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Penrith vs Redcar Athletic



A torrid night in the Lake District ended in a frustrating defeat, as a spirited Penrith edged out the ten men of Redcar Athletic.

Danny Boyle twice poked the Steelmen in front inside the half hour, with Penrith quick to respond each time they fell behind.

A poor challenge from Joe Thompson saw Athletic reduced to ten before the break, and with a man advantage, Oliver Reay capitalised to steal all three points for the struggling Blues.

Redcar were quick to subdue the hosts in the opening exchanges, as great work from Sonni Coleman set up a ninth minute opener.

The forward rode a number of challenges to drive upfield, before Craig Hutchinson’s blocked effort fell kindly to Danny Boyle to guide home.

Celebrations lasted a mere two minutes, however, as an in-swinging corner found Oliver Reay free in the six yard area, and his plush header left Jack Norton stranded.

After sustained pressure from the Steelmen, Danny Boyle struck again on the half hour mark, drilling a loose ball back across goal and into the far bottom corner, after Penrith failed to clear Joe Thompson’s long throw.

Yet again, there was an instant response from the Blues, whose quick counterattack caught Redcar off guard, allowing Jonny Murray to pounce on an initial block to find the roof of the net.

Athletic’s hopes of a response to Saturday’s defeat were all but dashed on the stroke of the interval, as a strong sliding challenge from Joe Thompson was deemed worthy of a straight red card.

With a man advantage, Penrith started the second period the brighter, and after Jonny Murray’s open goal miss served as a warning, Oliver Reay forced the hosts in front from the edge of the area.

The Blues third seemed to mark a turning point in the contest, as even the sin binning of James Paylor couldn’t falter the momentum of a desperate Redcar.

With the Steelmen in the ascendancy, Penrith had to rely on sporadic breaks, as a fantastic point-blanc stop from Jack Norton prevented substitute Adam Burnskill from killing the game.

James Paylor returned to the action to produce a delightful outside of the foot pass to free Mason McNeill, whose thunderous effort proved Athletic’s closest to a response, as it clattered the underside of the bar.

Redcar had two final gilt-edged opportunities to clinch a deserved point from the contest, as Holdsworth weaved his way through a crowd before seeing his effort blocked, whilst Sonni Coleman planted a free header into the grateful grasp of Aaron Taylor with the last kick of the game.

Attendance: 107

Goal Scorers: Danny Boyle (9, 30)


21/03/20237:45 pmNorthern Football League - Division 12022/23


The Frenchfield Stadium, Carleton, CA11 8UA
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