Birtley Town vs Penrith


Birtley Town

  • Callum Smith - 2 (24', 83') goal(s)

Penrith AFC

  • Luke Hunter - 1 (48') goal(s)
Sat 30 Sep 2023 | 3:00 pm
Birtley Town


Birtley returned to winning ways on Saturday with two goals from Callum Smith proving decisive in 2-1 win over Penrith. 

Match photos can be viewed HERE!

Match programme can be viewed HERE! 

Birtley made a number of changes to the starting line-up with Lewis Exley returning at left-back, Sam Hedley joined Callum Turnbull in the middle of defence whilst Alex Francis missed out with injury. Ben Pentland came in at right-back replacing Josh Strassheim who dropped to the bench. Liam Wotherspoon returned in midfield and Drew Lake made his first start of the season. 

The Hoops thought they should have had a penalty after just two minutes when Stephen Hall was brought down in the box, those appeals were waved on. It took 24 minutes for the first goal and real opportunity. A long throw-in by Glen Hargrave caused mayhem in the Penrith back line and Callum Smith remaining free at the back post to smash the ball home from close range.

Penrith must have thought they had levelled when they missed a clear opportunity to score on the half hour mark. Only a miraculous bit of defending from Lewis Exley prevented an equaliser on 34 minutes, before Liam Wotherspoon repeated the same heroics soon after to ensure Birtley went into the break ahead. 

HALF TIME | Birtley Town 1 – 0 Penrith

Penrith would have found themselves unfortunate to be behind at the break but only had themselves to blame for not equalising in the early stages of the second half. Luke Hunter ended up baring down on goal following a simple long ball however Alfie Gordon managed to tip around the post. The relief was short lived when Hunter made instant amends by equalising from the resulting corner. 

It took Birtley until the 83rd minute to regain the lead. Jack Robson dribbled down the right-wing and his looping cross came back off the bar. The ball dropped to Callum Smith who emphatically smashed home the rebound.

Penrith should have levelled instantly when substitute Oliver Reay was through on goal but he decided to chip Alfie Gordon, only for his effort to go sailing over the bar. Birtley had Callum Turnbull to thank for a brilliant late block in the dying stages before a string of Alfie Gordon saves kept Penrith at bay which later earned the goalkeeper the MOTM award. Sam Hedley and Ben Pentland also producing excellent defensive clearances to ensure all three points remained with The Hoops. 

FULL TIME | Birtley Town 2 – 1 Penrith

Attendance – 121

Player of the Match – Alfie Gordon

Manger’s Corner

Foss was pleased with the three points: “It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t a great performance however after losing the last three games it was about getting three points on the board. We were just about down to the bare bones with injuries and holidays. It was the result that mattered and we got that. Now we move onto Tow Law and hopefully we have a few people returning from injury.”

H2H v Penrith – (all games)

P2 W1 D1 L0 GF4 GA2

25.09.2007 Penrith Town 2 4 Birtley Town NL Div 2 U/K S. McAvoy | B. Smith x2 | C. Hepple
08.05.2008 Birtley Town 0 0 Penrith Town NL Div 2 38


Next up…

Birtley have back to back games against Tow Law on the horizon. An away game in the league on Saturday is followed by a home tie in the Durham Challenge Cup on Tuesday.






Date Time League Season
Sat 30 Sep 2023 3:00 pm Northern League D1 2023-24


Birtley Town
Arrowmark Home Improvements Stadium, Durham Road, DH3 2QW


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Birtley Town112
Penrith AFC011

Birtley Town

1Alfie Gordon Goalkeeper
2Ben Pentland Defender 84'
3Lewis Exley Defender
4Liam Wotherspoon Midfielder 22'
5Callum Turnbull Defender
6Sam Hedley Defender
7Kyle Wharton 16 Midfielder
8Glen Hargrave Forward
9Stephen Hall Forward
10Callum Smith Forward 24', 83'
11Drew Lake 15 Midfielder
12Josh Strassheim Defender
13John Mordey Goalkeeper
14Josh Holland Defender
15Matty Ward 11 Forward
16Jack Robson 7 Midfielder
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Sin Bin
Own Goal
Player of the Match

KO KO 22 24 48 55 71 83 84 86 86 89 98 FT