Superb League Form Continues For Goal Hungry Knight’s Pirates
(Sunday 18th October 2015)
Having drawn 3-3 against The Duke Of Cornwall earlier in the season The Pirates were very much keen to take the three points in the home fixture, but two injuries ahead of the game dealt a blow. Dan Yeoman & Sammy McGowan failed fitness tests & thus were ruled out of the fixture & with a number of other players already ruled out Manager Carpenter was forced in to a reshuffle. Captain am Bruty once again used as an emergency Centre Back partnering Nick Errington who’s return from injury was most welcome. Elsewhere Steve Tapper kept his place up front with Jimmy Williams & Paul Millar returning to the starting XI. A game of excitement lay ahead.
The game got underway at a frantic pace, both sides looking to get on the front foot & lay down a marker with an early goal & it was the away side that struck that blow. A ball down the right hand channel bi-passed The Pirates defence & after a mix up between James Ewing & Keeper Liam Hooks the Duke forward was able to take the ball down, round Hooks & shoot home, heads hung. 0-1.
Despite conceding early The Pirates didn’t seem effected by the set back, in fact as the minutes passed they were taking control of the game, good link up between Williams, Manolias & Knight was proving a tough test for The Duke & on 14mins it was the latter of the three who would notch the leveller. Forward Callum Knight who was on a hot streak coming in to this game added to his season tally, A well placed through ball from Nick Errington from the back released his run & after making some space he found a composed finish in to the low left corner. 1-1.
Having got the equalizer it was all Carpenter’s men for the next period of the match, Sam Bruty & Steve Tapper both unlucky not to find the net in the next five minutes of play, but they wouldn’t have to wait long to grab the lead. Two goals in quick succession saw the game turned on its head, the first coming laid on by Enda Hannigan’s clever low slid pass & the second a brilliantly judged knock down header from skipper Bruty from a set piece, the scorer of both goals? Some what predictably Callum Knight! The young forward taking both finishes superbly well to make it 3-1.
With a two goal lead The Pirates seemed happy to settle the game down until the break, keeping possession & moving the opposition around, the only real threat coming through error rather than good play from Duke, but despite going in at the interval with the score the same it was clear the game was far from over & a strong second period would be required. Half-time 3-1.
The second half got underway with both sides keeping the same lineups, the early running was from the visitors, pressing high & winning the ball back at every opportunity, two narrow escapes in the first few seconds for The Pirates as Duke almost got goals back but both shots going narrowly wide. However, a goal back was on the cards & on 50mins it duly arrived. A free-kick out on the right touchline was swung in to the middle & despite Liam Hooks making a fine diving save to deny the initial header the rebound was turned in after The Pirates failed to react to the loose ball. 3-2.
The game had changed, with the goal back Duke had the wind in their sails, pressing hard against a resilient Pirates defence, Sam Bruty & Nick Errington doing well to repel numerous attacks with superb clearing headers, Keeper Liam Hooks also in top form sweeping behind the back four & claiming multiple crosses, but with the amount of pressure being applied it seemed an equalizer was on the cards & it duly arrived on 62mins, A ball played through the middle narrowly evaded the lunge of Sam Bruty, releasing the centre forward who took the ball in towards goal & finished past the unlucky Hooks who was left exposed. The game had turned again & was level at 3-3.
An amazing game was worthy of a winning goal & luckily for The Pirates it would be they who would grab it! Just 4mins after conceding it was a real mark of resilience to get back in front. Substitute Wayne Southall who had only just be introduced to the game received the ball on his chest just inside the Duke half on the left hand side & with a deft piece of control he sent a superb ball in behind the defence for Callum Knight to race on to, as the No9 bore down on goal it seemed inevitable that he would score given his run of form & score he did! Chipping the out rushing goal keeper from a wide angle beating two defenders in the process! A truly superb goal! 4-3
There was still time for Liam Hooks to make himself a hero for The Pirates, producing a truly stunning reflex save from close range on 72mins as Duke pressed hard for an equalizer, but on this day Carpenter’s men hung on to their lead, moving 4th in the table with a deserved victory.
Stephens (RB) Bruty (CB) Errington (CB) Ewing (LB)
Hannigan (MF) Millar (MF)
Manolias (RF) Williams (CF) Knight (LF)
Southall, Isaacs, Jones, Brown.
Riverside Saints Reserves (H) Sunday 25th October 2015, Plympton Saint Mary
Man Of The Match
Man Of The Match: Jimmy Williams
Returning to the side after a few weeks out is never easy, but today Jimmy stepped up to deliver a MOTM performance! Callum Knight, Liam Hooks & Paul Millar were all also superb on the day but Jimmy got the vote for sheer work rate & energy over the 90mins. Getting on the ball, dictating the pace of the game & playing some fantastic passes showed just how good he can be on any given day. His tough tackling, reading of the game & ability to win headers above player twice his size also really stood out on the day & in this form Jimmy can only make The Pirates better.