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Penrith vs Redcar Athletic



Penrith 9-3 Redcar Athletic

Penrith: Connor Shields (1’, 3’, 51’, 62’), Conor Hammell (33’, 57’, 80’), Luke Hunter (52’, 84’)

Steelmen: Mason McNeill (2’), Dale Hopson (16’, 45+1’)

Redcar Athletic succumbed to a bitter defeat in Cumbria’s Eden Valley.

A debut double from Dale Hopson proved futile in an utter thrashing, as parity at the break soon turned to rank humiliation.

Penrith forward Connor Shields pulled the strings, netting a tidy quartet across both halves, whilst Conor Hammell and Luke Hunter furthered the embarrassment.

Thick fog marred the picturesque terrain at Frenchfield Park, as the curtains of 2024 opened on a five minute frenzy.

A neat finish from Connor Shields snatched the lead for the Blues after just 31 seconds, before a lapse in judgement at the back gave Mason McNeill the chance to leather home an instant response.

Redcar’s delight was dashed as quick as it was sparked by Connor Shields, who again found himself free to run at Jack Norton, repeating his earlier feat to claim a third minute brace.

The back and forth opening to the affair continued after a short interlude, as debutant Dale Hopson dazed the Blues’ defence with a tact finish, masquerading as a back post cross.

An acrobatic effort from Connor Shields had Jack Norton’s heart in his mouth mere seconds later, as the forward continued as an effervescent presence behind the Steelmen’s backline.

The Penrith number nine next stung the palms of the Redcar shot-stopper, before striking the crossbar with a deft lob, moments after Nathan Guru towered high to rattle the woodwork himself.

A quick free kick forged the Blues back into the lead, as Conor Hammell’s vicious drive ricocheted home off the underside of the crossbar.

Isaac Walker orchestrated what should have proved an instant response, as his pullback cross was bobbled over by Mason McNeill.

Mounting pressure from the travelling Teessiders eventually told, and a clip to the heels of Donny Holdsworth gave Dale Hopson the chance to seal his brace with a neat finish from the spot.

Penrith once again snatched the lead as play resumed, as a quick rout spelled the end of the Steelmen’s resolve.

Connor Shields rose the highest in the area to nod home his perfect hat-trick, before Luke Hunter bent home his first of the afternoon to put a dampener on the end-to-end affair.

Not wanting to be outdone by his fellow Connor, Hammell produced the spectacular for his second, beating Jack Norton with a venomous strike from deep in the midfield.

An unstoppable force in attack, Connor Shields wrapped up his infallible display with a well-taken fourth, piling further misery on a reeling Redcar Athletic.

By goal number eight, the Steelmen were truly buried, dawdling around the field deflated as Conor Hammell claimed a match ball of his own.

Luke Hunter’s second in the dying embers made the final whistle feel like a mercy, bringing to a close a bleak afternoon in Cumbria, and marking a feeble start to 2024.

Attendance: 119

Line-Up: Norton, Mills, O’Sullivan, Hopson, Guru (Thompson 63’), Ritson, Watts, McNeill (Dixon 79’), Jarvie (Sayer 62’), Holdsworth, Walker (Robinson 62’)

Next Match: Northallerton Town (a) | Friday 12th January 2024


06/01/20243:00 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12023/24


The Frenchfield Stadium, Carleton, CA11 8UA
The Frenchfield Stadium, Carleton, Frenchfield, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8UA, UK
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