Aycliffe’s hopes of improving on their 3rd place position were knocked back with a 4-3 defeat at home to Penrith. Aycliffe started brightly & went ahead after 4 minutes through a Dennis Knight shot from outside the area. They were unlucky not to extend their lead when they hit the bar on 11 minutes. Dennis Knight bettered his earlier goal with a 25 yard screamer to make it 2-0 on the half hour. Penrith came back into the game and Martyn Coleman pulled on back to make it 2-1 at half time. Penrith came out strongly in the second half and added 2 goals in the first 7 minutes through Andrew Murray-Jones and Richard Faustino, the latter being another long distance screamer. Aycliffe got back to 3-3 through John Campbell, before Coleman got his second to put Penrith back in the lead at 4-3. Aycliffe pressed but couldn’t get the equaliser, despite Penrith losing Samuel Bell to a second yellow card. Penrith goalkeeper Josh Richardson pulled off a great save at the end to ensure that Penrith took all 3 points. Aycliffe are now in a run of five consecutive games at Moore Lane. They face West Allotment Celtic on Tuesday 20th September, followed by Marske Utd on Saturday 24th.
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