Piranhas one win off Safety
Banbury Piranhas – 3 Gerrards Cross 3’s – 1
Saturdays match was another must win against relegation rivals Gerrard’s Cross. Despite the regulation last minute team changes, the Piranhas had secured a strong squad of 12. Clarky did his best to reduce the numbers by one after testing out Westy’s new glove with a misdirected shot during the warm up, but be that as it may, the team trotted out bruised but intact on a very dry NOA pitch at the usual 3:30pm push back time.
The Piranhas controlled the game from the off with the midfield of Zach B, Sam B, Westy and Clemmy moving the ball well around the GX defence with chances for Jamie and Ben that somehow eluded the GX goal. After 10 mins, the ball was moved around the opposition D well and Clarke struck a clean shot from a tight angle and beat the GX keeper to go one up. Five mins later Banbury were two up after Clark got his second with a flick from close range.
Just before the 1st half ended, a sweeping move developed with great play by the younger Piranhas. Finlay to Sam B to Zach B, to Jamie to Ben who struck a ferocious shot arrowing into the bottom right hand corner of the goal… only for Clarky to shamelessly bag his hatrick stealing the glory with a one yard poach.
The 2nd half was a scrappy affair with the dry pitch taking its toll on the quality of play. The Banbury chances were limited by let’s just call it “enthusiastic tackling” by the opposition that could have been taken direct from famous Hockey Handbook “The Art of Wood Chopping, and how to defend the 25”. Be that as it may, the Piranhas left a whole host of chances on the pitch before the final whistle.
Just before end, Gerrard’s Cross got a goal one back with some sloppy defending by Campy from the side of the pitch. The opposition then went down to 10 after one of their more enthusiastic players seemed determined to get himself sent off, getting his wish after a Tasmanian Devil type manoeuvre on a very bemused Clemmy.
The game finished 3 – 1 to the Piranhas leaving them with destiny in their own hands needing one win from their last two matches. The match next week however is away to second in the table and already promoted Tring ….. and would rather not leave league safety until the last game.