Andy Coyles insists there is no need to panic as Penrith AFC continue to look for their first Northern League, Division One points of the season.

The Bonny Blues have started their 2019/20 campaign with league losses to Bishop Auckland (3-2) and Hebburn Town (3-0), before they were knocked out of the FA Cup last Saturday.

They were beaten 4-2 by Seaham Red Star, despite second-half goals from captain Grant Davidson and Bobby Atkinson. Coyles’ men today host Newcastle Benfield (3pm kick-off).

Coyles said: “There are 36 more league games to go, so there is plenty of time to get things right.

“If you look at the period when myself and Kyle [May, Penrith’s former player-boss] came in a season or so ago, we were 18 games in and had only picked up a couple of points. 

“So, we’re not worried just yet. But we are looking to get those first points on the board and I’m sure, once we do, we will keep building from that momentum.”

On the test the Lions will provide, Coyles said: “Newcastle Benfield are a very free-flowing, passing, side. They are an energetic side. 

“They have recruited well over the summer, as well. It will be a tough game.”

Coyles also confirmed keeper Stuart Dixon has taken “a sabbatical” and will not play in the near future due to family matters. Penrith have signed Lewis Casson from Workington Reds to help fill the void.