Penzance came from behind to record a second consecutive away victory, their cause being aided considerably by hosts Bude Town having a player sent-off in each half of good match at Broadclose.
The visitors made a rip-snorting start with Tyler Tonkin, Darryl Richards and Jacob Trudgeon all going close within the opening exchanges. However, they fell into arrears after twelve minutes. Following a foul on Luke Potter, Harry Hopcroft despatched a confident penalty to Will Trenoweth’s left.
The Magpies gained both parity and a numerical advantage in a pivotal 24th minute incident. Following consultation with his assistant, referee Tom Roper adjudged Bude’s Liam McDonald to have handled the ball during a goalmouth melee. The left-back was dismissed and Trudgeon tucked a precise spot-kick low into Liam Hill’s bottom right-hand corner.
Penzance had the momentum and deservedly capitalised just before the break. A free-kick by Tonkin was tipped on to the cross-bar by Hill, but Silas Sullivan was on hand to snaffle up the rebound.
Six minutes after the turn-around, the visitors gave themselves breathing space. Trudgeon located Ollie Butler on the right. The teenager’s low centre was shanked by Tonkin, but the ball looped wickedly over the unlucky Hill to give the captain his seventh goal of the season putting him level with Oscar Massey at the top of the Penzance scoring chart.
Set up by Richards, Archie Reynolds was denied his first of the season by a fine save from Hill. Any hopes Bude had of getting back into the game were extinguished when Potter copped his second yellow card, for a foul on Tonkin. The nine men were fortunate not to fall further into deficit when, played in by a perceptive Tonkin through-ball, Trudgeon smashed a shot on to the bar.
“It was another important three points today against tough opposition,” said Penzance manager Ashley Waters. “We dominated, and the only disappointment was that we failed to take numerous chances. The boys once again showed character and answered questions with a solid display. We asked for a reaction and they delivered a fantastic win.”
Penzance: Will Trenoweth, Archie Reynolds, Alfie Turner, Ollie Butler (Michael Fitchett 59), Liam Andrew, Mark Vercesi, Jacob Trudgeon, Silas Sullivan, Tyler Tonkin, Darryl Richards, Charlie Willis (Rolandos Samnauskas 54). Unused subs: Ryan Andrew, Matt James, Tom Jacobson
Bude: Liam Hill, Jake Williams, Liam McDonald, Carlo Chandler, Tyler Yendle, Lee Rundle, Kyle Darragh, Alex Moyse, Harry Page, Luke Potter, Harry Hopcroft. Subs: Connor McIntosh, Samuel Down, Lewis Hopgood
Referee: Tom Roper
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