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Widdowson thought the scoreline was a bit harsh…

Penistone Church completed their Toolstation NCEL Premier Division campaign in front of a bumper crowd of 327 at the DSM Memorial Stadium yesterday with a 6-0 win over relegated Clipstone. It’s been an outstanding season for Church, seventh in the table-but a learning experience for the Cobras, whose Manager Alan Widdowson felt that the outcome was a little harsh on his players, writes Colin Muncie.

Church were two up at the break through Tom Brennan (41 mins) and Brett Lovell (45); and second half goals from Kieran Ryan (60) and Ryan Johnson (66 mins), followed by a late, late brace from Nathan Keightley rounded out the scoreline.

Alan told the Bootiful Game “If you weren’t there and you looked at the score you would have thought it was a hammering-but far from it. We matched them stride for stride in the first 45 minutes, and but for a lack of concentration, not coping with set pieces and a dubious refereeing decision ,things could have been different .  It was the same again in the second half- we kept playing the way we wanted, and made a couple more errors. I was pleased with the attitude and application of the guys they never lost heart or their heads” 

Alan takes his team to Parkgate on Monday night with a real chance of securing that first win “Make no mistake they (Penistone ) are a good side and played to their strengths ,so fair play to them “ he said. “What was also pleasing was getting applauded off the pitch by their fans, for which I’m very grateful” 

“We go again Monday where three points is up for grabs again”.

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