Penrith make Vase exit at Ryhope PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 02 November 2020

lukemiller.pngPenrith’s run in the FA Vase ended at Sunderland Ryhope CW on Saturday as they went down 3-0.

It hadn’t been the best of preparations as the Blues had travelled with just the one substitute – second goalkeeper Stuart Forrester -and had arrived later than planned.

With several regulars unavailable manager David Hewson had to don his kit and boots again and as early as the sixth minute went into the referee’s notebook for a foul.

The opening goal came on 14 minutes following a half-cleared corner. Bailey Judson collected on the edge of the area, jinked past two defenders before planting a fine shot beyond Luke Miller.

Five minutes later Ryhope doubled their lead. Centre-forward Brad Hird made a strong run into the box before squaring to Judson. His initials hot was blocked by the legs of Miller but Judson reacted well to follow-up and drive the ball home.

Penrith came into the game before half-time but were not posing a threat and their first shot of the game, in time added on, was well wide of the target.

Ten minutes into the second-half and the hosts had the chance to wrap-up the tie when they were awarded a penalty after Hird  had been tripped in the box. Hird took the spot kick himself but Miller (pictured) went down well to make the save.

Although Ryhope had the better of things Penrith hung-in stubbornly and were dangerous on the break on a couple of occasions.

There was a bizarre moment on 80 minutes when Ryhope were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the area. Kyle Davis curled it into the top corner but Penrith protested the referee had not blown his whistle and eventually the official ordered the kick to be taken again. This time Miller made the save.

The game was finally sealed in the third minute of time added on when Hird scored with a header and earn a second round home tie with Abbey Hey or Hemsworth MW.

Penrith are due to play on Wednesday night at home to Northallerton who are six points and three places better off, but they have played two more games.

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