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1st November 2008

Holman SC 0-4 Penzance Reserves

Penzance completed their first double of the season over a weakened Holman SC team who lacked punch up front. A Wade Brown hat-trick and a late goal from Gary Matthews sealed the points for the Magpies at a blustery and cold Blaythorne, Camborne.

Holman kick-off but from their first attack Penzance pinch the ball, pump it forward to Wade Brown who gets to the left-hand edge of the box and lobs the ball over Paul Williams, the advancing keeper. The ball spins in the wind and drops onto the bottom of the post and looks like it spins out. Half the players appeal for a goal whilst the rest plus most of the spectators assume it is a goal-kick but, give him his due, the Holman linesman indicated that the ball had indeed crossed the line so Penzance were one up in the first minute. 0-1, 1min.

A couple of minutes later another Penzance attack sees a cross pitch ball from the right reach Ashley Thomas who volleys from the edge of the box but the ball bounces off the bar and away to safety. Danny Magee takes a free kick just left of centre which the keeper dives for and pushes away for a corner.

The game quietens down a bit after the frantic start with neither side getting a good look at goal until mid-way through the half. A Penzance through ball once again sees Brown beat the Holman defence. The keeper comes out and palms away his shot. The balls bounces out to the left and he beats the keeper to it, turns and shoots low into the far side of the net. 0-2, 27mins.

Then Holman have a chance to pull one back. Seeing the keeper off his line, Tom Hogarth fires in a dipping volley from 30yds which sees the keeper back pedalling and just finger tipping it onto the bar and away.

Penzance then break forward and Gary Matthews is one-on-one with the keeper. He tries a shot which the keeper saves with his legs to force the ball away. Penzance then bring out another fine save from Williams when he has to tip the ball over his bar from a chipped shot.

The final goalmouth action of the half sees Holman break down their right, flick the ball over but the ball is flicked off the striker’s foot, by James Street, just as he was lining up a shot from 6yds out.


In the second half Penzance’s defence dominated the Holman attack and they didn’t even have one chance on goal, whilst the Penzance attack was rather muted as well.

Penzance break down their right, Matthews crosses and the keeper has to make two diving grabs of the ball before its safe. Brown looking for his hat-trick hits the far up-right from the 6yd line following a cross from the left.

Then Penzance get their third and Brown completes his hat-trick. They break down the right with Matthews who gets to the goal-line, crosses and Brown heads in from 6yds at the near post. 0-3, 78mins.

Two Penzance subs, Sam Long and Ashley Gray combine to volley just over the bar. Everyone is looking at their watches wondering where the ref has found three minutes of extra time when Matthews breaks from mid-field, goes on one of his runs and fires it past the keeper from 10yds out. 0-4, 90+3mins


Penzance Man of The Match was Wade Brown. He got a hat-trick but could have got a couple more plus he tormented the Holman back four all game until he was substituted.

Holman urgently need to strengthen the team especially up front. Today they played football not like last time we met when the tackles flew in.

Penzance – Craig Nicholls, Darren Holsey, James Street, Tom Hosking, Liam Devine, Ashley Thomas, Mark Vercesi, Danny Magee, Wade Brown, Gary Matthews, Tom Withecombe

Subs – Jamie Devine (Withecombe 57), Ashley Gray (Thomas 67), Sam Long (Brown 80), Ian Philips, Charlie Penny

Corner count Holman 1-5 Penzance (1-3 1st half)

Crowd 37 (23 from Penzance)

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