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Penzance will be attempting to make it four wins from five matches when they stage the second of three consecutive home games this afternoon. Camelford will provide the opposition at Penlee Park in a Kitchen Kit South West Peninsula League fixture kicking-off at 3pm. Afterwards in the clubhouse there will be a celebration, in the form of a Quiz Night, of Director of Football Craig Nicholls receiving the “all-clear” after his recent health scare. 

Penzance AFC Director of Football, Craig Nicholls.

The Magpies will be bolstered by the availability of the experienced Mark Vercesi, a timely return as centre-back partner Liam Andrew is unavailable. Young winger Freddie Neaum is out injured resulting in a first call-up to the senior squad for 16 year-old Daniel May, a member of Penzance’s table-topping Jets side and son of Jowan, a former Magpie. Also in the squad named by manager Ashley Waters are Will Trenoweth, Archie Reynolds, Alfie Turner, Silas Sullivan, James Butler, Ollie Butler, Kam Collins, Charlie Willis, Tyler Tonkin, Rolandos Samnauskas, Jacob Trudgeon, Gareth Ireson-Ward, Charlie Palmer and Ashley Mead.

“The game against Wendron last Saturday was real mark of how this Penzance side has developed from the beginning of the season to this point,” says Waters. “We showed a lot of quality with total commitment and character. Today’s game will be another difficult one. Standards were set last Saturday, and if we can play at that level again then I'm sure we can break into the top eight.”

Camelford held the Magpies to a 1-1 draw in North Cornwall at the start of the season. They go into the match on the back of taking league leaders St Austell to extra-time in a WC Parson Cup quarter-final at Trefrew on Wednesday night. Long-serving boss Reg Hambly names his sixteen as Josh Colwill, Jake Chafer, Sam Wade, Dan Metherell, Ross Beare, Sam Watts, Tom Crowe, Charlie Hambly, Olly Taylor, Connor Sturdy, Brooklyn Wilkins, Andy Boxall, Shae Cardiff, Mark Gusterson, Eli Evans and Leo Best.

Admission is £5 (concessions £3) and the gates open at around 2.15pm – the Jewson Bar will be open earlier. Drinks and refreshments, including hot pasties, will be available from the Black & White Cafe inside the ground. The matchday programme – the Magpie Review – will also be on sale for £1.50. 

The Quiz will start at around 6.30pm – all welcome. Bar meals will be served, so why not make a full day of it!


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