Hollis Lane was the venue for this crucial game between two title challengers in Division Three of the Westmorland League.
With Penrith sat top of the league on goal difference and Burneside sat in third but with games in hand, the game was all about setting a marker for the run in to the end of the season. The game also saw the divisions two top scorers going head to head, with Tom Graham playing for the Academy sat on 32 goals and Jay Hayton on 28 goals for Burneside.
The home side started the better of the two teams and for the opening twenty minutes were on top, without producing a great deal of opportunities. After the Academy settled into the game and soon took their chances, the opener coming from Jack Rossi after a great turn and cross from Nathan Kerr on the left wing and Rossi finished the chance with a header at the back post.
The next two goals before half time came from Luke Hunter, who placed the ball in the bottom corner from the edge of the box and Nathan Kerr after some more great work down the left hand side.
With the score 0-3 at half time the game was still far from over with both teams knowing the next goal was crucial and all was still to play for.
The second half again saw the home team start the better creating some chances and gave returning Academy keeper Macauley Musgrave some work to do. Burneside’s best chance came from a volley from the edge of the box after a corner was swung in, but Musgrave was equal to it, stopping the ball hitting the top corner.
The game was eventually tied up by the Academy with another goal from man of the match Jack Rossi and the game finished 0-4 to the Academy, who stretch their winning run to 8 games and are now clear at the top of the league by 3 points and have a game in hand on second place Kirkoswald Reserves.
The Academy’s next fixture is a cup semi final against Staveley United reserves at Frenchfields on the 20th April.