Penryn Manager Harry Pope was upbeat despite his sides 4-2 home loss to St Blazey on Saturday. Penryn had been leading the match but a red card, followed by a flurry of late goals for the visitors meant Penryn left Kernick Road empty handed. 

Pope said: “Another frustrating afternoon but with lots of positives. I am getting a little fed up of saying that but we played well. They started really well, they had a quality side on paper against my lads, it was obviously a tough game.

"I thought we matched them really well in the first half. I thought we were quite lucky to get a penalty at the end of the first half to go in leading but credit to my lads. St Blazey are one of the biggest names in this league. When we were trying to get promoted to this league, St Blazey was like a dream fixture for us so it was class to see that fixture take place.”

The loss means that Penryn are 11th in the league table and are without a victory since a 5-1 drubbing away at bottom club St Dennis in October, despite this the newcomers in the league have scored in every game they have played in the league this season and Pope believes his side need to learn some lessons if they want to turn those goals into wins: “If you look at Saturdays game I don’t think it was a penalty for them.” Said the Manager.

“Even with that being said we get a man sent off he was on his last warning and he got a second yellow. Then we concede two more in the last 15 minutes. For me there are so many positives to take from it. We were 2-1 up against St Blazey until the last 20 minutes then we have lost 4-2, we are doing alright going forward it’s just keeping them out at the other end. Maybe that’s being naive, or some mistakes but is a big learning year for us. 

“In years gone by without trying to sound arrogant we have been winning games at a canter, and if we are conceding goals from mistakes we are scoring five or six so the game management hasn’t been as crucial but now when you’re 2-1 up with 20 to go you can’t afford to make rash challenges or give silly free kicks away. 

“It is a lot of naivety, trying to learn the game management that comes with the new league but I am sure we can crack it.”

Penryn's next match will be an away trip on Saturday, December 11 away to second placed Camelford.