Falmouth Utd Reserves 2, Penzance Reserves 2
Two good footballing teams took to the pitch in a blustery Penryn. Falmouth United flew out of the blocks with a through-ball releasing their quick centre-forward Haydon Webber, and he calmly slotted the ball past an on-rushing Adrian Murley.
The Penzance boys had to react, and did so with Tyler Smith and Sam Payne both having decent chances to no avail. The home side, playing against the wind, were looking for a quick build-up and through-balls to feed their runners as they searched another goal. But thanks to some resolute keeping and defending, the Magpies were able to keep them out.
With several chances spurned, Anthony Nicholas and Smith linked up to create a chance that saw the home goalkeeper parry to Sam Payne who tucked home an equaliser.
However, a break saw the home right winger curl an out-swinging cross in for Webber to glance a header in off the far post to restore the lead. Two more chances fell Falmouth’s way before the break, but Murley made some absolute worldy saves to keep the scoreline within touching distance.
The second half began with Penzance showing hunger, desire and intensity, and sharper passing. Joshua Reeves and Ben Jefferies were both finding space in the final third but, despite some top build-up play, it looked as though it wasn't going to be their day.
With eight minutes left to play, a gamble from the management saw 16 year old Lewis Hitchens pushed up front in a do or die formation change. A throw-in saw new signing Jacob Heale flick on the ball for Smith who in turn manged to bundle it into the path of Hitchens to calmly slot home his first goal at adult level football.
With time still to play, the Magpies could have snatched the win. However, after a fantastic second half performance, the lads fully deserved their point - on another day it could have been all three. Man of the Match was awarded to Anthony Nicholas, and Falmouth were very complimentary about the style of football in what proved to be an enjoyable game to watch for the neutral.
Final Score: Falmouth Reserves 2, Penzance Reserves 2
Ben Jeffries in action for Penzance Reserves.
Finally, the club would like to wish Ben Oliver Robert Jefferies a safe and enjoyable trip to Australia as he leaves for a new adventure! Many thanks for your efforts this season Ben - we look forward to seeing you soon!