Match Report: Penrith Academy vs Burneside FC (Westmorland League Division Three)

On Wednesday evening the final round of fixtures in Division Three took place, with Burneside needing all three points to secure promotion to Division Two alongside the home team.

Penrith Academy were already promoted having secured the league title the previous game, but Burneside needed to at least match the Kirkoswald result against Sedbergh the same evening, as with their superior goal difference it would see them go up.

With Penrith being presented the League winners trophy after the game, the game took place at Frenchfield Park, Home of Northern League side Penrith AFC.

As the match kicked off, Burneside started the better of the two sides creating some early opportunities, before the Academy settled and created a few of their own.

It was the away team who broke the deadlock however when a Burneside player was allowed space on the edge of the box to turn and roll the ball home, before doubling their lead soon after in fairly similar fashion.

Penrith did hit back, through captain Kieran Hodgson after the away team failed to deal with a corner and the ball fell at the feet of the central midfielder to fire home just before half time. 2-1.

With all to play for in the second half, both teams created chances before Burneside added another, making them somewhat more comfortable in their lead.

Late in the half, Penrith were down to 10 men after an injury following all the substitutes being used. This meant that Burneside had a lot more time on the ball and they took advantage of this, adding a fourth goal and securing the win and with it promotion.

This result meant that the teams finished 1st and 2nd in the league and both will be in Division Two next year so expect another round of interesting games.

Penrith Academy Manager Mark Bell and Assistant Garry Holmes alongside Penrith AFC first team mascot Brad Hodgson

Before this however the teams meet again on Tuesday the 7th May at Parkside Road home of Kendal Town FC, the final of the Peter Daws Memorial Shield.

A match that we are sure will be another interesting game to watch, and congratulations to both sides on promotion!

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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