Dr Finlay’s Casebook and the mystery of the missing shoes

Banbury Piranhas – 0 Bourton & Sherborne 1 

They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place, but that was proved wrong twice this Saturday just gone. Firstly, the Piranhas lost 1 – 0 against Bourton and Sherborne in a tight game very similar to their previous encounter where they also played well and were unlucky not to get something out of the game…. but we’ll come to that later.

The second lightning strike was that one of the Banbury Piranhas full backs who shall remain nameless (we shall him Minley FcEvoy for convenience) had forgotten his Astroturf boots for the second time in a few weeks ! The previous time this had happened, the “said full back” had tried out two options. The first was to borrow Campys 1920’s style astro’s which created blisters the size of golf balls on his feet within 10 minutes, the second was to use a pair of trainers which had the grip of F1 slicks on wet only allowing him to deliver a Clive Briant “Bambi on ice” Performance. Neither of these were a particularly attractive option and the sound of fek fek fek fek was heard as the forgetful fullback rushed off to get the correct footwear. The team weren’t sure if the noise was from the car or a strange Evertonian curse. Be that as it may at least the Wet Fish award was already sorted.

Banbury started the game playing some great hockey and having much better of the first half.  Great work up front by Man of the Match “King Piranha” Jamal who gave the B&S defence a torrid time forcing two great saves from their keeper, but the Piranhas could not find a way to get the ball into the back of the net and teams went into the break 0-0. The second half was a more even affair, with both teams not creating many chances. A defensive error let B&S score with only 8 mins left and despite a good last few minutes from Banbury, could not get an equaliser.

Despite the disappointing 0-1 loss, this was definitively one of the more enjoyable games we have played. Hard but fair opposition and well umpired my Adrian Simons and Terry Clarke.   Despite the Wet Fish award to our anonymous forgetful Everton supporting Full Back, he had a cracking game with great defensive work and good drives supporting midfield and attack.