Penrith AFC v West Auckland Match Day Programme Saturday 5th August 2017

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Welcome to Frenchfield

Good afternoon and a warm welcome to our visitors, West Auckland and to all those who have made the journey here today, near or far. Welcome Scott Jackson, the Penrith Town Mayor and Council representatives from Eden District Council. It’s the first weekend of August. Are you ready for the road to Wembley as we take part in the oldest association football competition in the world? Known officially as the Football Association Challenge Cup, it was first played during the 1871–72 season. It was all down to a man born in Sheffield called Charles William Alcock. After joining the FA Committee in 1866, in the same year on 31st March 1866, Alcock was the first soccer player ever to be ruled offside. Alcock served as FA Secretary from 1870 to 1895, before serving as Vice-President, but it was on 20th July 1871, Alcock, in his position as FA Secretary, proposed ‘That it is desirable that a Challenge Cup should be established in connection with the Association, for which all clubs belonging to the Association should be invited to compete’. Thus, the FA Cup, the world’s first national football tournament, based on Alcock’s experience of inter-house ‘sudden death’ competition at Harrow, was born. Alcock didn’t just come up with the idea he played in. There were fifteen teams that took part in the first competition in 1872, with Alcock captaining the winning Wanderers side. The final was played at The Oval, since Alcock had become Secretary of Surrey CCC the previous month. He was the journalist responsible for compiling the first “Football Annual” in 1868. Why would I know this? Well, I didn’t have to look it all up! As a child, mad about football, to keep me interested at school, I was told by my teacher that the town where I lived, now a city, was where the man who created the FA died. Hopefully you may now know something you didn’t know about the FA Cup. Thank you to all those who have helped with the reports, photos and supported us with the match day programme. Enjoy the match and have a safe journey home. Lee Quinn

In Today’s Match Day programme Pitchside Report Our Visitors & Pen Pics Match Reports Back to Southend Road Today’s Team Sheet Local Council Update Academy Report Penrith Girls & Ladies Report Penrith Junior Boys Report A word from our Sponsor Next Up fixtures •

Live commentary today by Karl Collinson, First Team Mascot Bradley Hodgson & Lee Quinn Click and listen Front Cover Photo - Ben France

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In before we printed! The draw for the first round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial League Cup has been made. There are 11 ties in the first round. West Auckland Town v Consett were the first out of the bag. Penrith have a bye The club is delighted to announce the signing of experienced goalkeeper Stuart Dixon. Dixon, 25, has previously had spells with Queen of the South, Workington, Barrow, Kendal Town and North Wellington. He goes straight into the squad for the FA Cup tie today

Thank you to Today’s Match Sponsor - Club President John Airey Many of you know John, home, visiting supporters and officials. There is more about John on page 13

Jim Nicols - Pitchside Report

I would like to extend a warm welcome to the FA Cup tie against West Auckland today including all players, officials and staff from the football club. It’s been a long time since we appeared in our last competitive fixture and I know all of the players are raring to go and begin the season. West Auckland are a much improved side under new management, and having watched them against Gretna 2008 a couple of weeks ago, I know that this will be a difficult tie. The last two months have seen a large change in personnel in our squad, with nine new additions coming in, fighting for first team places. A big boost to the squad was the commitment of the players from last year who have stayed, a large number received lucrative offers to join other clubs but they have bought in to what we are trying to do and the brand of football we are trying to play and I’m sure they will help the new players settle in and continue to push the club forward.

