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Penrith

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1

Guisborough Town

Sat 2 Sep 2017 | Northern League Division 1 | Away

Stadium

The Frenchfield Stadium

Attendance

108

Referee

Michael Andrews

Kick-Off

15:00

 Penrith
Guisborough Town
ScorersJamie Street (4, 49)
Jonathan Murray (24)
Dean Rae (26)

Nathan Steel (65 (penalty))

Man of the Match Lewis Maloney

Beneath the image of a castle that sits prominently at the top of Penrith Football Club's badge are the Latin words 'res non verba'. Roughly translated, it means 'deeds not words', or how we might more readily term it in modern speak - 'Actions speak louder than words'. Before the game there was lots of talk. The home side talked of getting their first points on the board. The visiting fans spoke of adding to their four points and were confident that a victory was more than possible.

Penrith and Guisborough players shake hands before kick off

Yet Penrith appeared to have paid the greater heed to their club crest. Within minutes of the start they were a goal to the good as Street was given a cul de sac of space on the edge of the penalty area and fired across Dawson and into the corner. It was a genuine deja vu moment after conceding within two minutes on Wednesday against Dunston. Any plans that manager Gary Foster had put in place with his side had to be immediately torn up.

Jamie Street opens the scoring after four minutes

Against a Penrith side accustomed to sitting deep and counterattacking, even when at home, this was the worst possible start. Penrith were able to sit and contain and the Priorymen were forced to chase the game from the off.

The outcomes of games, in all sports, often hinge on certain key moments or passages of play. Guisborough needed a goal to settle them. It looked as though their response was perfect as Maloney thundered a 30 yard free kick goal wards. The ball dipped and swerved but thundered off the crossbar. Six inches lower and Guisborough were level.

Instead, within minutes Penrith were two up. Skilful play down the left by Wraighte resulted in a perfect square ball for Murray who could not miss from a yard out.

The returning Lee Bythway, a welcome addition after long term injury, clears effectively

Penrith's picturesque ground is flanked by the steep relief of the Cumbrian landscape, with a sizeable bank rising upwards behind the goal that the Priorymen were defending. The hill behind the goal became a metaphorical mountain on the pitch when two minutes later, Wraighte's floated corner into a crowded box was headed, almost in slow motion, past Dawson into the bottom corner.

A three-nil half time deficit away from home was by no means unchartered territory for Guisborough. Twenty one days earlier the same scenario faced the Priorymen at Newton Aycliffe and they produced a stirring, rousing second half display to earn one point and almost take all three.

This recent memory was perhaps used as a reference point during Gary Foster's half-time team talk. There was no shortage of effort in either half, but a determined, stubborn Penrith side refused to give the visitors a clear foothold in the game. The game was bitty, Guisborough could not get their passing game going and the scrappy nature of the game was not helped by some lenient officiating after some robust challenges.

Despite Guisborough controlling most of the possession, Penrith carried the greater goal threat. Wraighte, who was a menace on the flanks all game, crossed perfectly for Street to turn home and in effect, put the game to bed.

Lewis Maloney was one of the brightest of Guisborough's mis-firing stars

With twenty five minutes remaining Roberts was knocked to the floor in an off the ball incident and a penalty was awarded. No further punishment was given to the offending player, to much bemusement.

Nathan Steel nets a consolation goal from the spot

When Steel stroked the ball home, there was a flickering of belief that Guisborough could stir memories of Newton Aycliffe and for five minutes afterwards, Guisborough had a concerted spell of pressure. But despite the effort and desire, too many players were out of kilter with each other, with moves breaking down and Penrith defending well, particularly the evergreen Will Paul at centre half. The Penrith defender seems to have been with the club forever. For the way that he marshalled his side as team captain and refused to allow Guisborough’s forward line time or space, he was a strong pick for man of the match.

Nathan Steel tussles with Penrith's Will Paul

This was an afternoon of pure, unadulterated frustration, with a feeling of what might have been had Guisborough defended more effectively in the first thirty minutes. Penrith fully merited the three points, leaving the Priorymen to lick their wounds on the journey back across the A66 to Teesside.

Match highlights can be viewed online courtesy of Priorymen TV via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG75jm0XC8k

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