Nottingham’s early endeavours rewarded by a try under the Penzance End posts from hooker, Brownlie, in the 4th minute – following a positive break through the Pirate line from lock, Jones. Canadian fly half O’Leary couldn’t miss the extras.
Encouragingly from a home perspective – the Pirates’ response came instantly. Skipper for the day, Cargill, slotted a 35m penalty to get his 100th appearance off to a good start straight after the restart.
Two tries in four minutes before the first quarter was done, quickly built up a ten point cushion from which would surely be a platform to kick on. King and Davey marking their first competitive start and debuts respectively in promising fashion – whilst Cargs calmly adding the extras.
The visitors however had other ideas. The swift manner in which they’d fallen behind seemingly inspired – as they refused to roll over. Engineered by the impressive O’Leary and a known accomplice in the shape of former Pirate, Strong – they regained enough of a foothold to build from.
Winger Jack Spittle stepped up to ghost over for a second try just before the half hour.
Channon & Rodman were introduced at the break to try and kick-start the hosts. Cargill’s second penalty three minutes into the second half suggested possibly such.
But this never really transpired as the Cornishmen struggled to establish any rhythm and energy – despite obvious effort.
Quite rightly the Midlander’s exploited these weaknesses via tries from the impressive Strong and left wing Williams – and the clock now ticking ever faster in the final quarter. Harry’s dot down coming from a couple of side steps from the Pirates 22 line – that left a wake of flailing tacklers. David’s from persistence in chasing O’Leary’s kick into the Old Western National Corner and – significantly and un-noticed a limping Davey – who pulled up when turning to give chase too.
Harry (Davey)’s afternoon that had begun so pleasingly – sadly coming to an end with ten minutes remaining moments later – as the young winger was forced to trudge off.
Significantly this reduced the hosts to 14 players as they’d used all their replacements. But as if to underline their fortunes – valiant effort only got thrown back in their faces with O’Leary sealing a deserved five pointer – with a last kick of the game penalty, in front of the Newlyn Posts – denying the Pirates even a losing bonus point.