The pre-season schedule has been demanding for the players. A new fitness coach has delivered, at times, quite brutal sessions that have pushed the players both mentally and physically. They’ve done hill sprints, worked in pairs to carry tree trunks round Frenchfields and pushed sledges stacked with concrete blocks down the roads. The players look in really good shape and I hope this can give us an advantage over other teams at the start of the season. I hope you enjoy the game and support the players, particularly the new young lads coming in to the team. Jim Nicols

Welcome to the Visitors

West Auckland History West Auckland have a unique history - they are double World Cup winners! In 1909 and 1911 the mining side travelled the lengthy and expensive journey to Italy and beat their club opponents to win the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, also dubbed football’s first World Cup. The Club was founded in 1893 and played their first matches in the Auckland and District League. The following years saw ‘West’ move around several local leagues until in 1909 they were elected into the Northern league for the first time. The famous ‘World Cup’ exploits which saw ‘West’ win the Sir Thomas Lipton trophy outright after a second trip to Italy in 1911 also caused them extreme financial problems. This resulted in the club being disbanded in 1912 and the ‘World Cup’ being sold to pay off debts. Two years later they were back in business and spent the following 20 years moving around the local leagues including a single season, in 1919, in the Northern League, changing their name to St. Helens Utd, for that season only. In 1934 they were once again elected to the Northern League, taking the place of Esh Winning and have retained membership ever since. The club’s first honours were gained in 1960, winning the League championship by two points from newcomers Whitley Bay.The success was due to a good start to the season and to fine teamwork, for which their reputation was beginning to grow. The same season saw them reach the quarter final stage of the F.A. Amateur Cup drawing 1-1 at home but losing 2-0 at Hendon. 1961 was probably the best season in the Club’s history, not only was the Northern League championship won by four points from near neighbours and arch rivals Bishop Auckland, ‘West’ also reached the final of the F.A. Amateur Cup losing 2-1 to Walthamstow Avenue at Wembley. For the next 30 years ‘West’ had very barren times until 1991 when they won the 2nd Division championship gaining promotion to the 1st Division, where they remained for six seasons until relegation in 1996/97. ‘West’ quickly bounced back in 1997/98 when they finished runners up. 1998/99 was a very exciting season in the Club’s history when they reached the 1st Round proper of the F.A. Cup for the third time, (Barnsley 1959 & Stockport 1961) with an away tie against Yeovil Town. After a 2-2 draw at Yeovil and a 1-1 draw at West Auckland, a penalty shoot-out saw Yeovil through.

The Club also finished a credible 5th in the League that season as they did also in 1999/2000 and 2005/06. David Bayles took charge in the summer of 2005 and led the side to 5th place in his first season (2005/06) and then 6th place in the following season. 2007/08 began with an FA Cup run that saw West within minutes of a place in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup before defeat in a replay to Bamber Bridge. After his shock resignation, Lee Ellison had a short lived spell as manager before Phil Owers took over and steadied the side and led them to escape the drop the new player manager. However after performances slumped to a worryingly low and 10 games without a win, Ray Gowan came in but even he was unable to arrest the slide and promptly resigned at the end of the campaign. Owers departed early in the 08/09 season with Brian Fairhurst appointed as Manager. Exciting news filtered in throughout the summer of 2009. Firstly, West Auckland were able to retain their First Division status due to Sunderland Nissan folding. The Club then received sensational news that, to celebrate their Centenary of winning the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, Juventus had agreed to a re-match in Italy. Shortly afterwards Hartlepool legend Brian Honour was appointed the new manager in the hot seat. Brian and his successor Wilf Constantine struggled to get West back on track and both had short lived spells in charge. For the third season in a row, a third manager was appointed - Peter Dixon arrived on Monday 7th December 2009, swapping a promotion push with Crook for a relegation battle. West stunned the Northern League with some superb results and finished the season in a scarcely believable 16th place despite having a -41 goal difference and 5 points from 19 matches when Peter took the reins. 2010/11 saw substantial progress made on and off the field. Peter Dixon’s side broke Club records for their highest ever points tally on the way to finishing in 6th. There were many memorable results including wins over champions Spennymoor Town, runners up Consett and FA Vase treble winners Whitley Bay. They also came close to causing a shock at Conference North high fliers Workington in the FA Cup. Although it culminated in a case of so near but so far, West had a quite extraordinary campaign in 2011/12 that saw them play at Wembley in the FA Vase Final. However hopes of elusive silverware were dashed in a 2-0 defeat to Dunston.

