Penrith AFC has announced that after yesterday’s game at home to Whickham AFC, the manager Kyle May and the club have decided to part company by mutual consent.

The club said:  “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Kyle for all his efforts during his time with Penrith AFC and in particularly his achievements in turning around the club’s fortunes last season from a difficult position, resulting in us retaining our status as a Northern League Division 1 club.

“The club would also like to wish Kyle every success in whatever his future career holds for him.”

The club would now like to invite written applications by email to secretary.penrithafc@gmail.com or by post to Matt Rogers, 9, Carleton Fields, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8UQ.  Applications are to be received by Wednesday 10th October 2018.

In the interim Andy Coyles has been appointed first team coach until a successor is appointed.


Blyth AFC has been fined £2,000 for the club’s late resignation from the Ebac Northern League.

The club failed to resign by March 31, the date by which clubs must inform the league that they intend to resign.

League chairman Glenn Youngman said:

“It’s really disappointing that Blyth resigned only a couple of weeks into the season.

“That decision has had a detrimental effect on the league.  Following on from Team Northumbria’s resignation, It means that our first division only has 18 teams instead of 20.

“That affects spectators and players and also means that the 18 remaining clubs are facing a significant loss of revenue with fewer fixtures over the season.”

Source: northernfootballleague.org

Match Preview: Consett FC vs Ryhope CW

Colliery Welfare look to bounceback from this weekend’s away defeat to North Shields, when they face Consett away in Northern League Division One.

It will be a tough ask to beat a Consett team who sit 6th, picking up 18 points in seven games.

Consett had a perfect start to their league campaign, winning all of their first six.

However, they took their first defeat of the season, losing 2-1 away to Dunston at the weekend.

Hopefully, Ryhope can capitalise on any doubts creeping into their squad.

Adding to the test that Ryhope face will be the 4G pitch at the Belle View stadium.

Gary Pearson spoke on the prospect of playing on a 4G pitch following this weekend’s game: “You need every footballer you’ve got on the pitch because it’s a totally different game on that.

“It breeds football and if you’ve got players on the pitch that aren’t used to playing that type of football, I think they start trying to do things they wouldn’t normally do.

“We’ll be looking at team selection, and there may be a lot of changes on Tuesday. The team that gives the ball away the least on that pitch usually wins.”

Our last game against Consett was an emphatic victory for Ryhope at Recreation Ground.

Goals from Ben Riding, Nat Skidmore, Matty Weirs, Josh Home-Jackson, Joey Melvin and James Ellis secured a 6-1 home victory.

In last season’s game at Belle View, we came away with a 2-2 draw in heavy fog.

Welfare still have a long injury list which includes the likes of Jonny Ball, Joey Melvin, Corey Barnes, Josh Home-Jackson, and Davey Gordon.

However, with recent additions, Ryhope have a relatively large squad to chose from despite the injury list.

Northern League Division One

Venue: Belle View Stadium, Delves Lane, Consett, DH8 7BF

Date: Tuesday, October 2nd

Kick-Off: 19:30