Scratch Piranhas Get The Nurse’s Finger
Banbury Piranhas – 0 Eastcote 5’s – 1
The Piranhas could only muster a scratch team slightly more scratchy than the scratch team finalists in the “scratch & sniff” World Cup final. But scratch we did and off to a mid table clash in the wilds of Ruislip we went for a scratch match v Eastcote.
Key players were missing through injury – Captain Piranha Matt Allman was also unavailable through injury aggravated apparently, according to Captain Allman, and in a scene reminiscent of Carry On Nurse – through a rather aggressive jab by a nurse’s finger in A&E the night before …….the NHS must be branching out and offering “ancillary services” to cover the deficit in the Health budget. Kenneth Williams & Hattie Jacques eat your heart out!
The first half was a goalless draw as the defence of ex Captain Camp, Ady and Jamie Lamb, Finley Mcevoy and yet another Lamb – Colin, repelled and snuffed out everything Eastcote threw at us. Ady, Colin and Jamie Lamb (who I’ll just call “the flock” for brevity) were stoic and effective, and Camp and Mcevoy launched a number of attacks through the hard working James Doran, Ali Nash, Thomas Allman and the effervescent Jamal Mourssali. But to no avail as the young Ben Revell and not so young Stuart Ralph couldn’t penetrate the Eastcote defence…….we could’ve done with that Nurse’s Finger.
The second half was much the same with “The Flock” holding firm and Doran, Nash and man of the match Mourssali working hard and through the good services of Mourssali winning a short corner which Camp and Lamb 1 were unlucky not to convert.
The Eastcote goal came from an unlucky short corner decision and a well dispatched reverse stick volley which to be fair Lamb 2 didn’t stand a chance with.
The last 10 minutes was all Piranha hockey but we couldn’t convert the pressure and were unlucky not to get a draw.
Next week we are away again but this time at table topping Bourton. Here’s hoping Matt Allman has given The Nurse’s Finger a miss and we’re back to full strength.