QUARTER-FINAL PLACE AT STAKE
Just a week after the passing of Dick Stanley, the last Penzance captain to lift the famous trophy back in 1981, the Magpies will be seeking a place in the quarter-finals of the Cornwall Senior Cup when they welcome Mullion to Penlee Park tonight (kick-off 7.30pm).
It is a third meeting between the two sides already this season. Back in August, the Seagulls could find no answer to the power and pace of Oscar Massey, the young striker propelling Penzance to a 4-1 win. However, the tables were well and truly turned last month at Clifden Parc as Rob Carey’s side exacted a 5-1 revenge on windy night.
“Mullion will be tough opponents to crack,” reckons Penzance manager Ashley Waters. “However, under the lights and in front of another packed Penlee, the boys shouldn’t need any motivation and will take confidence from Saturday’s second half performance. Consistency is the key for us and tonight, in this famous cup, we must leave it all out there and have no regrets at the final whistle. It’s all about the result and making sure we are in the hat for the next round.”
Teenage winger Freddie Neaum is added to the squad that beat Bodmin Town 3-1 on Saturday, so Waters will choose from Will Trenoweth, Mikey Flores, Archie Reynolds, Tyler Tonkin, Mark Vercesi, Liam Andrew, Silas Sullivan, James Butler, Frazer Cadman, Ollie Butler, Charlie Willis, Kam Collins, Jacob Trudgeon, Rolandos Samnauskas, Michael Fitchett, Dylan Walter and Neaum.
For Mullion, Carey has named an 18 man squad comprising of Toby Fletcher, Luke Hunter, Jack Green, Lee Pawley, Ryan Tonkin, Josh Sims, Kyle Woodhouse, Ben Mathews, Dan Greet, Phil Cattran, Fraser Harris, George Molcher, Harry Roberts, Jamie Greet, Brodie Kemp, Jack Noy, Luke Tripconey and Dan Stidwell.
Admission is £5 (concessions £3) and drinks and refreshments, including hot pasties, will be available from the Black & White Cafe inside the ground.
The Jewson Bar will be open from around 6pm, and a full edition of the Magpie Review will be on sale for £1.50.
Finally, the tie will be played to a conclusion with extra-time and penalties if necessary, so wrap up warm for a potentially long evening.