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Borough win Memorial Ground thriller against Truro
Penryn overcame local rivals Truro, in a tight and tense derby affair that went right down to the wire in the most dramatic of circumstances.
For the third time in five league games this season the outcome of the match would rest on the final kick of the game, and after heartbreak at Torquay last week, it was relief for Penryn this time around.
As the old cliché goes, the form book goes out of the window on days such as these, but both sides entered the fray confident following recent good showings. On a fine day at the Memorial Ground in front of a healthy crowd, both sides showed how much derby day meant to one another in a brutally physical opening, that set the tone for the rest of the match.
Penryn took an early lead when Jake Seviour landed a short range penalty goal to settle nerves, with the borough very much in the ascendancy as they probed for openings. Truro's resolute defence though, held firm.
Running out of options, Seviour slotted a snap drop-goal to give Penryn a 6-0 lead, in what seemed only a matter of time until Penryn would break down the door.
Suddenly, Truro sparked into life. A series of carries making inroads to Penryn territory, gave Truro the kind of front foot ball Penryn could ill afford to hand the visitors, as they took advantage with a well worked try.
Scrum half Karl Martin missed the extras and Penryn kept their lead. The gap of one point would be one that proved decisive by the end of the afternoon but meanwhile, Martin pushed Truro into the lead themselves, following a successful penalty goal.
Penryn were now searching for a score to regain the lead, and that is exactly what they got when Truro were penalised at the ruck. Seviour slotted his second penalty, as the score line went to 9-8 in Penryns favour.
Truro may have trailed, but the score line certainly didn't dampen their ambitions to run from everywhere on the field. Their industrious play was once again rewarded when a gap in midfield was exploited to stroll home for a second try. Martin converted this time and Penryn trailed 15-9 at the break.
Penryn knew a positive start held the key to getting back in the game and following an excellent early surge from replacement prop Ethan Pattison, they immediately got on the front foot. The visiting defence was stretched to near breaking point as wing Alex Ducker went close on several occasions.
Truro may have held firm, but not legally, and as two players departed to the bin in quick succession, the space they left behind them proved pivotal. The sheer tempo Penryn played at within the ten minute period of having the extra men was too much for Truro, as Josh Chambers raced over for a try to the home crowd’s delight.
Seviour kicked the simple two-pointer and a massive turning point in the game had gone Penryn's way. Penryn were frustrated though for the rest of the period and failed to finish off a Truro team that were hanging on. Hang on they did at 16-15 and when Ben Trevaskis was also given a ten minute break, Truro came back again. T
hey camped themselves in Penryn territory for much of the rest of the game and spurned opportunity after opportunity to kill off the hosts, although Penryn must be credited for some truly heroic defence.
Just when it seemed Penryn were home and hosed without drama, the big call came and the drama began in earnest.
A marginal decision against Andrew Seviour was deemed a deliberate knock on, although he seemed to make a genuine attempt to catch the ball, and Truro had a late chance to kick a match winning penalty. The visitors wisely opted for the kick at goal.
However with no recognised goal kicker on the pitch and having already elected to kick at goal they then substituted kicker Karl Martin back on to take the kick. In a frenzy of confusion and anger it was correctly deemed that Martin was not allowed to kick at goal having made the decision to kick before making the substitution.
A highly animated atmosphere saw the eventual kick taken several minutes later, which thankfully for Penryn's sake sailed wide to secure an important win in the most bizarre of circumstances. Penryn travel to Kingsbridge this Saturday.