St Blazey 0v2 Penzance Att 63 (15 away)
Player manager Stuart Morgan returned after his holiday and immediately went into the starting line up. Assistant Matt Hayden was unavailable. Baker, Bass, Johnson, Saunders and Tribble were all out injured while goalkeeper England was suspended. Ben Elphick wore the gloves in goal for St Blazey. Kennedy and Deadman were also unavailable.
Former St Blazey players Mark Vercessi, Danny and Adam Bance all made the trip to Blaise Park for Penzance.
Penzance won the toss and made St Blazey play towards the clubhouse end in the first half. Both sides forced the goalkeepers into early saves with shots from outside the area before the best chance of the half fell to Morgan. Josh Harris who was a threat all afternoon put in a lovely cross that found Morgan who turned inside a defender but couldn’t force the ball home and the Penzance goalkeeper made the save. A cross from Harris moments later found Howe running in at the far post who headered the ball back across goal for Burns who volleyed the bar against the bar with the Penzance goalkeeper well beaten. St Blazey were looking the most likely to score and Howe had two chances in succession when first he headered over from a Harris cross and then headered wide from a corner at he far post. The Penzance goalkeeper also had to make a good save from a Vooght header following a corner from Burns. Penzance were always a threat and forced a good save after winning a loose ball just outside the penalty box and a good shot needed dealing with. With the match firmly in the balance, Rendle, chasing a loose ball out towards the dugouts on the half way line jumped into a tackle and with force leaving the Penzance bench jumping up and the referee had no choice but to award a straight red card, St Blazey’s third in as many games. There was still time for St Blazey to hit the woodwork before time when Harris shot from the left and ball hit the base of the goal post.
Half time, St Blazey 0v0 Penzance
St Blazey were now up against it for the second half. Penzance had more of the ball and in the 50th minute they had took the lead. A move down the left and a good ball driven low across the penalty area was sliced into his own net by Shailer who couldn’t adjust his feet in time. St Blazey were now up against it but responded well. Howe had another header just over the bar at the far post from a corner. From that chance though, St Blazey were left chasing the ball as the extra man for Penzance was used well with the likes of Danny Bance at the back using his experience to control the game. Penzance had a shot just clear the bar before they spurred a great chance from a run down the right hand side, the ball was cut back but the Penzance player smashed the ball over the bar. The second goal was coming and Penzance finally got it in the 83rd minute when another move down the right saw a low shot from Johnson who’s shot couldn’t be kept out. Morgan had a good chance to pull one back when he was through on goal but his shot was saved and hooked clear. Penzance seen out the remaining minutes forcing one more good save. A disappointing result for St Blazey but keeping all 11 men on the pitch during the past three matches, the results could have been so much better.
Full time, St Blazey 0v2 Penzance
Man of the match, Josh Harris, excellent balls into the box from the left and could have had a goal himself but the wood work saved Penzance. The most likely player to make something happen.
Next up for St Blazey, Plymstock away looking to kick start their season at a ground they won 0v2 at last season.