Penistone Church piled more misery on struggling Teversal with a 5-1 NCEL Division One victory on Saturday.
Teversal’s season had started with so much promise, but a disappointing September and start to October has seen the club dumped out of the FA Vase and falling at an alarming rate down the table with yet another heavy defeat against in-form Penistone.
However, the scoreline was harsh on the Tevie Boys as is doesn’t tell the full story.
Penistone started the game brightly, pinning the ball in the Teversal half for the first 10 minutes with credit to the visitors who held firm, with Tom Jones putting in an excellent far post cross that Dickinson failed to hit the target with an headed effort.
However, Ollie Fearon went a bit closer when he managed to get in behind Williams to drive a low effort past the advancing Sheppard to smash against the post and out to safety.
After 10 minutes a challenge by McCann on Lovell went unpunished with the big centre half clearly taking exception to the challenge, especially when Teversal gained a free kick for a clumsy challenge by him a couple of minutes later that saw Sargent deliver a free kick that a defender guided for a corner when it could have been easier to guide in his own net.
However, Lovell clearly took the law into his own hands when on the halfway line he put in a challenge starting at knee high going down the shin of McCann, which looked a straight red card, but didn’t even draw a free kick but a throw in to the home side.
Teversal started to have their share of the play, gaining their reward when an excellent passing move down the right with Moody, Carter and Atkins instrumental in releasing Brad Cox who calmly finished past the advancing Rhodes to give the visitors a 19th minute lead.
Three minutes later a more direct approach saw Sheppard’s long punt headed down by Carter for Guest to drive an effort that went high over the bar.
On 30 minutes, Kenworthy earned the hosts a penalty, even though the striker tripped Watson when the pair were chasing the ball into the penalty area.
With a free run the veteran striker cut across Sheppard and went down under the keeper’s challenge for the referee to award a penalty and issue a yellow card to the keeper for ‘intent’.
Lewis Dickinson stepped up to fire home an excellent struck effort into the inside of the goal side netting to beat the excellent effort from Sheppard to make it 1-1.
With the half coming to a more even close it was the visitors who had the last effort when a scramble somehow saw the ball heading goalwards, but home keeper Rhodes was alert to make a smart save to scores level at the break.
The second half was barely underway when yet again Ellis sprayed a ball behind Williams to allow Fearon a clear run at goal, but this time his effort past the advancing Sheppard hit the back of the net to make it 2-1 to the home side four minutes after the restart.
Teversal tried to get back in the game with Guest delivering a far post cross that saw McCann guide an effort goalwards, but Rhodes saved with an outstretched leg.
On 57 minutes the game was over when yet again Fearon was allowed a free header from Howe’s cross to guide the ball past the stranded Sheppard to make it 3-1.
On 62 minutes there was more controversy when Fearon, while shielding the ball, flung a elbow into the face of Brad Cox with the referee allowing play to go before awarding the home side a free kick from a separate foul.
The Teversal camp was furious that Fearon got away with yet another clear red card incident.
To add insult to injury from the free kick while Cox was off the pitch after receiving treatment for a suspected broken nose, the rampant hosts made it 4-1 when Dickinson fired home from the long punt into the penalty where Penistone had the numerical advantage.
Giving a debut to two U18s was a positive for the Tevie Boys with Liam Widdowson involved in the build-up play to lay back to Atkins whose initial effort was blocked before McCann guided an excellent opportunity wide of the target from 12 yards.
McCann did manage to beat Rhodes on 79 minutes, but Howes had chased back to clear effort off the line.
In added on time again Fearon got the better of Williams with Sargent making a covering challenge that saw the the impressive wide man go down with the referee giving another questionable spot kick for a player that shouldn’t have even been on the park.
The big question then was who was going to try and complete their hat-tricks - Fearon or Dickinson?
It was Dickinson who took on the task to score his second penalty of the afternoon by sending Sheppard the wrong way and completing the 5-1 rout that leaves the visitors with a lot of soul-searching and work to do to get their season back on track or fall into a relegation battle which they have now fallen closer to by dropping to 16th.
On Saturday third-placed Bottesford Town visit Carnarvon Street knowing that victory with their the games in hand could put the Lincolnshire club on top of the table.
So the Tevie Boys clearly know what lays ahead for them when this Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One fixture kicks off at 3pm.
PENISTONE CHURCH: Adam Rhodes, Tom Jones (Callum Lee 75), Danny Howe, Ash Ellis, John Whitehead, Brett Lovell, Dunc Richards (Jack Moore 62), Lewis Dickinson, Steve Kenworthy (Mark Crossfield 75), Danny Barlow, Ollie Fearon. Subs not used: James Young, Tom Cadzow.
TEVERSAL: Dale Sheppard, Tom Moody (Keiran Coupe 60), Danny Williams, Jason Gregory, Brett Watson, Brad Cox (Callum Wilkinson 85), Khyle Sargent, Gary Atkins, Richard Guest, Mark Carter (Liam Widdowson 65), James McCann. Subs not used: Dean Short, Craig Charlesworth.
REFEREE: Danny Jarvis of South Yorkshire.
TEVERSAL MAN OF MATCH: Brad Cox.