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  • Writer's picturePenzance AFC

Honours even as Penlee Park says goodbye to Alfie.

Showing incredible bravery to battle on following the loss of team-mate Alfie Beard, the Reserves continued their pre-season schedule by welcoming Perranporth's second string, who play in Division Four of the Whirlwind Sports Trelawny League, to Penlee Park on Saturday.

Back to fitness after his injury in the previous game at St Just, striker Haidar Fadli inspired a recovery to earn the Magpies a draw after the visitors had taken a early lead.

Later that evening, Reserves Manager Daz Smith wrote on the teams Facebook page...

"Evening everyone.

Today we welcomed Perranporth to Penlee Park in a friendly memorial game in memory of our young striker Alfie Beard.

The game was played in good spirit with a crowd of around 200 in attendance.

Perranporth grabbed an early goal from a set play, resulting in a free header in the box to snatch the lead.

Several close shaves at the other end saw Elliott hit the post, before Haiders shot narrowly miss the bottom corner.

Some confusion in the Perranporth defence saw a looped ball headed in from a tight angle thanks to Haiders bravery making the score 1-1.

There were chances at both ends, but in a highly emotional game, no team was able to capitalise, as the game seemed to go understandably flat for periods of time in the second half.

The game finished one a piece, with us creating the better chances, but not being quite clinical enough to complete the job.

However, we would like to thank all those who attended today, and who sent messages of support to us and Alfie's family! It really meant a lot!

A few special mentions and thankyous from today...

Firstly our opposition, Perranporth , who played a massive part in today's proceedings, presenting flowers and donating £85 to our collection pot. They have also agreed to make this a charity fundraiser game every season where we will raise money for a charity of Alfie's family's choice.

Secondly the supporters, players, family and friends of Penzance today, who donated an incredible £620 to our collection pot and showed great support throughout proceedings .

And finally, Daniel and Sherry Parsons from St. Just AFC, who also collected £143 in donations from their friendly today. A truly touching gesture!

I'm sure Alfie would have been looking down today with a big grin on his face as so many of us remember him."

After a busy and productive pre-season, the competitive action finally gets underway for the Reserves this coming Saturday (August 13th) when they make the very short trip up to Penzance Leisure to play Newlyn Non-Athletico with a 2.30pm kick-off.

A Crowdfunding page has now been setup in Alfie's memory which you can find here


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