TWELVE points from the boot of James Salisbury and a fast start from the Borough proved to be the difference in this Cornish derby, writes Ross Hancock. 

On the back end of a stormy week, conditions were made difficult by poor weather and seemed to have an immediate impact on the game, however, Penryn did enough to get the job done against the Pirates Amateurs at The Memorial Ground

Pirates dropped kick-off set the tone for a sleepy start from the visitors and it proved to be costly.

Penryn opened the scoring from the boot of James Salisbury, but were soon extending their lead. Mike Fittock got the game's first try, dancing through some suspect away defence to take Penryn a score clear early on. Ben Rosevear extended that lead to 13-0 with another well-worked score soon after and while Salisbury couldn’t convert either try, he did add a second penalty inside the opening 20 minutes to give Penryn what would prove an unassailable 16-0 lead.

The Ams fought back however and began to sway the momentum of a game that had very much been against them until they got their first points through a strong driving maul try. Returning Penryn scrum-half Sam Carter couldn’t convert the score, but did close the gap to eight with a penalty goal leaving the halftime score 16-8 in favour of the Borough.

Home nerves were jangling by the time Carter added a second penalty to make it 16-11, but with the lion's share of possession and all the momentum, the Ams allowed Penryn to wrestle it back once more. The away side discipline was starting to get the better of them as the game crept towards its conclusion and the Borough eagerly obliged when a kickable was sent through the posts by Salisbury again, to give the cushion of two scores once more.

Penryn managed the latter stages of the game particularly well, playing in the right areas of the field and frustrated the Ams into giving away a string of penalties. Another chance was presented to Salisbury and he put a stamp on the victory with his fourth and final penalty to end the scoring and give Penryn an excellent home win.