Panthers continued their excellent start to 2009 with another 3 points against 4th place Shire Oak Shadows. Panthers knew the game would prove difficult in very testing conditions but started where they had left off the previous week against Brownhills.
Only five minutes had gone before Ben Malpass chased down a Shadows defender and earned Panthers a corner. Malpass took the resulting corner and when the ball broke free in the box there was Panthers tiny tenacious terrier Kaine Garratt to smash in the ball from close range. 1-0.
Panthers were now in the driving seat, with Thomas Williamson & Sam Steptoe winning the midfield battle and the defence in the safe hands of George Bailey along with solid stoppers Jack Miller-Flynn & Jamie Wilson. Malpass was causing his usual havoc up front and it was only a matter of time before he notched his 13th goal of the season, with a well struck shot from the edge of the box. 2-0.
The second half proved a little more difficult for Panthers as the Shadows started using the strong wind to assist their attacks. Panthers were struggling to keep Shadows at bay and when the ball fell to a Shadows striker on 23minutes an unlucky deflection from Wilson flew past helpless Bailey. 2-1.
Fearing that the points were slipping from their grasp Panthers dug deep. The introduction of Tommy Bannister saw Panthers go close to extending their lead as he unleashed a thumping left foot strike which went just wide. Elliot Kelsey came in to sure up the midfield, whilst Sam Hadwen was putting his head on anything coming towards him from the sky. Panthers had weathered the storm and went on to claim fourth spot from Shadows with a 2-1 win
Final Score 2-1
Goalscorers Kaine Garratt, Ben Malpass
MOM Sam Hadwen