GFA COUNTY CUP RD1: Churchdown Panthers Whites 3-2 Leckhampton Rovers Lions
Sunday 1st October 2017
The level of effort from every single player today was outstanding. We needed a big game and they all brought it.
Having held off some early Leckhampton pressure, Panthers took the lead on 14 minutes, when a Jon Whiting ball over the top was expertly controlled and finished in off the post by Ethan Dunbar. Then in the last minute of the first half we got a deserrved second. Jon Whiting was again the provider from a free kick, which fell to Ed Leech to hit low into the back of the net.
With only 12 players against a strong physical side with a full compliment of substitues, took a herculean effort on our part. 15 minutes into the 2nd half and Leckhampton were back in it. After Panthers giving up possession in midfield, a long shot came back off the bar and fell to the only player to react at the far post, and turn it in. However, we got our 2 goal advantage back just 5 minutes later. Jon Whiting again with a ball into the box, which Anna Barnes set for Ed Leech to finish for his second. Then we ended up with a nervy last 10 minutes, after a speculative punt from a Leckhampton player in midfield, held up in the wind, and dropped over Alex Fulford in goal.
It is so difficult to single any one player out today, for man of the match. They all played with passion. But for his 2 goals, the honour this week goes to Ed Leech.
LEAGUE CUP RD1: Churchdown Panthers Whites 12-1 Slimbridge Spartans
Sunday 24th September 2017
This fixture was a complete mis-match against lower league opposition, that could have been an even worse score had we not cut the game short, and supported our opposition in the second half. Story of the first half....
4 mins - Jacob Krolicazak deep cross to Tom Whiteside who set the ball for Harry Staddon to fire in across the keeper.
5 mins - Harry Staddon played a good ball in for Ethan Dunbar to score.
10 mins - Jon Whiting picks the ball up in midfield and dinks it over the defence for Ethan Dunbar to round the keeper and score.
13 mins - Harry Staddon cross is converted by Ethan Dunbar for his hat-trick.
14 mins - Harry Staddon through ball for Ethan Dunbar to net his 4th.
26 mins - Jon Whiting switches play for Jakub Kroliczak who cuts inside and scores.
31 mins - Tom Whiteside collects the ball, turns and plays a slide rule pass for Jazton Juico to finish.
37 mins - Ben Murphy finds Kian Gardiner who shifts onto his left foot and drills home.
40 mins - Ethan Dunbar turns provider for Jakub Kroliczak to net his second.
After spending most of half time chatting to a dejected opposition we decided to change things up. Our forwards went in defence and vice versa. We agreed to retreat to half way to let them play out, and we allowed them to field 12 players. The referee also stopped the game on 65 minutes with agreement from both parties.
47 mins - Dan Clayton on the edge of the area finds Ben Murphy to crash a shot home.
59 mins - Ben Murphy crosses for Alex Fulford who controls with his chest, plays keepy-up to turn and then volley the ball home.
60 mins - A break by the opposition and they get on the scoresheet!!
61 mins - Pretty much from kick off, Tom Whiteside and Alex Fulford play a few 1-2s to progress through the middle of the park, before Alex nets number 12.
It is not easy coaching a game like this. We made some right choices for 2nd half, but that of course means that we don't get to play how we are supposed to. Still, we were clinical in the first half, and moved the ball about well.
DIVISION 1: Churchdown Panthers Whites 1-2 Gala Wilton
Sunday 17th September 2017
Three players injured during the week, one injured the morning of the game, and two playing despite being ill, was not the best preparation for one of our bigger games. Despite that, the players put in a considerable effort and are perhaps unlucky to have come away with nothing from this game. There were some basics that we didn't apply and need to work on, but cannot fault the effort. We got to half time level.
It took until the 70th minute for a goal. Eventually Gala found a way through a stubborn back 4 and placed a shot across Elliot Whitfield into the far corner. Then 5 minutes later a lofted ball forward was expertly volleyed into an unmarked net. We battled, and got a deserved goal back on 78 minutes, intercepting a keeper clearance, which was picked up by Cameron Thorton and finished well.
The level of effort, and the very long grass took its toll on us today. The scoreline could of been the other way around, so a bit unlucky.
Alex Fulford commanded the game at the back, with good instruction and being very solid. He is our player of the match.
FRIENDLY: Churchdown Panthers Whites 1-5 Gala Wilton U16
Sunday 3rd September 2019
THe scoreline is in no way a fair reflection of how this game played out. We started with too high a line against their route one game and big, pacy frontline, which was sorted by Tony at half time. That, combined with a couple of errors, meant that we got off to a slow start, conceeding 4 goals in the first half hour. Otherwise, we were the better footballing team today, and created many more chances.
Gala opened their account on just 5 mins. A ball over the top, pace down the right and a cross turned in by a free header. 10 minutes later a mis-placed clearance, resulted in a 1 on 1 for the second. On 20 minutes, another long ball, picked up by the striker who went on to score. Then on 30 minutes, another mis-placed clearance was intercepted and resulted in number 4.
Ten minutes into the second half, Gala engineered a break, and a long shot squirmed under Alex Fulford in goal. Mid-way through the second half, we got the goal that was well deserved. A long ball over the top from Jon Whiting, was seized upon by Ethan Dunbar, who lifted the ball over the keeper on the half volley.
A great performance on a difficult pitch, while also carrying 3 or 4 injuries. We deserved much more today.