York Mitchell Sports League under-10s Division 2
Panthers again started well, showing a lot of confidence, and composure on the ball and were clearly up for what they knew would be a tough game.
Within the first couple of minutes, Panthers signalled their intentions with some good play from Charlie in defence to Jamie who laid a lovely ball off to Josh, who in turn fed a great ball through to Will who showed some good footwork and was unlucky not to see a result from such good team play.
Panthers continued to pile on the pressure which saw Josh with a fancy flick of the ball to Luke who had his shot saved just before the half time whistle, Panthers unlucky to go in level after such a good performance.
Fulford started the second half well and forced a good one-handed save from Marcus early on. This seemed to spur Panthers into action, who responded with several attacks of their own, as Jamie, Josh and Will all linked up well and caused Fulford problems.
Charlie and Ryan remained solid in defence, with Luke playing just in front of them picking up the loose balls, this time to go on a run down the right wing to feed Will, who then took it on beating several players before cutting inside just on the by-line and scoring a great goal with the outside of his right foot, to make it 1-0 to Panthers.
Jamie and Josh were doing well, keeping Fulford pinned in at the back which had a few of the Fulford players under pressure. Will then had space in midfield to be creative with the ball, finding Josh who made a good run forcing a corner.
Fulford could not clear their lines and another corner followed. From the corner, Luke had his header saved on the line by the keeper, which was followed by another fine effort from Josh, which went just over the bar.
Fulford responded, Charlie made some good challenges and Ryan played a captain’s role, growing in confidence with every attack he and Charlie were thwarting.
Fulford had some long range shots but Marcus was a match for these and Jamie and Josh continued to pile on the pressure at the other end but were unable to add to the tally and it finished 1-0 to the Panthers.
This was probably the best game the boys had played all season and they seem to be getting better as each game comes along, showing some real team effort and camaraderie.
Man of the match was again a tough one to call as all had played their part in a great game. Coach Walker gave this to Marcus for keeping his concentration so well and being able to deal well with the Fulford attempts on goal when they came.