Penn lose three on the trot as Wallingford take all three points
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Penn & Tylers Green FC's First Team lose three on the trot as Wallingford take all three points
Fifth placed Wallingford Town took all three points away from Penn on Saturday as Penn’s miserable run continued with their third loss in a row. Penn started the brighter and took control and in the 10th minute a trademark foray down the left wing from Josh Fox resulted in a 30-yard pinpoint cross field pass deep into the right-hand side of the Wallingford penalty area which found the on-rushing Danny Latchford who headed the ball back across the six-yard box where Jamie West tucked a neat header past the outstretched hand of the Wallingford keeper and into the bottom corner from six yards. An excellent start which should have given the Penn the momentum to take control of the match but the opposite scenario transpired as it was Wallingford who began to play the better football and use the width of the Penn pitch to their advantage with some quick neat moves which for the next 15 minutes caused the Penn defence some problems and alarms.
After 20 minutes the inevitable occurred when Wallingford’s dominance led to their equaliser. A quick break down the left-hand side followed by a precise quick low cross was met by the incoming Zak Field who had the freedom of the Penn penalty area and the time to pick his spot with a good low shot past Matt Cannings in the Penn goal. For the next 20 minutes the match was end to end without much goalmouth action but there was one memorable Penn insertion into the Wallingford half when Josh Fox steamed into the penalty area and reached the bye-line and played the perfect ball back into the box but, as has happened all too often lately, there was no Penn forward checking their run enough to give themselves the space for a simple tap-in.Penn were made to pay for this miss when in the 44th minute from a simple Wallingford corner slack marking and indecision in the Penn defence allowed James Spryutt to simply blast home from 7 yards to give Wallingford a 2-1 half time lead.
The second half was a pretty drab affair with Wallingford comfortably defending their lead and when Penn did press to gain an advantage their final ball and movement off the ball was sadly not good enough, and this proved to be the common theme of the second half. However, on 70 minutes Penn were given a lifeline when from a Casey Bocarro corner James West was left unmarked 8 yards out and he placed a good firm header past the stranded Wallingford goalkeeper to equalise for Penn. This should have been the incentive for Penn to pull themselves together and now go on to win the game? Sadly, it was not to be, as in the 72nd minute Penn once again gave away a needless free kick to the right-hand side of their penalty area. The free kick was just a simple cross into the box which was met by the unmarked Tim Baptie who easily planted a simple header into the far corner of the Penn net with the static Penn defence wondering what had just occurred.
The match was easily seen out for the last 18 minutes for a well-deserved Wallingford win and leaving Penn to ponder a very lacklustre performance with regard to the standards they have set for themselves over the last two seasons. Next Week Penn will re-group and will hopefully be recharged and ready to take on AFC Aldermarston away with a kick off at 3 pm. Still all to play for!!!
Team: M. Cannings, J. Gumbs, J. Lofthouse-Smith, F. Tripp, J. Fox, G. Weller, C. Bocarro, D. Jordan (Captain), D. Blatchford, C, Hurst, J. West (2). Substitutes: A. Harman (played), A. Sethi, J. Harding, N. Miller