Positives A Plenty As Pirates Go Down Fighting
(Sunday 3rd August 2014)
The Pirates suffered their 2nd Pre-Season defeat, but gave a fantastic performance & with the opposition from 2 League’s higher the result could well have been a lot closer. Starting the game His preferred formation of 4-2-3-1 Player/Manager Kris Carpenter handed starting debuts to new signings Paul Millar, Dan Amador, Aaron Reed & Sean Cross. A tight & high paced 1st 25mins seem to fly by, chances at both ends, Pirates keeper Rhys Jones making 2 good saves from close range whilst at the other end the Keyham keeper was also forced in to 1 super save as well as sweeping up from counter attacks. The Kolts took the lead shortly after the half hour mark with a well created goal, passing & moving with a fine header at the end. Sean Cross’s injury lead to a change with another debutant, James Ewing coming on at LB pushing Michael Brown further forward. Despite the reshuffle of personnel Keyham grabbed a 2nd goal from a hotly disputed penalty just before H/T, After Jones had made a superb save from close range the Keyham striker appeared to hand off the keeper as the rebound dropped, Nick Errington stepping inside to counter this & was harshly adjudged to have kicked through the forward to win the ball, the penalty was dispatched high to the right. so at the break the score was 0-2 in Keyham’s favour. Into the 2nd half, Changes a plenty as Greg Davis, Wayne Southall, Rob Gregory, Chris Stephens & Steve Lacy came on. A sucker punch was to stun The Pirates though, a slide rule pass open up the back line & a fine finish from the speedy Keyham winger made it 0-3. Despite the early 2nd half set back the men in White turned up the pace & were rewarded with a superb long range goal from Paul Millar, a goal on debut after a smart turn & near post finish from 20 yards stunned the Keyham keeper. For the next 10mins The Pirates looked likely to get back in to the game, forcing to excellent saves & a series of corners, sadly the 2nd goal never came, 2 further close range goals followed to effectively end the match as a contest & The Kolts ran out comfortable winners.
Plenty of positives taken from a Pirates perspective, the debuting players add depth & quality to the squad & the fitness levels continue to increase for the team, a few small errors are natural at this stage of Pre-Season & with 3 further warm up games to come things are looking good in preparation for the upcoming League campaign. The Pirates play Team Carpy next on Wednesday 6th of August.
Man Of The Match: Nick Errington
Jones, Berntsen, Errington, Hannigan (c), Brown, Isaacs, Millar, Amador, Reed, Cross, Dainty.
Southall, Stephens, Davis, Gregory, Lacy, Ewing.