Town in winning vein
12:01pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
PENARTH TOWN 6
AFTER a disappointing first Vale Soccer League outing where two set pieces cost them them Premiership points, Penarth Town Firsts had high hopes when they were hosted by the Barry team in Dinas Powys.
Castle immediately put the Penarth defence under pressure but their over-keenness to throw players forward was their undoing as a long ball forward found Jamie Harris who beat the home 'keeper in a one-to-one situation. Not long after another long ball was hunted down by Harris who squared neatly for Anthony Angove to knock in Town's second.
This seemed to galvanise Castle, who really started to press hard and, soon after, a cross was finished clinically. Castle piled on the pressure and Penarth's back four of Chris Hegarty, James Williams, Tristan Davies and Jack Stansfield had to work really hard to keep them out. This was helped by a fine performance in the Penarth goal from Gareth Hegarty.
When Penarth winger Ellis Davey whipped in a teasing corner, unmarked Leigh Bennett headed Town into a 3-1 half-time lead.
The second period carried on much as the first, with Castle dominating a lot of possession but Penarth making the better chances. Tom O'Neil played a ball through for Angove to claim his second and and a free kick from Ryan McCarthy from just outside the home team's penalty box brought Town's fifth.
Castle threw everything at the visitors and a long range shot crept under 'keeper Hegarty to give them a glimmer of hope.
Town kept working really hard and a clearance found Bennett who, spotting the home 'keeper off his line, looped in a ball from all of 30 yards.
This was a fine win for a Town side weakened due to injury and unavailability and will, hopefully, kick start the season.
The Town's next game is home at Cwrt-y-Vil this Saturday against ProCopy.