They also finished as runners up in two more competitions, being pipped to the title by Spennymoor and losing 4-1 by Team Northumbria days after their Wembley appearance. The 2012/13 season saw West bow out early on in the FA Vase in a rematch of the previous year final whilst in the League a poor end meant West slipped down to fourth late on. . The 2013/14 season saw West return to Wembley in the FA Vase final, this time against Sholing FC, a 1-0 defeat solely down to the heroics of the opposition goalkeeper and the inability of the West forwards to score. Also a productive FA cup run to the 3rd qualifying round where west were knocked out by Hednesford. West finished 5th in a season which saw them play 18 league fixtures in the final 4 weeks after a season extension was rejected. Barely two months into the 2014/15, Peter Dixon was dismissed as manager following increased tension between manager and board, that season saw 3 permanent manager and 2 caretakers, and the season saw Stephen Skinner leave at the end of the season. June 2015 and West were without a manager again, Up stepped former Boro striker Andy Campbell, who had just lead Norton and Stockton Ancients to promotion and success in the second division cup. He hastily rebuilt the team & finished mid table with 50 points to easily avoid relegation. Andy started his second season with Richie Storrs but after 10 games & only 1 win they stood down. They were replaced with a joint management team of Darren Williams, ex Whitby & ex Sunderland Player & Steven Skinner, also a former pro with Carlisle & Queen of the South. This was Skinners 2nd time at West. Mark Hudson who stood in as interim Manager continued as 1st team coach & player. AT the halfway point of the season it was decided to dispense with the services of Darren Williams & the management of the team became the sole responsibility of Steve Skinner. Steve Skinner resigned before the end of 206-17 season leaving West to secure a place in the 1st Division by having to win their last match which they managed. During the summer break Gary Forrest & Stuart Niven were appointed as Manager & Assistant & they began to build a squad to compete for the 2017-18 campaign.

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West Auckland Pen Pics Goalkeepers Adam McHugh A goalkeeper who last season played for Blyth Spartan’s. The Bishop Auckland born keeper has also been on Hartlepool, Forfar and St Mirren books. Defenders Alex Nelson Young central defender, previously with the u23 squad, joined the first team in summer 2016, although young, Alex showed his strength during pre-season and has a bright football future ahead. Danny Parker Well known to Gary and Stuart from their Shildon days. The Central Defender has also played for Bishop Auckland, Durham City and Motherwell Darren Holden Left back signed from South Shields in the summer of 2017, Darren has a wealth of experience in professional football with 58 appearances for Hartlepool United and 7 for Gateshead. He is described as “an attacking-minded left-back known for his long throws, fast pace, and having a strong left foot” Darren Richardson Signed from Shildon at the back end of last season who plays in the left back position. Darren 28, also has a eye for goal and is a fast “no nonsense” versatile player. Previous clubs include Darlington, Bishop Auckland and Shildon Ibrahim Hassan A strong player who can play at either right back or centre back. The 28 year old has had a 7 year spell at Whitby Town as well as shorter spells at South Shields and Washington Jack Walker Jack has joined West from Northern League side Seaham Red Star, the Right Back has also played for North Shields Lewis Galpin Lewis needs no introduction to West fans, he was part of the team that went to Wembley in the FA Vase Final. Lewis was involved with South Shields who won Division 2 last season. He plays in defence either on the left or in the centre. Midfielders Anthony Bell The attacking Left Winger came through the Cardiff development squad, had some impressive displays at Darlington, Shildon and lately at Whitby Town Brian Close Brian returns to West Auckland after a spell at Newton Aycliffe. While playing for West he featured in both FA Vase finals. The midfielder has a wealth of experience and is welcomed back. Denver Morris Denver won Man If The Match when North Shields won the FA Vase in 2015 at Wembley. The Attacking Midfielder/Forward played his football at Morpeth Town last season Michael McKeown Central Midfielder Michael had played for North Shields since joining them from league rivals Seaham Red Star in 2014, winning promotion to the Northern League’s top tier just months later. McKeown was also in the Robins starting line-up for the FA Vase Final in 2015, a game they won with a 2-1 win over Glossop North End Thomas Marron Previous clubs: Hartlepool, Marske, Guisborough, Sunderland RCA, Billingham Synthonia. A defensive midfielder who is a good team player & is always keen to assist his back four. He has the ability to read the game very well & knows how to get forward but also protect his defence. Tommy is a very versatile player who is also an accomplished centre back.

