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Penistone Church - 1 (Elliott Firth 61) Bridlington Town - 2 (Fraser Paprill 20, Josh Greening 54)
Attendance - 493
Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Cameron Simpson Sponsored by Ryan Woods - awarded for his skill on the ball and defensive prowess.
A close entertaining game that saw Bridlington Town progress to the next round of the FA Vase. The match started in frenetic style with action at both ends, Church had the lion’s share of the possession, but it was Bridlington who scored first with a 20 yard powerful shot to the left bottom corner of the goal at the clubhouse end. Max Dearnley got a hand to the ball but it was wavering as it travelled through the 6 yard box, the ball bounced off his outstretched right arm and over his left hand to hit the side netting. The 40 or so Bridlington town supports already had the feeling their trip was not in vain. Church throughout had half chances and Cameron Simpson was often the instigator of forward movement from the back. Cameron received some close attention from Bridlington showing they recognised the threat he posed. Some good play led to Keiran Ryan narrowly missing with a powerful shot on the turn that whistled just over the bar. Tom Cadzow then had to make a goal line clearance from a good Bridlington shot after a goalmouth melee. Church were always in the game and created further chances but still went in 1-0 down at half-time.
The second half started in similar style with both teams creating chances; again Church had the majority of the possession and at times dominated the game. However, Bridlington are a skillful and pacy side and they were the ones to take their chance. A series of shot/crosses from the left-hand side of the Church goal mouth eventually led to the ball breaking to Josh Greening who finished crisply to the right of the gaol with Max Dearnley stranded. As always Church pressed on and narrowly missed a couple of chances, the Bridlington goalie made a couple of decent saves too, but eventually the pressure started to pay-off. A Cameron Simpson corner was met cleanly by an Elliot Firth header from 8 yards out. The ball nestled in the bottom left corner of the net. The Church game stepped up another gear and much to Bridlington’s credit they held out stoically. Church hit the post and stretched the defence left and right, but there was no way through. Bridlington were dangerous on the break, but no further goals were scored.
The crowd of 493 had seen a good game with many talking points and chances. We hope some of those who came to today’s game will come to see the Church play again. We wish Bridlington Town well in the next round of the FA Vase.
As there were some league matches today Church move down from Third to Fourth for now.
Penistone Church - 8 (Nathan Keightley 2, 12 pen, Tom Cadzow 25, Brad Kemp 29, Billy Law 37, 42, Andrew Ring 58, 63) Burngreave - 0
The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Elliot Firth
A thoroughly deserved victory for Church. The game was already getting away from Burngreave at 2-0 after 12 minutes. The rest of the Match was a credit to both teams, Church continued to press high and disrupted numerous Burngreave attacks, turning these into attacking opportunities. Burngreave deserve credit for their spirited approach, their ability to play despite the scoreline and their fair play… Many teams would have resorted to fouling and negative tactics. Burngreave continued throughout to take the game to Church.
Elliot Firth was awarded man of the match for his tireless midfield skills, tackling and excellent distribution.
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Penistone Church - 1(Nathan Keightley 56) Hemsworth Miners Welfare - 1 (Nash Connolly 25)
Attendance - 287
The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Brett Lovell Sponsored by Valley Physiotherapy Clinic
Hemsworth MW are a tall and skillful side able to move the ball with long raking passes and intricate one touch football. Church were on the back foot for large portions of the first half and often Church’s high clearances and attacking moves were snuffed out by Hemsworth’s excellent back 4.The first 15 minutes were rather scrappy as each team felt their way into the match. Church had slightly more possession in Hemsworth territory, but Hemsworth had the better of the chances. Andy Ring’s usual arial dominance was snuffed out and Church attackers were feeding off scraps. After 25 Minutes Hemsworth worked the ball down their left wing and a driven diagonal cross was met perfectly by Nash Connolly, who clinically headed the ball low to the right of the goal to put Hemsworth 1-0 up. Church continued to press and after 38 Cameron Simpson took the ball from within his own half on a mazy run, he beat 3 players and unleashed a shot that missed by 1 foot over the bar. However, in the process he pulled a ‘glute’ muscle and was substituted. James Young came on to fill the vacated left back position, his first 3 touches were not his best, but gradually he settled into the game. At 39 minutes Andy Ring had Church’s best chance of the first half, shooting low from the left of goal but missing the near post by 1 foot.
