2:44pm Sunday 20th October 2013
By Mike Young
St Dennis 1 Penryn Athletic 1
This should - on paper at least - have been a comfortable win for Penryn Athletic given the two sides' recent league form and their respective positions in division one west, but as it was Penryn were lucky to come away from Boscawen Park with a point.
St Dennis were determined and stubborn, competing well over the 90 minutes and refusing to allow Penryn the time and space to settle.
In a strong diagonal wind on a lush but slippery surface, the Penryn management trio of Steve Jewell, Stuart Massey and Dale Band were forced into making some changes to their back four following last week's success against Dobwalls, with Russell May unavailable.
All the signs pointed to it being a tough afternoon for Penryn when, in the opening five minutes, Scott Hill latched on to a long diagonal ball over the top of the visitiing defence and placed his shot past the stranded Chris Symons.
Penryn were simply not at the races, and they were forced to wait 40 minutes until they had their first shot on target, David Broglino's tame effort forcing a simple save out of Brett Allen in the St Dennis goal.
Penryn were forced into yet another change at the break when defender Kirk Davies came off due to a head injury sustained away from football. In his place Penryn brought on Greg Hobbs.
Then with the second half just eight minutes old Penryn drew level.
David Broglino's inswinging corner somehow managed to evade St Dennis full back Ollie Morrison on the goal line and found its way to Ryan Chinn, who swept the ball in from close range for his first goal of the season.
That goal should have signalled a Penryn push for a winner, but their timidity allowed St Dennis to rush them out of their game, despite having Ryan Hayhurst and Scott Brown booked for late and careless challenges.
Meanwhile Penryn's back four were looking shaky, particularly on the right where Symons was forced into making a double point-blank save from Lee Rickard, returned from Newquay, and an irate Morrison who was frustrated to see Symons rush off his line and gather bravely at his feet.
Penryn's best second half chance fell to Broglino, but despite being well placed he steered his shot wide of Allen after attempting a curled shot.
Fraser Cadman and Tyler Cooke made late appearances for the visitors, replacing Dale Band and Sean Johnson, but Penryn showed little appetite to steal the show and 1-1 it remained.
Penryn: C Symons, D Blizzard, K Davies (G Hobbs 46), R Chinn, B Oliver (c), J Hoon, S Johnson (T Cooke 85), D Band (F Cadman 85), K Trevaskis, D Broglino, K Lawrence. Subs (not used): R Hosking.
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