The Sheffield Bankers are going from strength to strength and have extended there unbeaten streak to 15 in all competitions at home to Grimesthorpe.
Squad rotation continued with the unofficial manager of the month replacing last year's goalkeeper of the season Scott Dinnigan in goal. Captain Mikey Russell returned to the squad in his favoured centre midfield role, and Phil Miskell moved further forward into the number 10 role. Alex Colton also made his first start of the new season after some impressive cameo performances.
Bankers starting the better team they were passing the ball really well and looked in complete control throughout the first half.
Left back Jo Robinson had a shot on target from distance but the keeper was equal to it. Jack Joyce was linking up well with Jack Roe down the right wing and Mark 'Coco' Kokot was dictating the game.
Bankers were enjoying a lot of possession, breaking up Grimesthorpe everytime they entered the final third. This led to a counter attack starting with Alex Colton, who threaded through to Dan Beech and the Bankers were 1-0.
Moments later time seemed to stop still for the Sheffield Bankers as sweeper keeper Andrew Taylor came out of his box to stop an attack, he met the ball well and continued to march forward with the ball up to the 40 yard mark before releasing it. Fortunately it fell to a Bankers playing.
The second goal came as Bankers were awarded a corner. Andy Taylor insisted Jo Robison join the attack and make things difficult for the goalkeeper. Phil Miskil whipped in a beautifully flighted corner which was equally met by left back Jo Robinson for his first bankers goal in over 5 years.
Half time Bankers 2 Grimesthorpe 0
Bankers started the second half as Bankers always start the second half, on the back foot. They invited Grimesthorpe pressure on as they struggled to keep possession. Solid defending from last season’s old guard shut down any glimpse of the Bankers net.
After about 70 minutes Bankers began to find their feet and the introduction of Nzobe Francis and James Steers only fueled the desire for more goals. A quick counter attack saw Nzobe Francis thread Dan Beech for his second of the game from a tight angle.
Grimesthorpe had a chance to get back into the game in the 75th minute when a forward broke clear, a well struck shot on the angle was tipped onto the post by Taylor.
Bankers were now in complete control, Nzobe Francis and his fast feet were running the show and setting up many chances for himself and his team mates. Grimesthorpe were tired and offering nothing going forward.
Then on 85 minutes the most bizarre occurance to ever happen in the world of football. A slow played ball along the floor was played to James Steers on the wing at the half way line. Steers decided the best thing to do, under no pressure at all, was to play it back to his goal keeper who was positioned off his line to the right of the net. The ball travelled quickly in the air and Bankers stopped still wishing the ball to go over the net for a corner. No such luck, the ball hit the back of the net with such force that Scott Dinnigan felt it sat in his house.
Another professional performance by the Bankers!
Bankers win the game 3-1
Managers player of the match – Mark Kokot