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Last second heartbreak for Penrith PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 19 October 2020

penrith consett 2.pngAfter a gritty performance, Penrith were denied a point at Consett by a goal in the fourth minute of time added on.

Just when it seemed like the Cumbrians were going to claim a vital point, Jake Orrell swung over a corner from the left, and it missed everyone in the middle before bouncing up off the wet pitch and ending up in the top corner.

 

Although Consett had dominated in terms of possession and chances, Penrith had defended superbly until the very last moment when the home side got the bit of good fortune which settled the contest.

The Steelmen took the lead in the 31st minute, when Dale Pearson was fouled near the corner of the box. Orrell floated in the free-kick, and Ross Wilkinson rose highest to power home a header.

 

There was a brilliant response from Penrith as two minutes later they were level after scoring from their first clear-cut chance. Max Brown broke down the right, fired the ball across and Mike Williamson poked it home at the second attempt.

 

Consett stepped up the pace in the second-half and it really was backs to the wall stuff from Penrith.

On 54 minutes a fine right wing cross from Carl Lawson saw Penrith keeper Luke Miller tip Ali Alshabeeb’s close-range header onto the bar, and then save Pearson’s follow-up on the line.

It was Miller again when he saved Matt Cornish’s shot with his outstretched leg, then palmed over Darren Holden’s well-struck effort as Consett piled on the pressure.

Cornish had two more attempts saved by the young keeper, Pearson blazed over the bar from Orrell’s cross, and then Miller made a brave stop at Pearson’s feet as Penrith defended for their lives.penrith consett .png

The point seemed to have been earned when disaster struck in the closing seconds.

Manager Dave Hewson will be looking for similar spirited performances, with kinder results, when Penrith play two successive home games. They host Billingham Town on Wednesday night and then entertain Stockton Town on Saturday.

It’s a contrast in fixtures as Billingham Town are level on points with Penrith just above bottom side Bishop Auckland, while Stockton are up to fifth.

Carlisle City will have had a fortnight’s break when they resume on Saturday - and what a fixture to start back with. They visit Crook Town, who have taken over top spot and are two points better off than the Cumbrians from the same nu

Pictures by CONSETT FC. At the top, the agony and the ecstasy as Consett claim their last gasp winner while above there's another scramble in the Penrith six yard box.

mber of games.




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