Firth's early debut goal can't lift Blues PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Thursday, 29 October 2020

luke firth.pngPenrith couldn’t follow-up last week’s encouraging home win as they went down 4-1 at Frenchfields to Whitley Bay.

After the 5-2 victory over Billingham Town, the Bonny Blues were desperate to follow-up and couldn’t have asked for a better start.

Luke Firth, signed from the Crown Newlaithes, a County League side, made a dream debut for his new team with a goal inside three minutes.

By half-time, however, the visitors were 3-1 to the good with their three goals coming in a 12 minute spell, to turn the game round.

Matt Weir grabbed the equaliser on 28minutes; Richard Coulson put them ahead on 37 minutes and Adam Shanks scored the third five minutes before the break.

Penrith, short of one or two established players including top-scorer Max Brown, tried hard to get back into the contest after the break but the only goal was a second for Shanks on 67 minutes.luke firth 2.png

The result leaves Penrith still fourth bottom in Division One of the Northern League but they can enjoy a break on Saturday when they contest the FA Vase with a trip to Sunderland Ryhope CW.

Their hosts -who have already won at Frenchfields in the League – are only two places better- off, but do have five more points and two games in hand.

They had a decent result on Tuesday when they drew 1-1 at home with sixth-placed Shildon.

Penrith’s home game with Stockton Town, which was postponed on Saturday, will now be played on Wednesday, November 18.

BEN CHALLIS and MARTIN PERRY are regular contributors to the Cumberland Echo and they have delved into their archives to find pictures of goal-scorer Luke Firth in his playing days with Newlaithes top and alongside.


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