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Penryn aiming for top three finish, says captain Jordan Rose
Penryn captain Jordan Rose says a top three finish is well within his side's grasp this season, after the Borough put a two point defeat against Torquay well and truly behind them with a dramatic victory against local rivals Truro at the Memorial Ground on Saturday.
With just a single point in it Truro had the chance to kick for goal and wrap up the win, but after some touchline confusion over a late substitution the kick - when it finally came - drifted wide, and for the second year in a row Penryn clinched a derby win by the narrowest of margins.
"It was a tough, physical game, probably like a local derby should be," said Rose. "We won with the last kick of the game last year, so I suppose it's good for the spectators but we're a bit disappointed with the way we played - we had a pretty poor first half but managed to pick it up in the second and kicked on from there."
Victory sees the Borough sitting third in Western Counties West behind leaders Burnham-on-Sea, and second placed Teignmouth.
And having already come up against some of the league's strongest sides, Rose believes a top three finish is well within Penryn's capabilities this year.
"I think we've set our stall out and that's a top three finish ideally," he said. "Last season it was top five and we achieved that - we probably should have done even better but we had a poor start.
"If we're firing I think we can beat anyone, but this year we're showing a bit more maturity than we have done in recent years.
"We've just got to keep doing what we're doing. We'd like to play in a more controlled manner, but we've got one of the best attacks in the league, and we've shown that already this year. We're definitely looking for a top three spot - top two ideally, we're not hiding that. We want to kick on and test ourselves, and if promotion comes, it comes."
The Penryn captain’s sentiments are echoed by Penryn coach Paul Trevaskis. “We started last season very poorly, so we’re happy with four wins in the bank, he said. “We’ll just see how we go until the Christmas period and we’ll aim to be in the top half at Christmas, that’s where we always aim to be, then you can push on from there.
“We were top five last season so we’ll try and better that.”