St Buryan 0, Penzance Reserves 3
On an icy day Penzance were the clear favourites and came away with the three points, completing a season’s double over their West Penwith rivals.
Haider Fadli returned after a spell with the first team and started on the right wing, whilst Dylan Walter marked his second appearance by deputising for the absent Josh Whitburn at left back. Kizzy Snowden, returning to fitness after an enforced break, started on the bench.
The crossbar, post and an impressive home keeper denied the Magpies during a first half which saw their best efforts thwarted despite peppering the St Buryan goal repeatedly. The second period began with the young Penzance team again pretty much camped in the opposition half, and eventually a cross from the energetic Kylo Mayes saw Fadli despatch a bullet a header to make it 1-0 and settle the nerves.
The introductions of Snowden and Harvey Richings further galvanised the visitors, and they finally delivered the killer blow when young super sub Connor Thomas also joined the action, wasting no time in grabbing his first goal after a good bit of play from Snowden. Man of the Match Thomas then rifled in his second - a left footed effort into the far corner to seal all three points.
“With us missing several chances we left feeling disillusioned,” said Joint Manager Darren Smith. “We could and should have registered more goals. However three points and a clean sheet is gratefully received. We were the better team by a mile. For me, we grinded a result out today, and we are capable of another level at least yet, but that will come with time and I think as management we will always want more from our lads.”