West Auckland Pen Pics (Continued) Forwards Amar Purewall Played for Gary at Shildon during last year’s campaign, the Striker came from Darlington where he played for four seasons. During his time their he won 3 promotions, and scored over 60 goals Ben Wood The U18 ex- Sunderland trainee has played for Newton Aycliffe and Shildon, the Striker has netted plenty of times for both teams and hopefully do the same for West Nathan Fisher Nathan joined West from local side Spennymoor where the Striker was not getting as much game play as he wanted. He came through the Middlesbrough youth academy. He has also played for Consett, Gateshead and Darlington 1883 Management Gary Forrest - Manager Gary joined West along with his assistant and coaches towards the back end of the 2016/17 season, previously he was with Shildon where he won 7 trophies during his 12 years there including the Northern League Division 1 title. He took over Shildon when they were in difficult times, on and off the field and although it took a few years to win his first trophy. He left Shildon in Jan 17 and after a short break from football he is looking forward to steering West back up the league. Stuart Niven – Ass. Manager Stuart had been Gary’s second man during his reign at Shildon. During his playing career Stuart has played in midfield for Ipswich Town and Barnet FC Paul Connor – Player/Coach The former professional striker has turned his hand to coaching. He has had plenty of football experience during his career playing for Middlesbrough, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Stoke, Rochdale and Swansea to name a few. Kenny Bolton – Physio Previously at Sunderland & Leeds Utd. Ex army rehabilitation officer. Played football with Gainsborough, Seaham Red Star & Eppleton Colliery Welfare

Karl Collinson Match Report

It’s been a busy and exciting summer both on and off the pitch for Penrith AFC. Manager Jim Nichols has been exceptionally busy recruiting young local lads to join his already quality filled squad. Elliott Bousfield, Dean Crozier, Jamie Hodgson, Johnny Blake, Jack Dickinson, Adam Copland, Chris Wraighte and Stuart Dixon have joined the Bonny Blues who had already been given a boost with the news that skipper Grant Davidson and record goalscorer Martyn Coleman had agreed to stay. We played Silloth, Milnthorpe Corinthians and Northbank and put in some encouraging performances and the squad looked ultra fit after the fitness work that Ali Morrison had been putting in at extensive training sessions for the lads. Pre season friendly results 1st August 25th July 22nd July 15th July 11th July 8th July 1st July

Workington 1 Penrith 0 Penrith AFC 4 Kendal Town 1, Carlisle City 2 Penrith 3, Milnthorpe 0 - Penrith 3, Penrith 0 - Carlisle United 5, Northbank 0 Penrith 2 Silloth 1 - Penrith 3

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Ben France © The Carlisle United friendly would look like a one sided a fair but Penrith AFC ran toe to toe with their professional opponents with an obvious step up of quality from the league 2 side. We had a very impressive result against Northern Premier League Kendal Town with Bousfield, Hodgson, Murray Jones and Murray getting on the score sheet in a 4.1 victory. We also saw off a physical Carlisle City side at Gilford Park 3-2. We narrowly lost to Workington in what was a re run of May’s Cumberland Cup final. Off the pitch Frenchfield Park is unrecognisable after the pitch got relaid in early May. There’s also new dugouts, flooring and a range of brand new sponsors keen to get involved in what promises to be an exciting season. Today at the ‘Back of the Stand’ Penrith AFC Merchandise is on sale today Scarves, Hats, key Rings, Fridge magnets and the very ‘NEW’ collectable Penrith AFC Pin Badge Craig is the Man at the ‘Back of the Stand’ with a large selection of collectable Match programmes for sale at 50p For the new season kit visit the Penrith AFC Online stores

