Penrith v Marske United - Saturday 08th October 2016
Marske United 4
(Northern League Division One)
After what can only be described as the coach journey from hell, lasting 5 and a half hours with Marske only arriving in Penright at 4:30pm, the gam eventually kicked off at 5:00pm with Marske naming an unchanged side from the team that put 7 past Sunderland Ryhope CW the previous Tuesday. The only change was on the bench where Aaron Ramsbottom was ill so his place was taken by Lee Brockbank.
After such a difficult journey it came as a surprise that the game got off to such a frantic start with 4 goals in the opening 19 minutes. It was Marske who got off to the best possible start opening the scoring on 4 minutes when a cross from Corey Nicholson found Peter Bulmer and he played the ball into the path of Jamie Owens who flicked the ball past Penrith keeper Jonny Jamieson with his right foot. Penrith responded immediately and were awarded a free kick inches outside the box but Martyn Coleman’s low effort hit the wall. However, on 7 minutes the home side drew level when Robert Dean made an excellent save from Matthew Read but the rebound fell to Coleman who looped a header over the prostrate Dean. The game stayed level for a mere 4 minutes before Marske re-took the lead on 11 minutes when a superb run forward from Andy Ramsbottom saw the ex-Northallerton man play the ball into the path of Danny Earl and he slotted past Jamieson for his 7th goal in little over 3 games. With the game showing no sign of slowing down, it was Marske who had the next shot of goal, this time from the unlikely source of Wilf Dinsdale. Dale Mulligan played a clever pass to Bulmer who in turn played a great ball down the line to Owens who pulled the ball back to Dinsdale on the edge of the box who curled a shot just wide. Marske weren’t to be denied though and increase their lead to 3-1 on 19 minutes with Dinsdale the provider this time, picking up a pass from Bulmer and delivering a deep cross to the back post which saw Owens and Richard Faustino challenge for the ball with the ball going in off a combination of both players, with Owens credited with the goal. Unsurprisingly, the game quietened down significantly for much of the rest of the half with only a handful of chances. On 24 minutes, Glen Butterworth was harshly penalised for a foul on the far touchline and the free kick was delivered deep into the box where the giant Andrew Murray-Jones headed wide. Marske had a couple of chances in quick succession, firstly through a first time effort from Owens that went over the bar and then an excellent run from Earl set up Butterworth but his shot was well saved by the feet of Jamieson. On 43 minutes, Owens shot wide after Faustino gave the ball away, not for the first time in the half and in first half injury time Read shot straight at Dean from the edge of the box.
Half Time: Penrith 1 Marske 3
Both teams had chances in the opening minutes of the second half. First, a weak attempt at a lob from Murray-Jones allowed Dan Newby to get back and clear and, on 50 minutes, a fantastic run from Nicholson saw the winger cross to Bulmer but his shot was cleared off the line by Will Paul. Owens became the first player booked, for dissent, after a decision went against Marske and just 10 minutes into the second half Penrith made a double change as they looked to get back in the game with Jordan Lawson and Jake Smith replacing Ben Jackson and Aaron Kelly. Penrith skipper Grant Davidson tried his luck from distance but shot well over the bar. There was a big shout for a Marske penalty on 64 minutes when Earl saw his shot from 15 yards saved but he was clearly dragged back just before he got his shot away; the rebound dropped to Butterworth but his shot as deflected behind for a corner. With 21 minutes left, Penrith made their final change with Michael Newton replacing Read. On 72 minutes, Earl did superbly to keep the ball in on the right touchline and cross to the back post where Nicholson headed into the side netting. Davidson then saw a shot deflected for a corner after Marske failed to deal with a quick throw in. On 76 minutes, Penrith’s spell of pressure told as the pulled it back to 3-2 thanks to a superb piece of skill by Coleman who beat 3 men on the right hand side of the penalty area and shot into the far corner. Marske made their only change on 84 minutes with Reece Kelly replacing Bulmer who played well yet again. Marske had a great chance to seal the game a minute later when Owens flicked the ball into the path of Earl who raced clear but the ball took a terrible bobble just as he was about to shoot and Jamieson saved with ease. As the game entered the first minute of injury time Marske were awarded a penalty as Kelly was tripped just inside the box and Earl stepped up to send Jamieson the wrong way from the spot to seal a hard earned win for Marske after a traumatic day.
Full Time: Penrith 2 Marske United 4
Penrith: Jamieson, Faustino, Paul, Davidson, Little, Street, Jackson (Smith), Kelly (Lawson), Coleman, Murray-Jones, Read (Newton)
Subs (not used): Main, Moynan
Marske: Dean, Dinsdale, Newby, Butterworth, D. Mulligan, Wheatley, Bulmer (Kelly), Andrew Ramsbottom, Earl, Owens, Nicholson
Subs (not used): Seaton, N. Mulligan, Bell, Brockbank