DIVISION 1: Churchdown Panthers Whites 3-0 Cinderford Town
Sunday 11th November 2018
A good solid professional game. The only chances for Cinderford came when we made mistakes, but overall we were the better team and got the deserved result. It was a flying start with a goal in the first minute. Ethan Dunbar played in Jon Whiting whose shot across the keeper found the corner. No more goals in the first half.
In fact it took a while for us to wrap the game up. The second goal was not until the 71st minute, when a Jon Whiting free kick was expertly taken down and finished by Ethan Dunbar. Then in the last minute, Kian Gardiner crossed from the left for a deserved finish for Kye Dean.
A deserved result and praise to all the boys for the effort today.
Our first game in over a month was an exciting one??!! Overall it was a good solid performance today, just up against a physical team and visibility down to 10 yards, we conceeded a couple of silly goals. But we battled and got the right result, even though the result is closer than it should have been!
Panthers fell behind on 22 minutes, from an intercepted goal kick that was lifted back over the keepers head. We levelled on 35 mins from a Tom Whiteside cross that was controlled and volleyed home by Ethan Dunbar.
Then in a dodgy start to the second half, we conceeded 2 in the first 15 minutes, both shots from the edge of the area. We then turned the games on its head. 57 mins a Jon Whiting free kick was met by the head of Daniel Clayton and fell to Jakub Kroliczak to finish well. 72 mins, Ehren Wintle created space on the edge of the area and set up Josh Bird for a great finish. 77 mins and Ryan Murcott went short to pick up a corner from Jakub Kroliczak, turned and floated the ball into the far corner. Then on 80 mins a Kye Dean cross was flicked in by Ethan Dunbar. Ruardeen got one back in stoppage time from a free kick we didn't deal with.
A great effort in tough conditions and a deserved result.
With just the bare 11 players this was a big ask for the lads. At times the football wasn't where we expect it to be, but there was also periods of great football.
Panthers took the lead on 9 minutes, when Cameron Thornton played the ball in for Jon Whiting who beat the keeper at his near post. On 27 minutes, Panthers extended the lead. Cameron Thornton again with the assist, cutting in from the left wing and setting up Kye Brice to fire home from the edge of the area.
But Prestbury pulled one back just a minute later. A ball over the top for the big striker to lob Alex Fulford
The only goal of the second half was on 68 minutes. Jon Whiting took the free kick, for Ryan Murcott to steal in behind the defence and volley home.
A good effort by the 11 men and a deserved result.
LEAGUE CUP RD1: Gala Wilton 2-1 Churchdown Panthers Whites
Sunday 23rd September 2018
This was a good game of end to end football, which Panthers are unlucky to come out on the wrong side of the result. We can probably rue a few missed chances to put the game to bed, when we were on top.
It was an electric start to the game by Panthers, coverting the most difficult chance on 14 mins. It started from a Gala free kick. Alex Fulford was quick off his line and met the ball into the box with a good punch out to Tom Whiteside. Tom turned, looked up and played a great forward ball to Ethan Dunbar, who took the ball up to the edge of the area, before firing into the top corner.
From about the half way mark, some of the Panthers tempo dropped off and Gala started to get a foot hold in the game. They equalised on the half hour with a cut back from the right to a free player on the edge, who fired low into the corner.
Despite a 50:50 2nd half, the only goal fell to Gala mid way through. With too much time in midfield, they were able to play a slide rule pass between our 2 centre halfs, who had a bit too much space between them. It resulted in an easy finish from 1 on 1.
A disappointing end, and it feels like we deserved a result, but the football was far better than our previous game, and there is plenty to be pleased about.