Pirates “Cornered” In The Carpenter Derby
(Wednesday 6th August 2014)
The much anticipated Pre-Season “Carpenter Derby” ended in defeat for The Pirates in an entertaining evening game. Player Managers Kris (Pirates) & Dave (Team Carpy) exchanged a warm hand shake pre-match in a game that is always played in good spirits. In sweltering evening heat the game kicked off, The Pirates giving a debut to new striker Gary Holder, as well as a 1st start for fellow new boy James Ewing. Goals were quick to come, sadly from a Pirates perspective most in the wrong end! Corners were to prove the Achilles heel for Carpenter’s Boys, however, the opening goal came from a swift Team Carpy counter attack, a fine through ball left the centre forward one on one with Rhys Jones, Slipping the ball in to the bottom right hand corner with 12mins on the clock. The 2nd & 3rd goals came in quick succession, 2 corners, 2 goals against! The 1st a towering leap from Team Carpy’s centre back made it 0-2 after 15mins, with the 3rd goal coming soon after, indeed only 3mins later another corner was whipped in & again an un-marked forward nodded past Jones who was given no chance. A period of re-organising & calm followed, Boss Carpenter communicating to captain Enda Hannigan to ask the team to drop slightly deeper defensively & attack the ball quicker, 2 changes in midfield were made, Dean Matthews & Sean Cross taking leave with Steve Lacy & Greg Davis coming on in the wide positions. In the 30th minute The Pirates made their mark, Wayne Southall’s superb right sided corner was brilliantly converted by new signing & debutant Gary Holder, rising highest to nod home just ahead of James Bailey, bringing the score to 1-3. Sadly it was to be false hope, 9mins later Team Carpy restored a 3 goal cushion, a corner from the left was glanced in to the net, again poor marking. 2 further headed goals were to arrive before Half-Time, on 42mins another goal from a corner, despite Michael Brown’s excellent goal line clearance initially & right on the 45th minute mark the Pirates shipped an astonishing 5th goal from a corner, again failure to mark tightly resulted in the 6th goal. A strong half-time roasting was on Carpenter’s notepad. Half-Time 1-6. A hugely improved 2nd half performance saw The Pirates restore some much needed pride, Nick Errington & Adam Morgan came on to shore up the defence, with Adam Luckham, Ryan Dainty, Aaron Reed & Dan Amador also getting a run out after the break. The formation was also adjusted, from the preferred 4-2-3-1 to a flat 4-4-2. In the 61st minute the reward for hard work came, a fantastic right wing cross from Greg Davis caused havoc in the Team Carpy box, the goal keeper missing His punch, allowing Dean Matthews to stoop & head in at the back post. 2-6. The Pirates continued to press for further chances, more efforts on target were made, corners & free kicks forced, until eventually on 73mins a 3rd goal came, another good cross from Davis resulted in Ryan Dainty reacting quickly to instinctively volley a terrific finish into the near post. Despite a rally & continued pressure The Pirates were unable to force any further goals back, the match came to a close with a final score of 3-6 in favour of the visitors.
Despite the very poor 1st half & notable weakness at corners The Pirates 2nd half showed real signs of improvement from an attacking perspective & a lot more organisation in the back line. With only 2 Pre-Season fixtures left before the big kickoff Boss Carpenter has much to ponder.
With coastal storms forecast across the South West for the weekend everyone is crossing fingers that the game vs Valentis on Sunday the 10th will go ahead. COYP.
Man Of The Match: Nick Errington
Jones, Brown, Brettell, Hannigan (c), Ewing, Bailey, Gregory, Southall, Matthews, Cross, Holder.
Errington, Dainty, Davis, Berntsen, Morgan, Reed, Lacy, Amador, Luckham.