Sunday 18 April 2010
Another good performance today, with a 3rd successive clean sheet. The game began with both teams creating several half chances but the defences remained tight and gave nothing away. However, it was Danesmore who had the clearest chance to go ahead in the 20th minute when their striker was brought down by Andy Vaughan and the ref awarded a penalty. Despite a solid strike, the ball grazed the crossbar and went over to keep the score at 0-0. Panthers had a number of free kicks towards the end of the first half but were unable to penetrate a solid Danesmore defence.
After the break, Panthers were much brighter and seemed to really step up their game to a higher level. Keeper James Walters was almost redundant in goal as Panthers dominated in midfield and took the lead on 37 minutes when an Andy Vaughan free kick evaded the Danesmore defenders and keeper and crept in low at the far post. It was no more than Panthers deserved and, within 5 minutes, they increased their lead when some excellent work from Lewis Ansell resulted in him dispossessing a defender, rounding the keeper and curling a shot with the outside of his foot from an acute angle into the net for a 2-0 lead.
It was just reward for the effort that Panthers put into the opening period of the second half, and with Luke Ayres making some great runs from left back, Panthers continued to pile the pressure on Danesmore but without further reward in terms of goals.
Overall, an excellent display of patience and determination from the lads today, taking us up to 4th place in the league. A draw against unbeaten Shire Oak in our final league game in 2 weeks time, will guarantee a 3rd place finish and cap a tremendous end to the season. With 4 wins and a draw in our last 5 games, and 3 consecutive clean sheets, the lads have stuck together after a challenging mid-season period, and have shown that with desire and effort, they have the ability to beat anyone on their day.
Parent’s Man of the Match : Luke Ayres
Manager’s Man of the Match : Andy Vaughan