From the Files of the Cumberland Westmorland Herald

Back to Southend Road

Saturday, 11th August, 2002 Penrith continued their warm-up for the start of the Northern League Division II season with a 2-1 win over town side Carleton Rovers, followed by a defeat at home to Annan Athletic. In both games, as in previous warm-up matches, the Blues conceded early goals. Manager Dave Heslop said Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat by Annan included some sloppy mistakes which need to be cut out before the season begins. But he added: “I have said to the lads all summer that pre-season results aren’t too important. It is all about playing, fitness and getting used to the shape. But it all has to be right for our first game against Shotton Comrades next Saturday. Last Saturday, Penrith travelled to Carleton Rovers, newly promoted to Westmorland League Division I. On a hot afternoon, the home side took the lead when Paul Pattinson fired in from 25 yards, and they held that advantage at half-time. But Penrith equalised just after the break through Willie Paul and then scored what proved to be the winner when Wayne Robertson, pushed up front from defence, headed home Matty Lea’s cross. For Tuesday’s game with Annan, Heslop included former Penrith player Jeff Henderson in his squad. Striker Henderson, who took a year out from playing, has been training with the Blues and is in talks with a view to signing. And he made an instant impression, coming on as a substitute on the hour and scoring twice. And he made an instant impression, coming on as a substitute on the hour and scoring twice.

But by then, Penrith were already behind with the visitors netting twice in the first half to lead 2-0 at half time. Henderson reduced the deficit before a mix-up in the home defence allowed Annan to restore their two-goal cushion, but Henderson’s second kept Penrith in touch right to the final whistle. Heslop said: I am very pleased with the football we are playing and our fitness and enthusiasm, but we cannot go on conceding sloppy goals through individual mistakes.

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Some Cup memories from Southend Road. Above the 1961-62 team our Club President John Airey who played against West Auckland in the Âź final of the FA Amateur Cup at Southend Road and drew 1- 1, the replay away that was a 1- 1 draw and the tie that was finally decided at Brunton Park. One deciding goal to West Auckland who made it all the way to Wembley losing in the final to Walthamstow Avenue. Below the centre page of the FA Challenge Cup Programme versus Chester, under the management of Billy Williams.In front of a 2,700 crowd and watched by millions on television, a Geoff Fell goal in the 65th minute put Chester out of the Cup. This cup trail ended at Doncaster, but at Southend road it took teams like Hull City 1983 and Burnley in 1984 to stop our FA cup runs.

