Great day for both Cumbrian clubs PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Sunday, 11 October 2020

penrith v brandon.pngIt was a smashing day for Cumbria’s two representatives in the Northern League – Penrith and Carlisle City.

After a torrid month the Bonny Blues from Frenchfields scored a morale-boosting 2-1 win at Brandon United in the FA Vase competition.

While they were making progress in a national Competition their neighbours Carlisle City were winning 4-3 at Easington Colliery to go top of the Northern League’s Second Division.

Penrith’s victory puts them into the first round proper, to be played on Saturday, October 31 but the draw has not yet been made.

Before the tie at Brandon manager Dave Hewson had insisted that he and assistant Chris Blake had faith in the squad despite the disappointing run of results. But they were looking for the players to step up and produce a big performance at Brandon.

They needed to do that as Brandon had taken a 36th minute lead into the break with a goal from Shane Taylor, and fortunately they had spurned other opportunities.

Penrith drew level on 62 minutes through Shaun Gardner and with a penalty shoot-out looming James Best grabbed the all-important second goal on 87 minutes.

Carlisle City had beaten Brandon 5-0 at Gillford Park on their climb up the table and they reached the summit on Saturday with a thrilling 4-3 win at Easington Colliery, who had emerged as one of their rivals for top spot.

It was a topsy turvy game and after establishing a 3-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes, City still needed a goal in the second minute of time added on to win it 4-3.

In a superb start Jordan Palmer collected an early brace and Keighran Kerr’s well-placed shot made it 3-0 and looking-on for a clear-cut win.   

Eventually, though, Sam Atkinson was the hero with the late winner after Easington had erased the half-time deficit with three second-half goals in the space of seven minutes - from Jak Ashton (65), Josh Home-Jackson (66) and Brennan Ball (72).

The momentum was with Easington but on 86 minutes they had Ball sent-off as a mis-timed tackle earned him a second yellow card and to rub salt into the wound Atkinson popped-up with the late well-taken decider for City.

It’s been a fine achievement to hit the top, but without a game in mid-week or next Saturday they can only wait and see whether teams can overtake them.

Several have matches in hand, particularly second-placed Bedlington Terriers – three points adrift and three games in hand.

As for Penrith they will  hope the Vase success has pepped-up their prospects of climbing the table, and they have two contrasting away tests coming up.

Next to bottom Penrith travel to Billingham Town on Tuesday night. They are level on points, one place above them in the table from the same number of games and a better goal difference.

Then on Saturday, the Bonny Blues visit Consett – fallen giants now lingering mid-table but usually with a big budget and high expectations.









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