Penzance Magpies told to relish champions test against Bodmin Town
AFTER slipping to their 17th straight league defeat of the season on Saturday, the prospect of a visit from premier division champions Bodmin Town (3pm) may be a daunting one, but Penzance manager John Dent insists: "We have nothing to lose."
There is a growing feeling at Penlee Park that the Magpies' long-awaited first league win of the season is just around the corner.
And while the odds will be stacked against that happening on Saturday, Dent will be telling his players to go out and enjoy their football against a Bodmin side that has not lost in the league since October 29 2011 in a 2-1 defeat at Launceston.
He said: "We're not under any illusions, Bodmin are the best side in the league and it's going to be very difficult.
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"But we have nothing to lose, we've just got to go out there and enjoy it.
"Nobody expects us to get anything from the game, but you never know."
The Magpies have improved in recent games, and the return of Lewis Caspell and Bradley Wills to the club has strengthened their options.
However, their defensive frailties were once again sorely exposed in Saturday's 5-1 defeat at Plymouth Parkway.
Dent said: "For the last three or four games we have competed well, but again naive defending has cost us.
"We are only a young side, but we've got to start learning.
"We are getting there, we're improving and if we continue to do that then that first win will come."
Joel McWilliams has completed his move to Penzance on a permanent basis from St Ives, while Dent's son, Liam, is now also available for all games after signing for the club.
The Magpies welcome back striker Jeremy Blake after suspension, though they will be without skipper James Street, who begins a two-match ban after reaching five bookings.
Meanwhile, former Magpies' midfielder Mark Vercesi has joined Newquay from Falmouth Town.
Newquay boss and former Penzance striker Glynn Hooper said: "I think he wants a new challenge after everything that has gone on at Falmouth and he will be a fantastic addition to our squad.
"He's played in some successful sides, he's a leader and to have a player of his quality around will be a massive boost."
Newquay have also submitted approaches for Tavistock's Matt David and Torpoint's Shane White. However, the latter informed Newquay on Tuesday evening that he will be remaining at Torpoint.
The Magpies have brought forward their home Throgmorton League Cup quarter-final tie versus Helston from New Year's Day to Wednesday December 12 (7.30pm).