Football: Floodlight failure leaves Newquay in the dark
SWPL Throgmorton League Cup, first round
Penzance 1, Newquay 3 (abandoned 53 mins, floodlight failure)
NEWQUAY were denied a place in the second round of the Throgmorton Cup when Friday night's first round tie at Penzance was abandoned with the visitors leading 3-1.
Alan Carey's men were on course for a hard-earned victory at Penlee Park when floodlight failure ended the game ten minutes into the second half, only moments after the Peppermints scored their third goal of the evening.
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However, home supporters in a good-sized crowd will feel Penzance deserved their reprieve after producing a much improved performance following heavy league defeats at the hands of Penryn (6-2) and St Dennis (7-0) the previous week.
The Magpies included St Just duo Andrew Curnow and Ashley Ellis and Hayle's Adam Northall in their starting line-up and created the better chances in the game, only for some all too familiar defensive frailties to rear their head just when they appeared to be building up a head of steam.
Newquay for their part needed a good early save from Tom Vercoe to deny Jamie Payne before the Peppermints took the lead after 18 minutes with virtually their first attack when Luke Weldhen coasted past a handful of home defenders and cut inside to plant a firm finish into the top right corner.
The visitors doubled their lead two minutes later when striker Rob Wearne again caught the Magpies' defence napping and headed home a corner from point-blank range.
The home side continued to cause problems for the Newquay rearguard and thought they had pulled a goal back ten minutes before the break when the ball had seemingly crossed the line, only for their vehement appeals for the 'goal' to stand to fall on deaf ears.
After making another bright start to the second half the Magpies were denied by the woodwork and also had strong claims for a penalty turned down before Payne deservedly reduced the arrears with a neat side-foot finish from Callum George's cross on 50 minutes.
But the home side's joy was short-lived as the visitors restored their two-goal advantage within a minute, Weldhen producing a superb finish to direct Jack Bray Evans' right-wing cross back over the head of home keeper Paul Williams and into the right corner of the net.
However, with the ground plunged into darkness moments later and two attempts at restarting the floodlights to no avail, referee Lee Mitchell had no alternative but to abandon the tie.
Penzance: P Williams, A Curnow, L Andrew, J Street, A Ellis, B Wills (c), C George, A Northall, J Payne, C Bullock, L Caspell. Subs: S Richards, M Spencer-Smith, L Barr.
Newquay: T Vercoe, J Bray-Evans, A Cole, L Daw, L Rundle, S Middleton (c), O Gibson, P Hampshire, G Squires, L Weldhen. Subs: S Trudgian, M Yelland, D Vince.
Referee: Lee Mitchell (Falmouth).
* SWPL secretary Phil Hiscox, who was at Penlee Park on Friday night, has wasted little time in confirming a date for the match to be replayed.
In a statement, he said: "Due to the floodlight failure at Penlee Park tonight I have made the following arrangements to enable the tie and the next round to be re-scheduled and have done so to cause the minimum disruption to other fixtures and to avoid Newquay a second floodlit trip to Penzance.
"Therefore Penzance v Newquay will be restaged on Saturday 26th October, at 2.30pm (both teams were blank as this is date of the next round).
"The winners of the first round tie will be required to play away at St Austell in the second round on Tuesday 12th November, 7.30pm at Poltair.
St Austell may be given a re-arranged league game on Saturday 26th October, depending on which sides are knocked out of the cup tomorrow, and this will be advised tomorrow evening."
* Elsewhere on Friday night, Crediton United became the first club to secure a place in the second round with a 2-1 extra-time home victory over Exwick Villa.