Meltham 4 v 0 U13 Panthers – Match Report

Last week the Panthers played 3rd placed opposition off the park by simply passing to each other and boy did they look good. Today we welcomed back James & Scott after injuries and Harrison’s name was also on the team sheet again. A win today would put Panthers into 3rd place….

This week, Panthers played 2nd from bottom Meltham and didn’t demonstrate any of the harmony on show 7 days ago. Meltham’s formation packed the midfield from the off, but the first moments saw Panthers’ shooting opportunities not taken. They would come to rue those.

Meltham, helped by Panthers passing to them more than themselves, deservedly took the lead from an unfortunate own goal by Mark Scott attempting to volley the ball clear from a corner. Harrison Firth came off the bench for Dan, and pestered Meltham’s midfield constantly throughout the game. By half time, Meltham were 3-0 up and Ossett hadn’t shot at goal at all. Having conferred with other observers, they had only put together 3 passing moves too. The first 35 minutes saw both teams get what they deserved, and the traveling fans were in shock.

Within 3 minutes of the second half, Dan Fletcher had Towns’ first shot at goal, quickly followed by a second from Callum Burden, then a 3rd and 4th effort from Sebastian Fealy, but the ‘keeper stood firm as the shots were straight at him. Panthers were camped in Meltham’s half now and all they needed was a goal to turn the tide, but with Reece Cowan being withdrawn due to injury, the threat of scoring fell to Callum, Dan and the rest. A couple of typical Pathers moves resulted in more attempts on goal by Callum, then Dan, then Dan hitting the upright, followed by a deft flick by Lewis Cartledge, which the ‘keeper saved brilliantly. Against the run of play, Meltham scored a tame 4th, and despite moving to 3 at the back and Mark Scott putting in a captain’s display again, today was simply a bad day at the office for most, where a team played as individuals for most of the time and passing (to a red shirt) was an after-thought. Manager Steve Hall awarded Player of the Match honours to both Chris Colley and Mark Scott.

Parents enjoyed the sunshine, the views, behaved impeccably and even won the raffle – positives in everything!