Mon 01 Apr 2019 15:43

Penryn’s title and promotion hopes remain firmly in their own hands after a thumping ten try win at home to Pirates Amateurs. The Borough know that as long as they win both of their remaining fixtures they will win the league and gain promotion to Western Counties after a three season absence. Penryn won’t get ahead of themselves though, with two tricky tests against Plymouth Argaum and Plymstock Albion Oaks still to come as Honiton and Bude wait in the wings for any potential slip ups.

It was a glorious spring afternoon at the Memorial Ground as Penryn returned to action after a two week break, following last week’s home walkover over Withycombe. Perhaps there was some rustiness in the opening exchanges, but with the greatest of respects it was a matter of when, not if Penryn would cut loose.

It took until the 11th minute for the scoreboard to be troubled, but it was worth the wait when Nathan Strick skated in after an audacious dummy. Tom Townsend’s conversion made it 7-0, on what would be a good day for the kicker. The home side doubled their advantage five minutes later when Sam Hitchens ran a smart line to ease in as Townsend converted again.

The bonus point was sealed with just 30 minutes on the clock as first Strick ghosted over for a carbon copy of his first try, before a short range power effort from Kyle Gratrix. Townsend stayed at 100% to take the score to 28-0 in favour of the hosts. There was still time for another before the break as George Jones crashed over, though Townsend couldn’t convert on this occasion.

At 33-0, it was game over and job done already for Penryn which can affect the intensity of the remainder of the game. The first twenty minutes of the second period passed without troubling the scorer, much to the frustration of the home side who were clearly still well on top. When Sam Hitchens crossed for his second though, the floodgates began to open once more with Townsend taking it to 40.

With the visitors running out of steam, gaps were appearing all over the pitch as the home side took advantage. Joe Greaves finished off a sweeping team move for his first Penryn try and another Townsend conversion made it 47-0 as Penryn sniffed a half century. Fittingly they got it when Strick completed his hat trick of show and go scores as the Borough continued to rack up an ugly looking score for the Pirates – Townsend again converting.

James Salisbury was next to get in on the act with a good finish for an uncoverted try, as the winger closes in on the top try scorer accolade for the season. Townsend rounded off the Penryn scoring with a well worked try of his own and converted to take Penryn to 66 and his own tally to 21. It looked like another clean sheet for Penryn’s miserly defence, but the away side kicked a penalty with the last play of the game to get on the board and leave the final score at 66-3.

An exciting fortnight lies ahead for the Borough, with the advantage of having their destiny in their own hands. If results go Penryn’s way they could be promoted this weekend, but the focus for the players will simply be to win the next game away at Plymouth Argaum.

Penryn: Wilmott, Townsend, Salisbury, Johnson, Hitchens, Strick, Chambers, Oldfield, Gratrix, Patterson, Homer, Greaves, Hughes, Jones, Randlesome reps Hellier, Glyn, Johnson
Tries: Strick (3), Hitchens (2), Greaves, Salisbury, Gratrix, Jones, Townsend
Conversions: Townsend (8)