Porthleven player-boss Annear hoping to put one over former club in Throgmorton tie
DENNIS Annear returns to his former club on Saturday as Porthleven take on Penryn Athletic in the first round of the Throgmorton Cup (2.30pm), writes Lee Hall.
And after leaving the Kernick club's second team last season to take on his first senior management role at Gala Parc, Port's player-manager is looking forward to pitting his wits against some old friends.
He said: "I'm really looking forward to going back there, it's a really good test for our boys.
"Under Bandy (Dale Band) and Jeweller (Steve Jewell) Penryn are one of the best teams around in the league and it will be a very tough game for us.
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"But it's one we're looking forward to and hopefully we can cause a bit of an upset."
Annear played in Saturday's 3-2 defeat at home to second in the table Mousehole, as son Tom scored both of Porthleven's goals from the penalty spot (match report page 110).
And after praising the response of his side following their previous week's defeat at Holsworthy, Annear will be challenging his young players to give a similar account of themselves at Kernick.
He said: "Saturday was a big test for us after the Holsworthy game, but I thought the lads responded really well and we were unlucky not to get something out of the game."
Porthleven are now without defender Jowan Shainberg after he started university in Exeter.
Annear will also be without son Jordan, who is away on duty with the Cornwall County Youth squad.
He could, however, include 16-year-old holding midfielder Jack Glover from Lizard. Glover played under Annear in his Truro U16s' side last season.
The Port boss said: "Jack is a player I know all about from coaching Truro and I think he deserves a chance to show us what he can do at this level. He's an excellent young player."