The second half started much more brightly for Church, they kept the ball low and moved it to feet more often, Brett Lovell used his skill and experience to marshall the defence and step in to make decisive tackles. Hemsworth were beginning to change their game in response to Church movement on and off the ball. Church were finally turning the game around. After 60 minutes Kieran Ryan and Nathan Keightley stretched the defense, Nathan received the ball on the right of goal in acres of space. The Hemsworth goalie had come towards the ball just outside the box, but Nathan looped the ball high over his head into the left of the goal. Most non-PCFC supporters would see that as a fluke, but Nathan has scored with that skill a couple of times in his Church career. The goal spurred Church to press even harder, Kieran Ryan again having a top game and his work with Tom Charlesworth and Elliot Firth almost paid dividends in the very last minute. The ball was crossed to the far post for Brett Lovell to head home. Delighted Church fans lept about like mad march hares, but the attempt was ruled out for offside.
Overall a 1-1 score was a fair result in this hard fought top of the table clash. A crowd of 287 had not seen a ‘classic’, but both sides put on a good display, worked hard, and each gone away with a well deserved point. Church drop back to 3rd, but go again on Saturday in the league.
Penistone Church - 5 (Andy Ring 16, 51, 83, Jordan Coduri pen 19, 70) Eccleshill Utd - 1 (Nicky Boshell 55)
Attendance - 216
The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Andy Ring. Sponsored by Pea Pod Catering
Like the autumn clouds, Church threatened throughout the afternoon and the 5-1 result was a fair reflection. Eccleshill had some spells where they played good football and moved the ball well, but Church often won the 50/50 challenges and exploited space with some lovely football. The first goal was preempted by a number of half chances and Andy Ring’s first was a sign of things to come. He took the ball into the middle of the park jinked and scored from the edge of the box with his left foot. Only 3 minutes later Church were pressing again and the ball bobbled awkwardly towards the edge of the box. The Eccleshill goalie came out and in a tangle of legs and arms tripped Shaun Mundy. Jordan Coduri scored the resulting penalty. At 2-0 down Eccleshill came alive and could easily have gone in at half time 2-1 down, but equally Church could have gone in 5-0 up. A great first half despite the weather.
The second-half started brightly with goalmouth action at both ends, Church were lucky not to concede. However the match swung Church’s way with a delightful goal from Andy Ring at the far post. 4 minutes later Church won the ball in defense and Jordan Coduri travelled towards the halfway line. There were claims of a foul, but he lost possession. Church seemed to freeze expecting a whistle, Eccleshill took the ball into the box and scored to bring the game back to 3-1. There were some nervous moments with Max Dearnley making a couple of full length finger tip saves. The best was yet to come, Church moved the ball and stretched Eccleshill with a 13 pass move finished off in style by Jordan Coduri. That goal alone was worth the admission. The match had 20 minutes to run and Danny Howse was substituted, the crowd gave him a tremendous round of applause to recognise his midfield contribution. Church kept breaking up Eccleshill attacks, Cameron Simpson again showing some sparkling footwork to bamboozle the Eccleshill attackers and moving the ball into a series of Church attacks. At 83 minutes the ball came across to the Church right wing and a delicious cross, that 3 players could have finished off, curled its way to Andy Ring on the far post. He finished the chance with ease to get his hat-trick.
Another excellent result for Church moving them up to top of the table for now. The crowd of 216 again had seen a high scoring game, with some lovely football and a great atmosphere.
Goole AFC - 0 Penistone Church - 1 (Kieran Ryan - 75)
Attendance 95 (About 40 were PCFC)
No match report today, but a great result for Church. An away clean sheet with a single goal taking Church up to 3rd place (for now).
Staveley Miners Welfare - 1 (Matthew Davies 86) Penistone Church - 1 (Kieran Ryan 15)
Another beautiful afternoon for football saw a close game between two good teams each creating chances to score. Church’s pressing game often created chances. A cross-come-shot at 15 minutes in, from the right created the opening goal by rebounding from the defender to the centre of the goal, Kieran Ryan pounced from about 8 yards. The match was never really settled. Staveley created space off the ball but could not exploit this and several promising openings came to nothing. However the warning signs that Staveley might score were littered throughout a closely contested first half.
