PENZANCE 0, NEWQUAY 0
Penzance and Newquay proved that goalless draws are not necessarily dull, sharing the points from an intriguing contest in the late Autumn sun at Penlee Park.
The Magpies made one change to the side defeated so unluckily away to leaders Wendron United three days earlier, Kevin Lawrence reverting to the bench to make way for Mark Vercesi, returning after a three match ban. They started a little sluggishly and should have been behind as early as the third minute, Connor Wharton wastefully heading wide from a cross by Jack Rapsey, re-signed by Newquay during the week from Wadebridge.
Rapsey, who scored a hat-trick for Penryn on his last visit to the ground, was guilty of an almost identical miss fourteen minutes later from a Cam Turner corner. He probably knew it wasn’t to be his day when he finally got an effort on target just before the break, but was denied by a quite brilliant save by Will Trenoweth, diving low to his right.
Whilst the visitors were generally dominant during the opening half, Penzance had their moments with both Liam Andrew and Rolandos Samnauskas going close and Silas Sullivan, again deputising as captain for the injured Tyler Tonkin, having a headed goal disallowed for a second consecutive week.
For the second half, the Magpies switched Jacob Trudgeon to the central striker role with Samnauskas dropping back to the latter’s wide right berth, and the change saw the home side carrying a greater threat. Top scorer Trudgeon fired a shot just wide, then Kam Collins smashed home a Vercesi free-kick, but celebrations were again curtailed by an offside flag. At the other end, Trenoweth denied the luckless Rapsey with another spectacular tip-over and substitute Scott Flanagan dipped a volley just over.
Penzance threw on Obinna Abuka and Haidar Fadli on for the closing stages and both were involved in some promising moves with Sullivan coming closest to winning the match with a shot that fizzed just over the crossbar eight minutes from time. They thus failed to score for the first time in ten games, but will not be disappointed with a point against a side that has surged up the table in recent weeks.
Penzance: Will Trenoweth, Archie Reynolds, Cam McCabe, Mark Vercesi, Liam Andrew, Silas Sullivan (captain), Jacob Trudgeon (Haidar Fadli 80), Kam Collins, Rolandos Samnauskas, Darryl Richards, Max Everard (Obinna Abuka 77). Unused Subs: Kevin Lawrence, Robertas Samnauskas
Newquay: Harry Salmon, Jake Shaw, Bradley Leivers, Nick Boase, Rhys Hooper (Dan Carney 62), Lachlan Brace (Noah Teagle 62), Isaac Varga, Cam Turner (captain), Jack Rapsey, Connor Wharton (Scott Flanagan 62), Jared Sims
Referee: Darren Gay
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