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Consistency the key, says Penryn Athletic manager Stuart Massey
Penryn Athletic manager Stuart Massey believes the key to his side’s successful start to the season can be summed up in a single word: consistency.
Third in division one west and unbeaten in their last seven games, Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Truro City Reserves helped reinforce the widely held view that Penryn are serious contenders for automatic promotion this season.
And while the form of striker Kayne Trevaskis has played a large part in propelling Massey’s side up the league, the Penryn boss says the real secret of their success lies elsewhere.
“It’s down to consistency,” he said.
“And by that I don’t just mean the results, I mean the same players staying around after the end of last season. I think it’s the first time I’ve been involved with a club in Cornish football where nobody’s left after the season finished, and that’s meant that there’s a real sense of togetherness around the place which has been fantastic.
“There are no primadonnas at Penryn; no big names or big stars. Everyone’s just worked really hard for everyone else and at the moment it’s working.”
Of course, Trevaskis’s eight goals have helped, and his strike against Truro on Saturday showed just how valuable he is to Penryn.
In the lead but under pressure from a determined City side who were themselves in a rich vein of form, Trevaskis conjured up a goal of rare quality, beating two defenders, cutting inside his marker and sliding the ball in at the near post to give Penryn breathing space, and make sure of all three points.
“He’s been phenomenal for us,” said Massey. “I think he’s good enough to play at a higher level to be honest. It was a magic bit of skill to score that goal, but Kayne’s capable of that."
The result saw a gap open up at the top of the table, with six points now separating Penryn in third from Dobwalls in fifth.
And though Massey admits it’s too early to make predicitions, he’s quietly confident about the rest of the season.
“We’ve got to take it game by game and stick together,” he said, “but I really do believe it could be our time.”