Penryn Athletic returned to winning ways on the weekend with a 1-0 win over Wadebridge Town in the South West Peninsula League. 

It was Athletic’s first league game for two weeks after a midweek clash against strugglers Godolphin Atlantic was postponed due to bad weather.

A goal in the early stages from Conor Powell was enough to earn Penryn all three points with the Kernick side only having 11 players on the day.

Manager Harry Pope explained why Athletic struggled for players: “We didn’t have much of the ball lets put it that way! Before the game we had 15 men in the squad then four of them pulled out before the game.

"Two with illness, one had a parent in an emergency and the other was a 50/50 and in the warm up he couldn’t do it.

"It was bizarre I have never had that so I just said to the players we have got to go out and enjoy it. It was a good 11, but we had no back up! We had to work hard, stick together try and grab a goal from somewhere and see what we can do off the ball. After four minutes we got the goal from Conor Powell, who has been a bit frustrated recently without starts. We just basically played unbelievably well without the ball.”

The win moves Penryn up to tenth in the table. In their first season in the division Pope has been pleased with his teams start but believes they could have done even better. He said: “I don’t know if I want to say better than expected because that sounds like I underestimate the boys but it was just going into the unknown for us. 

“I am fairly happy, I feel slightly frustrated if I am honest, in at least three/four games we could have got better results with our performances but overall I am delighted and am absolutely loving it, and loving the challenges. 

“We are noticeably getting better we were naive in the first few games but we are definitely getting better now. 

“I am looking forward to seeing how well we can finish and that is going to be our marker to try and kick on next year.” He added.
Penryn face the bottom two in their next two games, away St Dennis in midweek then at home to Callington Town.