First Team go out in Cup in East West encounter
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Penn lose out in East versus West encounter
Penn & Tylers Green FC and Easington Sports FC, who both sit in third place in their respective Division One (East) and Division One (West) Uhlsport Hellenic League tables, put on an excellent match in their Bluefin Sports (UHL) Challenge Cup first round tie at French School Meadow on Saturday with Easington coming out on top and taking a 4-2 win back to Banbury. Just like the previous week at Sandhurst Penn conceded an early goal after only three minutes of play when, from an inch perfect pass between Penn’s centre back and right full back, Easington wide man Eyre raced through and clinically shot across the advancing Matt Cannings in the Penn goal to open the scoring for the visitors.
Penn responded by having a lot of possession but were never troubling the Easington defence enough and the final pass or cross was not up to standard today. Easington, in contrast, were causing problems with their two wide men constantly stretching the home back three. Penn never heeded the many warnings or coped with the constant threaded passes between the Penn defenders and Matt Cannings had to be alert as he made a couple of smart saves to keep Penn in the game during this spell of play. Then on 35 minutes the inevitable occurred when from another pass inside the Penn full back once again released Eyre for Easington and he raced through on goal and shot past Matt Cannings at the near post and the ball squirmed into the net despite the attention of the defender on the goal line.
Penn rallied and began to look a force with Chappell looking dangerous down the left flank. This pressure was rewarded in the 37th minute when from a succession of attacks a good cross from Curtis Chapple from the left was played back into the path of George Weller who rounded the Easington defender and slotted an excellent shot into the right-hand corner from 18 yards giving the Easington goalkeeper no chance. The comeback lasted all of two minutes as Easington scored another goal when they once again exploited the gaping space down the left flank and Eyre once again charged in on goal and shot from close range and, although the ball was cleared by the Penn defender on to the post, there was Convey for the visitors to score from two yards to make it 3-1 to Easington. The first half was drawing to a close when in the 45th minute Penn gained another lifeline when, after an excellent one-two with Danny Jordan, Adam Harman reduced the deficit to one goal with an excellent finish. Half time came with Easington ahead by three goals to two.
The second half was only six minutes old when Easington once again secured a two-goal lead by scoring their fourth and final goal and the final goal of the match. Matt Cannings made a good save from a header, but there was Stidder for Easington to score from the follow up from close range and effectively win the game for his side. The game was effectively ended from that moment and no real obvious chances were created by either side and Penn could not, despite trying, break down a resolute Easington defence who were now in no mood to let Penn back in the game for a second time. A positive for Penn was the introduction of captain Adam Davies who came on as a second half substitute and made a difference after being side lined with an injury for the past five games.
So, a deserved win for Easington, and a disappointing performance by the Penn boys who now have two weeks to re-group and come back refreshed and ready to take on the task of retaining their league title, which is still very much in their own hands, and very much attainable.
Team: M Cannings, J Gumbs, J-J Lofthouse-Smith, A Sethi, B Holland, C Chapple, D Jordan (Captain) G Weller (1), C Bocarro, A Harman (1), F Tripp. Subs: N O’Meally-Newell, A Davis, J West (all used), J Pritchard (not used)