Wham ! – Piranha Young Guns (Go for it !)

Banbury Piranhas – 3  Gerrards Cross 3’s – 0

For those not that familiar with the Wham 80’s classic “Young Guns (Go for it!)” ….(I fear I may have alienated half the club),  the title accurately summed up a great “Coming for Age” performance by the Banbury Piranhas and sealed a well-deserved and needed win at Gerard Cross.

After a week of horse trading by the various Banbury Captains to enable the club to get 5 Mens sides out, the Banbury Piranhas met at a very wet NOA in time for the hour journey down to Gerrards Cross. Only having the bare 11, Captain Allman was greeted by a player who shall remain nameless asking if we had substitutes…. as he might had a few too many at the Toro Rosso Christmas party the night before. This request was given the distain it warranted, but Captain Allman did regret his flippancy as violent retching was heard from the back Mrs Allman’s S Max as they pulled into Beaconsfield School….  much to the amusement of the offender’s travelling companions. Luckily for him and Mrs Allman’s S Max, there wasn’t anything left in the said Stomach!

Once arrived, after tramping around a pitch black school trying to find a changing room, 10 players and one as white as sheet stepped out onto the pitch ready for the game.

The Piranhas although only with the bare 11, had a well-balanced team containing a nice mix of youth and experience with 6 out of the 11 players 16 or under.  Having had a tough last few matches with wins a scarce commodity, the Piranhas expected another tough match, especially against an opposition who were sitting in the top half of the table. The Piranhas started well with the defence of Matt Allman, Ady Lamb, Thomas Allman, and Chundering Finlay keeping things tight at the back, with the opposition attacks limited to a few breakaways, ably snuffed out by our one toed sweeper keeper Kit Lamb. Despite some great moves and link up play by John Townsend, Jamie Boardman, Jamal Mourssali, Ben Revill, Sam Baldry and Ali Nash, the 1st half ended goalless and the Piranhas walked off feeling slightly worried that the game may slip through their fingers.

Captain Allman’s half time team talk was inspirational telling his Young Guns to go for it ! quoting lines such as “Hey Suckers – what the Hells got into you! ”….ably assisting by John Townsend on beat box and Ady Lamb on the digeridoo.

And go for it they did…….. !

After an initial nervy 10 mins at the start of the 2nd half the Piranhas found their stride and scored their 1st with lovely move through John Townsend and Sam Baldry ending up with Jamie Boardman driving into the top of the D and providing a great ball through to Jamal Mourssali who slipped the ball past the opposition keeper to go 1 up.  Banbury scored their second shortly after with an opportunist poach by Sam Baldry who was quickest to react when a ball into the D game back off the post pushing in from close range.

Banbury then had a nervous 5 mins when keeper Kit Lamb didn’t heed that “Wise guys realize there’s danger in emotional times “….and maraudered out of his goal up-ending one of opposition and given a 5 minute rest by the umpire. Captain Matt Allman stepped in as kicking back and together with the solid Piranhas defence denied the opposition any real chances. Once Banbury were back to full strength the Piranhas killed off the game with sublime move through defence and midfield which ended up with a ferocious 1st time slap shot from Jamal Mourssali from a Jamie Boardman pass to score Banbury’s 3rd.

All joking and Wham references aside, this week the Banbury Piranhas Young Guns definitely went for it and was very proud of theirs and the team’s performance.  It was great play all round from the younger players with all the goals coming from or through moves dominated by the players 16 or under!