Blues sink title-chasers as turnaround continues

Date: Friday 8th March 2019

SKIPPER Grant Davidson says the Penrith AFC changing room is “buzzing” after two Northern League Division I wins in a row.

After a 3-1 triumph over Stockton Town at Frenchfield Park a fortnight ago, the Blues recorded an incredible 5-3 triumph at title-chasing Bishop Auckland on Saturday.

Penrith raced into a 3-0 first half lead at Heritage Park and survived a spirited fightback by the hosts — who are second in the league table — before powering clear again in the final 30 minutes.

Striker Martyn Coleman netted a hat-trick with recent signing Matty Clarke also on target and an own goal going in the visitors’ favour.

That win earned Penrith — six points adrift at the foot of the table — a second Division I “performance of the week” award of the season after a Twitter poll. And, speaking after the game, captain Grant Davidson said he was delighted with the improved form.

“To beat Bishop Auckland away who are second in the league, just shows how far we’ve come as a squad,” Davidson told the Herald. “It’s probably the best performance of the season for us, which comes as a bit of a shock because I thought the performance against Stockton would have taken some beating."

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