Despite dominating for long periods Woodley end up losing fifth league game in a row
By Chris Burnett
United fail to score for only the second time of the season as visitors survive first half onslaught.
Woodley’s search for their first points of the season continued in pouring rain at Rivermoor Stadium on Saturday.
The visitors started the game with ten men and an outfield player in goal whilst they waited for their keeper to arrive.
With the numbers advantage United started well. Chace Jewell had the game’s first chance; his half volley went over before a counter attack by the hosts saw a superb Jewell delivery from the left just out of reach of Freddie Barron.
The shots continued to rain down on the stand in keeper. Kai Parton-Edey shot just over from twenty yards.
Completely against the run of play saw Penn go ahead in the twelfth minute when Kingsley Etefia fired into the roof of the net from the left. Three minutes later it was eleven aside as the away side sent on Mohammed Mustafa to play in goal.
Despite the opposition gaining a player Woodley were still the better of the two sides. Freddie Barron saw his low effort just miss to the left whilst Penn centre back Charlie Lane got up well to head clear a Jewell cross that was aimed at Barron.
At the other end Fred Tripp missed to the left following a cross from the right.
Despite their territorial advantage United were yet to test Mustafa. A low cross from the right found Parton-Edey who rolled in Jewel on the left side of the box; taking a touch the Woodley winger missed from a tight angle.
Half an hour in saw the hosts finally work the Penn keeper when Parton-Edey forced a routine save from the left side of the box. The following ten minutes saw the game bogged down in the midfield with neither team creating anything.
The final chances of the half fell to United. Captain Ben Clark missed to the left, Barron had a shot blocked whilst Jewell shot wide from twenty two yards.
After being well on top in the first half the second period was much more even with Penn creating arguably the better opportunities.
The home side made a change on fifty three minutes when Teddy Thomas replaced Jewell.
United were on the back foot and were bailed out by a superb tackle by left back Pele Hagger on the impressive Etefia.
At the other end Parton-Edey had a header saved before Adam Barnard who was making his first appearance for the club sliced wide.
Woodley made a further change on sixty six minutes; Toby Briggs came on for Liam Wilson.
With twenty minutes to go United came agonisingly close to an equaliser when a Parton-Edey free kick clipped the corner of left post and bar.
Sixty seconds later the visitors doubled their lead thanks to an unsaveable Tom Stables shot from a good thirty yards that flew into the top right corner.
A final change for Woodley was made with sixteen minutes left when Clark made way for Alex Freeth.
Penn sealed the three points on eighty five minutes due to Fred Tripp scoring from a right wing corner at the back post.