Panthers miss out in close encounter

Darley Dale Panthers u10s show off their new kit, sponsored by Orchid IT Solutions
Darley Dale Panthers u10s show off their new kit, sponsored by Orchid IT Solutions

ADASC U10s 4

Darley Dale Panthers U10s 3

FORGET a pamper day at a spa, or a slap-up four-course meal and two bottles of rose in a cosy pub – the watching mums of Darley Dale were treated to a Mothers Day morning of end-to-end junior football on the green fields of Alfreton.

ADASC’s pacy number 10 slotted home to give them an early lead.

However, the Panthers were about to give their mums the perfect present, serving up ten minutes of mouth-watering football.

Bradley Crarer and Charlie Knowles, confidence bursting out of their boots, attacked relentlessly down the wings, Crarer scoring the first and third, and Knowles the second, all smashed home from the left.

Down the right, Michael Wright and Jack Rose also combined well, and Crarer’s hat-trick was denied only by the width of a post.

ADASC aren’t second in the league for nothing though, and came flying back at Darley.

Sam Elliott and Ben Bayes forced into a number of last-ditch tackles to keep them out and Jack Coates making two brave saves.

But they were powerless to stop a brace of late goals as ADASC ended the half level.

While the second period didn’t have the same number of goals as the first, there was no let-up in the action.

ADASC grabbed an early goal to take the lead again, but were then forced back for the rest of the half as Darley ripped into them.

With Bayes, Elliott and Coates rock-solid at the back, Darley laid siege to the ADASC goal, Rose and Kyle Charlton going agonisingly close.

Knowles free kick was curled just inches wide, and then, with just minutes remaining, a goalmouth scramble that ADASC somehow survived.

So somehow the Panthers ended the game empty-handed despite playing well for long periods of the game.

Meanwhile, the lads have been showing off their brand new home hits, courtesy of Derby-based Orchid IT Solutions.

The smart kit is to be used by the team over the next couple of seasons.