Three in a row would be nice for Penrith PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 11 September 2020

frenchfields penrith.pngPenrith will be bidding for a third straight win when they host West Allotment Celtic tomorrow in the FA Cup.

The Frenchfields side toppled NPL side Pickering Town 3-2 in the extra preliminary round and followed-up on Wednesday with a 2-1 win at Thornaby in the first Northern League game.

Injuries to defenders Matthew Moynan and Stuart Johnstone against Pickering meant that veteran Kyle May filled-in at Thornaby where he scored and starred in a deserved victory.

But May is not available tomorrow because of work commitments and it will give an opportunity for one of the younger members of the squad to step-up to the plate.

Manager Dave Hewson is able to welcome back striker Sean Gardner, while goalkeeper Luke Miller is available again, although deputy Stuart Forrester had a very good game at Thornaby in midweek.

“We are all looking forward to the game, the magic of the FA Cup and all that and we expect  a tough game, but as we’ve said from the start,  it’s how we perform that will be the key,” said Hewson.

West Allotment Celtic led the way last season in Division Two with points and goals, having racked up a century of goals, and were fully expected to go on and land the title and promotion.

Penrith will have been encouraged, perhaps, by the fact that Celtic’s free-scoring guns were spiked in their opening game on Saturday, being held 0-0 at Jarrow.

Their follow-up game in mid-week at Bedlington was postponed because one of the Celtic players  had tested  positive for Covid-19.

But the fact that he’s been self-isolating and has had no contact with his team-mates means that tomorrow’s FA Cup-tie can go ahead.

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