Penryn Athletic Reserves 1, St Just 0

LIAM Jarvis’ 10th goal of the season helped Penryn end a run of eight successive league defeats to St Just with a 1-0 win at Kernick on Saturday, writes Matt Friday.

Jarvis’ close-range strike in the second half gave Penryn their first win over St Just since August 2012, and their first win against anyone since January 7.

Penryn edged what was a fairly even first half, while the weather-hit pitch didn’t seem to trouble the two sides with some good passing football being played at times.

The first shot came in the 7th minute after St Just were penalised for picking up a back pass, with the resultant free-kick being fired narrowly wide by Liam Jarvis.

St Just saw a lot of the ball but struggled to trouble Alex Prynn in the Penryn goal. Neil Curnow’s shot was blocked while Stuart Nicholls’ curling effort was saved by Prynn.

Penryn’s best opportunity of the half arrived three minutes before the break when Reggie May broke free of the visiting defence, but his strike was saved by St Just’s Ryan Gendall.

The visitors’ best effort of the match came 20 minutes into the second half when Chris Curnow rattled the crossbar from all of 30 yards with Prynn well beaten.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 77th minute, when Reece Carroll’s cross eventually fell to the feet of Jarvis, who slotted past Gendall to give Penryn the lead.

St Just pushed further forward to find an equaliser, but were again penalised for a back pass, however the home side again couldn’t take advantage.

Penryn had another chance to put the result beyond doubt in the 81st minute when substitute Nick Moss’ cross found Carroll unmarked, but he couldn’t steer the ball home.

Penryn: A Prynn, D Jarvis, Ro May, Ru May, C Saunders, E Jorey, L Jarvis, R Carroll, Re May, J Scott (M Potts 80), J Saunders (N Moss 69).

Penryn Reserves’ next match is at home to Carharrack in the Cornwall Combination League on Saturday.