Joel returns to action
Two makeshift teams took to the field for this low-key friendly with the Blues emerging worthy winners, cashing in on a poor defensive display from the west Cumbrians.
With seven of the starting XI not having a league appearance to their credit, it was an opportunity to press a claim for a first team shirt for the new season. But not many enhanced their reputation on the evidence of this showing.
Lee Andrews expressed his disappointment afterwards saying, “We spoke at half time how easy it had been for them to get in behind us and I suggested we were being lazy trying to play the offside trap.
“I thought we were better in the second half, missed some good chances only to concede a second goal almost identical to their first.”
“The only real positive was having Sam Joel involved again.”
Yet Joel’s welcome return was something of a surprise as he wasn’t named on the original team sheet.
It was intended he took part in the warm-up but, a change of heart, saw him thrown into battle for the final nine minutes.
By then, Reds were trailing 2-1 and promptly conceded a third. But he made an impact for the short time he was on the pitch, shooting narrowly wide with his first attempt before scoring a fine goal in the last seconds of the game.
Kyle May’s Penrith had taken a twenty-seventh-minute lead after Adam Main’s assist had carved open Reds’ defence. Jordan Irving was clear in acres of space, advanced towards goal before guiding the ball past debutant ‘keeper, Lewis Casson.
Jordy Atkinson had been thwarted twice by Casson earlier.
Reds’ best efforts in the first half saw a goal-bound Kieran Maguire effort deflected for a corner, an Arron Bradbury shot clear the bar, Lewis Tidy and Brad Hubbold both having shots blocked and a glancing Bradbury header drift wide.
Both goalkeepers, Penrith’s Cameron Copland and Casson, made good saves early in the second half. Copland dived to his left to keep out Jamie Pattinson’s effort while Casson denied Irving with an equally fine stop.
Reds levelled matters after fifty-two minutes when Lewis Tidy (inset) climbed highest at the far post to head home his first goal for the club, via Conor Tinnion’s teasing corner.
It prompted Reds’ best spell of the match.
Great play between Sheldon Mossop and Maguire resulted in the latter breaching the Blues defence only for his shot to rebound off the woodwork and into the arms of Copland.
Penrith regained the lead with ten minutes to go when Atkinson’s sublime pass released Irving. He took advantage of some non-existent defending, calmly scoring his second of the afternoon.
It got worse for the visitors in the eighty-sixth minute. Main dispossessed Chris O’Brien, advanced towards Casson and placed the ball past him and into the net.
Joel’s late consolation goal made the scoreline a little more respectable but nothing more than that.
“I suppose I would prefer performances like today to be in pre-season and not when the serious business starts,” lamented Andrews.
Penrith Copland, Davidson (captain), Lawson, Pritchard-Farish, May, Yarker, Irving, Main, Atkinson, Murray-Jones, Moynan. Substitutes – Digby, Smith, Graham S, Graham R, Robley.
Workington Casson, Harker, Pearson (Joel), Douglas, Tidy (O’Brien), Mellen, Pattinson (Mossop), Hubbold (Miller), Bradbury, Maguire, Tinnion (captain). Substitutes – MacDonald, Holliday, Taylor (not used).
Referee Michael Studholme, Wigton