Penryn’s 22-25 loss to Saltash on Saturday has left a big dent in their hopes for promotion from their division, and ended an 8 game winning streak in the league that stretched all the way back to the beginning of January.
The hosts were dominant in the first half and went into the break 10-3 up, with Adam Hughes scoring the only try of the half, before being forced off with a shoulder injury. Both a conversion and penalty kick from Mitchell Vague ensured Penryn’s lead.
However, the home side came undone early into the second half, when two yellow cards in the space of two minutes left them facing a dangerous Saltash attack with only thirteen men on the field.
“It’s in the laps of the gods now. All we can control is what we can control and that means getting 10 points from the last two games, and we’ve just got to hope they slip up somewhere along the line.”
Penryn manager Ian Morgan said: “Ultimately two yellow cards, dropped us to 13 men and they scored 13 unanswered points. It is what it is; you’ve got to take it on the chin.”
“In fairness the only time they looked dangerous was when we went down to thirteen men, and even then we still managed to finish really strongly then.”
Borough attempted to mount a late comeback, managing to bring the game to within three points. Bur the 15 point deficit proved to great, and the referee called an end to the game as they kicked to convert their second try leaving them three points short of the visitors.
“I knew it would be a close ending. I asked the ref how long we had from the kick off after the first try and he told me two minutes.”
Morgan knew a loss today meant that their hopes of promotion would then be reliant on other results going there way. He said: “It’s in the lap of the gods now. All we can control is what we can control and that means getting 10 points from the last two games, and we’ve just got to hope they slip up somewhere along the line.”
“They’ve still got to go to Bude yet, that’s a tough trip there, but what will be will be at the end of the season – we’ll see what happens.”
Penryn, who still sit second in the table, have two fixtures remaining this season. The first away to Tavistock and the second a visit to Withycombe. However, should Saltash win all their remaining games, they will finish above Penryn due to their two games in hand.
“I just said to the boys it’s a tough pill to swallow, but now we’ve got to bounce back. We’ve got to get 10 points from our next games and hope that they slip up. If not then we’ll be back down here next year looking to go back up again, so yeah it’s a tough one to take today.”