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Bristol City Panthers overcome Charlton Invicta in historic fixture

Bristol City Panthers secured a 1-0 victory against Charlton Invicta in the first ever coming together of the two LGBT sides on Sunday (March 17th).

Invicta made the stronger of starts to the game and enjoyed large amounts of possession in the opening stages.

The away side were unfortunate to not find themselves ahead early on, following a goal mouth scramble in which the Panthers had both the underside of the crossbar and their defender on the line to thank for keeping the score level at 0-0.

However, Invicta were made to pay for not making the most of their early chances on the half hour mark. The Bristol City side, who were increasingly growing into the game, won back possession in the centre of the pitch and were able to break in numbers on their opposition. An excellent cut back from the Panthers wide-man found their striker in space who coolly slotted home from just outside of the six-yard box.

The Panthers continued to threaten the Charlton goal in the closing stages of the first half and it was now Charlton’s turn to thank the crossbar for denying the Bristol City side a second goal following a long-range effort from the Panthers full back.

The second half got underway with the Panthers maintaining their pressure on the Charlton goal. Again, the City side were unfortunate to not find themselves two in front following a searching cross into the box finding a City player unmarked on the back post. However he was unable to control his shot and blasted the chance wide.

With the game beginning to get stretched, Charlton found themselves with a golden opportunity to bring the scores level as a mistake in the Panthers defence led to a Charlton player finding himself one-on-one with only the City goal keeper to beat. However, the Panthers keeper pulled off a magnificent save to deny Charlton a late equaliser, and secure the victory for his side.

Following the match Bristol City Panthers player-manager, Alex Miles, told the trust, “that was a fantastic performance from the whole team. We had 18 players today and every single one of them gave their absolute best.

“To have two LGBT teams officially linked to EFL clubs coming up against one another is absolutely fantastic.”

Charlton Invicta player-manager Gary Ginnaw also told the trust that the match represented “a huge step for the LGBT+ community and football as a whole.”

To find out more about Bristol City Panthers and how to get involved with them head to their website at: https://www.bristolpanthers.com