Sunday 28 March 2010
After a win and a draw in their last 2 games, Panthers began confidently in their first home fixture since December. Despite the majority of the play being in the Brewood half, Panthers were unable to create any clear cut chances during the first half, other than an Owen Davies free kick that beat the Brewood keeper but which was disallowed for offside. Both defences were giving nothing away with Andy Reynolds and Luke Ayres solid at full back for Panthers against some tricky Brewood wingers, and Dominic Cella having a good chance saved at the other end. The first half proved fairly uneventful and ended with both sides going into the break level at 0-0.
The second half was a different story, with Panthers playing some flowing football right from the start with James O’Brien and George Coldicott creating some excellent chances early on. After 5 minutes, a run into the box from George Coldicott led to him being brought down and the resultant penalty was clinically despatched by Joshua Eyre into the roof of the net to put Panthers 1-0 up. Panthers confidence was clearly boosted by this goal, and another foul just outside the box on George Coldicott, led to Owen Davies’s free kick being spilled by the keeper and Owen Cartridge followed up to strike the ball home into on open net for a 2-0 lead. Panthers defence, with Oliver Davis solid at centre half, was rarely called upon and, when Dean Watton slotted home with a sweet turn and left foot shot for his first goal for the team to make it 3-0, the game was as good as over. Lewis Ansell went close a couple of times with long range efforts, but it was George Coldicott who deservedly finished the scoring, beating the Brewood keeper from just inside the box with a looping shot into the corner.
Overall another good performance from the lads today, and a special mention to a very pleased James Walters in goal who kept his first clean sheet of the season.
Parents’ Man of the Match : Owen Cartridge
Managers’ Man of the Match : James O’Brien