Blues kick off Cumberland Cup campaign
INTERIM Penrith AFC manager Andy Coyles has called on supporters to build on a "tremendous" atmosphere which provided a positive backdrop to their last midweek home match.
The Blues kick off their Cumberland FA Senior Cup campaign at Frenchfield Park against Gosforth AFC this evening.
And although his side are still looking for their first win of the season in any competition, Coyles said he was buoyed by a healthy turnout of spectators at last Wednesday's Northern League match against Bishop Auckland.
That game was abandoned at half-time after the stadium floodlights failed.But Coyles, who is seeking to rebuild the first team squad after a difficult start to the campaign, told the Herald: "Wednesday's home game last week was tremendous and it was unfortunate about the floodlights.
"But the support and the atmosphere around the ground was amazing. Fair play to every single person that turned up on the night, especially after the run of results we'd had previously.
"You could tell there was a difference, that it was a new beginning, a fresh start, and it was good to see old faces down, and it was also good to see a few new faces."
Coyles is also expecting a tough game against Cumbria County League side Gosforth.
"By all accounts they are a very young, energetic side with quality as well. It's not going to be an easy game," he said. "It's not going to be a pushover, and that will certainly be the message that we're giving to the lads."
Tonight's tie kicks off at 7-45pm.