After losing their last two games (to Worksop Town and Staveley MW) Penistone Church had the chance to get back on track yesterday when they faced Maltby Main, writes Mitchell Radford.
With Yorkshire Amateur only claiming a draw against Worksop Town, this was also a chance for Penistone to make some ground up on the league leaders. Fortunately for Penistone, they did just that by winning the game 2-1.
The 110 people in attendance, saw a goalless first half with Penistone marginally the better side. It was 56 minutes in when the deadlock was broken, Jordan Coduri rifling a shot from outside the area which found the bottom corner.
Maltby went searching for an equaliser and found one in the 76th minute. Sam Forster whipped in a cross which found Steve Hopewell, who volleyed the ball on his second touch into the back of the net.
It was only three minutes later when Penistone found their winner. After good work from Andy Ring who took the ball into the box, Kieran Ryan was on hand to fire the ball past James Pollard in the Maltby goal. Penistone held on for a vital three points, who remain in 2nd place. Seven points behind leaders Yorkshire Amateur with a game in hand. Maltby drop into 9th place.
The Penistone goalscorers – Kieran Ryan and Jordan Coduri gave us their views on how the match went.
Kieran – “It was a very tough game in bad conditions! We dominated first half but they had better chances, then in the second half we was the better team and it was nice to come away with the win after a few defeats and score a late winner!”
Jordan Coduri – “I think today shows what sort of squad we have here at Penistone! We lost two in a row and in those games we will say that as a team we just wasn’t good enough! It was vital we got all three points today which we did against a very well organised Maltby team! The conditions didn’t help either team today we just knew the team that battled the hardest and took there chances would win the game which we managed to do today!
“We still have players to come in with Scriv (Sam Scrivens) and Lovell (Brett Lovell) who have been a massive part of our early success and also Keightley (Nathan Keightley) coming back today was a massive boost around the club! But overall the lads were really good today and we deserved the win!”