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Wyrley Panthers v Cresswell Wanderers Colts

It was the first competitive trophy fixture of the season and both teams were up for the game.

The Panthers found it difficult to break down a resolute Cresswell defence and despite getting into good attacking situations in the first half they failed to create that many clear cut chances. However, just as it appeared we were going into the half-time break at 0-0, Sam ‘Scotty’ Scott went on a rampaging run from midfield cutting the ball across the face of the goal for the lurking Ben ‘Whizza’ Herrington to slide home from close range.

The second half was a nervous affair with neither side wanting to concede. The Panthers created some good chances but were unable to put them away and even scored a further goal but the goal was correctly disallowed as the throw in had to be re-taken.

Cresswell looked dangerous on the break and it took a couple of last-ditch tackles from Rio Parkes-Mahoney to ensure that the Panthers held out for the all-important victory.

Man of the Match was given to Sam ‘Scotty’ Scott for his piece of skill and endeavour in creating the breakthrough.

Well done boys!

Wyrley Panthers v Lanehead Panthers

The Panthers will be disappointed with their first-half performance in this game during which their build up was slow and one-paced. However, they did create chances and should have gone into the half-time break ahead in any case.

The second half was a completely different game and the Panthers bossed the half from start to finish, creating several chances and goalscoring situations in the process. The goals came from Man of the Match Ashton ‘Goals’ Cooper, created through good work from Ben ‘Whizza’ Herrington, and Ben ‘Tank’ Maginness following neat approach play from Josh ‘Smasher’ Mason, Ben ‘Whizza’ Herrington and lastly thanks to the unselfishness of George Whitehouse.

The boys created further opportunities to score but despite getting into good situations in the attacking third they made too many wrong decisions and were not quite ruthless enough to finish the game off.

However, the main thing is that the team is creating situations and chances and will learn from the decisions they made this week when the situation next arises.

Well done boys, joint top of the league and the only team in all three leagues not to have conceded a goal!

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