Pirates Run Riot, As Tamar View Sink In The Mud!
(Sunday 22nd February 2015)
Wow! What a day, what a performance, what a game! A fixture that both teams were eagerly anticipating didn’t fail to deliver despite a ploughed field for a pitch at Chaucer Way. Both teams arrived to be greeted by wind & rain, things were not looking good for the match to go ahead, but with a little gentle persuasion the referee decided to give the game a chance, game on!
The Pirates got the game under way, attacking from left to right, the tempo & theme of the game would be set early. Only 5mins on the clock & the 1st goal was netted, Steve Lacy finding a sublime through for Jimmy Williams to cut in from the left & beat the advancing keeper with a beautifully placed lob in to the far corner. 0-1 Pirates. Despite the fast start old wounds opened defensively & within 2mins Tamar View were level, a long ball over the top catching the defensive line square & it was 1-1. The equalizer only seemed to galvanise the away side to attack harder, with 12mins on the clock Jimmy Williams converted an excellent cut back from Dan Amador for 1-2 & just 3mins later the stand in striker bagged His 1st Pirate hat trick smashing home a long clearance down field from keeper Richard Johns who was quick to claim the assist!
A superb start to the game was to get even better a few minutes later, Williams again released by the excellent Steve Lacy, cutting inside the box was crudely chopped to the ground by the home sides keeper, Penalty! Michael Brown stepped up & confidently dispatched His 2nd pen of the season low in to the left corner. 1-4. With such a commanding lead The Pirates seemed to take their eye of the ball & begin to coast in the game, something that Tamar View sensed & duly punished! A long freekick looped up & over Richard Johns for 2-4, the Keeper somewhat unlucky as the ball clearly caught the wind, but from a corner 6mins later He will be disappointed that his wayward punch ended up in His own net for 3-4. The warning signs were there & The Pirates were quickly forced to refocus by the re-sergeant Home side, refocus they soon would…
With 35mins on the clock Carpenter’s men put the foot back firmly on the attacking pedal, Williams, Lacy & Brown causing the Tamar View defence to drop deeper & deeper, after some delightful interplay between Nick Errington & Sam Bruty the former getting to the byline & cutting the ball back for the arriving Williams to drill home His 4th goal of the match. 3-5. Errington himself would be next to get on the score sheet, winning the ball in Midfield taking on & beating 2 men before cracking the ball in to the net for 3-6. There was still time for a further strike before the interval, excellent close passing between Captain Enda Hannigan, Errington & Lacy ended in the former grabbing another assist for Jimmy Williams to convert from close range, His 5th goal of the game! Further chances came & went, Sam Bruty unlucky to see His shot blocked on the line after a scramble from a corner & centre back James Ewing’s extravagant over head kick also went close, but never the less at the break The Pirates were well on top & in truth very comfortable. Half time 3-7.
As the 2nd period got under way it was clear Tamar View were a beaten side, a fact never more clear when The Pirates netted an early goal just 3mins into the restart. Enda Hannigan’s throw in finding Nick Errington at the back post to nod in un-challenged for His 2nd goal of the game. The foot was placed firmly on the throat of the opposition, the men in Green smelt blood… Errington completed his hat trick in the 53rd min, Dan Amador the architect & after being blatantly fouled the lose ball ran to the number 5 who tapped home. A Michael Brown pull back saw Errington add a 4th of the game & just a minute later after Right Back James Berntsen’s exceptional throw ball from the full back area, the Midfield man skipped past the prone Keeper & despite the ball holding up in the mud, tapped home for his 5th of the game, The Pirates 11th! A day to remember was only briefly soured with Tamar View grabbing a 4th goal after catching the away side at the back with a 2 on 1 situation, but the final part of the game saw Carpenter’s men add further goals to the tally.
Substutions were made in an effort to give everyone some pitch time, Chris Stephens & Sean Cross replaced Michael Brown & Dan Amador, with Aaron Reed also getting a run out as James Berntsen as given a breather. The changes only seemed to add to The Pirates attacking threat & on 66 mins Jimmy Williams would once again combine with Steve Lacy who’s excellent assist left Williams with an easy finish for His 6th goal of the day, a double hat trick! With 8mins remaining & time running out came a moment Sean Cross had been waiting for seemingly all season, He finally broke His duck! Nick Errington was sent clear through the middle from a Lacy pass & when His shot was parried by the now sub Keeper, Cross was there to slide home into the empty net from 12 yards, the shirt was removed & a full length dive into the dearest muddy puddle was to follow in celebration, sadly a yellow card would also follow! Harsh! There was still time for Errington to join Williams in notching a double hat trick 6th goal (87) & Aaron Reed to go close with a 25 yard effort that did seem to cross the line. However the final word would belong to Sean Cross, curling a precise lob in to the net from 20 yards in the 89th minute after Nick Errington’s shot was blocked by the Keeper who had gone walkabout & got caught outside His penalty box unable to make any save! An incredible end to an incredible day! What a performance from The Pirates, a victory to savour. Final score 4-15.
To summarise this game so much could be said! All positive which is really great to say! From 1-11 & all 3 subs were just superb today! The easy thing to do when playing a team below you in the League is to under estimate them & take your focus off the task at hand, happily The Pirates showed little or no signs of this! A switch to a more attacking 4-3-3 system seemed to suit the players & got the attacking mentality in the mindset from the off, in truth the final score could & maybe should have been even greater, special nods to Steve Lacy, Sam Bruty & Dan Amador who all had superb games in the Midfield area & despite not scoring set the tone for those around them to secure a famous win!
The Man Of The Match award this week goes to Nick Errington. It was a very hard job singling out any one player from such a superb team effort today, but despite Jimmy Williams grabbing 6 goals, James Ewing & Adam Morgan controlling the tackling side of the game, as well as Steve Lacy’s exceptional link play & assist making I decided to award Nick the MOTM award, coming back in to a team after a weeks away is never easy but as this game progressed Nick seemed to raise His game to higher & higher levels & was a key part of an superb victory. Congrats Nick.
Goal Scorers: Williams (5,12,15,32,37,66) Brown (18 Pen) Errington (35,48,53,54,59,87) Cross (82,89)
Johns, Berntsen, Ewing, Morgan, Hannigan (c), Bruty, Amador, Errington, Brown, Williams, Lacy.
Cross, Reed, Stephens.
Man Of The Match: Nick Errington