Bankers grind to a win
Bankers made it two wins in a row after defeating AFC Dronfield it what was a scrappy game.
The afternoon started with the news that Bankers’ winger Jack ‘Rolo’ Roe sustained a bad injury the evening before the match. All the lads at Bankers hope you get better soon Rolo; your performances in your debut season for the first team have been great so far this season.
With a couple of other absentees in the squad, the team was as followed:
GK: Sam Blackburn
Def: Richard Bartimote, Mike Elliott, Joe Jerrison, Jo Robinson
Mid: Sam Dean, Mikey Russell (C), Jack Joyce, Philip Sharpe
CF: Robert Jerrison, Sami Eric
Subs: Lewis Robinson, Matt Taylor, Ryan Griffiths (unused).
Management Team: Ryan Griffiths, Jason Paine
The first 10-15 minutes saw a slow pace to the game, with Bankers failing to get out of the traps during this period. Dronfield created a couple of chances early on but did not find the net. Robert Jerrison then began to show some promising signs by exploiting the space in front and behind the defence on the right hand side.
Mike Elliott had to be replaced early on by Lewis Robinson due to a tight hamstring. Hopefully he will not be out for long.
Bankers began to apply a little more pressure after the opening 15 minutes and had a chance to take the lead after Robert Jerrison won his side a penalty when he was tripped by the Dronfield defender. His brother Joe Jerrison stepped up to take it. Joe struck the ball well but the keeper guessed the right way and was able to pull off the save.
Joe quickly made amends however, as he met a Sami Eric corner to head the ball into the net from close range. 1-0 to Bankers.
Bankers doubled their lead around half an hour into the game as Sam Dean outpaced the defence to latch onto a through ball. One on one with the keeper, Sam shot high over the onrushing keeper and into the roof of the net. 2-0 to Bankers and it remained that way till half time.
The second half saw a few more openings for Bankers but a number of offside decisions given against them prevented a handful of chances. Bankers did manage to create a couple of good chances however. Matt Taylor, who had replaced Jo Robinson around 10 minutes into the second half, found himself one on one with the keeper but was unable to convert as the goaly blocked his effort. Bankers continued to press high up the pitch, with Robert Jerrison proving to be a menace all game.
Dronfield managed to pull a goal back after a cutback found an unmarked player on the edge of the six yard area, who slotted the ball into an open net. 2-1.
Bankers had another chance to extend their lead not long before the end. Sami Eric weaved in and out of the defenders from the right hand side of the area and nicely cut the ball back to Mikey Russell who had run into the area; but unfortunately he sliced it wide.
The full time whistle came and Bankers had sealed another victory, but they did make it hard for themselves.
Manager’s and Reporter’s Man of the Match: Robert Jerrison
Bankers travel away this Wednesday to play Penistone Church Reserves under the floodlights (7:45pm KO). A fixture that is bound to attract more interest than the Barcelona vs. Man City match being played on the same night.