West Allotment Celtic suffer heavy home defeat against clinical Penrith
West Allotment Celtic were thrashed 6-1 by Penrith in their Northern League division one clash, with in-form striker Martyn Coleman netting four times.
Coleman opened the scoring in the 15th minute, slotting the ball into the bottom corner before they doubled their lead through Andrew Murray Jones’ powerful header courtesy of a free kick.
Penrith’s Robbie Hebson calmly lifted the ball over Allotment’s Joel Stoneman to extend the Cumbrian’s gap before Coleman grabbed his second goal before the half-time whistle.
Allotment’s Craig Hindmarch pulled a goal back early in the second half. However, Coleman completed his hat-trick in simple fashion after a defensive mix-up before continuing his impressive goalscoring form with a strike late on.
Going into the game, West Allotment had already confirmed their relegation from the league with defeat to Guisborough Town.
They had also endured problems off the pitch with their resignation from the Northern League after the increase of their annual ground rent.
However, they began the game with a bright opening spell of possession against a Penrith side who had travelled 80 miles to Whitley Park.
The away side were awarded with an early goal as talisman Coleman reacted quickly to fire home after Nicky Davidson’s shot fired off the post.
Murray Jones piled misery on the Allotment side as he lept high from an in-swinging free kick to head home.
It got worse for the home side as Allotment conceded two goals within four minutes.
After racing onto a through ball, Hebson calmly lifted the ball past Stoneman, which was swiftly followed by another goal from Coleman, waltzing past a deflated defence to score his 40th goal this season, a club record for the Bonny Blues.
Despite the poor first half, West Allotment began brightly as Hindmarch bundled the strike into the net after an accurate cross from Luke Parkinson.
The home side were close to a second as Hindmarch, once again, diverted a header towards goal only for the ball to loop onto the top of the crossbar.
Coleman stopped Allotment of any hope of getting back into the match as he latched onto a defensive error before rounding the goalkeeper to tap into an empty net.
Coleman was not finished as he scored his 34th league goal of the season in style, squeezing the ball into the bottom left corner from a tight angle.
West Allotment have two league games remaining before the end of the season, with home ties against Whitley Bay and Dunston.