The second half started with Church gradually defending deeper and deeper. There were very few Penistone chances until about 70 minutes a couple of corners came to nothing. Staveley went up the other end and crashed a long range shot onto the bar with Max Dearnley stranded. The #ball bounced down and out. Again Stavely maneuvered a dangerous long range chance, but this time it went wide. Church were beginning just to hold on but a Staveley attack on the right ended with a Church foul. The resulting free kick 20 yards out was hammered low and hard across the gooal and the ball nestled in the far corner of the net. At 1-1 Church immediately started pressing and many in the crowd saw a foul on Andy Ring in the box as he turned. The referee was happy there was no foul. Staveley went up the other end and again were threatening but no further clear chances were created by either side.
The crowd of 172 had seen a close game with 2 goals. Church move up to 7th with this win.
Penistone Church - 2 (Andrew Ring 12, Shaun Mundy 13) Goole AFC - 1 (Josh Schofield 45)
The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Shaun Mundy
A beautiful afternoon for football saw a close game between two good teams each creating many chances to score.Church’s pressing game often created chances. A corner, resulting from close marking earlier, gave Andrew Ring the opening goal from about 8 yards out 12 minutes in. The match was on a knife-edge throughout, but a minute later Shaun Mundy found space to score again. His man of the match performance was underway. He, Andy Ring and Kieran Ryan worked tirelessly up front, Kieran Ryan put in series of great runs and held the ball well. Andy Ring laid the ball off with deft headers throughout his 60 minutes, but Shaun Mundy worked well off the ball as well as on it, creating chances and snuffing out space.
Just as the first half was coming to a close, Jordan Codhuri hit the bar with a header. Goole AFC’s response was to brake free. Tom Brennan was exposed and then outpaced and out muscled by the tall speedy number 9 who danced past Tom to create the opening chance with a square pass for Josh Schofield. Brett Lovell was on the line but the Joish scored with ease to the centre of the goal.
The second half was mainly Goole’s and they showed why up to now they had a 100% record, Church’s midfield and defence were struggling. In the space of 2 minutes Goole hit the bar twice with headers. The alarm bells were ringing, but gradually the game evened out and Church created some attacks to ease the pressure. The match contained a few challenges verging on a Red, rather than yellow card. However, both teams finished with a full compliment.
The crowd of 211 had seen a truly entertaining game with 3 goals and many talking points. Church move up to 8th with this win. We meet Goole AFC again on Tuesday 24 September at 7:45pm.
Sheffield Senior Cup Penistone Church - 5 (Billy Law 2, Shaun Mundy 17, 64, Brett Lovell 43, Nathan Keightley 68) Grimethorpe LLUK 0
Attendance - 113
The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Danny Howes
Church moved the ball quickly from the start and Billy Law used the space created to score in the second minute with a long-range shot from the edge of the box into the top left hand side of the goal. There were some excellent attacking moments from Grimethorpe, but Chris Snaith and the Church defence were equal to the challenge. Shaun Munday scored after 17 minutes bundling the ball into the net as defenders and the goalie collided in a bid to keep out a close range shot. Brett Lovell scored with a towering header from a pinpoint cross that skimmed in off the underside of the crossbar.
The second half continued the brisk pace of the first half with Grimethorpe creating a good chance that tested the Church defence with their first attack. Church continued to move the ball well and freed up Shaun Munday who like Billy Law curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box. At 4-0 the game was getting away from Grimethorpe and there were some tasty challenges being exchanged resulting in appropriate bookings.
Nathan Keightley found space in the box and from about 12 yards beat the goalie to make it 5-0. Church continued to press for the 6th and several chances went begging. Nathan Keigthley was injured in a collision with the Grimethorpe Goalie close to the end of the game and he was carried from the pitch.
Penistone Church - 3 (Jordan Coduri 8, Nathan Keightley 27, Elliott Firth 90) Albion Sports - 1 (Labi Adeniran 88)
Attendance - 243 - Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Cameron Simpson
Church started briskly and there was a period of end to end football, with both teams testing each other out. Albion’s front players were skillful and pacy, but their diagonal balls to the forwards were easily dealt with by Tom Charlesworth and Cameron Simpson. Cameron was tricky coming forward and showed some lovely touches earning himself the man of the match. On 8 minutes the ball came to Nathan Keightley in his own half, he hooked the ball forward to Andy Ring who deftly flick-headed the ball perfectly into path of the onrushing Jordan Codhuri. Jordan took the ball some 30 yards, under pressure, into the box to put Church 1-0 up.
The match was never truly over, but Church for the first time this season showed some of their slick passing and won numerous 50/50 balls to dominate sections of the game. After 27 minutes Church took the ball to Albion’s 18 yard box and Albion’s partial clearance fell to Tom Charlesworth who curled a peach of cross to find Nathan Keightley unmarked on the far post. Nathan rose like a salmon to head the ball into the far corner of the net across the goalie.
