MATCH REPORT: Ebley 0-1 Churchdown Panthers Whites
Sunday 12th February 2017
The most pleasing aspect of our game this week was the uplift in work rate, high energy levels and playing together as a team. This was a tough battle against a physical team on a pitch that didn't lend itself to attractive football, but we stuck at it. We may have got lucky a couple of times, but equally on another day, could have had 3 or 4 goals to show for our dominance.
The only goal of the game came 2 minutes into the second half. Ethan Dunbar on the right played a ball into the box, which was just behing the free Harry Staddon, but it was picked up at the back post by Tyler Jones who fired in at the second attempt.
Congratulations must go to the back line and the keeper for the clean sheet, and to the midfield for a hard fought battle, but for a real step up in energy and effort this week, our player of the match was Aidan Limbird.
MATCH REPORT: Churchdown Panthers Whites 2-3 FC Lakeside
Sunday 5th February 2017
The first 10-15 minutes of this game looked good. Unfortunately after that we weren't at our best, eventually losing the game in the last minute for the second week running.
It took 23 minutes for us to break down the Lakeside defence. A long ball from Ben Murphy, was contested in a battle with the keeper by Ethan Dunbar. Ethan won that battle and slid the ball home.
Five minutes into the second half and we were in control. A ball from Camerton Thornton on the left, found its way to Harry Staddon at the back post, to smash home from close range. Cue a Lakeside recovery. Four minutes later a Lakeside shot from the edge of the box found the far corner. Then 3 minutes later, a ball over the top left their stiker to round the keeper and finish. We were also thankful of a header off the line from Jakub Kroliczak. Then in the last minute of the game, a ball over the top again to the same man, with the same result.
This was a disappointing day. We work well on the basics at training, but those simple things were not translated onto the pitch. For his effort on the day, our player of the match was Ben Murphy.
MATCH REPORT: Churchdown Panthers Whites 1-2 Wotton Rovers
Sunday 29th January 2017
Sometimes in football you jsut don't get what you deserve. We dominated this game and were the better team, just walked away with a result that doesn't reflect that.
We fell behind in the opening minute. Some good work on the right, a good cross and well volleyed home at the far stick. But we got level on 9 minutes, when a Jonathan Whiting corner was headed home by Jakub Kroliczak. We spent the rest of the half testing the keeper from range, and getting in close for chances in the box, but just couldn't find the net.
We lost Tyler Jones early in the second half following a sickening clash with the Wotton keeper. But the momentum was still with Panthers, and we created on a regular occurence. Good work down the sides, good balls out of midfield. Just none of the chances fell nicely for any players in the box. With a couple of minutes left and Panthers keen to make their pressure count, we lost the ball on the edge of the opposition box. With our midfield pressing high, Wotton were able to break and finish 1 on 1.
A dissapointing result, for what was a good performance by everyone concerned. Plenty of energy and up for a tough battle. Our player of the match was Alex Fulford
Our 2016-17 County Cup campaign succombed to the hardest of defeats, in a penalty shoot out.
The game had a flying start to it, with a Leckhampton free-kick on 3 minutes, resulting in a melee in the box and the ball being tapped in. But 2 minutes later Panthers were level. A Sonny McCarrick throw in, was headed on by Josh Collinson, to Jakub Kroliczak at the back post who finished well. It was a largely an end to end game after that, perhaps lacking a bit of quality on another heavy pitch. Some good quality from both keepers, with Elliot Whitfield making another fine save, to stop a shot finding the top corner. Leckhampton did get their noses back in front just before the break, with another free kick. This time a forward rose unmarked in the box to finish well with his head.
We played a bit better in the second half, creating more chances, and seeing one effort hit the bar and bounce down on the line. The opposition also hit the woodwork at the other end. Two minutes into time added on, and Alex Fulford burst through the Leckhampton defence, only to be clipped in the box. Ethan Dunbar stepped up and cooly converted the pen.
So we went into penalties, where all players struggled with a dodgy penalty spot. Ethan Dunbar and Jon Whiting found the net with their penalties, but having missed two and Leckhampton not making any mistakes, we lost 4-2 on pens.
A hard physical game, that was always going to be tough. We deserved the draw overall and the pens were just bad luck. For another commanding performance at the back, our player of the match was Jazton Juico.