Seventh heaven for the Panthers

Melbourn Dynamos Panthers 7 Hatfield Youth 1 Under-11s Division Three DESPITE the scoreline this was an unconvincing display by the Division Three leaders as they played into the hands of the well organised and hard working Hatfield outfit. The Panthers g

Melbourn Dynamos Panthers 7 Hatfield Youth 1

Under-11s Division Three

DESPITE the scoreline this was an unconvincing display by the Division Three leaders as they played into the hands of the well organised and hard working Hatfield outfit.

The Panthers got off to quick start forcing a series of corners in the first few minutes but they failed to capitalise as shots either went wide or were saved by the Hatfield 'keeper saved.


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They did take the lead on three minutes after a rare Hatfield attack came to nothing and from the resulting goal kick Sam Potterill picked the ball up on the half way line, evaded two challenges and ran half the length of the pitch before finishing with a fine shot in the corner.

It was one way traffic after that but Melbourn took a further 20 minutes to add to their lead as Ryan Lees scored from a well worked corner.

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A minute later George Storey got in on the act with a typical mazy run and fine finish to make it 3-0.

After 28 minutes Nathan Proud scored his first ever goal for the club after a shot from Storey came back off the post and into the path of the eager Proud to side foot home, yet despite the one way traffic, captain and player-of-the-match Andrew Houghton put in a solid display at the back for Panthers to keep the visitors at bay.

Melbourn came out in determined mood for the second half and within a minute of the restart Storey made it 5-0 with a superb curling free kick after Robbie Dingwell was tripped just outside the penalty box.

It was 6-0 on 33 minutes after a flowing Melbourn move saw Proud slide an inch perfect pass across the goalmouth for Luke Eades to tap in with his left foot at the far post.

Another 15 minutes passed before it was seven as Eades dribbled his way around numerous challenges in the Hatfield penalty area to fire home yet Hatfield, who played with great spirit throughout the game, grabbed a late consolation goal from the penalty spot.

The Panthers know they will have to up their game in the coming months if they are to maintain their status at the top of the division.

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