Magpies turn to former City duo
PENZANCE AFC have appointed former Truro City reserve team bosses Robin Watt and Steve Flack as new joint managers of the club's Carlsberg SWPL Premier Division side.
The pair's immediate task will be to bring stability to Penlee Park following the summer departure of Gary Marks, whose second spell in charge of the Magpies was ended by mutual consent after a turbulent 2011-2012 campaign severely hampered by injuries saw the club narrowly avoid finishing in the bottom two.
In his time with Truro City, Watt, 44, played for both the first-team and reserves during his playing career, as well as helping the club's director of football Chris Webb run the first-team on a caretaker basis following the resignation of former boss Steve Massey. The pair resigned their posts at Truro after club chairman Kevin Heaney announced they would not be required to run the reserves the following season, seeking more experienced people to take over with the aim of getting the reserves into the Premier Division of the Peninsula League.
Watt's most recent spell in management was at Jolly's Combination League outfit Wendron United, leading their young side to a respectable mid-table finish last season.
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Flack, 47, also has an impressive record in the game, having once played for Wimbledon's youth team under Dave Bassett.
An FA qualified coach, he played professional football in Finland for a while and was also on the bench when Woking won the FA Trophy in the 1990s before becoming player manager of Ryman League side Walton and Hersham. He then moved to Cornwall and has been coaching the game in local schools as well as running his own soccer coaching school. He had a brief spell in charge of Division One West side Wadebridge Town last season before being replaced by Mark Menhinick in November.
An official statement released from club secretary John Mead said: "The club is delighted that Robin and Steve have decided to join us and are greatly looking forward to the coming season.
"We would also like to thank all those who declared an interest in taking up the position – it's nice to know that Penzance retains its popularity."
Penzance AFC welcome players old and new to pre-season training which commences on Tuesday July 3, meeting 6.30pm opposite the 3G pitch at Mounts Bay Academy. Anyone interested in playing for Penzance AFC this season are welcome to contact Robin on 07870 786 831 or Steve on 07956 049727. The club are also seeking an away friendly on Saturday July 21, any clubs interested can call Robin, Steve or John Mead on 07952 312 906.
Penzance's new management team will take charge for the first time when the Magpies make the short trip to play Hayle Reserves in a pre-season friendly at Trevassack Park on Tuesday July 24. This is followed by the opening fixture in this season's Dave Gardner Memorial Tournament on Friday July 27 when Helston Athletic visit Penlee Park (7.30pm).
The Magpies then travel to Falmouth Town on Wednesday August 1 (7.30pm) before facing Porthleven on finals' day at Bickland Park, Falmouth on Saturday August 4 (2pm).
Allen Spencer-Smith is to continue in charge of Penzance's reserve team, playing in the Trelawny League premier division.
Carlsberg South West Peninsula League officials have expressed their disappointment following the FA's decision to refuse several teams entry to next season's FA Carlsberg Vase.
A host of premier division and division one west clubs, including Penzance, had applied to take part in the 2012-13 competition, but around half of those who had hoped to be involved have been knocked back.
The "vast majority" of clubs, league secretary Phil Hiscox explained, have been refused entry due to not having toilet facilities in home and away dressing rooms, and the referee's room, as was the case at Penzance.
He said: "We are very disappointed to hear this news and have made our feelings known to the FA.
"The main reason for the refusal is to do with ground standards and in the vast majority of cases it is to do with toilet facilities in the players and referees dressing rooms."
The league received a letter from the FA informing them of which clubs have been accepted.
Premier division champions Bodmin Town were accepted, along with Saltash United, St Austell, St Blazey, Tavistock, Wadebridge Town, Bovey Tracey, Crediton United, Cullompton Rangers, Exmouth Town and Plymouth Parkway.
But Torpoint Athletic, who reached the quarter-finals of the national competition last year, have been rejected, along with Camelford, Dartmouth, Falmouth Town, Ivybridge Town, Launceston, Liskeard Athletic, Newquay, Newton Abbot Spurs, Penzance and Witheridge.
However, Porthleven earned a reprieve following an error in their initial application.
It has also been confirmed by the league that Bodmin, Bovey Tracey, Cullompton, Parkway, Saltash, St Blazey and Tavistock have all entered both the FA Vase and the FA Cup, while St Austell and Wadebridge will not be involved in the FA Cup.
Meanwhile, Bodmin will play Falmouth Town in the Charity Bowl at Callington Town on Sunday August 5.
Darren Gilbert's men were due to play Buckland Athletic, but with the Western League season getting under way 24 hours earlier, Falmouth, who finished third in the premier division, will now take their place (3.30 kick-off).
The Charity Day starts with Newquay facing Liverton United in the Charity Vase (noon).