GREAT character was shown by Penryn Athletic on Saturday against a hard hitting Perranporth - according to joint manager Steve Jewell.
After falling behind twice in the South West Peninsula League West match, Athletic managed to not only bring proceedings level both times but also went onto grab another two goals to bring three points back to Kernick Road.
Dave Broglino, Kevin Lawrence, Adam Toy and Greg Hobbs got on the scoresheet for Borough to cancel out a brace of strikes from Paul Robertson, who also missed a second half penalty for Perranporth.
Jewell said the hosts had rather “physical” tactics, but thought his team showed plenty of mettle to deal with their game plan.
“To bounce back twice then go on to get the win against a team that wanted to kick lumps out of us showed how much character we have,” he said.
“When the going got tough, we got going and rose to the occasion which was great to see.
“In the second half we played some really good stuff and knock the ball around as much as we could, so overall I thought it was a good performance.”
Robertson sent the home side into the lead 20 minutes in when he took a quick free kick as the Borough defence organised their wall.
It took just five minutes for Borough to get back to level terms as Lawrence passed to Broglino, who then hit a shot through a gap in the defence which squeezed past the home goalkeeper.
On the half hour mark, Robertson stabbed home another shot home to give Perranporth the lead for the second time, but by half time Penryn had equalised again as Luke Brabyn’s cross found the head of Lawrence at the near post to nod into the net.
Borough then got the lead for the first time in the game after 65 minutes as Hobbs’ through ball found Toy, who showed great composure to come out on top of a one-on-one.
The advantage gained by the visitors nearly slipped away five minutes later when the referee awarded the hosts a penalty, but Robertson blasted his chance of a hat-trick miles over the crossbar.
Then with ten minutes left, Hobbs settled the match as substitute David Leach burst through the defence with a turn of pace before squaring the ball his team-mate who made no mistake in front of an open goal.
Athletic have a weekend off league action as their original opponents, Truro City reserves, pulled out of the division before the season’s start, with a friendly expected to be organised.
PENRYN: Semmons, May, Mart, Oliver (c), Scolley (Hobbs, 46), Brabyn, Toy, Moody, Broglino (Cook, 75), Lawrence, Wilson (Leach, 65).