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By pzafc, Mar 20 2017 09:57AM

Match Report

Sometimes in football when your pinned up against a wall with nothing to lose you find out the true character of your side. Yesterday with 9 players missing and a lot of phone calls during the week we managed to get together a squad for our match v Millbrook.

People looked at our squad when I announced it and thought thats it were done. We took a side thats 5th in the table and battled our way past them to claim 3 absolutely massive points for this football club.

I have to thank Jamie Payne for coming down from University for the weekend just to play. Not only did this young man play he led the line, scored a goal and along with Wade Brown was an utter menace to the Millbrook defence all afternoon.

Jack Ramsey made his debut after signing on Thursday. Jack hadn't even trained with us but was thrust straight into action and produced a superb display of battling and determination. He played some superb passes made critical challenges and done all that was asked of him. To some it up total commitment.

Tjay Price came along from Penwith Exiles in the Trelawney league and like all the rest was outstanding. Solid, determined and classy. Looked like he has been playing the standard all his life.

Although he didnt get on Ashley Thomas was in the squad which was great to see and he enjoyed being involved again.

Mark Vercesi was captain fantastic and was made to play Centre back because of so many being out. What he gave was what you expect from Mark. A determined and gritty display and a real leader.

We lost Liam Andrew through injury in the first half to further set us back but young Max Armstrong went to Full back with 16 year old Reece Evans coming on to play in the wide role on the same flank. These two youngsters didn't shy away from anything and wrapped the flank up.

I thought Paul Robertson was class and he is a dream to manage. He plays wherever he is asked and gives you a top drawer performance every time.

Matty Laithwaite was a warrior at full back, up and down all game and Dom Angove in goal gave another assure performance.

I was so pleased and proud of everyone and even more pleased for the supporters, committee and Chairman Terry Burgess. These type of performances haven't been seen a lot this season but they will now see 8 more as we have given ourselves real hope in avoiding the drop.

The goals were scored by Jamie Payne and Wade Brown and the two of them worked their socks off. In fact it could and should have been more but for some wayward finishing. But hey, what a 3 points especially with the week leading up to the game.

Some people have said I have a headache for next week with 7 people back. But for me the really committed players were out there on the pitch fighting for this football club yesterday. The returning players may have to wait now to get back in. Judging by todays performance it could be a long wait!!

Thanks again to the supporters. Phenomenal yet again.

We now go up to Holsworthy and should we win there we are really breathing down the necks of the other teams.

Thanks for the support,


By pzafc, Mar 20 2017 09:44AM

Match Report

With several players having to step up to the 1st Team (who were alarmingly short this weekend), the Reserves travelled to Wendron with only 12 players and their only sub being a goal keeper.

Having had no fixture for almost a month, the young Magpies were looking to build on their win over Four Lanes Reserves.

Penzance started off on the front foot and scored early when Tom Quick beat the Wendron defence. His shot was saved but the rebound was fired into the top corner by Tristan Hunter.

The second goal came from Tom Quick himself who after a 1v 1 with the keeper, tucked the ball nicely into the corner.

Just moments later the Reserves went 3-0 up when a ball headed out from a corner fell only as far as Matt Robinson who put a half volley nicely away in the top corner from the edge of the 18 yard box.

Wendron then scored just before half time to make 1 - 3 to Penzance at the break.

15 minutes in to the second half Wendron scored their second goal beating the reserves young keeper at the near post. But now with the luxury of playing downhill and with the wind, the Reserves scored again with Tom Quick getting on the end of a low corner from Tristan Hunter to tap in his second of the day.

Penzance Reserves top scorer Ryan Weeks soon made it 5 - 2 when he finished off a great through ball from the midfield to slot home past the keeper. That's 20 goals this season for him !

The sixth goal for Penzance came from an unlikely source. With legs tiring from the difficult playing conditions, Penzance made their only available substitution playing their starting goal keeper Simon Mortimer up front as a striker with young keeper Joe Gibson going between the sticks. Mortimer latched on to a ball played over the top by Ryan Wilkinson from midfield, beats a defender and curls a low left footed shot in off the post.

With less than 10 minutes to go, Wendron were then awarded a penalty when Reserves captain Lee Goodall tripped an attacking striker in the box. The fouled player scored the penalty himself sending the Magpies keeper the wrong way.

