By Peter Strickson
Panthers give everything but can't avoid defeat.
It's becoming a familiar story as for the third game in a row Panthers could only field 10 players in their home game against Oakley. Injuries really have taken their toll this season but it was great for the team to welcome back Zander Allen
, Jake Evans
and Tom Hinke - all three having had substantial injury layoffs. It was a very evenly contested game with Oakley only 1-0 up at half time and Caversham giving themselves every opportunity to get back in it. The second half started with another Oakley goal but heads didn't drop and Panthers kept pushing forward with Kaleem Hanif
hitting the bar and another effort that almost squeezed through the legs of the keeper. Caversham were creating chances but just didn't get the break they needed early enough and Oakley added a third before Chris Hatton pulled one back from a Lewis Plested
corner. It might be a third straight loss but again every single player worked their socks off when it would have been so easy to throw in the towel. If anything the boys got better as the game went on and Oakley were fortunate to have the extra man and three subs to fall back on. Josh Baker
took several hard knocks but refused to give in, Alec Strickson
put a super shift in at CAM - battling for everything and looking to set Panthers on the attack and yet again Zak Brown
was immense at centre-back. In fact every single player should be proud of the effort they put in. Man of the match today was Jack Levy
- a real gutsy and determined performance at right back.