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Banks holds his nerve as Penryn leave it late against Tavvy
Penryn left it late to play their get out of jail card away to Tavistock, in what was a topsy turvy match from start to finish.
A late penalty goal from Robert Banks secured a maximum five points on the road for the Borough, just seconds after he spurned an opportunity to win the game.
Both teams came into the game off the back of good opening day wins, as Tavistock began their home campaign and Penryn took to the road for the first time.
It was a much improved Tavistock team than the one Penryn dispatched with ease in February and the home side laid down a marker by taking a 12-0 lead following two excellent scores from their elusive back line and strong pack.
Penryn struggled early on and couldn't quite seem to find their feet at the breakdown or scrum.
They did however get back into the game following a series of drives on the home try line which eventually saw George Jones over the try line for Penryn's first try as Jake Seviour converted.
Penryn started to turn the screw in the scrum and tightened defensively, so much so they forced a wild pass from the home side as arch-poacher Alex Ducker intercepted for Seviour to convert and Penryn to lead 14-12 at break albeit slightly against the run of play.
Penryn looked to push on to extend their lead after the break, but were pegged back ten minutes into the second period.
Two uncoverted tries in quick succession for Tavistock saw the Borough trail 24-14 and seemingly, a mountain to climb following a monumental shift in momentum.
Mistakes crept in and Penryn had to search deep for the kind of belief that would see them out of trouble.
Dig deep they did. Patient phase play in opposition territory stretched the hosts, and Ducker was once again in the right place at the right time.
Seviour missed the conversion as Penryn made changes in a bid to up the tempo.
Much like Tavistock, Penryn struck twice in quick succession, Ducker completing a second hat trick in two weeks.
Penryn's forwards were winning nearly all of the opposition ball at scrum time, not to mention their own and a turnover in midfield led to a length of the field try that Rob Banks converted to see the visitors lead 26-24. Then the drama started.
Penryn seemed to have just about shut out Tavistock for what would be a superb win on the road, but gifted the home side the easiest of penalty goal attempts, which they dually converted to sneak a one point lead going into the 79th minute.
Immediately from the restart Penryn gave themselves what was seemingly a final reprieve, but under pressure Banks' penalty drifted wide.
Astonishingly though there was still time for a final play and still time for Tavistock to infringe within kicking distance.
Banks stepped up and wassuccessful this time, to hand Penryn a victory that a minute earlier had looked very unlikely.
Penryn welcome Teignmouth at the memorial ground at 3pm next Saturday.