Wealdstone U10 Red vs Panthera
By Aidan King
Hard fought draw for Wealdstone
This was the third time we played Panthera this season and both the previous games had been very close and hard fought. Panthera are strong and fast and very good at passing, they put the team under pressure for the whole match and you have to really work hard to get a result. Wealdstone struggled the previous week and would really need to step up their performance to get something out of this game. The pitch was in really good condition considering the time of year and was very firm under foot. The weather was cold but with a clear sky and no wind.
Panthera Kicked Off. Troj got the ball beat his man and ran towards goal but his shot went wide. Panthera with a corner which the striker volleyed against the cross bar. The ball broke to Troj who had a shot saved. Panthera with a ball into the box and shot which went wide. Throw by Alex to Harry who crossed the ball and Alfie headed in (1-0). Panthera with a quick break and good pass in the box for the striker to finish (1-1). Panthera break through the middle and shot which Owen saved. Harry with a cross field pass to Troj who shot over. Alex with a quick free kick to Troj who shot over. Panthera with a run on the right and a good cross into the middle which was deflected out by Jon. Half Time.
Wealdstone Kick Off. Panthera with run through the Wealdstone half and scored (1-2). Penalty to Panthera which Owen saved and the rebound was put wide. Corner taken by Charlie to Connor whose shot was saved. Panthera with a fast break which was well read by Lewis and the ball passed forward. Panthera pressure and shot which hit both posts and came out. Wealdstone with a break and ball into the box the ball broke to Oliver whose shot was blocked and the keeper read well to save. Free Kick to Panthera saved by Owen. Panthera stole the ball in the area but Owen was there to save the shot. Throw by Oliver to Jon who turned and shot but the ball was cleared. Alex with a good run and pass to Charlie who had his shot saved. Good free kick by Panthera but Connor was there to head clear. Alex with a pass to Harry who played in Alfie but his shot went wide. Free Kick to Wealdstone on the half way line which Owen took and scored (2-2). Oliver with a throw to Troj but his shot went wide. Full Time.
This was another close hard fought game which in the end ended in a draw which was a fair result for both teams. Both teams had good opportunities to win the game and both teams probably felt they could have stopped the goals they conceded from going in. The team as a whole played well and worked really hard to cover runs and defend as well as pushing forward when they had the chance. If we had been a little bit sharper with our passing and more clinical taking our chances we could easily have won this game.