Penryn’s Porthleven run comes to an end

Penryn Athletic and Porthleven Reserves battled the elements on Tuesday night, with the two sides playing out a rain and wind-hit 1-1 draw at Kernick Road. Jackson Saunders scored his fourth goal of the season for Athletic, but George Molcher’s second-half equaliser ensured both sides went away with a point apiece.

With the rain as bad as it was at times I was half expecting the game to be called off and was surprised when I heard that it was going ahead. However the players seemed keen to play what with no fixture until next weekend.

Besides, the last thing either team needed was a September postponement. There will be plenty of those in November-December time without another game having to be played at a later date to further clog up the fixture list.

The game was an exciting one, even if it lacked that bit of quality at times, but the adverse weather probably played a part in that.

Penryn’s defence had a solid game and coped well enough with the slippery surface. Russell May had an excellent game at the back, tackling superbly and did well in the air too, while goalkeeper Chris Symons made some important saves, including one cracking stop in the second half to keep the game at 1-0.

They played a very high defensive line, perhaps to entice Porthleven to play the ball over the top when the wet surface makes it harder to do effectively.

Instead Porthleven tried to pass their way through, but they were too intent on playing the extra pass before taking on the defence and this often led to a misplaced pass or getting caught in possession.

There were a few occasions when the visitors had a man in space on the flanks ready to launch an attack, but instead they would opt for that extra short pass inside and the attack would break down.

At the other end it was a difficult night for the Penryn attack. The normally lively Jason Roberts and Ryan Reeve were kept quiet by the Porthleven back line, especially captain Jamie Greet who was probably the visitors’ best player.

This was the first time Penryn had failed to beat Porthleven Reserves at home in the Combination League since the 2007-08 season.

Away from the match itself, the draw meant that Porthleven ended a run of nine consecutive Combination League defeats at Penryn. The last time Porthleven avoided defeat at Penryn in the Combination League was in August 2007, when they ran out 2-1 winners.

Penryn boast a 53-13 goal record in those nine wins. A goal difference of +40…

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