Pitch Perfect for the Start of the Season As Eden District Council’s Communities Portfolio Holder, I was delighted to be invited along with Council Vice Chairman, William Patterson and Resources Portfolio Holder, Paula Breen by Penrith AFC to attend today’s home game against West Auckland Town in the FA Cup. Pitch Improvements at Frenchfield Stadium Eden District Council has recently worked in partnership with Penrith AFC to fund, procure and supervise the works to renovate the stadium’s playing surface. The Council approved a budget of £18,265 and appointed contractor Duncan Ross Ltd to carry out the works which were undertaken in May of this year. The Council has since been successful in receiving a grant of £9,132 from the Football Stadium Improvement Fund to offset the cost of the works. The Council are pleased with the outcome of the pitch improvement works and hope that this enables the Club to fulfil as many fixtures as possible at Frenchfield Park this season. Swim for £1 at Eden’s Leisure Centres this Summer Eden District Council is working in partnership with Greenwich Leisure Ltd to enable young people between the ages of 5 and 16 to swim for £1 this summer at the Council’s leisure facilities at Penrith and Appleby. This initiative has been made possible via funding of £5,000 from Cumbria County Council and £2,500 from the Council’s leisure budgets as part of a drive to increase young people’s levels of physical activity as part of a healthy weight project. The subsidised swim offer is available during all public swimming times between the 31 July and the 3 September 2017. For further information visit Holiday Sports Programme Eden District Council is working in partnership with Greenwich Leisure Ltd to enable young people to participate in sport this summer as part of the Holiday Sports Programme. There are a range of sports courses on offer at Eden’s Leisure Centres. For further information visit Eden Community Fund The Eden Community Fund has a total of £110,000 available in 2017-2018 for projects and events capable of delivering wide community benefit in Eden. Applications are invited to the Eden Community Fund to support, Community Amenities, Community Buildings, Community Enterprise, Supporting Communities and Community Events. The deadline for receipt of completed applications for the next grant panel is 8 September 2017. For further information visit Councillor Elaine Martin Eden District Council’s Communities Portfolio Holder

In an age of £200million footballers and 60,000 capacity all-seater stadiums, it can be easy for many fans at the elite end of football to forget the simple pleasure of a windswept terrace, a proper 3 o’clock kick off and players you might actually have met in the street. Penrith Association Football Club represents the true soul of football, a local institution held together and thriving by the dedication of the people who run it and not the wash of cash. Here Is place where a family day out can take it in the full passion of sport, the highs and lows of success and defeat and the atmosphere of a shared experience. Football is hugely important to me as it provides a link to a shared family past. It was my father who instilled a love of the game in me and a deep love of Manchester United. He isn’t with us anymore but I feel in every match I see the same hope of jubilation and fear of despair I experienced watching a certain Champions League final with him as a child. We do it every week up and down the land but there is something magical about putting your faith in those eleven players (and the odd super-sub!) Penrith Town Mayor Councillor Scott Jackson

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Penrith Players of the Future

Exciting times and looking forward to the season ahead Since my last update there has been a number of really positive developments in the senior structure which strengthens our philosophy of youth & player development and establishes a management team which is strong and robust with plenty of experience. I am delighted to announce that Lee Stockdale has been appointed as our new Reserve Manager and last seasons manager Mark Bell has agreed to be his assistant. This is a really positive step forward for the club and I and everyone at the club wish all our management team the best of success for the forthcoming season. Matt Rogers A special mention and a huge thank you has to go to reserve captain Richie Arnold who has stepped into the role whilst we have been looking for a Reserve manager and kept the lads informed with progress together with arranging pre season games and training. Another appointment has been made in the Academy management structure too with Gary Baily agreeing to become assistant to manager Christian Hunter. Gary has a wealth of experience In Westmorland League football and will be a great addition to the structure. These appointments complete our structure and we can now concentrate on the development of the management team and player progression and development.

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All squads are looking strong with some real quality players being added and the future looks bright for our juniors to progress through the ranks to hopefully achieve their ambitions of playing for the senior side in the Northern League. Penrith Town who also has an association with the club are also looking strong with additions of their own and under Liam Byrne are looking to compete and improve on a good solid season last season. Mark Bell

Gary Bailey All in all the club have never been in such a strong position and the structure that has been put in place and is now established makes Penrith AFC the place for local lads to come and play their football with the confidence of top quality coaching and the chance to play at a high level. I for one can’t wait for the new season to start to see our teams in action and put together a player progression program to put to all the management team to see our own grown players feed our senior setup. COME ON YOU BONNY BLUES MATT ROGERS

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Penrith Ladies and Girls Report

Youth football is thriving at Penrith AFC Ladies and the club is taking active steps to support the girls as they make the transition towards senior Ladies football. With this in mind the club recently embarked on a Youth Football Tour to Northern Ireland. The Youth squad made up of 18 girls aged 15, 16 and 17 year old were based on the Antrim coast and played 3 tough matches on consecutive days.

