What a difference a week makes!
Last week, Penrith shocked West in the FA Cup but they couldn’t repeat the feat today as West came away with a convincing 5-1 victory.
The Cumbrian’s were undone, in part, by the quality of finishing from Nathan Fisher, who helped himself to his second hat trick in 5 days.
West begun brightly and led in the 6th minute when Fisher pressurised the defender from a quick throw. Ben Wood pinched the ball from the Penrith centre back, fed the ball into his strike partners path, and Fisher finished with aplomb.
Penrith had a couple of chances themselves before a goal line clearance denied West their second. Wood again found Fisher and although he managed to round the keeper, he was unable to beat Grant Davidson who got back in time to hack the ball away.
However, it was only a temporary rest-bite for the visitors as West doubled their advantage in the 18th minute. It came following good work by Adam Mitchell and Fisher, with the former’s cross finding Arran Wearmouth at the edge of the area and he drilled the ball home.
And the three points were all but sealed before half time when Mitchell made it 3-0, interchanging passes with Anthony Bell before curling his effort low into the bottom corner, past Stuart Dixon, from just outside the box.
West Auckland continued their positive approach after the break and it took only 5 second half minutes for Fisher to make his mark again. The forward twisted and turned his defender inside and out before firing hard and low into the far corner.
Much to Penrith’s woes, Fisher wasn’t finished yet. Three minutes later the marksman completed his hat trick, racing in to nick the ball away from the defender then delightfully lifting the ball over Dixon into the far corner.
The Cumbrian’s rallied after this, forcing Adam McHugh into a save but he could do little to stop Penrith scoring a consolation in the 56th minute when a deep cross was headed back by Shaun Gardner and Matthew Moynan fired home from close range.
A good tackle from Tom Marron then stopped Martyn Coleman pulling another back with the ball deflecting inches over. West hit back after this and some quick forward play saw Darren Holden’s low cross deflected against the post before the left back fizzed an effort narrowly wide of the target following good work by Bell.
Team: McHugh, Walker, Holden, McKeown (Close 68′), Marron, Galpin, Wearmouth (Morris 57′), Bell, Fisher, Wood (Connor 89′), Mitchell
Subs not used: Parker, Hassan
Goals: Fisher (6′, 50′, 53′), Wearmouth (18′), Mitchell (29′)