Penarth Town v Dockers

PENARTH Town played Dockers last weekend at home in the Vale Premiership.

Penarth Town kicked off the game knowing that three points would be vital to put them back into the race for a promotion place. Penarth put out a very strong squad which they hadn't been able to do for a majority of the season, so it was a great morale boost for the players. Also the 1st team manager was not available so youth team manager Andrew Kempton stepped in to take over.

So Penarth kicked off the game with high spirits and very soon started to dominate proceedings. This early pressure quickly paid off and within 20 minutes Paul Beedell scored one and then set up a second for Jamie Harris. The game seemed to be totally under control until Ryan McCarthy, who was playing out of position was unlucky to put the ball into his own net whilst trying to clear a rare Dockers attack. This then lifted the opposition and they pressured the towns defense for the last 10 minutes of the first half.

Andrew then gave a few words of wisdom to the players during the break, and so the players went out for the second half with renewed confidence and started playing some outstanding football. The strike partners were unlucky and only the visitors keeper pulling off some great saves kept them in the game. This couldn't last however and soon after Kurtis Shapley curled in a free kick from the edge of the box, Lewis Marsh headed back across the six yard box for Harris to head in for his second and Town's third. Soon after Harris then scored this hat trick goal after picking the ball up from the half way line, taking on some of the opposition and then slotted the ball neatly into the bottom left hand corner of the Dockers goal.

Penarth now completely dominated the game and their back four of Marsh, McCarthy, James Williams and Curtis Boddy soaked up everything thrown at them and left Chris Hegarty in the Penarth goal as a mere spectator. In midfield Leigh Bennett was running things as usual and using Caynan Bowen and Shapley on the flanks to create even more chances. One of theses went through Shapley who made a brilliant pass to Antony Angrove to finally put one way after being denied a few chances earlier in the game. Oscar Kempton came on towards the end to provide fresh legs and ensure the Town victory.

So the game finished with Penarth Town winners 5-1. A great victory, probably their best performance of the season leaving the squad full of confidence with great morale ready for the next game.

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