PENZANCE manager John Dent is setting his sights on a top four finish in the new season – but admits anything will be an improvement on last season's disastrous campaign, writes Lee Hall.
The Magpies are back in Carlsberg South West Peninsula League division one west after ending last season bottom of the premier division table with just two points.
But after drafting in several new players during the summer and an encouraging 3-0 win over Porthleven in their opening Dave Gardner game on Friday night, hopes are high for the new season.
Dent said: "My aim is for a top four finish, but we'll just have to see what happens. Anything will be an improvement on last season.
"I've been impressed with the lads in training, we had a good opening win in the Dave Gardner and we're just looking forward to the new season now."
The Magpies won 3-1 at home to Falmouth Town on Wednesday night and will now meet Helston Athletic on Saturday at Kellaway Parc (5pm) in the competition decider.
Dent said: "They are both good tests for us, especially Helston on Saturday. That will be our last friendly of the summer. We'll give the boys a rest, ready for the first game of the season at home to Perranporth the following week."
Jamie Payne, Dominic Batchelor and Lewis Caspell (penalty) grabbed the goals for Penzance on Friday night.
Helston won their first game of the Dave Gardner Trophy after beating Falmouth Town 3-1 on Saturday. Porthleven played their second game of competition on Tuesday night, where they lost 3-1 at home to local rivals Helston.
Dent said: "We were excellent in the first half but a bit rusty after the break, which is to be expected."