Penzance pushed their high-flying opponents all the way, but ultimately came up just short in the final first team game at Penlee Park of the 2022-23 campaign.
Liskeard Athletic enjoyed the best of a largely uneventful opening first 45 minutes with Harvey Mullis, Max Gilbert and Harry Jeffery all going close. The half ended on a worrying note for the Magpies with Jacob Trudgeon hobbling off with an ankle ligament injury.
The striker was replaced at the break by Kevin Lawrence, and the former manager was straight into the thick of the action, chesting the ball down to Kam Collins who dipped a shot just over the bar, Penzance’s first effort on goal. Liskeard though made their first chance of the second half count, Dan Jennings converting a cross from the left by skilful teenager Jeffery.
There then following a bonkers spell where the visitors used three goalkeepers in as many minutes. Sam Borthwick had to be substituted by Matt Outtram with Dylan Peel taking over in goal. The Liskeard captain, off his line, was beaten by a Cam McCabe shot only to be rescued by an excellent goal-line clearance by Mullis. Peel was then injured himself, Jack Podmore coming on with Jennings donning the gloves.
Despite some promising moves, Penzance only managed to seriously test the stand-in custodian once and that was in injury time when Lawrence ran on to a Collins flick but saw his shot saved. The closing minutes also brought a first team debut for teenage Reserve team left-back Lewis Hitchens, as a substitute for Frazer Cadman.
Penzance must now wait twelve days for their final match of the season, a visit to Callington Town on April 22nd.
Penzance: Will Trenoweth, Archie Reynolds, Cam McCabe (Kai Baxter 84), Mark Vercesi, Frazer Cadman (Lewis Hitchens 90), Tyler Tonkin (captain), Jacob Trudgeon (Kevin Lawrence 46), Kam Collins, Rolandos Samnauskas, Liam Andrew, Silas Sullivan. Unused sub: Adrian Murley
Liskeard: Sam Borthwick (Matt Outtram 51 (Finn Bartlett 57)), Harvey Mullis, Sam Hill, Jarrad Woods, Dylan Peel (captain) (Jack Podmore 54), Ruben Kane, Max Gilbert, Harry Jeffery, James Rowe (Macauley Thorp 57), Dan Jennings, Ben Collins
Referee: Josh Eyre