The second half was a much more even affair and Albion Sports pressed hard for a goal, Max Dearnley making a full length save and then tidying a couple of scrappy chances. The Church defence held firm until the 88th minute, until Labi Adeniran won a 50/50 challenge on the Church left hand side and then with a mazy run beat 3 other defenders one by one to drill the ball across Max Dearnley.
Church immediately found another gear and opened up on the right, freeing Elliot Firth who drove towards the box, drilling a low shot diagonally across the defenders. A small deflection off the defender beat the goalkeeper low to his right and the ball nestled in the net. The crowd of 243 had seen 90 minutes of thoroughly entertaining football with 4 goals to talk about in the bar afterwards.
Liversedge- 1 (joe Walton 10) Penistone Church - 0
Church started with a familiar pattern, but Liversedge were able to disrupt the flow of Church’s forward moves. After 10 minutes a cross from the right into the Church penalty area fell to Joe Walton 15 yards out. His crisp shot flew into the back of the net with a possible deflection on its way. The match was a rather frustrating affair after that with passes going astray and both teams midfields snuffing most of the constructive play out before it could flourish. Nathan Keightley created a good chance with a low hard cross from the left, but it evaded everyone. Half time was nearing and Liversedge opened up to create a long range opportunity, a fierce shot from the right hand edge of the box, to the top right hand corner of the Church Goal was brilliantly tipped round the junction of post and bar by Max Dearnley.
The second half was full of bluster and Church created their only clear-cut chance of the game with a cross from the right finding Luke Aldrich on the 6 yard line. His crisp header to the top left corner of the goal was saved. Jordan Coduri came on for Church to remind us of his powers to hold and move the ball. The match ended with Brett Lovell up front for the last 10 minutes. Liversedge defended right to the end as Church cranked up the pressure.
Penistone Church - 1 (Luke Aldrich 75) Bridlington Town - 0
Attendance - 201 The Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Elliot Firth
Church started in a rather disjointed way with both teams cancelling each other out. Church then started to gel and made most of the pressing forward, but Bridlington are a well organised side and dangerous on the break. The first half showed a better team cohesion for Church and signs of quality, Brett Lovell narrowly missing with a header from a corner and Luke Aldrich testing the goalkeeper with the last kick of the first half.
Jordan Coduri was in the crowd and he is coming back to help us this season.
The second half started with Brett Lovell having a spell up front and free-flowing football from both teams, Church went close from a one-two into the box, but Danny Howse shot straight at the goalkeeper, Luke Aldrich then hit the bar from a cross. After 75 minutes of growing pressure Luke Aldrich bundled the ball into the net following some goal-mouth pinball.
Church then took some heavy pressure from a spirited Bridlington side who broke repeatedly and Danny Howse forgot that this was not Rugby Union, getting himself a booking on the halfway line for a clumsy attempt to slow down a breakaway. Bridlington missed a clear-cut chance in the last 5 minutes with a powerful shot across the goal.
Overall a fair result and Church’s first 3 points of the season and many of the 201 stayed behind to applaud Church from the pitch.
Penistone Church 2 - (Tom Cadzow 39, Nathan Keightley 84) Skelmersdale Utd - 5 (Alex Griffiths 32, John Keatley 37, Matthew Scoullar 64, Einar White 71, James Young og 79) Attendance - 256
Church were equal for the first 20 minutes, but after that were always chasing this FA Cup replay game. “Allowing” Skelmersdale 4 long-range shots contributed to this cup exit. However, 7 goals on a night of torrential rain was entertaining fare. The goals were high quality with some of the strikes being either well placed or so powerful that the respective goalies stood little chance. Church have yet to really settle their best line-up for the season.
Skelmersdale Utd - 1 (Einar White 58) Penistone Church - 1 (Shaun Mundy 76) Attendance - 99
Penistone Church - 1 (Brett Lovell 90) Silsden AFC - 2 (Khurram Shazad 22, Aidan Kirkby 85) Attendance - 207 Nick Firth Tiles Man of the Match - Brett Lovell
Not the start to the season we were hoping for. To be fair both teams had chances, but Silsden took 2 of theirs. Silsden scored first with a well taken break away goal.
Church pressed in the second half, but Silsden came up with the winner at 85 minutes. Brett Lovell’s last minute goal was a fair consolation.
Highlights from the final pre-season friendly against Brighouse Town .
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