ROSUDGEON RES 0, PENZANCE RES 3
Despite Kylo Mayes failing a late fitness test, Penzance travelled the short distance up to Rosudgeon with fifteen players with everyone gaining minutes and putting in a top effort.
After a scrappy twenty minutes with the passing not quite up to scratch, the management opted for a change in style which saw Joel Keen drop into the deep lying number 10 roll with Kizzy Snowden pushed up. This added physical presence in midfield to a lightning fast and willing runner in Snowden with through balls forcing the Rosudgeon back four to turn and run towards their own goal.
Such a ball from the super composed Dylan Walter saw Snowden race clear only to see his delicate lobbed effort land on the roof of the net. Harvey Ritchings was proving to be a real menace down the left and saw a whipped near post effort rebound off the post. The breakthrough came thanks to the latter’s in-swinging corner. In the subsequent goalmouth scramble, Jake Heale popped up in the right place to bundle the ball home.
The second half began with the Magpies on the look-out for a second, nerve-settling, goal and it came in the shape of a curling whipped effort from Snowden. However, with about 60 minutes on the clock, Ryan Andrew rolled his ankle and was forced off for an early shower meaning Walter dropped into central midfield with Ant Nicholas heading out to the right wing.
And it was Nicholas who caused confusion in the Rosudgeon box with a diagonal run seeing the defender follow him. This created a gap for Snowden who rifled a shot into the lower right corner sealing the points. The game was done with the hosts never really threatening in the second half thanks to the Penzance defensive players who left happy with a job well done and a clean sheet.
“It may not have been our finest display, but it's one that the lads can be proud of none the less,” said Joint Manager Darren Smith. “With Rosudgeon struggling for players of late, we were glad that the game went ahead. Man of the match award has to go to Kizzy. An all- round top display, two important well taken goals, his constant high intensity work rate, and his selfless running for the team always offering us an outlet. But well done all! Dominant second half with excellent displays in all departments!”
Penzance Reserves: Adrian Murley, Ben Reeve, Josh Whitburn, Jake Heale, Lewis Hitchens, James Payne (c), Matt Robinson, Joel Steel, Kizzy Snowden, Harvey Ritchings, Joey Lamb, Ryan Andrew, Dylan Walter, Connor Thomas, Anthony Nicholas