NIGEL Penney hopes for some festive cheer when Tividale travel to current league leaders Sutton Coldfield Town on Boxing Day.

Penney scored what turned out to be Tivi’s consolation goal on Saturday against Gresley at The Beeches, his fifth of the campaign.

And ‘Nige’, who joined ‘Dale from Halesowen Town in the summer hopes Ian Long’s side can bring some points back to the Black Country on Friday afternoon.

“It’s going to be tough because they’re flying high but we beat them last week in cup competition and we certainly have the capability of getting something from the game.

“Saturday was disappointing.

“We started slowly, gifted Gresley two goals and then it was always going to be a struggle.

“Friday is an opportunity to put that right.”

The 24 year old was pleased to get his name on the scoresheet for the second time in ten days after scoring the opening goal against Sutton in the Walsall Senior Cup triumph over Friday’s opponents.

“It was good to get another goal, that’s what I was brought in to do.

“That said, it didn’t mean anything on the day in terms of points on the board for the team and that’s what matters most.”

Penney, who worked under Ian Long at Tipton, prefers to play out wide but insists he’s happy to play the central role.

“It’s no secret I like playing out wide.

“But that doesn’t mean to say I don’t like playing centrally and as long as I’m scoring goals, helping the team pick up points, then that’s all that matters to me on a personal note.

“One thing is for certain – I have to be on my toes and performing because the likes of Deqwon (Ebanks), Jordan (Archer) and Leigh Downing are all fighting for a place.”