Wyrley Panthers v Walsall Phoenix Friendly Match
The Panthers made a slow start to the game against a much improved and changed Walsall Phoenix side. The Panthers went down to an early goal direct from a corner. However, they came back strongly and their heads did not drop despite conceding the early goal. Rio Parkes-Mahoney looked dangerous on the left-hand side and was found on a number of occasions by some fine passing by Man of the Match Josh Mason, playing a more advanced role in this game.
The Panthers equalised from a corner taken by Sam Scott, playing at centre-back today, put away by Ben Maginness who continued in his rich vein of scoring form. The Panthers took the game by the scruff of the neck and put Phoenix under severe pressure in the last five minutes of the game. Sam Scott had five or six dangerous corners cleared off the line and the Panthers just could not get the winner. The Panthers deserved the victory on their second half performance alone.
Wyrley Panthers v Wyrley Tigers Friendly Match
This local derby was a committed affair with some very brave challenges being made and the Tigers came out fighting from the very off. An even first half ended with a penalty for the Tigers. A scuffed clearance landed at the feet of a Tigers player and with keeper Lewis Rochelle of his line the Tigers player shot for goal, the ball was handled by George Whitehouse and the Referee rightly gave the Tigers a penalty. Following a long conversation over who was taking the penalty, the Tigers player stepped up and the Panthers were relieved to see the penalty fly wide. A big let off for the Panthers.
The Panthers seemed buoyed by the missed penalty and stepped up their game in the second half having the majority of the possession without really fashioning any clear-cut goal scoring opportunities. The lack of opportunities was down to some heroic tackling and defending from the two Tigers defenders who were amazing throughout. The Panthers continued to press late on in the game searching for the winner with Man of the Match Lucas ‘the tackle’ Tibbs bossing the middle of the field, probing and looking for the killer pass. The goal was not to arrive and the only real chance of note was the missed penalty. Well done to both teams for a very entertaining game and both teams should be proud of the effort put in by their players. Both teams were a credit to the club that is Wyrley Juniors.
The Panthers squad consisted of: Lewis Rochelle, Sam Scott, Josh Mason, George Whitehouse, Lucas Tibbs, Ben Herrington, Ben Maginness, Rio Parkes-Mahoney, Louis Beesley, Josh Reynolds and Ashton Cooper.