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Newquay Ladies FC. 4 - 3 Keynsham Town Ladies FC

Keynsham came in confident mood having beaten Newquay on their last visit, starting brightly Keynsham had the better of the opening five minutes but against the run of play Leanne Lapham put Newquay into the lead after a good one two with her strike partner Helen Woods.

Newquay started to win the midfield now with Candy Hopson putting in some telling tackles supported well by her midfield partners, Lapham having scored a neat goal to give Newquay the lead now contrived to miss an open goal having beaten the last defender and going round the keeper she pushed her shot past the post, but as I have said before this group of girls just get on with it and it was not long before the score line was increased when Candy Hopson fired in a strike from just inside the penalty area for 2 - 0 Newquay on 20 minutes. Keynsham try as they might could not break the hold Newquay had the game now and must have been pleased when the whistle went for half time with the score having remained the same, giving them the chance to regroup and come up with the answer.

But right from the kick off for the second period Hopson made Newquays intentions clear with a couple of bone rattling tackles and Newquay were right on the front foot working hard hitting challenges all over the pitch and controlling the game, the half was 12 minutes old when Newquay won a corner which Griffiths whipped in Keynsham partially cleared it only for Lisa Hegarty took hook the ball past the keeper for 3 - 0 Newquay. Keynsham now were pushing forward trying to get back into the cup tie making the game a little more stretched, but it was Newquay who again capitalised from another corner this time Dawna Dennett collected a ball cleared out of the box by Keynsham played a neat one two with Lapham and smacked the ball past the Keynsham keeper for the 4th, this on 75 minutes.

With only 15 minutes to go Keynsham piled forward but the Newquay defence stood firm with Sally Thomson dealing with any thing that got through now we approached time added on some 9 minutes and what happened now should prove to be a lesson for the Newquay girls , at this level you cannot do what they did and stop concentrating, as in the first added minute a high ball bounced in the area catching out Newquays keeper and over her head into the net 4-1. Now Keynsham were contolling proceedings and a Newquay defender under pressure under hit her back pass allowing Keynshams Brazilian forward to beat the advancing keeper and 4 - 2, yet more pressure from Keynsham and more sloppy play from Newquay and in went Keynshams 3rd, this jolted Newquay awake and they regained their composure to see out the last couple of minutes for a good cup win, and a chance to draw one of the big clubs in round two. This game demonstrated just how far this group of girls have come as in truth they

could, no should have won this game 4 - 0, against good opposition, to-day will be another good step in their football education as they have learnt that the level they now play requires full concentration for the full duration of the game and the fitness level that is preached at them is a must, well done to both sides for a great game of football.


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FA Cup 2nd Qual Round

Penzance Ladies 6-0 Larkhall Athletic

I wasn't keeping notes on the game. Pz scored their first after only 18 seconds. Scored stayed like that until half-time. Larkhall (formally Bath City last year) full of older players in their 20's instead of the usual team of girls played a good game but were poor at finishing. Pz exploited both wings to get crosses over.

2nd half Pz popped them in at regular intervals but now also going through the middle exploiting Larkhalls need to push forward for an equaliser. After Pz went 3-0 up Larkall heads dropped especially their back 4 and Pz could have added more goals than they got. Where Pz gained is that Larkhall had quite chuncky girls at the back and Pz skipped past them quite easily at times.

Larkhal reduced to breaking from back. Pz seemed 1 level up from Larkhall being quicker to the ball, better in the tackle, better at heading, etc.

Crowd 41 plus 6 youngsters and a Jack Russel.

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Paul, during the second half, I counted 68 people inside the ground at Penzance - not including the Jack Russel, who's a regular supporter of Penzance Ladies! I also notice you've credited Larkhall with 3 Penzance goals (3 - 3???) The first half was a fairly even affair, after Pz took an early lead with their first attack. An impressive second half performance though, with some well-worked goals and a cracker from Claire Boyd.

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Edited post John. I was thinking of the Combo teams game as I was typing it out for the program just before posting. Old age trying to do 2 things at once.

I always do a head count at the end of half-time as this is the most accurate to who has paid to get in. If we waited to near the end quite often the figure rises as interested parties come in to the ground especially if they don't have to pay. Look what happens when the rugby finishes we get an influx for the last few minutes of the mens matches.

Well done to the ladies. At least one Cornish team can beat Bath City or the former Bath City!!!

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