Mullion celebrated the switching-on of the newly installed floodlights at Clifden Park by completing the double over Penzance on a windy night on the Lizard.
Unfortunately the Magpies made the trip around Mounts Bay with a severely depleted squad. Silas Sullivan, top scorer Rolandos Samnauskas and Kevin Lawrence headed on long list of absentees. As for the recent trip to St Austell, the Ralph twins were drafted in from Pendeen Rovers to plug gaps, and striker Alex, unfortunately offside, had the ball in the net from a Jacob Trudgeon pass in one of the few good moves in a very poor opening half for the visitors.
Other than that, Mullion were in almost total control. Jamie and Dan Greet, and the experienced Dan Stidwell, all went close before the latter put the Seagulls ahead with a meticulously placed free-kick just before the half hour mark. Only the woodwork and some excellent saves by Will Trenoweth kept Penzance in the game.
Playing up the slope, the Magpies were hugely improved after the turnaround. A fine move started by Mark Vercesi culminated with Alex Ralph being just unable to convert a centre from Frazer Cadman, who had replaced Jack Ralph soon after the break. And it was the industrious Cadman who set up the equaliser. His flighted free-kick was only half cleared by former Penzance keeper Paul Williams and, when the ball was played back in, Liam Andrew, returning to the side after injury, hooked it home.
Sadly parity was short-lived. Home captain Chris Wormington was not picked up arriving late to meet a corner from the right, and powered in a bullet header. Then George Molcher effectively sealed the result with a skimming shot from 25 yards out that took a slight deflection.
Mullion’s reduction to ten men by the sending off of Dan Greet for a foul on Archie Reynolds, his second booking, gave Penzance a glimmer of home. However Cadman’s injury-time strike, after Rhys Brownfield, just on for Trudgeon, had diverted an Alex Ralph centre into his path, came too late to alter the result.
Penzance: Will Trenoweth, Archie Reynolds, Cam McCabe, Jack Ralph (Frazer Cadman 49), Mark Vercesi, Tyler Tonkin (captain), Jacob Trudgeon (Rhys Brownfield 88), Kam Collins, Alex Ralph, Liam Andrew, Max Everard (Obinna Abuka 88)
Mullion: Paul Williams, Ryan Tonkin (Josh Sims 90), Jamie Greet (Jack Green 90), Chris Wormington (captain), Luke Hunter, Heyden Dark, Dan Greet, George Molcher, Conor Bowman, Tom Bryant, Dan Stidwell (Harry Roberts 67). Unused sub: Rob Carey
Referee: Tim Burley
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