Wyrley Panthers v Great Barr Harriers Friendly Match
Following the poor displays the previous week the boys were determined to put that behind them and focus on getting back to winning ways.
The boys ran out deserving winners in this game and should have won it by more of an emphatic margin following the numerous chances they had.
The goals were scored by George Whitehouse, who excelled in his more attacking role, and Louis Beesley who showed a great work ethic and a poacher’s instinct.
Ashton ‘Goals’ Cooper deserved more from his efforts and hit the post with one great strike and came close on a number of occasions.
Man of the Match was deservedly presented to Rio Parkes-Mahoney who had an absolutely storming game at the back winning every tackle and bringing the ball out from the back like his namesake had used to do when he was in his pomp.
It was good to see the boys get back to getting the ball down and playing the ball confidently around.
Wyrley Panthers v Sutton Friendly Match
The game ended in a 1-1 draw but the boys were disappointed not to come away with a deserved victory having starved the opposition of the ball, had possession of the game throughout and created many chances that would simply not go in the net.
Despite controlling the game from the off, the boys conceded a breakaway goal as George Whitehouse’s clearance hit Rio and rebounded into the path of the striker who coolly planted the ball into the bottom corner.
The boys created chance after chance but it did not appear that an equaliser would be forthcoming. The Sutton keeper was in heroic form and appeared unbeatable. Even when George Whitehouse did manage to beat the Keeper with a 20-yard thunder bolt the ball cannoned down off the bar and the defender on the line cleared the follow up attempt.
Finally, the deadlock was broken when a great run and cross from Man of the Match Sam ‘Scotty’ Scott was snaffled up from point blank range at the far post by Louis ‘the Poacher’ Beesley.
The Panthers continued to press for the winner but were nearly hit by a sucker punch at the other end but the Sutton striker’s long range attempt was saved well by Lewis ‘the Cat’ Rochelle.
Two great performances from the boys, well done!