Piranhas bag first season win against Eastcote

Eascote 5’s – 0            Banbury Piranhas – 1

The 2017 / 2018 Banbury Piranhas fixtures start off with 3 away games this year, with the trip to Eascote this Saturday, part 2 of the 3. If truth be told last week’s first league match against Marlow wasn’t the Piranhas finest hour with the team struggling to find structure and looking rather sluggish and un Piranha like. Hence forth a team structure & master plan education session was masterminded and planned by Adrian Lamb.

The team arrived in good time at the Eascote Brunel pitch and armed with Clip board in hand, the younger players were given a quick Piranhas 101 on positioning and team structure. Fully educated on team positioning and tactics along with the legendary Lamb swing and a miss tackle ……..the Piranhas 15 were ready for the match.

The game started with the Piranhas moving the ball around sublimely and looked a completely different team from the week before. Good defensive work by Felix, Zach, Adrian and Adam kept attacks to a minimum and set up midfield linking well through with Allman and Britto to set up good attacks and a string of penalty corners. The very impressive young Eascote Keeper managed to keep most of them out, but a well worked slip to Noel Britto saw him finish with aplomb. The Piranhas continued their excellent play with great drives into the D from Jamal and Jamie, setting up some more half changes for Ethan and Ben, but the score remained at just 1- 0.

The 2nd half was a more even affair with the Piranhas losing their shape slightly. The Piranhas had some great play down the left with good link up between Ed and Oscar moving the ball to Seb and Jacob who had some great drives into the D setting up a couple of Penalty Corners. Despite the Piranhas pressure, the goal would not come and the last 10 mins was tense affair with Eascote coming back into it and Steve Hicks pulling off a couple of good saves.

The final whistle eventually came and the Piranhas trekked back to the Eascote Clubhouse for a celebratory lemonade and a choice of Chilli or Glamorgan Sausage and chips. The highlight of which was Jamal managing to convince some of the younger players that a Glamorgan Sausage was made from a pigs genitals……. a sort of Welsh Sweet bread…… needless to say that was not a popular option for our younger players and chilli and chips was order of the day.

A good day in the office for the Piranhas with great play and the seeds of growth for this season well and truly sown.