Mens Piranha’s Still Riding High
Banbury Piranhas maintained their winning run with a convincing win over Abingdon Men’s 3s. The Piranhas have scored 27 goals so far and conceded only 4 in their first season after 7 matches. The first half, however, was a frustrating 0-0 draw with the Abingdon Goalkeeper playing out of his skin saving a whole string of shots from Banbury’s attackers and short corners. Andy Camp came closest with an excellent deflected shot onto the Abingdon post but every other attempt failed to find the back of the net. Abingdon did manage a couple of very effective attacks – one which led to a fantastic instinctive double save by the young Kit Lamb in goal.
The second half was different. The Piranhas changed their tactics – using the wings more and getting behind the Abingdon defence. Abingdon, however, did start to build more effective attacks and the defence of Harry Camp, Ashley Laverick, and in particular, Chris Atkins, worked very hard to contain them and recycle the ball.
The Banbury defence soaked up a string of attacks midway in the second half with Atkins and Camp intercepting constantly and providing some great attacks through the Abingdon midfield. Abingdon ran out of ideas and Simon Atkins and Ady Lamb in midfield took advantage by building some great attacks through Aiden Edwards and Luke Frazer on the wings.
With fifteen minutes left to go a great move through Ben Britto and Christian Squire led to Noel Britto slotting the first goal home. This then opened the flood gates with Frazer, Edwards and Laverick marauding down the wings and a superb passing move which led the Christian Squire’s first goal. The third Piranha goal came from a short corner which was flicked into the net by Andy Camp, and the fourth and final goal came in the last 2 minutes when Squire scored his second after a great move from Edwards, Britto and Frazer to round the keeper. Another great win for the Piranhas to continue a great start to their first season.