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24th January 2009

Penzance Reserves 2-2 Wendron CC United Reserves

Wendron snatched a point with a goal deep into injury time in a fairly mundane game at Penlee Park. Both goal keepers were in good form but they only had to deal with a few chance during the match.

In the first half Wendron looked the more composed team but it was Penzance who had the majority of the clear cut chances. The game came alive in the second half with Wendron taking the lead only for Penzance to overhaul them with two goals from youngster Ian Philips, his first for the club.

Penzance have the first chance on goal when the ever lively Ashley Thomas fires over a corner from the right, wide, to Steve Hancock who sidesteps a defender shoots past the keeper only to see the ball cleared off the line.

Wendron push forward down the left, knock a through ball past the Penzance defence, where Ed Timmins runs onto it and fires it past the advancing keeper. The resulting cheer dies in the throats of the travelling support as the ref blows for off-side. Disallowed.

Penzance keeper Craig Nicholls is on his toes as he palms the ball away for a corner from a Wendron cross goal shot.

Then Thomas tries a cheeky chip from 30yds that drops just over the bar with the Wendron keeper Jamie Grey stranded. Then a Penzance break sees a shot into the crowded box which is deflected upwards and it drops into the keeper’s arms.

Wendron then break left into the box but the resultant shot just skims over the bar. A Wendron player is booked for a rough tackle.

Then the Wendron keeper makes a great one-handed save to palm away a rising volley from Thomas after he worked his way in from the right.

At the other end Nicholls has to dive to clear after Wendron break into the box.


The second half kicks off with Wendron nearly breaking the deadlock with a back post header going just wide from their only corner of the half.

Then Wendron get the lead when they break down the right, cross to Luke Murray running through the middle, who slips his defender and shoots low into the net from 15yds out. 56mins gone, 0-1.

Over the next few minutes Penzance make three substitutions to try to get back into the game.

Again Grey in the Wendron goal makes a great save with his legs from Thomas who shoots into the box following a cross pitch ball from the left.

Then with 12mins remaining Penzance equalise. Thomas runs down onto the goaline, crosses, the ball is flicked on by Gary Matthews and Philips knocks in a rising header, centre goal from 6yds. The keeper flaps at it but it’s too close to do anything. 78mins, 1-1.

Penzance now push forward for the winner and Grey makes a fantastic save to palm over a rising goal-bound volley from Hancock following a cross from Thomas. Ross Badcock almost scores when he turns and shoots just wide following a cross from the right.

Then Philips gets his second. Penzance get a corner on the right, which Thomas takes. The ball skims along the 6yd line avoiding everyone including Ryan Holland who runs hard onto the post with such as whack and noise that some of the players stop, thinking he has really hurt himself badly. In that split second Matthews runs down onto the goaline on the left turns and crosses the ball back into the box. In the crowd of players Philips gets his leg to it and pokes it over the line to make it 2-1 with 82mins on the watch.

Game over, no far from it. Deep into injury time, Wendron flick the ball through the middle for substitute Steve Hurst to run onto it and he fires a rising screamer from the edge of the box that hits the underside of the bar and down over the line. 2-2 in the 90+4min.

Time for some more action as Penzance break into the Wendron box. Liam Devine and the keeper go for the ball and the keeper comes off worse. Players pile into the fracus which sees the ref send off the keeper and book Devine. A football pitch isn’t the place for punches and head-butts. The keeper changes shirts but the ref blows for full-time before the re-start.

Penzance Man of the Match for the second week running, Ashley Thomas. Once again the main threat and work-horse up front for the Magpies.

Penzance – Craig Nicholls, Tom Hosking, Gary Matthews, Steve Hancock, Ashley Thomas, Wade Brown, Liam Devine, Darren Holsey, Bradley Wills, Ross Badcock, Steve Burt

Subs – Ryan Holland (Brown 59), Tom Withecombe (Hosking 68), Ian Philips (Wills 72), James England

Wendron – Jamie Grey, Adam Williamson, Nick Webber, Justin Searle, Terry Richardson, James Mosley, Ed Timmins, Anthony Williams, Steve Tucker, Steve Retchford, Luke Murray

Subs – Max Davies, Steve Hurst, Paul Murray (all used)

Corners – Penzance 4-2 Wendron (3-1 1st half)

Crowd – 53 (including about 10 from Wendron)

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gills i think hes gonna be living of this 1 for quite a while!!!! i nearly coaked on my coffee this morning when i read it lol

Maybe time for an early holiday untill it all blows over. hes unbareable when he plays let alone scores

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I have it on good authorite that Mr Steven Hurst after his wonder strike on saturday has taken early retirement.

he has informed the wedron management that he wishes to go out on top as anything else would be an anti climax. :D

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Yes Smithy, only Munkey and Eddie in from the 1st team.

Good result for the boys, even though it had looked like they had thrown away 3 points. But i suppose 1 point is better than none, but not quite as good as three!


On the day, wendron had the chances to take all three points back to Underlane, and also had a goal disallowed for supposed "offside", even though Timmons ran round the final defender before crashing it past the keeper... even the penzance bench were baffled...:blink:

Penzance are a young, talented side. If they manage to keep the spine of that side together...they will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come!

Was a good, exciting, end-to-end game, and good fun to watch, even as a Dron fan!!! Would even say that it was better quality than some Peninsula games I have watched this season!!!


It was a shame that it finished as it did, with headbutts and handbags!!


Players that stood out for me on the day were:

From Penzance - Steve Burt and Liam Devine...both with solid games for the Magpies

From Wendron - Jamie Gray and Eddie Timmins...Jamie had some super saves and great distribution, shame about the early shower though. and Eddie was superb, always a threat to the Magpies down the flanks, his link up play was exemplorary!!!


Any other opinions from either side about Saturday??

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"Time for some more action as Penzance break into the Wendron box. Liam Devine and the keeper go for the ball and the keeper comes off worse. Players pile into the fracus which sees the ref send off the keeper and book Devine. A football pitch isn’t the place for punches and head-butts. The keeper changes shirts but the ref blows for full-time before the re-start."


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