Gary Forrest’s first competitive match in charge of West Auckland didn’t go to plan, as he watched his side defeated at Penrith.
It means an early exit from the FA Cup as the hosts came out on top, winning 2-1 with all the goals coming in the first half.
Penrith took the lead in the 16th minute through Elliot Bousfield when he reacted first to score from a rebound. The home side then doubled their lead on the half hour mark when Jonny Murray turned in another rebound after the ball initially came back off the post.
West rallied and halved the deficit when Nathan Fisher was felled in the area and Anthony Bell sent the keeper the wrong way from the spot (38).
Despite constant West pressure in the second half, they couldn’t make a breakthrough. West had two strong penalty claims waived away as they continued to press although Penrith were dangerous on the break and were denied a third by an offside decision.
However Penrith held on to progress to the Preliminary Round. We wish them well in the next round, at home to fellow Division One side Seaham Red Star or Whitley Bay who drew 1-1 today.
Team: McHugh, Hassan, Richardson, McKeown (Wood 87′), Parker, Galpin, Morris (Wearmouth 63′), Bell, Purewal, Fisher, Mitchell.
Unused Subs: Marron, Walker, Close, Holden, Turns
Goal: Bell (38’pen)