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Penistone stretch unbeaten run to 13 matches and surpass 100 days without defeat!


It was another great win on the road for Penistone Church yesterday-they went to Hall Road Rangers and came away with a 4-1 victory, their thirteenth unbeaten in the NCEL.The win takes eighth placed Church to within a point of Rainworth Miners Welfare in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division-and Penistone Manager Ian Richards felt his side were full value for the three points, writes Colin Muncie.

Watched by a crowd of 45 at Howarth Park, Tom Brennan gave the visitors an interval lead just on half time, and second half goals from Fraser Hansen (60 minutes, own goal) Andy Ring (88) and Freddie Russell (90) reduced Chris Spinks late effort for Hall Road to consolation status.

Ian told the Bootiful Game “It was an exceptional performance and result by the players today. I said before the game that I believed our away form was now as good as our home form and today’s game would measure the progress we have made this season. The lads dominated and controlled the game from start to finish on a heavy difficult surface. The margin of win could have been greater but to win 4-1 away at Hall Road Rangers, who are a very dangerous side if you give them time and space to play, is some result.

Ian was pleased to note that a few unsung heroes had led the charge “Defensively we were excellent – organised, disciplined and did the ‘ugly’ side effectively” he told us.” It was great that players who usually don’t get the headlines were the main players in driving us to victory: Ryan Johnson, James Young and Danny Howes who were all outstanding.

Next week the league leaders visit the DSM Memorial Stadium, and Ian is sure his players will be ready. “We must now transfer the form, quality and spirit we have produced in the last three and half months to go 13 unbeaten in the league into next week’s exciting Home tie against the best side in the league, AFC Mansfield.

We will prepare meticulously like we do for all games and aim to nullify their threats and maximise our strengths to get another three points.

Of course, there are two sides to every game, and Hall Road’s Bill Gill felt that the outcome was rough justice on his players.” “Disappointing and the result were flattering “Bill told us. “Their manager summed things up at the end; we were very dangerous for sixty minutes today but last lacked a natural goal threat once again. Lots of possession lots of chances created and arguably the better team for an hour but -like other weeks_ I’ve said it means nothing when you don’t put the ball in the net”

Bill sees the result into the context of a learning experience in the Premier Division. “We are a very young team and it’s our first season at this level- and hard lessons are been found out by individuals. Credit to Penistone- they stuck to their game plan, didn’t stop and they got their rewards. That’s an example of experience and confidence when things are going your way. The lads worked hard ,but after the second goal they gave up and started doing their own thing which you can’t do at this level”

“There will be changes ahead of the League Cup game in mid week as we have a very busy schedule. We need to rest players and try out new things”.

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