Penn boss wary of championship talk
PENN & Tylers Green boss Giovanni Sepede has not written off the Hellenic Division One East title chase as a two-horse race just yet, writes Tim Street.
The reigning champions’ 3-0 win over Bicester Town –who they pipped to the title last season – on Saturday put them nine points clear at the top, having played the same amount of games as Headington Amateurs in second, and four fewer than Finchampstead in third.
The only threat to a second successive title appears to be Woodley United, in fourth, who if they win their three games in hand would be right on Penn’s tails – but Sepde is not ruling out a challenge from Headington.
“It’s too early to call it as between just us and Woodley as we’ve got to play Headington twice, including away on the last day. They’re still a threat,” said Sepede. “Woodley have games in hand but we can keep the pressure on them by keeping win- ning and hope they’re distracted by being in a cup final and another cup. We’re not talking about another title. We’ve eight league games left and we’re still in a cup. We’ll judge it in a few games’ time.”
Goals from Chris Hurst, Dean Munday and Lee Thompson earned Penn the win over Bicester which delighted Spede. He added: “It was probably the best we have played all year.”
The first game against Headington is at home on Saturday week, before which Penn visit bottom side Wantage Town Reserves on Saturday and Burnham in the Supplementary Cup on Tuesday.