Luckless Penzance FC still searching for elusive win
Penzance 1, Plymouth Parkway 4
PARKWAY'S unbeaten start to the season continued as two goals in each half gave them victory over the battling Magpies at Penlee Park on Saturday, writes Nathan Richards.
The visitors got off to a perfect start, taking the lead after only 42 seconds when home keeper Paul Williams misjudged Mark Berry's curling left wing shot which crept into the far corner of the net.
The Magpies worked hard in defence to keep Parkway at bay but conceded a controversial second goal after 23 minutes when the ball appeared to have gone out of play for a goal-kick, but referee Andrew Quin allowed play to continue and the ball fell invitingly to Parkway midfielder Warren Daw who slotted the ball into the bottom right corner.
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Penzance pulled a goal back on the half hour when they were awarded a free kick 20 yards out and after Steve Retchford's strike ballooned off the defensive wall, Ryan Andrew reacted quickest to bundle the ball over the line.
The Magpies continued to work tirelessly in the second half, but lacked a cutting edge in attack to trouble visiting keeper Dean Turner.
And it was the visitors who added to their tally in the final 20 minutes with a fine left-foot strike from Lance Bailey (70) before Ryan Richards completed the scoring in the last minute with a cool finish from Paul Heveran's right-wing cross.
Penzance: P Williams; R Williams, M Best, C Hall, J Street (c), R Andrew, J England, L Andrew, H Corin, S Retchford, TJ Lobb. Subs: B Wheeler (for England 67); J Anderson (for Wheeler 69), D Mooney (Street 75).
Plymouth Parkway: D Turner; M Bonney; L Bevan, J Heveran, W Stringer (c), L Bailey, M Berry, E Daw, R Richards, S Cooper, P Heveran. Subs: A Harris (for Cooper), J Bass (for Bailey), P Daniel (for Daw).
Referee: Andrew Quin (Plymouth).
Man of the Match: Mark Berry (Parkway).
Penzance 1, Newquay 3
NEWQUAY moved up a couple of places in the premier division table after a hard-fought victory against rock bottom Penzance at Penlee Park last Wednesday night.
This was Glynn Hooper's side's fifth league win of the season and lifted them into mid-table, but only four points behind fifth-placed Camelford, who have played two games more.
The opening exchanges were equally balanced and Penzance came close to taking an eighth minute lead when an effort by Jeremy Blake struck a post.
Then Truro City skipper Jake Ash, making his second appearance for Newquay in five days, saw his shot hit the post in the 25th minute.
But Sean Middleton gave Newquay the lead with a 27th minute effort which came somewhat against the run of play against an enthusiastic home side who belied their position in the table.
And a minute into the second half Penzance were deservedly level with a smart header by James Street from Ryan Andrew's corner.
There was nothing to choose between the sides but the crucial third goal of the game went Newquay's way, with Mike Arscott making it 2-1 in the 72nd minute with a sweetly struck volley.
Some Penzance players appealed for a push against Arscott, and striker Blake was punished for his over exuberant protests with a red card from referee James Strout, who didn't have one of his better nights.
The home side pushed hard for an equaliser but as is often the case with side's struggling at the foot of the table, nothing was going their way and Danny Brook's deflected free kick from 25 yards a minute from time wrapped up the points for the Peppermints.
Either side of Newquay's last two goals, Penzance had two strong claims for penalties rejected. Callum George and substitute Liam Dent both appeared to be pushed over in the box but the referee saw nothing wrong.
Penzance: P Williams; R Williams, M Best, C Russell, J Street (c), S Retchford, L Andrew, R Andrew, J Blake, C George, H Corin. Subs: J McWilliams, L Dent, J England, J Coleman, TJ Lobb.
Newquay: T Blackler; S Farrant, O Deadman, D Brook, M Arscott, J Kemp, S Middleton (c), J Ash, D Zalick, A Piggott. Subs: L Weldhen, J Bray-Evans, S Machin, J Bunt.
Referee: James Strout (Port Isaac).
Penzance are at home to Falmouth Town tomorrow night (Friday) in the second round of the Throgmorton League Cup (7.30pm).