May day! May day! Penrith's call is answered PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Wednesday, 09 September 2020

kyle may.pngDefensive stalwart Kyle May has answered an SOS to shore-up the Penrith defence in tonight’s Northern League clash at Thornaby.

Injuries have disrupted Penrith’s preparations for their opening Division One game following their excellent 3-2 FA Cup win over Pickering Town.

Manager Dave Hewson said: “We got three bad injuries in that game, two of them to defenders, so it set us back a bit. Fortunately Kyle has put his hand up to play tonight and that’s a big bonus.

“Kyle never retires but he has more work commitments this season and has just said he will play when he can.

“I know there are no problems with his fitness and at Northern League level he  is still one of thebest defenders around.”

In the win over Pickering there were serious knee injuries for Matthew Moynan and Stuart Johnston, while new midfielder George Phillipson was an early departure with a bad hamstring pull.

“They look like being out for a few weeks but it does give early opportunities for the other lads in the squad. We are taking a squad of 16 to Thornaby.

“They got the season off with a win on Saturday but to be honest we are not looking at that side of things this season. We are concentrating on our own performances and what we do well,” said Hewson.

It’s back to FA Cup football on Saturday when Penrith are at home in the preliminary round of the FA Cup to West Allotment Celtic, who play in Division Two of the Northern League.

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