Perfect Pirates Sink Tamar In Thriller
(Sunday 7th December 2014)
The Pirates notched their 2nd League win this season today after a stunning performance, blowing Tamar View away with a magnificent 7! In truth the margin could & should have been more, but when all is said & done a win is a win & its was one the Home side richly merited.
Kicking from Left to Right The Pirates got the very best possible start, after 6mins Greg Davis swung in a corner from the left & Nick Errington rose highest beating 2 markers to the header which flew high in to the net! The keeper left flapping at thin air, 1-0. Tamar View were stunned! As they got the game back underway it was clear the Home side would get more chances in this game, in fact only 5mins later it could & should have been 2, striker Callum Knight going on a weaving run from the right hand side & unleashing a low drive which the keeper did well to save, Sean Cross, making His 5th start of the season only an inch from turning in the rebound but the ball bounced away to safety for a goal kick. A period of calm then ensued, but on 21mins a shock would come. Despite being on the back foot for the entire opening period Tamar View grabbed a shock leveller! Having scored at the right end Nick Errington unluckily headed the ball in to His own net after being pressured from an in-swinging corner. The Pirates would need to regroup. 1-1.
The Pirates, playing in Green for the day, quickly got back on the front foot, Wayne Southall, making His 1st start this season played a fine slide rule pass through to Knight on 26mins only for the keeper to save again, however Home keeper Richard Johns was also called in to action on 28, saving well low down to His left after a rare break away from Tamar View. Further chances fell to the Home side, The Tamar keeper hugely fortunate to stay on the pitch after dragging Knight to the floor on 31mins, the referee, who would have a poor game to say the least, amazingly gave a freekick the other way! However, The next goal would arrive shortly after, once again it was Midfielder Wayne Southall flighting a delightful through ball over the top, Knight outpacing the square Tamar back line to drive the ball low past the keeper in to the bottom left, it was 2-1.
The pressure & wave of attacks continued on the Tamar goal, Knight a constant threat, with Millar, Davis & sub Steve Lacy, who had replaced the injured Brad Smith early on were causing plenty of trouble for the away side in the midfield area. On 42mins The Pirates would grab a richly deserved cushion going in to Half-Time, the exact same combination for the 1st goal would again undo Tamar, Greg Davis’ corner, Nick Errington’s header, via a Paul Millar flick on for 3-1!
The 2nd half would see The Pirates really up the tempo, playing their best Football of the season in the process, Callum Knight smashing a half volley against the bar just seconds after the restart from a James Ewing long pass & on 52mins a 4th goal would arrive, Paul Millar, tireless in the Midfield slid an inch perfect pass through the centre of the Tamar Defensive line & once again it was Knight finishing in to the bottom right corner for 4-1, His day would only get better.
Only 10mins later sub Steve Lacy would present Knight with His hat-trick goal, another sublime ball over the top leaving the young striker to tuck away the finish, but 5-1 would very quickly become 5-2, The Pirates switching off just a minute later & Tamar scoring from a corner after a 6 yard box scramble. Despite the goal set back The Pirates continued to impress & push for more goals, once again the Tamar Goalkeeper should have been sent off following a 2 footed last man lunge on Callum Knight in a one on one, again nothing given & shortly after a stone wall penalty claim was also waved away! Incredibly inept refereeing! On 64mins though the 4 goal advantage was restored in amazing fashion, Knight grabbing His 4th goal of the game with an outrageous rabona flick finish into the far corner of the net from 12 yards after being sent clear by Man Of The Match Greg Davis’ through ball. With the scoreline now at 6-2 the points were safe.
Further chances were created but missed in the closing minutes, Knight crashing a long range effort against the bar, Captain Enda Hannigan hitting the post & Steve Lacy dragging a shot wide from the angle, but with 7mins remaining The Pirates would grab a cherry on top of the icing 7th goal, Callum Knight getting a career high 5 goals in 1 game, latching on to a poor defensive header to net into the bottom right. A truly memorable day for The Pirates, with Manager Kris Carpenter & Assistant Dave Miller left beaming with delight with the final score of 7-2.
Summing this game up is simple really, terrific! Every player from 1-11 & all 3 subs made a real impression on the day. Granted Tamar View was a game The Pirates were expected to win, but to score 7 goals in a game that could’ve seen many more was a great achievement. The return fixture will likely see a closer game with Tamar keen to put in a better effort, but with The Pirates in this form, even top of the table Revelstoke Rangers (Next Fixture) will be a little concerned.
The Man Of The Match award this week goes to Greg Davis. Despite the obvious choice being Callum Knight with 5 goals on the day Greg was the stand out performer, His tireless running up & down the right hand side was a key factor of the win, especially with the opposition tiring in the 2nd half, 3 assists in 3 games is great, but 3 in 1 game is simply superb. Greg more than merited the award this week & with His continuing improvement week on week, commitment to the team & high effort levels, the right sided position has very much been made His own. Congrats Greg.
Goal Scorers: Errington (6, 42) Knight (34, 52, 54, 64, 83)
Johns, Brown, Ewing, Smith, Hannigan (c), Cross, Errington, Southall, Millar, Davis, Knight.
Lacy, Luckham, Stephens.
Man Of The Match: Greg Davis