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
Back to winning ways and a goal scoring return to football for Harry Staddon. Happy days. We had to work hard on a very boggy pitch, with control of the ball being a challenge throughout.
But we hit the ground running, opening the scoring in the 3rd minute. A Kye Brice cross from the right was tucked home by Ethan Dunbar. Cam levelled on 13 minutes through a free kick from a tight angle that went straight in, but Panthers lead was restored seconds later, coming forward from the kick off. Tom Whiteside fed Ethan Dunbar, who beat the last defender and crossed for Kian Gardiner to finish. But a half time lead was not to be, as Cam levelled with the last kick of the half, a top corner finish from the edge of the area.
A great start to the 2nd half and an early goal for Harry Staddon. He got on the end of a cross from the left from Tom Whiteside. Then with 15 mins left, the game was secure, Josh Bird bringing the ball forward and a slide rule pass inside, for Ethan Dunbar to finish.
A deserved result. The better team on the day and quality shone through.
COUNTY CUP RD2: Churchdown Panthers Whites 1-7 Bishops Cleeve Colts
Sunday 25th November 2018
I think we put today down as a bad day at the office! We were the better team for the first 15 minutes, but after Cleeve levelled our performance was a bit lacklustre, full of mistakes and we gave away some poor goals.
Kye Brice put us in front on 8 minutes, steeling in at the back post to convert a Jakub Kroliczak cross. Cleeve levelled on 20 minutes, a long ball and the forward rounded the keeper. 6 minutes later, Cleeve had a free header at the near post from a corner to go in front. They stretched the lead in the last minute of the half, again from a corner and a goalmouth scramble.
8 mins into the 2nd half, confusion with a ball out from the back resluted in a 1 on 1 for number 4. 17 mins another free header from a corner. 30 mins a ball over the top, lifted over keeper. 39 mins a corner goes straight in.
Back to league action next week, and a chance to pick our performance back up again.