Panthers get scared by Wolves

by admin on July 13th, 2018

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SOLID GAME: Lithgow Wolves centre Cody Godden was strong in defence and scored a try in the loss. Photo: Troy Walsh
Nanjing Night Net

Lithgow Wolves fans at halftime intheGroup 10 Premier League clash against Bathurst Panthershadmore than just a glimmer of hope their side could pull off a major upset.

The scores were locked at 10-all and the Wolves had produced a gritty first half effortagainst the more fancied opponents in the cold and windy conditionsof Tony Luchetti Sportsground.

Despite the Wolves putting a up a good fight in the second half the Panthers managed to pullaway for a 26-14 win.

Lithgow captain-coach Jonathan Van Veen was pleased by his teams effort.

“I reckon it was probably our best performance of the season.

“But just the same againwe let the game slip.

“The class of Panthers showed through there andthe lack ofexperience of our blokes.”

Bathurst’s Mitch Davisscored the first try of the gameearly through some good work by their crafty five eighth Claude Gordon.

The second Bathurst try was in the 13thminute aftera break by Claude Gordon who set uphooker Nick Loader to make his way over the Lithgowline.

If Panthers thought they had the advantage they were wrong as a series of penalties went Lithgow’s way and the Wolves found some room down the short side near Bathurst’s line for winger Ben Glasson to score.

The Wolves fired up then in defense keeping out a couple of dangerous Panther’s raids.

Lithgow has been guilty of a few lapses before halftime recently but it wasn’t on show against the Panthers as young Wolves centre Cody Godden got rewarded for a good game in defense and attack with a try as the half was coming to an end to make it 10-all.

When the teams came out after the break it was the Panthers who warmed up first with a converted try after two minutes to centre Blake Lawson to make it 16-10.

Bathurst’s fullback Jeremy Gordon who had proved a handful for the Wolves defense finally sliced through with 20 minutes to go.

To their credit the Wolves didn’t give up and managed to get one back through centre Nath McAndrew after a good backline movement. Unfortunately it was not converted with the score 22-14.

With nine minutes to go Bathurst went wide and caught the Lithgow defence napping.

The try to panthers winger Chris Sheperd effectively ended any chance of a Wolves comeback.

Bathurst Panthers captain-coach Todd Barrow was not so happy with the win.

“It was a very scrappy game.I think the only positive to take out the game was the two points.

“We still have a lot of work to do but a wins a win.”

Panthers 26: M Davis, N Loader, M Davis, J Gordon and C Shepard tries; J Gordon 3 conv. defeated Lithgow 14: B Glasson, C Godden and N McAndrew tries; J Jones conv.

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