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The gameplan was to play into the wind in the first half, frustrate the opposition and then hit them with the wind in our favour in the second half. We got that 50% right. Despite conceeding the only 2 goals of the match, in the first period, we played our best football into the wind. We were the better side and created panic in the opposition with the chances we created. Panthers should have grabbed a couple of first half goals themselves. However, we allowed a Cleeve player a free header from close range at a corner on 11 mins, and then just before the half time whistle, got caught out with a free kick assisted by the wind.
We were still very confident at half time about getting back into the game, but did not make the most of the wind advantage. The play wasn't at the level of the first half, and we didnt really carve out any clear cut chances. In fact, the highlight of the second half, was a penalty save by Alex Fulford to prevent us falling further behind.
It was a good effort in some challenging conditions today, just need to be a bit more clinical.
On another day we might have scored half a dozen goals, but despite being the best team on the day, we were not clinical enough in the final third. Couple that with both first half goals being ruled out!
We fell behind on 7 minutes, a floated cross from the right, and an unmarked man with a free header at the far post.
Just 3 minutes into the 2nd half and a through ball from Kye Brice found Ethan Dunbar to prod home under the keeper. At the mid way point and follow sustained pressure Panthers got in front. This time the supplier of the through ball for Ethan Dunbar, was Jon Whiting. Unfortunatley we conceeded late on from a corner, that was tipped onto the bar by Alex Fulford, with a Cam player brightest to volley in the rebound.
Not at our best today, but played well enough to have taken all 3 points.
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.
DIVISION 1: Churchdown Panthers Whites 3-0 Cinderford Town
Sunday 11th November 2018
A good solid professional game. The only chances for Cinderford came when we made mistakes, but overall we were the better team and got the deserved result. It was a flying start with a goal in the first minute. Ethan Dunbar played in Jon Whiting whose shot across the keeper found the corner. No more goals in the first half.
In fact it took a while for us to wrap the game up. The second goal was not until the 71st minute, when a Jon Whiting free kick was expertly taken down and finished by Ethan Dunbar. Then in the last minute, Kian Gardiner crossed from the left for a deserved finish for Kye Dean.
A deserved result and praise to all the boys for the effort today.
Our first game in over a month was an exciting one??!! Overall it was a good solid performance today, just up against a physical team and visibility down to 10 yards, we conceeded a couple of silly goals. But we battled and got the right result, even though the result is closer than it should have been!
Panthers fell behind on 22 minutes, from an intercepted goal kick that was lifted back over the keepers head. We levelled on 35 mins from a Tom Whiteside cross that was controlled and volleyed home by Ethan Dunbar.
Then in a dodgy start to the second half, we conceeded 2 in the first 15 minutes, both shots from the edge of the area. We then turned the games on its head. 57 mins a Jon Whiting free kick was met by the head of Daniel Clayton and fell to Jakub Kroliczak to finish well. 72 mins, Ehren Wintle created space on the edge of the area and set up Josh Bird for a great finish. 77 mins and Ryan Murcott went short to pick up a corner from Jakub Kroliczak, turned and floated the ball into the far corner. Then on 80 mins a Kye Dean cross was flicked in by Ethan Dunbar. Ruardeen got one back in stoppage time from a free kick we didn't deal with.
A great effort in tough conditions and a deserved result.
With just the bare 11 players this was a big ask for the lads. At times the football wasn't where we expect it to be, but there was also periods of great football.
Panthers took the lead on 9 minutes, when Cameron Thornton played the ball in for Jon Whiting who beat the keeper at his near post. On 27 minutes, Panthers extended the lead. Cameron Thornton again with the assist, cutting in from the left wing and setting up Kye Brice to fire home from the edge of the area.
But Prestbury pulled one back just a minute later. A ball over the top for the big striker to lob Alex Fulford
The only goal of the second half was on 68 minutes. Jon Whiting took the free kick, for Ryan Murcott to steal in behind the defence and volley home.
A good effort by the 11 men and a deserved result.
LEAGUE CUP RD1: Gala Wilton 2-1 Churchdown Panthers Whites
Sunday 23rd September 2018
This was a good game of end to end football, which Panthers are unlucky to come out on the wrong side of the result. We can probably rue a few missed chances to put the game to bed, when we were on top.
It was an electric start to the game by Panthers, coverting the most difficult chance on 14 mins. It started from a Gala free kick. Alex Fulford was quick off his line and met the ball into the box with a good punch out to Tom Whiteside. Tom turned, looked up and played a great forward ball to Ethan Dunbar, who took the ball up to the edge of the area, before firing into the top corner.
From about the half way mark, some of the Panthers tempo dropped off and Gala started to get a foot hold in the game. They equalised on the half hour with a cut back from the right to a free player on the edge, who fired low into the corner.
Despite a 50:50 2nd half, the only goal fell to Gala mid way through. With too much time in midfield, they were able to play a slide rule pass between our 2 centre halfs, who had a bit too much space between them. It resulted in an easy finish from 1 on 1.
A disappointing end, and it feels like we deserved a result, but the football was far better than our previous game, and there is plenty to be pleased about.