Panthers five point lead

WORKIES Panthers Premier League women’s side picked up double points over the weekend after they had a bye and then played a deferred match against Bathurst St Patricks at Bathurst.

With the points from the bye and the win, Workies Panthers held onto their five-point lead over Bathurst City.

At this stage it looks as if the title will be fought out between these two although Orange Ex-Services could be the dark horses.

An insight to see who will prevail will be on show this Saturday when the two top sides clash here at Lithgow with the game being played at 1.30pm.

It should be a beauty and a big crowd is expected to support the Panther girls.

The Panthers were in good form against St Patricks at Bathurst and took the match 5-1 with the highlight being a three goal haul by Maddi Bott.

After suffering their first loss of the season against Orange Ex-Services, the Panthers came out determined to erase the memory of their defeat.

They were first to the ball, controlled play and were very enthusiastic.

It was a brilliant first half which saw the Lithgow side lead 4-0 at the break with coach Greg Banning more than happy with his side.

In the second half, Bathurst St Patricks, one of the top sides in Premier League for many years, stepped up a gear with the second half honours being shared with one goal each to make the final score 5-1 with St Patricks goal going to Carley Sandry.

Along with Bott’s three, the other goals went to the Panthers’ two under 15 state representatives.

Abby Wilson joined the Panthers only three rounds ago and has now scored in two of her matches.

State teammate Andrea Gillard is a defensive player and was over the moon when she opened the scoring with her first goal of the season.

Bott was tremendous and has the ability to control the ball while still running at full speed and with her skills makes her a dangerous prospect for any defence.

“We are getting excellent value out of our youngsters,” coach Banning said.

“Maddi Bott, Abby Wilson, Andrea Gillard, Amy Capaldi, Shahana Hamment, Jesse Luchetti and Mahala Williams are all still at school and they have been great for us.”

The Lithgow Valley Springs players player and the umpires points went to Amanda Saladine who always gives 100 per cent and is an inspiration to her younger teammates.

The Workmens Club coach’s award went to Maddie Bott who was always a threat in attack.

Others to play well were Abby Wilson, Amy Capaldi, Mahala Williams, Stacey Rutherford and Melanie Quinn in a game where all the team played well.