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Match Report



Fri 28 Nov 2008




Star player: NEWQUAY SQUAD

Newquay AFC

Luke Weldhen (1)

Scott Palmer (1)

PENZANCE 0 NEWQUAY 2 – Carlsberg South West Peninsula League Division 1 West
Report by Graham Drew:
This was a fantastic performance by a rampant Newquay side that thoroughly deserved their victory at Penlee Park against title favourites Penzance. This match had everything including two quality goals and some scintillating football that had enthralled the good sized crowd on a cold night.
The visitors were first to show and Scott Palmer tested Sid Taylor in the home goal and then Jake Hartigan weaved his way down the left and his cross was almost prodded home by Palmer. Luke Rigby was combining well with the quicksilver Aaron Bicknell and the Penzance defence was certainly at full stretch to prevent the Peppermints taking the lead. At the other end Penzance were reduced to a few attacks that the excellent Sam McKune and Chris James dealt with easily.
The visitors were able to have the luxury of Ashley Bradshaw and Bicknell making darting runs down the flanks. In midfield the industrious Shaun Middleton combined with the classy Paul Hampshire to control the game. Some of Hampshire’s passing and movement had the spectators purring with pleasure. The ex East Fife player was absolutely commanding and at the heart of everything the Newquay were involved in on the night.
The half time whistle sounded with the game still scoreless but it was the visitors that had had the chances. After the break it was more of the same and Taylor rolled back the years with a breathtaking fingertip save to deny the eager Palmer. He was not to be denied however and a sweeping move down the right saw Palmer volley the ball past the despairing Taylor from the edge of the area to give the Peppermints the lead.
The Magpies then had their best move of the game and Matt Armstrong – Ford flung himself across the goal and turned the ball away for a corner. Newquay were awarded a free kick thirty yards out and Palmer sent a shot whistling just past the upright. The home side sent on the ex Truro City player Chris Reski in place of Liam Devine but the visitors continued to dominate.
Middleton wriggled his way into the penalty area and beat the advancing keeper but to the travelling supporters dismay the ball rebounded to safety. Then Hartigan and Hampshire combined to set up another wave of attacks that ended with Weldhen sending his first time effort just wide.
Trevor Mewton, the home side’s manager then sent on Andy Westgarth and Dan Richardson in the last throw of the dice but it was still the visitors who dictated play. With ten minutes remaining of this pulsating match Luke Weldhen collected a pass from Hampshire and ran across the edge of the area and sent his shot arrowing into the top corner beyond the diving Taylor to double his side’s lead and send the Newquay supporters into raptures.
The home side forced a series of corners but the defence held firm and Newquay were again on the attack when the final whistle sounded to signal the end of a remarkable night for the Peppermints. The visiting players left the field to a standing ovation from their travelling fans which had turned up in good numbers to give the team great vocal support.
Make no mistake this was a stupendous performance by Newquay and after their five goal drubbing of Camelford three days earlier it was the icing on the cake for the Newquay faithful. Manager Jim Hilton had certainly done his homework and the players responded with an awesome display of attacking football.
Penzance – Taylor, Hollands, J. Devine [Richardson], Bushby, Street, L.Devine [Reski], Miller, Vercesi, Reynolds [Westgarth], Hooper, and Ludlam. Sub not used Thomas.
Newquay – Armstrong – Ford, Bicknell, Bradshaw, McKune, James, Hampshire, Rigby [Wigg], Middleton [Morris], Weldhen, Palmer [Jose] and Hartigan. Subs not used Harvey and Bunt.
Star Men – The Newquay Squad [ very difficult to chose from a whole galaxy of stars on the night when everyone was brilliant from the keeper through to the substitutes they all contributed to an outstanding display of fast flowing football that was a pleasure to watch].

Starting line up

  • Matt Armstrong-Ford

    Match rating: 9

  • Aaron Bicknell

    Match rating: 9

  • Ashley Bradshaw

    Match rating: 9

  • Sam McKune

    Match rating: 9

  • Chris James

    Match rating: 9

  • Paul Hampshire

    Match rating: 9

  • Luke Rigby

    Match rating: 9

  • Shaun Middleton

    Match rating: 9

  • Luke Weldhen

    Match rating: 9

  • Scott Palmer

    Match rating: 9

  • Jake Hartigan

    Match rating: 9


  • Matt Jose

    Match rating: 9

  • Andrew Morris

    Match rating: 9

  • Jamie Wigg

    Match rating: 9

  • Perry Harvey

  • Joff Bunt


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