The gameplan was to play into the wind in the first half, frustrate the opposition and then hit them with the wind in our favour in the second half. We got that 50% right. Despite conceeding the only 2 goals of the match, in the first period, we played our best football into the wind. We were the better side and created panic in the opposition with the chances we created. Panthers should have grabbed a couple of first half goals themselves. However, we allowed a Cleeve player a free header from close range at a corner on 11 mins, and then just before the half time whistle, got caught out with a free kick assisted by the wind.
We were still very confident at half time about getting back into the game, but did not make the most of the wind advantage. The play wasn't at the level of the first half, and we didnt really carve out any clear cut chances. In fact, the highlight of the second half, was a penalty save by Alex Fulford to prevent us falling further behind.
It was a good effort in some challenging conditions today, just need to be a bit more clinical.
On another day we might have scored half a dozen goals, but despite being the best team on the day, we were not clinical enough in the final third. Couple that with both first half goals being ruled out!
We fell behind on 7 minutes, a floated cross from the right, and an unmarked man with a free header at the far post.
Just 3 minutes into the 2nd half and a through ball from Kye Brice found Ethan Dunbar to prod home under the keeper. At the mid way point and follow sustained pressure Panthers got in front. This time the supplier of the through ball for Ethan Dunbar, was Jon Whiting. Unfortunatley we conceeded late on from a corner, that was tipped onto the bar by Alex Fulford, with a Cam player brightest to volley in the rebound.
Not at our best today, but played well enough to have taken all 3 points.
It is unfortunate that we haven't come away with something from this game. Definately the better footballing side, focussing on our play out from the back as opposed to hoof it football. Perhaps lost one or two battles that we shouldnt have, but it was always going to be a tough ask with just 12 players, of which a few carried knocks. They all dug in and deserved something.
It was a frantic first 20 mins. Leckhampton opened with a goal on 7 mins, using pace to break beyond our back line. Two mins later, a Jon Whiting free kick fell the way of Tom Whitside, who back heeled it to Ethan Dunbar to level with a superb top bins finish. 2 mins later, Lecky got back in front when their winger was allowed too much time at the byeline to pick out a pass to a player bursting forward at the edge of the area. Lecky then used pace and a straight ball through the middle to create a 1 on 1 and add their 3rd on 19 mins. With 10 left of the first half, Josh Bird played an excellent through ball for Ethan Dunbar to lift over the keeper and get one back.
Lecky restored their 2 goal cushion 12 mins into the 2nd period. Again, the player on the right wing afforded too much time to pick out a pass to create the goal. Then just as we moved toward time added on, Alex Fulford launched a long throw into the box, which fell to Ethan Dunbar to drill home his hat trick.
We also hit the bar a couple of times in the game, and definatley deserved something for the effort.
Overall the better team and a good performance. The 2nd half didn't quite match up to the first, but that is sympomatic of carrying a good lead into the 2nd period and taking the foot off the gas. It was a deserved result.
Panthers took the lead in the first minute. A Jon Whiting free kick was chested down by Ethan Dunbar and set up for a Ehren Wintle to finish. Two goals were added in quick succession mid-way through the half, both Kye Brice assists for Ethan Dunbar goals. The first came from Kye in the middle with a fantastic pass to find Ethan in space. The first effort hit the post, but Ethan was bright enough to turn in the rebound. Then a minute later a Kye cross from a run on the left, was finished by Ethan. A final effort was added in the last minute, a Kian Gardiner corner finished with a deft header from Ethan Dunbar (completing his first half hat-trick).
Prestbury came out blazing for the second half and instantly pulled one back. A free kick floated into the box was not defended and left a tap in. On 64 mins they got another one back. Again this came from Panthers gifting the ball away in our defensive third. But with 5 mins left Panthers added the final goal, a Kian Gardiner cross from the left, finished by Kye Brice.
A couple of iffy goals against in the second half, but a good performance and a deserved result.
Wishing you all a fantastic Christmas and a Happy New Year