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.
For a first run out of the season, there was some really good football on show this evening. A good work rate, good transition and a scoreline to reflect.
The only goal of the first half came on 14 minutes. Tom Whiteside set Kye Dean away on the right. Kye cut the ball back across the box for Ed Leech to finish.
It took until the 57th minute to get a second. A long ball from Alex Fulford at the back, was flicked on to Kye Dean. Kye turned and used his pace to drive in on goal, firing across the keeper. The third came 3 minutes later. Cameron Thornton fed out to Kian Gardiner wide left. Kian accelerated on the wing and crossed to Kye Dean at the back post to finish.
On 75 minutes, Kye Dean cut the ball back from the right, to Harry Staddon more central. Harry beat one then hit the best shot of the game into the far corner. Then with a couple of minutes left, it was again Cameron Thornton setting Kian Gardiner free on the left and a cross to the back post for Kye Dean to score number 5 and complete his hat trick.
A great start to the season, and much to build on ahead of the league start.
Churchdown Panthers Whites represented Cheltenham in the Aces National Tournament in Nottingham, and while we didn't get the results we wanted, it was not for a lack of effort and pride against the Champions from leagues around the UK, and a number of JPL teams. It was a very strong competition and a great learning curve.
It was disappointing that the only difference between us and the opposition in the first 2 games, was a couple of questionable referreeing decisions. In the first game, after having played the advantage, and after the opposition fluffing their lines in front of goal, the referee decided to call play back for a free kick. That free kick, was the only goal of the game. In the second game, the only goal was a penalty awarded for.........um......er........ nobody actually knows. Even the referee was lost for words at the end.
It was a harsh blow after having travelled so far, and left us with a near on impossible task to progress from the group stage. But all the players battled hard, created a few chances and scored a couple of goals.
GROUP E - Cheltenham (Churchdown Panthers Whites)
v West London - Lost 0-1
v Sheffield - Lost 0-1
v Plymouth - Lost 1-2 - Goals: Ethan Dunbar
v East Leeds - Lost 1-2 - Goals: Charlie Holliday
So we were unable to progress from the group. For the level of effort, tracking and showing the most composure on the ball, our player of the tournament was Jon Whiting.