Pirates In Need Of Taxi As Need-A-Cab Run Riot
(Sunday 7th September 2014)
After a week off due to the weather, The Pirates returned to League action, hosting an in form Need-A-Cab at Plympton St Mary, It would prove to be a long morning… The match kicked off in bright sunshine, The Home side kicking from right to left, but it was soon apparent a lot of the play would be heading the opposite way! The 1st goal arrived after just 8mins, not for the 1st time the men in Red conceding from a corner, in truth a weak under hit low ball into the box was turned in by the centre forward after some poor marking. Not the start The Home side wanted. It was to get worse just after the 20minute mark, a long ball pumped forward resulted in a 50/50 between Pirates Keeper Richard Johns & the barrel chest Need-A-Cab striker, despite Johns best efforts & a suspicion of a foul the goal was given as the header hit the net. With 2 early goals conceded Manager Kris Carpenter barked out orders to stay compact & try to ride the storm to stay in the game, the plan worked for a short period, but it was to be a stay of execution. Quick fire goals on (38) & (44) had the Away side firmly in control at the break, despite a strong offside call the 3rd was a comfortable finish & a square Pirates defence was caught out by a long ball for the 4th. A half time score of 4-0. A change was made at the break, Greg Davis introduced for Chris Stephens on the right hand side in an effort to give the opposition something to think about, the early signs were good, MOTM James Berntsen linking well with Davis early on, with Nick Errington & James Ewing looking more steady at centre half, the hammer blow of the 5th goal though put The Pirates back to square one, in truth a sublime through ball from the talismanic Need-A-Cab number 8 in the middle of midfield released the centre forward who again finished well to Johns left hand corner. With the concession of the 5th the shackles came off, 2 further changes were made, the very hard working Steve Lacy was replaced by Sean Cross & the equally industrious Aaron Reed was given a breather with Dean Matthews making His 1st appearance of the season coming on to play wide on the left flank. Matthews introduction almost paid immediate dividends, his pace taking him clear in on goal within 5mins of coming on, but a smart save from the keeper prevented a goal back. As with most games thus far this season there were further sucker punches to follow! A very fortunate but skilful lobbed long ranger gave Need-A-Cab a 6-0 lead on 72mins & an even more lucky 7th, a corner from the right hand side arrowing directly into the near post flicking off the unlucky Michael Brown’s head as He did His best to make another heroic goal-line clearance. Pirates striker’s Ryan Dainty & Gary Holder combined well to present the former with 2 real chances one on one to grab a consolation, but on both occasions a goal was not to come, indeed the 1st chance was brilliantly tipped over the bar by the Need-A-Cab Goalkeeper. With 5mins left on the clock The Pirates rotten morning was complete, Nick Errington’s challenge in the box deemed to be late, a hotly disputed penalty was given & converted, the 8th & thankfully final goal of a wretched day for the Home side.
In truth few if any positives for The Pirates after this game, Need-A-Cab dominant for 80% of the match & rightly claiming the points, basic errors are costing dear at present, but spirits remain high in the camp, every player keen to improve & stick together as a group to play the way out of a truly disappointing start to the season. With the League taking a break for The Ken Rickard cup next Sunday, Pirates Boss Carpenter has much to ponder ahead of the clash with Smeaton Homes.
The Man Of The Match award this week goes to James Berntsen. Making the Right Back spot His own as well as covering some weeks at Left Back, James has grown game on game for The Pirates, His tireless tracking of runs from a tricky opposition winger as well as at times marking 2 on 1 superbly well He more than merits this weeks award. Congrats James.
Goal Scorers: N/A
Johns, Berntsen, Ewing, Errington, Brown, Reed, Hannigan (c) Stephens, Dainty, Lacy, Holder.
Cross, Davis, Matthews.
Man Of The Match: James Berntsen