On the field the Youth team performed superbly well winning 2 of their 3 matches. First off, they beat Carmoney U17 Girls 6-2 with goals from Becca Alderson(3), Becca Johnson, Georgia Campbell and Livvy Johnston. This was followed by another tough game against Ballymena U17 Girls with Penrith eventually running out 6-1 winners after a very tought battle. Goals came from Becca Alderson(2), Livvy Johnston(2), Georgia Campbell and Holly MacFadzean. In the final game a tiring Penrith came up against a very strong Linfield Swifts U17 team who included two Northern Ireland youth internationals in their team. Penrith produced a good performance again but were well beaten 7-1 with Georgia Campbell again scoring.

As well as the challenges on the field, the Youth squad also faced a series of bonding challenges off the field including; walking the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, performing a six part team building activity and finally taking part in an extreme coastering activity. Manager Simon Savage said “The idea was to take the girls out of their comfort zone both on and off the pitch. This was certainly the case and this really brought the best out of girls and they have had to support each other through some difficult times. On the field they were playing opposition of a far superior level than they have come up against before.. They really had to up their game and rise to the challenge. Off the field the girls were taken way out of their comfort zone by experienced instructors. In the coastering activity many of the girls had to face real fears and they had to support each other through this”The outcome has been spectacular. The squad has bonded strongly and produced a series of superb performances on the playing field. On top of this, they have had an experience that is bound to live long in their memory. Thanks to Penrith Lions for their support in the tour. Queen of the South Ladies 2 – 8 Penrith AFC Ladies Penrith AFC Ladies continued their preseason preparations with a trip over the border to play Queen of the South Ladies on their 4G Palmerston Park pitch. Penrith started to game in sloppy fashion and looked disorganised as Queens raced to a 2-0 lead within 10 mins. Queens were playing well and it appeared Penrith had a long afternoon ahead of them. However Penrith upped their tempo and moved into a higher gear. They got into their rhythm and by half time they had turned the game round to lead 2-3 with goals from Andrea Lorenzi, Paige Williams and Ruth Hopton. Ht 2-3 Penrith maintained their high tempo into the 2nd half and as the Queens team tired, Penrith pulled clear for a comfortable victory with goals from Sarah Smith(2), Nat Broad(2) and Heather Fawkes. Ft 2-8 Penrith’s squad included 16 year olds Hope Lawson, Livvy Johnston, Bobbi Noble and Daisy Savage all of whom performed well and gained valuable match experience with the Ladies squad. This weekend sees a busy schedule as Penrith AFC Ladies face Chester City Ladies on Friday evening before travelling to face Warrington Wolverines on Sunday.

If you would like to be part of Penrith AFC Ladies / Girls please contact: (Ladies) Simon Savage – 07752 872920 (Development ) Matt Owens – 07929 840635 (Angels) Lucy Peart – 07901 554006

(Angels) Kelly Pearson – 07730 414992

Penrith AFC Junior Boys

Penrith AFC Juniors have boys teams from U7s through to U16s and offer fully qualified coaches in a safe and friendly environment. We also have U8s, U10s, U12s, U16s and a development team on the girls side. Our club moto is ‘Football for All’ and that is exactly what we offer. Regardless of ability we accommodate anyone who wishes to learn and coach them to the best of our ability with support offered from throughout the club. Karl Collinson

Last season a number of our teams reached their respective cup finals with many of them lifting the silverware. We play in the Penrith and District Junior league and also compete in various mini soccer tournaments throughout the summer. Our U13’s Penrith Pathers are playing a friendly today against a team from Newcastle, Montagu. They’ll also be competing at the Harraby tournament next Saturday, 12th August against Carlisle United, Workington, Whitehaven, Northbank and Abbeytown

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