By Bill Hooper, at the Memorial Ground, Penryn.
ith almost the final play of the game, as the gloom
started to shroud the Memorial Ground, flanker Phil Hinchley grabbed Penryn’s
fourth try at the college end to claim all five points in a well deserved 32-13
win against a plucky Clevedon side.
Despite falling behind to a try scored by the visitor’s
flanker Harvey Russell after just ten minutes. Penryn didn’t panic and calmly
worked their way back to wrest control.
Goal kicking was to prove a lottery in the tricky
conditions, luckily full back Rob Banks had his kicking boots on as he kicked
two first half penalties along with a drop-goal from fly-half Mike Creeden to add to the three tries Penryn ran in to establish a commanding 24-8 lead at the break.
Having opened his account with a penalty on seventeen
minutes, Banks couldn’t better right winger Josh Chamber’s score as Borough nudged
ahead 8-5 after twenty-seven minutes.
Centre Mike Taylor levelled matters with a penalty
shortly after, before Penryn pulled away before half-time, Banks grabbed
Penryn’s second try as well as adding two further penalties. Penryn’s third try
came again from left wing James Martin just prior to half-time.
The second half was a much scrappier affair with referee
Ryan Cook frequently penalizing the home side much to the frustration of the
vociferous home supporters.
Clevedon eventually capitalised scoring a second try with
Russell getting his second of the game for the visitors.
Penryn’s pack, despite losing skipper Sam Harrison early
in the game due to a dislocated finger were rampant, with James Mann at No.8 punching
big holes along with fellow back rowers Hinchley and Jordan Rose. Kevin Hughes
again rolling back the years, with a solid performance, alongside George Jones
in the boiler house.
Borough nudged their lead with Banks’ third penalty after sixty minutes when Clevedon were down to fourteen men
before Hinchley grabbed the fourth try bonus point try near the end.
Penryn 32 pts
Tries- Chambers, Banks, Martin, Hinchley, Penalties –
Banks (3), Drop-goal- Creeden
Tries – Russell (2), Penalty – Taylor
Penryn: Banks, Chambers, Vague, Paine, Martin, Creeden,
Peacock; Williams, Harrison (capt), Pattison, Jones, Hughes, Rose, Hinchley,
Replacements (all used): James-Mills, Ashwin, Kirk
Clevedon: Perry, Carpenter, Ashfield, Taylor, Johns, Thie
(capt), Towers; Smith, Williams, Dauncey, Giltrow, Hunt, Biggins, Russell,
Replacements (all used): Jones, Shopland, James
Referee: Ryan Cook (CRRS)
Star man James Mann always busy and at the heart of the Borough’s attacks