CPFC hosted Brockworth for a friendly match, played over 4 x 15 minute periods. The match saw debuts for new players, Maddie Power, Charlie Holliday and James Bennett.
The team split into 2, with team 1 playing periods 3 and 4 and team 2 playing periods 1 and 2.
In the first period, Panthers struggled to get into the game, camped into their own half for large periods. Brockworth came close on a few occasions, before taking the lead mid way through the half, when a shot along the floor found its way just inside the far post.
After a switch at the break,, team 2 found their footing a bit better and controlled the period. A break,, mid way through this period saw Shun-Ta Cheong free, cutting in from the left and finishing expertly when 1 on 1 with the keeper.
Team 1 in period 3 started to find their feet too. Alex Fulford was switched to the left wing, beating players down the line on numerous occasions. Eventually Alex, found the space to cut in from that left wing, and placed a shot under the keeper to put Panthers 2-1 up. A few minutes later, Alex beat the player on the left wing again, cut the ball inside to Maddie Power who pushed a shot wide of the keeper. Maddie's shot could well have rolled over the line, but Josh Bird following in, made sure, smashing the ball over the line from 6 inches. Unfortunately coach (me) decided late in the half to swap right back and right midfield around. During the confusion of players swapping position, Brockworth broke down that side, and finished well to make the score 3-2.
Team 2 played the last period, and again controlled most of the period. Any breaks by Brockworth, were expertly dealt with by Ben Murphy, Anna Barnes and Tom Mason at the back. Ben, also linked well with Oliver Leathem-Pugh and Ethan Streatfield down the Panthers right hand side. Mid way through the period, Olly was released down that side, finding himself 1 on 1 with the keeper, having too much power on his near post shot, for the keeper to prevent it going over the line.
Later on in the match, the best effort came from Ethan Streatfield, whose free kick from 12 yards, came back off the cross bar.
All in all, a good run out. Ethan picked up player of the week for his continued effort.
The long awaited start to the season got under way today (Sat 17th Sept 2011). It was a testing start, with the original referee pulling out, and then failure to mow the Parton Park pitch, resulting in an 11th hour switch of venue to Bishops Cleeve.
First game saw us matched against Cleeve Rovers. This was a very one sided affair, which, unfortunately for us, lacked goals.
That was not for lack of effort, with Oliver Leathem-Pugh hitting the post, and numerous chances falling to Austin Plemel and Josh Bird. Many shots went inches wide, and when they were on target, they found a Cleeve keeper in really good form.
The 2nd game, against Cleeve Colts, started with an early goal for the Colts team. They kept some good posession on the right hand side and passed the ball across the box to a spare player at the far post for a tap in.
Panthers started to get a foot in the game, adding pressure of their own, and from a corner mid way through the first half, the ball dropped at the feet of Oliver Leathem-Pugh to stab the ball home and level the match.
Despite a real 50:50 game, Cleeve colts regained the initiative just before half time. Similar to their first goal, the ball was rolled across a busy box, and the last touch off Shun-Ta Cheong, edged the ball over the Panthers line.
The 2nd half was again very even, until a freak goal put Cleeve 3-1 up. A player wide on the left touch line, aimed to put the ball into the box, but the ball swang in over the head of Alex Fulford in the Panthers net.
Good play from Panthers, saw them pull a goal back with about 5 mins to go. Substitute Josh Bird, found himself free on the edge of the area, took a touch and smashed it past a helpless Colts keeper.
Panthers maintained some late pressure, but were unfortunate not to get the bit of luck to give the result they deserved.
It was a good team effort, and any other day, the 1 point achieved from the 2 games, could easily have been 4,
Ben Murphy picked up player of the match, for his captaincy, tireless effort, and concentration throughout the games and training.
The waiting is over, and Saturday is our first venture into League Football.
We are the home side, and will play fixtures against Cleeve Colts and Cleeve Rovers.
1000am – Panthers v Cleeve Rovers
1045am – Cleeve Colts v Cleeve Rovers
1130am – Panthers v Cleeve Colts
Each game is 15 mins each way, so we should be finished around 1215pm. As is my league requirement, as home manager, I have called both opposing managers this evening. One was on the training ground having extra training tonight, and the other had extra training last night...... hmmm!!
We will be playing on Parton Park (providing someone cuts the grass this week). This is left through the gate, at the same mini-roundabout where you would turn right into the CCA. There is a skate park etc on the right of the car park, and the pitch is just beyond where they are doing some construction work. Can we please meet at 9am if possible. This will allow time for allocation of kits, warm up, and a few tactics.
I will have full match day strips for everyone. We will not be able to use the personalised shirts for league fixtures, due to configuration of player numbers. For example, the ref will not allow us to have 3 number 10s on the pitch.
Please ensure the kids have shin-pads, boots and water. The ref may not allow play without shin-pads and boots.
I have Robin Hanman listed as unavailable this weekend.
Charlie Holliday, James Bennett and Maddie Power are not currently registered to play in Cheltenham Youth Football league. However, please come along to support and do a little training. To register for the league, please download the under 9s registration form, from this link:
CPFC Under 9s - Cheltenham Town versus Macclesfield - 10th September 2011
On Saturday Cheltenham Town welcomed 27 of our Under 9 players, and 17 adults to their match day community package, for the game against Macclesfield Town.
We arrived at the ground to be greated by officials at 113am, and the day started with a tour of the ground - physiotherapy suite, home dressing room, away dressing room, referees room, the pitch, the dug outs, the stands and the directors box. There were also prizes for those players with the most correct quiz answers as we went around.
We also featured in the match day programme, with a team photo, and a write up.
A little later the Cheltenham Town coaches put our players through their paces in a training session, which also included a practice for the crossbar challenge.
4 of out players qualified for the crossbar challenge, which took place at half time of the match against Macclesfield. The lucky players were Ethan Streatfield, Riley Foley, Robin Hanman and Alex Fulford. Here is the footage of the actual half time crossbar challenge in front of 2500 fans!
Lunch was provided before the game, and we all had seats to watch Chelthenham Town defeat Macclesfiled 2-0, with a goal in each half.
This was a fabulous day out for all. Everyone really enhjoyed themselves. Here are a few pics of the day: