Où est mon Camp

Banbury Piranhas 3 Slough Swifts 1

The sun was shining, NOA had thawed, a goal keeper in the very capable shape of Morgan had been acquired from Bloxham School, the Piranhas had a nice balanced squad ….…they were even following Captain Allman’s warm up instruction and listening to his pre match ramblings with captivation ! …… but something was not right!

“Sacre’ Bleu” one of the team exclaimed….“Où est le vieil homme Camp, vous savez, l’un sho crie beaucoup?”. “Il a le jour de congé et sera boire beaucoup de bière avec des amis et regarder l’Angleterre battre la France dans un match de rugby” Captain Allman explained. After the shocking news that this week, the Piranhas were without their enigmatic stoic veteran defender,  the Piranhas set to work trying to secure 3 points without him.

The first half was well controlled by the Piranhas with the home team moving the ball well through defence and midfield. Simon West (Westy) linked up well with midfield of Zach Boynton, Sam Baldry & Olly Arbour with good support from Left and Right Backs Jai Robinson and Thomas Allman. Centre back pairing of Allman Senior and Guy Heathcote gelled well and had the defence sown up early on and Morgan was without a kick for the first 20 mins. The piranhas however, were guilty of slow ball in the last third and despite most of the possession were restricted to a couple of Penalty corners and a few half chances.  Banbury were delivered a wakeup call with a quick break by Slough. A strong hit into the D and great deflection by the opposition left Morgan no chance and the Piranhas went one down. Two minutes later, Slough threatened again and Morgan pulled off a great reaction stick save to stop the Piranhas from going two down. The Piranhas started moving the ball quicker and the strike partnership of Jamie Marsh and Ben Revill were starting to cause the Slough defence more and more issues. With Olly Arbour off the pitch due to a blood injury, the reconfigured Piranhas finally found a way through the Slough defence. Great play from Ben Revill put Jai Robinson through, slipped the ball past the Slough Keeper to equalise just before half time.

The early 2nd half was all Piranhas with quick ball, great play and seemed only a matter of time before the home team scored. With Banbury chances going astray, the goal did not come and with Slough started to sniff possibility of getting something out of this game. Midway through the 2nd half Slough had a good passage of play with a few half chances and Penalty Corners. The Banbury defence held firm, and with Morgan producing a great solid display, the score remained even. With 10 mins to go,  the Piranhas were pushing for the win and were stretching the Slough defence left and right with great support from Right Back Thomas Allman linking through midfield and attack. The pressure finally told….and with a one two at the top of the D, Westy was put through to slip the ball past the keeper. The Slough midfield flooded through in response but were caught out with a great Piranhas breakaway move leaving now resident Piranha John Davis to slap in at the LH post making the final score 3-1.

Good Piranhas win, but the lads definitely made it harder than it should been.