Panthers pounce to steal late victory
Hamilton Panthers 3-2 Wilberfoss AFC
Yew Tree Associates sponsored Wilberfoss AFC travelling to Hamilton Panthers on Saturday looking to put right their poor performance from the previous Saturday. A fixture which in the past has provided some ‘classics’ adding extra spice & excitement to the game which saw former ‘Foss player James Anderson line up for Panthers following his summer switch.
‘Foss started brightly but were 1-0 down in the 3rd minute when, against the run of play the ball fell kindly to veteran striker Jimmy Clamp who placed the ball into the bottom corner out of reach of Richard Cole to give Panthers the lead.
Wilberfoss were soon on level terms when a smartly taken short corner allowed Tom Matthews to fire into the bottom corner from a tight angle. ‘Foss started to dominate the first half with Willoughby, Tinson and Newby seeing a lot of the ball. On the 25 minute mark Wilberfoss made it 2-1 when Sam McAllister fired home left footed from 12 yards after good work by Dan Gibney. Further chances fell to Gibney, Willoughby, McAllister and Lockwood, all failing to convert as it seemed to become one of those days in front of goal for ‘Foss.
The East Yorkshiremen continued to control the first half until right on half time when the referee managed to see an off the ball incident that dumbfounded all 22 players as he pointed to the spot. The experienced Clamp stepped up and sent Cole the wrong way to make it 2-2.
The half time words from the ‘Foss management were to be patient and continue to control the game but it was Panthers who started the second half brighter. A reshuffle with their formation proved vital with them having the better of the early second half chances. The referee was insisting on being the key player in this game as he continued to make unusual decisions for both teams but most notable 2 very poor challenges on former Panthers player Mark Willoughby which both went unpunished.
Hamilton Panthers keeper Joshua Jackson made a good save from ‘Foss captain Oliver Newby on 70 minutes and from relating corner Jack Lockwood headed wide from 6 yards when a call from James Howat would of resulted in the latter being presented with an open goal. As the game drew to a close both teams would of settled for a draw, with this being a fair representation of the game. As a ‘Foss corner was cleared on 86 minutes Panthers broke away down the left, the resulting cross evaded ‘Foss defender Alex Gurnell and ‘battle scared-old timer’ Craig Fletcher rose to head home and send the Panthers supporters into raptures.
The result was hard on ‘Foss who had controlled large parts of the game but poor finishing was to prove to be their downfall. Following the game the ‘Foss management let their feelings be known to the players. Palfreyman commented “We should of been out of sight by half time, the game should of been out of reach for them. If we don’t take our chances will be made to pay and Panthers sucker-punched us at the end. We probably didn’t deserve to win the game after our second half performance but I think a point would of been a fair reflection of the game”
MOM – Mark Willoughby – The former Hamilton Panthers player returned to his old club and was solid in midfield, covering every inch of the pitch, a performance that was unlucky to be on the losing side.