U11s Panthers 3 v 9 Glen Juniors B
The Panthers faced Glen Juniors B at Springmill for this pre-season friendly which proved to be a learning experience for the team adjusting to the eleven a side game. The Panthers lined up initially with Jamie White in goal, a back four of Jamal Hussain, Edward Colley, Bradley Woolin and Hamza Ashraf, a midfield comprising Ben Fishman, Sam Malpass, Chris Colley and Alex Empsall, and Callum Burden partnering Luke Brickwood up front.
Early stages were quite even in possession, with Callum and Luke combining well at times, but Glen Juniors showed the greater threat in front of goals, and there were ominous signs of things to come as Jamal was forced first into an excellent tackle to prevent a shot on goal, and then to clear off the line from the resulting corner.
Glen Juniors pressure finally told as Jamie, despite making an excellent double save, was unable to prevent the ball being tapped in from close range at the third attempt.
Panthers heads and confidence appeared to drop, and they found themselves quickly three nil down, despite some determined last gasp defending and goalkeeping.
There were a number of substitutions and positional changes for the Panthers, Sam Brodie coming on at left back, Scott Rankin at right back, and Hasan Ashraf playing up front. but Glen Juniors remained dangerous, and scored again just before half time, to leave the Panthers going into the interval four goals down.
The second half saw the scoring continue, and the Panthers conceded twice in the early stages. Despite this, the Panthers were showing more composure, managing to combine some better spells of possession with a goal threat, and deservedly got onto the score sheet with two well taken goals from Callum, firstly showing great determination to retain the ball and finish calmly, then running through and shooting high into the roof of the net over the keeper.
Any hopes of an unlikely comeback were thwarted as Glen Juniors scored twice more, but there was still time for the Panthers to add to the score sheet, Callum this time turning provider, producing a good cross from the left low across goal, and Edward showed good movement to be in the right place to fire the ball home.
Glen Juniors continued to have chances, and concluded the scoring at the death to make the final score a 9-3 defeat for the Panthers.
Plenty of lessons to learn, though Ossett Town could look back on a better second half performance.
Man of the match award, for his effort and refusal to give up despite the scoreline, was awarded to Bradley Woolin.