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Penryn 2 Foxhole 1

Wednesday 25th March 2009

For the second successive season two hugely contentious penalty decisions and a controversial sending off condemned spirited Foxhole to defeat at Kernick Road. Despite missing unavailable regulars Butler and Griffin, and facing a strong wind, the Foxes were dealing comfortably with mediocre opponents and were appearing much the more threatening until Rowe's second yellow on 27 for delaying a throw-in by a millisecond, seven minutes after harshly being booked for voicing frustration. Unsurprisingly Penryn soon gained the upper hand and Holland had to claw away Davis' header from Scoley's inswinging free-kick before, on 40 minutes, Adam Holland was adjudged to have impeded Maclean inside the box. Davis thumped home the spot-kick, which made Friendship's early inability to convert Nicholls' cross all the more crucial.

The situation worsened still further at the break as both Friendship and Bromley were forced to remain in the changing room nursing injuries, but an unfamiliar line-up performed heroics in the second half against the odds. The outstanding Ansell, on his full debut, had an effort cleared off the line by Scoley before Nicholls released Rundle, but his shot was weak. The Foxes thought they had gained a deserved equaliser on 65 minutes when Prince forced in Warne's free-kick at the far post but, to the bemusement of many, the goal was mysteriously ruled out.

However, within four minutes, Raven inexplicably pushed over Nicholls to earn a caution, and Warne rammed the penalty just under the bar. A point at least was well within reach at that stage only for Penryn to regain the lead 120 seconds later following their only attack of the half, during which a home forward tumbled after minimal contact, and the referee pointed to the spot for a third time. Adam Holland was booked for protesting before Davis again found the net from twelve yards. After Johnstone had joined the growing list of names in the book for dissent, Foxhole almost grabbed a leveller but Rundle drove wide from close range after intelligent play from Nicholls. Ultimately the Foxes did not possess quite enough quality in reserve to force the result their effort warranted and must surely hope that it will be their turn to enjoy the rub of the green soon.

Foxhole (4-4-2): Ryan Holland 7; Lewis Prince 7, Jason Warne 7, Mark Rowe 6, Phil Hobbs 7; Matt May 7 (sub. Gary Camps 5), Scott Ansell 8, Adam Bromley 7 (sub. Aydan Rundle 6), Adam Holland 7; Liam Nicholls 7, Kyle Friendship 6 (sub. David Grose 6).

Penryn (4-4-2): Steve Raven; David Blizzard (sub. Chris Davey), Will Scoley, Pete Davey, Hal Davis; Sean Johnstone, Pete Maclean, Adam Pryor (sub. Pat Shaughnessy), Dale Band; Matt McIlroy (sub. Darren Edwards), Greg Hobbs.

Referee: Mr Tim Burley (Lanner) 6.

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