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The Magpies are through to the last sixteen of the WC Parson Cup after battling a victory over Camelford, a win that was all the more surprising given that Penzance gifted their guests a goal start. With just three minutes played Kam Collins, under pressure from two opponents, surprised Will Trenoweth with a over-hit back-pass that found its way into the net to give the Camels an early lead.

Ironically, it was also an own-goal which put the home back on terms just seven minutes later. However, this time, rather than shambolic defending, a fine team move was the catalyst. Mark Vercesi started a counter attack inside the Penzance box finding Darryl Richards to release Archie Reynolds. The right-back in turn freed Jacob Trudgeon whose drilled cross in the direction of Rolandos Samnauskas was turned home by unlucky defender Leighton Carhart.

With a starting line-up unchanged from the eleven that had pushed league leaders St Blazey all the way four days earlier, Penzance were settled by the goal and would have gone ahead on the half hour had Richards made a firmer connection with a Reynolds cross. However, what was ultimately to prove the winner, arrived just seconds before the break. Camelford keeper Josh Colwill put Charlie Hambly under pressure with a poor clearance and Kevin Lawrence pounced to dispossess the visiting captain and score for a second consecutive Saturday.

Whilst there was no addition to the score there was certainly no shortage of excitement in a thrilling end-to-end second half. Richards had a shot cleared off the line from point blank range whilst Samnauskas spurned two glorious opportunities to make the game safe – the first with a header from a pin-point Richards cross, then a poke past the advanced Colwill and, unfortunately, the post after he latched on to a deep clearance. At the other end, Trenoweth more than redeemed himself for his part in the earlier own-goal with a string of stunning saves as the Camels threatened to take the tie to extra-time.

The home supporters had to endure a nerve-wracking nine minutes of stoppage time, but eventually Stephen McCullough put the whistle to his lips to confirm Penzance’s passage to the Third Round of this Cup for the first time in four years.

Penzance: Will Trenoweth, Archie Reynolds, Max Everard (Haidar Fadli 75), Kevin Lawrence, Jordan Daniell (Tyler Tonkin 70), Mark Vercesi, Jacob Trudgeon, Kam Collins (Cam McCabe 53), Silas Sullivan (captain), Darryl Richards, Rolandos Samnauskas

Camelford: Josh Colwill, Olly Taylor, Jake Chafer, Charlie Hambly, Leighton Carhart, Tom Crowe, Finn Ellacott, Bobby Hopkinson (Will Cherrill 81), Sam Haddy, Ryan Downing, Sam Watts. Unused Sub: Phil Brown

Referee: Stephen McCullough

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