Unlucky Pirates Sunk In Season Opener
(Sunday 17th August 2014)
The Pirates set sail on their second season of Sunday League Football but sadly did so with defeat at Aylesbury Park against The Southway. Having played out a 1-1 draw in a Pre-Season Friendly 4 days earlier both sides came into the game very much focused on getting the season off to a winning start & it was The Pirates, proudly displaying the new “Bergkamp Wonderland” emblazoned Red Home kit, who struck early! With only a minute on the clock a sweeping attack resulted in a left sided corner, Steve Lacy swung in a superb centre & Centre Back Nick Errington crashed a header in to the net from 10 yards, a superb start. A stunned Southway side got the game back under way & quickly forced Carpenter’s side on to the back foot, 2 superb crosses narrowly avoiding the strikers, the pressure was mounting. With 31mins gone the pressure finally told for the Home side, after a period of heavy rain Pirates Left Back James Berntsen was hugely unlucky to slip allowing the wide man in behind, His cut back duly dispatched by the front man to make it 1-1. Much to Carpenter’s frustration the men in Red didn’t learn from the mistakes of Pre-Season by conceding quickly again, only 2mins after the equalizer Southway found themselves in front, another slip was at the source of the goal, Nick Errington did His best to cut out a slide rule cross, but with the turf giving way His slip presented the Striker with the simplest of tasks to poke the ball into the net from 5yards to turn the scoreline around after 33mins. The Pirates boss called across Captain Enda Hannigan to re-organise the team & a period of calm followed, at Half-Time the score was 2-1 to the Home side. A gee up at the break sent The Pirates out full of hope that they could get back in the game, with James Ewing quick to encourage the team from defence, but some rotten luck was to follow quickly in to the 2nd period. on 47mins what appeared to be a deep back post cross caught out goal keeper Richard Johns & with more than a little luck sailed into the net to make it 3-1. Stunned from such a unlucky goal against them The men in Red pushed on to try to hit back, forcing 3 corners, but nothing was forth coming, indeed it would get worse before it got better. With 58mins on the clock The Southway were awarded a free kick on the right hand touchline after a hotty disputed sliding challenge foul, once again a huge slice of luck followed, the ball looping towards goal, missing every target & dropping agonizingly into the back of the net. 4-1. Changes were made, Dan Amador & Greg Davis were sent on & a response quickly followed, 2mins after conceding it was game on again, Sub Amador taking down a ball in the middle of the park & with a superb slide rule pass sent Paul Millar clean through on goal, a great 1st touch & finish under the goal keeper had hopes restored, the scoreline now 4-2, but, once again The Pirates failed to keep the back door closed, with 63mins on the clock & only 3mins after getting back in the game a nailed was hammered in to the comeback chances, Southway winning the ball in Midfield & with a seemingly hit & hope drive from 25yards the number 7 caught out Keeper Johns to make it 5-2. Carpenter changed things again, Ryan Dainty coming on upfront with the formation changing to an attacking 3-5-2 in the attempt to hit back, but despite the best efforts of the team & a real sense of determination no further goals were to come. The game ending in a 5-2 win for the Home side.
A tough start to The Pirates season & in truth a real disappointment from a game they were hoping to win, but the mood remains a positive one heading in to the next game, which is a tough looking away trip to Plymouth Hope, who began their season with a 2-1 victory over Revelstoke Rangers.
The Man of the Match award this week goes to James Ewing, the tough tackling defender put in a superb performance on His competitive debut, a superb addition to The Pirates squad.
Goal Scorers: Errington (1) Millar (61)
Johns, Brettell, Errington, Ewing, Berntsen, Brown, Hannigan (c), Millar, Bailey, Holder, Lacy.
Dainty, Reed, Cross, Amador, Davis.
Man Of The Match: James Ewing