Piranhas Victory Marred by Hurty Finger and Britto Post Match Disappearance
Slough 3’s 1 Banbury Piranhas 3
One of this seasons youngest Piranhas sides traveled down to play a Slough side sitting third in the table. Although the team were buoyant with a victory in their last match, the lads knew that this would be a tough game especially with Bull Dozer Bailey (one of the few seniors in the side) left stranded in Towcester with car trouble. Luckily ex Piranha Finlay McEvoy (famously known for chundering down the side of Captain Allman’s car) was able to step in at extremely short notice.
Although the pull of the 15:40 Slough away fixture on a grey Saturday afternoon manged to attract a full Piranhas side, this bizarrely did not apply to the home side who started the game with 9 players. Despite being short on numbers (which was rectified mid 1st half), Slough started the stronger with their strong lively midfield making in roads and creating a few half chances in the Piranhas D. Good keeping by Henry and strong defense by Zach , Oscar, Finlay, Ethan and Felix kept the scores level in this first passage of play. After the Piranhas had weathered the storm and the strong Slough midfield started to blow themselves out, the Piranhas started moving the ball quickly round the pitch with great pass and move hockey. (Something Captain Allman has been banging on about for months now). The 1st goal for Banbury came quickly after…..with a lovely move through Jamal and Harvey to find Britto junior who cracked in a lovely shot from right D beating their keeper.
Some great switches of attack from left to right created more chances and young Jamie Marsh bagged the second 10 mins before half time. More chances with strikers Jamie Marsh & Ben Clarke both going close after good play. Slough now at full strength did come back into the game with a string of penalty corners just before half time, but the Banbury defense (and Captains Allman’s finger held firm). Banbury went in 2 up at half time).
The Piranhas stepped up their defensive discipline and solid play by the Britto / Allman duo turned defense into attack with great support by the midfield of Ed Lewis, Man of the match Harvey, Britto Junior, Jacob, and Ben Revill. The Piranhas should have gone three up after a sublime move finalized with Jamie Marsh completely skinning the Slough defender driving into right D and slipping to Jacob on left post who unluckily ..mmm 🙂 slapped wide. This was rectified a few mins later with Harvey beating the keeper at the left post following a nice move. Slough got a consolation goal 5 mins from time, but the Piranhas shut up shop and closed out the game winning 3 -1.
Piranhas should take note of how good we looked when the ball was moved quickly with pass and move hockey. More of the same next week please !!!
Special thanks to Finlay who literally stepped in with 30 mins notice and had a great game playing at centre back.
Also special thanks to Britto’s Empire who were down on mass to support the Piranhas. Apparently, after the match, Noel had organised a little known but adventurous Ghetto walking tour of Slough for him his family. Despite the 1 star “avoid at all costs” TripAdvisor rating, the possibility of catching a glimpse of the Slough Massive and a “mattress in a skip” was too tempting for the Piranhas Vice Captain. Having not heard from Noel since and not enough match fees to pay the ransom…I have put him down as tentative for next match !