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Productive Three Days for First Team
Penn & Tylers Green F.C. had two very good results over the weekend beating Woodley United Away in the league 6-0 on Saturday and on Monday they beat Premier League side Reading City Away 3-1 in the Banbury Litho Floodlit Challenge Cup.
On Saturday Penn travelled to the Rivermoor Stadium to play tenants Woodley United and recorded their biggest league win since August 2017 and soundly beat their hosts by 6 goals to nil. Penn took 24 minutes to register their opening goal when a low free kick from the left wing beat everybody in the area and sailed through to the far post where the waiting Dean Munday had time to control the ball and smash his shot past the advancing goalkeeper to put Penn one nil up. This settled Penn down and they proceeded to control the game and After 36 minutes another cross from the left found James Hancock who tricked his marker and picked his spot I the corner to put Penn 2 to the good. That’s how it remained until half time.
Woodley came out for the second half and pressed the Penn defence and actually from a good move hit the post. This seemed to wake Penn up and they went through the gears and after 52 minutes there was James Hancock again out pacing the Woodley defence to round the goalkeeper to put Penn out of sight
at 3-0 up. Woodley’s heads dropped and Penn took complete control and Tom Fifield got in on the act on 68 minutes with a marvellous controlled side foot finish from 12 yards to put Penn 4-0 up.
On 73 minutes captain Fred Tripp was not to be denied and he executed another expert finish as he lobbed the advancing Woodley goalkeeper from 20 yards top put Penn 5-0 up. The scoring was completed two minutes later when the industrious Dean Allen burst through and rounded the goalkeeper to slot in number six.
That was the end of the scoring and Penn saw out the rest of the game without incident and could have had a couple more goals but let’s not be greedy. An excellent performance all round and this win put Penn up to 6th place and also very importantly they now have the second-best goal difference in the league.
On Monday Penn & Tylers Green FC returned to the Rivermoor Stadium to play the Landlords, Premier Division Reading City in the Banbury Litho Floodlit Challenge Cup and caused an upset by coming home with a hard fought 3-1 win.
Penn got off to the perfect start when after a minute’s play James Hancock burst down the right wing and put in a low cross which was met by the onrushing Dean Allen who bundled the ball over the line from 6 yards to put Penn 1-0 up.
Penn were matching their higher league opponents blow for blow when, with 20 minutes gone, a corner from the right was targeted for Joe Dulieu’s head when he was obviously pushed in the back to give the referee an easy penalty decision to make. Dean Allen stepped up and dispatched the spot kick to the goalkeepers left to put Penn in dream land at 2-0 up.
This spurred on Reading to up their game and for the next 15 minutes they created. Some good openings but the combination of poor finishing, some brilliant last gasp defending and some masterful saves from Sam Butcher in the Penn goal, somehow the score remained 2-0.
However, it was no surprise when in the 35th minute Reading pulled a goal back when from a cross the Reading forward expertly tricked the Penn defender to the floor and finished well from 12 yards to make the score 2-1. It remained 2-1 until half time.
The second half was a defensive and goalkeeping masterclass from Penn as they repelled all that Reading threw at them with some more great saves from Sam Butcher and some brilliant “bodies on the line” defending from the whole Penn team. Penn were relying on a breakaway goal and some great work from the midfield and forwards did give the Penn some short-lived respite, but no clear chances. Eventually with 15 minutes to go you sensed that Reading were tiring from their efforts and somewhat resigned to the fact that they were not going to score.
Then, on 80 minutes, the inevitable happened when a deep free kick from the left from Tom Stables was met by the towering Dean Munday who from the edge of the box sent in a thumping header which hit the post but Tom Stables was quickest to react and lopped the ball over his head and over the prone goalkeeper and into the net from six yards.
Reading were never going to come back from that and so the last ten minutes were played out and Penn recorded a memorable Cup upset against higher league opponents and “on the night” a thoroughly deserved win, ensuring all connected with Penn made the long journey home delighted with the evenings performance and result.