BACK HOME AT LAST
After a month on the road whilst the Jimmy Dann stand was being re-roofed, Penzance return to Penlee Park when Bodmin Town visit for a Kitchen Kit South West Peninsula League fixture this afternoon (kick-off 3pm).
And a huge match it is too with the teams level on points. “They come here rebuilding their squad and will be a test for us with a young side,” says Penzance manager Ashley Waters. He has named a squad comprising of Will Trenoweth, Archie Reynolds, Tyler Tonkin, Mark Vercesi, Liam Andrew, Silas Sullivan, Alfie Turner, Charlie Willis, Kam Collins, Frazer Cadman, Ollie Butler, James Butler, Rolandos Samnauskas, Michael Fitchett, Jacob Trudgeon, Dylan Walter, Mikey Flores and Ryan Andrew. “In front of a packed Penlee, this is a must win game for us. With a full squad available after weeks of injuries and holidays, this will be the Magpies at full strength,” concludes Waters.
Bodmin Town are in a transitional phase having recently appointed Simon Minett as their third manager of the season. But they are only one of two teams to have inflicted a defeat upon title-chasing St Austell this season, and Minett was victorious on his only previous league visit to Penlee Park, whilst in charge of St Dennis last season. He will pick his team from Piran Jones, Harvey Taylor, Kai Foster, Archie Wall, Harry Ahearn, Sam Eccleston, Louis Taylor, Billy Coton, James Hamson, Kieran Dyer, Ryan Howe, Sam Clifton, Cam Bidgood, Reece Lovelace, Celestin Salop, Tom Treverton, Keelan England, Jacob Turner, Oskar Prusek, Noah Crump and Freddie Chapman.
A silver lining to the cloud of being away for the whole of October is that the Penlee Park playing surface has never been in better shape. Despite the recent poor weather, no problems are anticipated with the pitch. As other local games have already been called off, and main sponsors Jewson are entertaining guests at the ground, a large crowd is expected. So please feel free to come down early – the bar will be open from noon and an expanded edition of the matchday programme, the Magpie Review, will be on sale for £1.50.
Admission is £5 (concessions £3) and drinks and refreshments, including hot pasties, will be available from the Black & White Cafe inside the ground. See you there!