Flying start and big finish sees Penrith home PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Thursday, 22 October 2020

kingsley grandison.pngPenrith earned three valuable points last night with a comprehensive 5-2 home win over Billingham Town.

It enabled the Bonny Blues to climb to 17th in the table and was their first Northern League Division One home win of the season, their second overall.

Making a bright, positive start is vital in any football match and even more so if you can take advantage of any opportunities that come along. Well Penrith did on this occasion and what a boost it gave them.

Ryan Errington put them in front after only five minutes and ex-Manchester City youth team player Kingsley Grandison (pictured) doubled that advantage five minutes later.

Penrith must have thought they were in dreamland on 13 minutes when skipper and central defensive lynchpin Grant Davidson knocked in the third.

Davidson was re-united with former centre-back partner Jordan Little, coming back from injury at Workington Reds and needing game time, so playing on dual registration.

Billingham looked shell-shocked and beaten already, but to their credit they re-organised and got to grips with the game, reducing the deficit by half-time with two goals inside three minutes.

Harry Close got the first on 33 minutes and Dan Boyle scored a second after 36 minutes to give the respective managers different team-talks at the break than they were getting ready to deliver.

After looking early winners Penrith now had a fight on their hands to regain the momentum and take charge again, which is what they eventually achieved.

The game’s crucial sixth goal came on 74minutes and was a result of Max  Brown’s perseverance. He chased down a defender, robbed him and then calmly slid the ball home.

Four minutes later it was all over as Grandison produced a superb finish, with a blistering volley which left the Billingham keeper with no chance.

Penrith are at home again on Saturday when they entertain Stockton Town. The scheduled visitors, who are sixth in the table drew 0-0 last week at Shildon, the team immediately below them (7th) in Division One.





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