Final Score Wendron United 4ths 3, Penzance Reserves 6.

A great win for the Reserves considering the lack of subs, the young age of the team and the difficult playing conditions.

Next week the Reserves travel to 2nd placed Rosudgeon Reserves.

By pzafc, Mar 18 2017 09:46AM

Both senior teams are back in action today.

The 1st Team welcomes Players, Officials and Supporters of Millbrook AFC to Penlee Park for what should be a very entertaining game.

Gates open from 2pm and refreshments will be available at pitchside from the Tea Hut.

Meanwhile our Reserves play their first fixture since the excellent 5 - 4 win over Four Lanes Reserves on the 25th of February.

Good luck to both Penzance sides today !!


By pzafc, Mar 12 2017 09:18PM

Penzance AFC would like to announce that they have offered Bryn Wheeler a permanent position as Manager of their SWPL Div 1 West side. The Club has been impressed with the overall improvement of the side and performance since Bryn replaced John Dent in January. Bryn took on the difficult task, when the side was on the bottom of League, to somehow try to survive relegation. It’s going to be difficult, but with the return to Penzance of quality ex-players in Mark Vercesi, Wayne Quinn and others there is a chance.

Chairman Terry Burgess said “Bryn is a very straightforward person to deal with. He’s good to be around and is very enthusiastic about the Club and its future going forward. Bryn has stepped up in very difficult circumstances, with only 10 points from half the season’s games. Since his arrival the apathy around the Club has lifted. Everyone at Penzance wishes him and the players all the best in this battle. With only 9 games left, whatever happens Bryn will be the First Team Manager for the coming season. I know how difficult it’s been for everyone at the Club and our supporters, but the reality is we do have to move on and with our loyal band of supporters and committed players anything is possible.”

Bryn has since replied to the statement saying "Im absolutely delighted to be given the job on a permanent basis. It was originally just for 15 games to help the club out. However having had 6 games in charge, seeing just how passionate the committee and supporters are Ive now committed myself to this great club regardless of what happens at the end of the season.

We as a club are fully focused on staying up and we will give our all to achieve that. When I came in we were rock bottom with 10 points. We have revamped the squad and are now off the bottom and have nearly doubled that points tally in just 6 games. Nothing has been achieved yet and the harsh reality is that possibly the gap was just to big to make up. But that wont stop us trying.

As a club we are all pulling together. Thats a rare thing in local football to have such a passionate, loyal and hard working committee. Ive been involved with many committees either as a player or as a manager and I can hand on heart say that Penzance's are by far the most honest. They cant do enough for the club. Every one of them wants the same and they give me every ounce of support and I cant thank them enough. The Chairman Terry Burgess and myself have a great relationship and long may that continue.

At the end of the day we want to remain in this League. Thats the target and we have 9 games left to achieve that goal. But my future regardless now lies at this football club. A club that is now very close to my heart and one that I will do everything I can to lead it forward.

David Haigh is now involved with the club and we have plans to change various aspects of the club. The gloom around the club has now lifted and were trying to get it back to a family orientated football club where partners and children can come along and enjoy a day out. We will get there.

The support shown to me and the players is mind blowing and I thank everyone.

Lastly please keep that support coming and lets see if we can avoid relegation.


By pzafc, Mar 12 2017 10:54AM

Penzance 0, Elburton Villa 4

Bryn Wheeler reflects on a frustrating day at Penlee Park.

I think to be quite honest it was a game of chances missed for us and taken for Elburton. We made silly mistakes which led to 3 of their goals which could have been avoided and the players are hurting for that very reason.

Dont get me wrong they are a very good side and the league table doesnt lie. They are up there for a reason. Well drilled, been together for a few seasons now and that shows. But they took their chances when they came along. We didnt. Simple. I counted 6 very good chances and we took zero. Its not good enough.

For me it wasnt a 4-0 game. If we take even one chance in the first half I think its a different game. Im not saying we would have gone on and won but it certainly would have been a lot closer. We have to regroup now. Work hard at training.....more than likely on finishing!!

But in all seriousness we cant dwell on this game. It was always a free hit this match. We wasnt expected to win this. If we could have picked up a point or three that would have been a bonus. But they are a great little side and im sure they will beat plenty of other sides.

Brilliant support again and thankyou to those supporters who turned out.


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