Linthwaite 6 v 2 U13 Panthers

Result: Linthwaite 6 v 2 Ossett Town U13 Panthers
Goal Scorers: Reece Cowan (2)
Man of the match: Reece Cowan & Dan Fletcher
Squad: Scott Rankin, Chris Colley, Edward Colley, Mark Scott, Lewis Cartledge, William Hall, Dan Fletcher, Reece Cowan, Jacob Ripley, Ben Fishman, Callum Burden, Josh Wilkinson
Match Reporter: Neill Fishman
League: Huddersfield League Under 13 Division 4A

Another poor day at the office for the Panthers against a decent Linthwaite side.  The home team got off to a flyer when from a corner the Panthers defence frailties were exposed, again, with a powerful header putting Linthwaite one up.  The Panthers had to defend a lot early on and it wasn’t until around the 15 minute mark that a fine pass from Reece Cowan released Dan Fletcher and he was unfortunate that his shot was straight at the goalkeeper.  A long distance effort from Will Hall was well saved by the keeper, but the Panthers were soon level when a great ball from Callum Burden put Reece Cowan clear to rifle home with his left foot.   The Panthers failure to clear the ball, again, from another set piece saw the ball fall to the home side on the edge of the area to hammer home to make it 2-1.  Ben Fishman ran well first half putting in a number of good tackles as well, unusual for him.  His through ball found Reece Cowan who just managed to keep the ball in and just when it looked like he was going to cross he deceived the goalkeeper and shot to make it 2-2.  The Panthers were now on top and there was some intricate football involving Christopher Colley,  Dan Fletcher and Lewis Cartledge being played.   A glorious chance fell to Callum Burden and from six yards out it looked like he couldn’t miss but the goalkeeper pulled off a magnificent save.  Some fine football again just before half time put Callum through but his shot was straight at the keeper.

Half time, 2-2.

The home side now had the slope in their favour and Scott Rankin and his alternating defence of Josh Wilkinson, Jacob Ripley, Edward Colley, Chrisptopher Colley and Mark Scott knew they were going to be under pressure.  Within 50 seconds the home side were 3-2 up when a lack of concentration let them in.  This soon became 4-2 when a lofted shot gave Scott no chance.   A fine corner from Ben saw Reece head just wide and soon after Callum was clean through but had his shot blocked with the follow up falling to Ben who shot over, both players should have really scored.  At 4-2 the Panthers weren’t out of it but the home side were awarded a penalty ten minutes from the end to kill the game off at 5-2.  Dan Fletcher was very unlucky to hit the bar near the end and as the Panthers all quite rightly pushed up for a corner in the last few minutes a break away goal made it 6-2, which is how the game finished.

The scoreline somewhat flattered the home side,  we could and should have been ahead at half time.  However, from most, but not all players, there was a lack of desire, communication, aggression and unnecessary panic on the ball, with some literally hoofing it anywhere.  Many of the goals, again, could have been avoided with better communication, positioning and composure.   Only on one occasion this season, last week against Westwood, have we been beaten by a team distinctly better than us.  In all the other games we are gifting teams two, three or even four goals a game through the inability to do the the basics right.  This needs resolving and quickly.  In my opinion it is time for different players to be tried out in some of the key areas on the pitch, including a left footed player to play at left back as the lads that play there who are not left footed are clearly uncomfortable.   

To end on a positive the man of the match award was quite rightly shared between Dan Fletcher who had his best game of the season in what in my opinion is his best position on the field at right midfield, and Reece Cowan who scored two good goals and continually chased and harrassed the opposition. 

Sort it for next week boys and lets end the year on a high!