York Mitchell Sports League
This week the boys faced a tough away tie at top-of-the-table Woodthorpe. Panthers started the game but were soon put under pressure by the home team, with Ryan having to make a timely challenge with the forward through on goal and turning the ball out for a corner. Woodthorpe continued to put pressure on the Panthers, with Luke having to sit in deep with Charlie and Ryan in defence. This attack was thwarted with a good challenge on the Woodthorpe player by Luke, managing to clear the ball, which was picked up in midfield by Josh and on to Will, who forced Panthers’ first corner of the game. Panthers started to play some nice football, despite some strong play from the home team, Jamie finding Will in midfield with Will making a great run through the middle before unleashing a fine shot, the keeper only just managing to get his fingertips to it in order to deflect the shot on to the crossbar and over for a corner. Woodthorpe dealt with the corner well and broke quickly, putting Panthers under pressure and swinging a ball in from the wing. Matty made a good save but was unfortunate when the loose ball bounced kindly in front of the forward who put the home side 1-0 in front.
Panthers responded well, Jamie and Luke having to work hard in midfield, and Will made another good run before hitting a fine shot that the keeper couldn’t hold. He was unlucky when the ball bounced kindly for the keeper to claim at the second attempt. Panthers continued to press forward and, this time, Luke was brought down just inside Woodthorpe’s half. Josh stepped up to take the free kick and was unlucky when the fine shot clipped the cross bar with the keeper beaten. Woodthorpe pressed forward with a quick attack down Panthers’ right hand wing, Ryan doing well to take the winger down the line and put the ball out for a corner, and Charlie dealing well with the inswinging corner and clearing Panthers’ back line to relieve the danger before the half time whistle.
Woodthorpe started the second half and were quickly on the attack, Matty pulling off a fine save to keep them out. Panthers responded well, Charlie playing the ball out to Jamie and, following some physical play in the middle of the park, the ball broke for Ryan to push forward down the right, finding Luke. Despite being put under pressure, Luke played a lovely ball across goal. Josh picked this up out wide but was injured in the play, being replaced by Dan. Woodthorpe pressed forward, with Ryan and Charlie being put under a lot of pressure. Ryan cleared to Charlie who made a good run up the left wing and found Dan, who was unlucky to be closed down quickly by two Woodthorpe players.
Woodthorpe made a couple of substitutions and, with fresh legs, started to stretch Panthers a little, Will doing well in midfield to cope with a lot of the pressure from Woodthorpe. Woodthorpe seemed to have the luck with them when the ball broke loose from a throw in just in front of goal and, under some physical pressure from the forwards, Woodthorpe sneaked a second. Panthers continued to push forward with Dan and Jamie up front, but were caught on a quick break. Matty got his hands to the ball, making a good save but, for the second time, the ball fell kindly for the forward to score. Luke dropped into defence with Ryan making way for Josh to return. Will was unlucky with another good effort but, as Panthers pushed forward in search of a well-deserved goal, Woodthorpe scored again just before the final whistle. This was a good performance with team spirit and commitment, facing a very good Woodthorpe team, and the result didn’t reflect how well Panthers had played. If Panthers show the same commitment and effort in next week’s game away to Fulford they should come away with a result. Josh was named man of the match.