The season so far for the Panthers and Tigers has been one a great success even if it is still “non competitive”.
On Sunday the Panthers wore their new kit sponsored by Exidor – the Emergency Exit Hardware specialists – a massive thank you must go to Dave Foster for organising the sponsorship for the Panthers.
So with their new kit on, they took to the pitch looking for their first friendly win of the season having started with one draw and seven defeats from their first eight games. Bush Vikings were the opponents and halfway through the 2nd half the Panthers were awarded a corner. Billy took the corner and the ball found its way into the back of the net, 1-0 to the Panthers, which sparked scenes of joy and expectation amongst the spectators. A nervous few minutes followed, with every ball cleared being cheered by managers and parents. The game ended 1-0, the Panthers first victory. Well done Panthers.
The second friendly of the day saw the Panthers come up against Shire Oak Villains, a strong team who earlier in the season beat the Panthers 6-0. This time was a much different story. Half time came with the score 2-0 to Shire Oak. A rousing team talk from Andy and Steve seemed to motivate the players and they dominated the second half, with Ross running clear and clinically finishing a shot past the helpless Shire Oak goalkeeper to make it 2-1. The Panthers gave it their all and were unlucky not to draw the game, but it showed how far the team had come since the early weeks of the season.
A huge praise must go the Panthers management team of Andy Galbraith and Steve Foster who have dedicated a large amount of effort and time to bring together a totally new team in such a short space of time. Well done guys, keep up the good work.
Below are the Panthers posing for the camera in their new kit.