms. A corner from their right is floated in and drops into the centre of the box, but Penzance can't control it and it is poked in low from 6yds.

A few minutes later a 35yd screamer from Western flashes past the Penzance upright.


Both sides start the second half playing their passing game but each attack breaks down in the final third of the pitch. Both then revert to playing mostly long ball again.

On 55mins the home side go ahead and Penzance keep up their record of conceding two in every game played this season. A long ball from the keeper lands in the middle of the Penzance box, it bounces wrong, wrong footing the defence and a shot at the back post nestles in the net.

Western are on the up and another long ball is laid off for a striker to miss a golden opportunity from 6yds out.

More corners follow, for both sides, but nothing comes of them.

The Western keeper is forced to make a great finger-tip leaping save to keep out a curler that was going in.

Then the “five minute left” call goes out. Do Western sit back thinking they have it in the bag, as suddenly Penzance are all over them?

On 88mins the ball is in the back of the net but is disallowed for a foul on the Western keeper. One of those fouls only the referee spots.

You can see the referee, Roy Buscombe, looking at both his watches waiting for full time so everyone can get out of the cold when Phil Shapcott pops up at the back post to head in following a break and cross from the right.

There is hardly time to restart before the game is over.

On reflection a draw was probably a fair result, Western were good in the air, Penzance on the ground.

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