A second half onslaught from reigning Western Premier League premiers Dubbo Bulls has seen Panorama FC lose its first game of the 2021 Western Premier League season on Saturday.
Played at Hans Claven Oval in Dubbo, the two teams went into the break locked at nil-all, but it was Bulls who raced away to a 3-0 lead in the second half.
Jaiden Culbert pulled one back for the visitors with a spectacular shot from halfway from a kick-off, catching goalkeeper Mitchell Bestwick off his line to make it 3-1, which was how the scores finished.
Stand-in captain Ryan Peacock said Bulls' passing game, which saw the Goats chasing the ball for most of the game, played a part in the energy levels late on in the game.
"I think we just panicked a bit. We just didn't have much control in the game," he said.
"We just ended up chasing them around for the first half hour, which kind of screwed us in the end because we ran out of legs pretty quickly.
"If we can try and keep possession this weekend, it'll play into our hands a bit better.
"But Bulls are always in the contest and you've always got to be on the mark and if you're not, they punish you
While Panorama lost the match, Peacock said there's plenty of positives to take away from the game, especially from the performance of Culbert, who played the most minutes in a game since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in a pre-season match for Western NSW FC last season.
I think we just panicked a bit. We just didn't have much control in the game.Ryan Peacock
"I think a few of the guys showed their versatility. We were down a few players and had a few players playing in positions they don't normally play in," Peacock said.
"It shows we're pretty flexible, even though we have a pretty small squad.
"Jaden Culbert coming back and playing a fair chunk of that game is a real positive for us because when he gets going, he'll be one of the better strikers in the competition."
Peacock explained that Culbert made his return in the opening round match against Lithgow Workmen's, playing only played five minutes, but managed over an hour in Saturday's loss to Dubbo.
Culbert was a part of Panorama's Bathurst District Football men's premier league grand final triumph back in 2018, scoring a goal in the win against Mudgee.
Panorama has now slipped down to third on the ladder after taking top spot in round one.
In other matches, Orange Waratahs defeated Macquarie United 8-5 in a crazy 13-goal thriller, Lithgow Workmen's drew with Parkes Cobras 2-all, while a free-kick from Orana Spurs captain Jared Corby was the difference in his team's 1-0 win over Barnstoneworth.
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