Just eleven days after edging a thrilling Ward Williams Cornwall Senior Cup final against Penzance, table-topping Liskeard Athletic are back at Penlee Park this afternoon for a Kitchen Kit South West Peninsula League fixture (kick-off 3pm).
After picking up a hamstring injury in the first half of last Saturday’s draw at Sticker, experienced Penzance defender Mark Vercesi is side-lined and replaced by Charlie Palmer who deputised so impressively at Burngallow Park. Palmer is joined in the squad by Under-16s team-mates defender Ashley Mead and striker Dom Hodges, the latter called up due to Darryl Richards having sustained an ankle injury at Sticker, and Michael Fitchett being unavailable due to work. With Tyler Tonkin still abroad, Silas Sullivan will continue to captain to a squad that also includes Will Trenoweth, Archie Reynolds, James Butler, Alfie Turner, Kam Collins, Ollie Butler, Jacob Trudgeon, Rolandos Samnauskas, Gareth Ireson-Ward, Charlie Willis, Lewis Hitchens and Freddie Neaum.
Liskeard manager Darren Gilbert will select from Sam Borthwick, Cory Harvey, Josh McCabe, Harvey Mullis, Harry Bell, Lee Rundle, Matt Outtram, Dylan Peel, Will Gilbert, Harry Jeffery, Ruben Kane, Max Gilbert, Jarrad Woods, Ben Collins, Mike Smith, Dan Jennings, Finn Bartlett and Will Larsen.
“This will be the huge test for us today,” predicts Penzance manager Ashley Waters. “Liskeard will up for today’s game after dropping points at Bude last week, and we’ve got to ready for them. Last week against Sticker we dominated for long periods but couldn't get the three points. Against a quality Liskeard outfit, when opportunities come we will have to be clinical.”
Admission is £5 (concessions £3) and the gates open at around 2.15pm. Drinks and refreshments, including hot pasties, will be available from the Black & White Cafe inside the ground. The Pirates are at home to Nottingham, so the area will be very congested and parking spaces scarce. So why not leave the car at home and enjoy a few beers - the Jewson Bar will open at around 1pm. The matchday programme – the Magpie Review – will also be on sale for £1.50 for some pre-match reading.
See you there!