With Phil Miskell and Jo Robinson unavailable, Bankers saw a welcome return to Daniel Beech and Mauro Pistis to the starting line-up. Keeper Sam Blackburn also made his return in goal, with his stand-in Andy Taylor returning to his place in the dug-out.
The first half was a reasonably scrappy affair, with a number of long balls being played by both teams. Caribbean took the lead around 15 minutes in as Bankers conceded an unlucky penalty after a clash of legs when two players went to kick the high bouncing ball. The ball was drilled into the bottom corner. 0-1 to Caribbean.
Bankers had a chance to pull a goal back when Robert Jerrison played a lovely through ball to Jack Roe. Jack escaped his marker but unfortunately missed the target. Another opportunity for Bankers arose after a long cross to the back post was met by Sam Dean, who did really well to head the ball across the six yard box, but nobody was there to follow it up.
Just before half time Caribbean had another appeal for a penalty waived away after a coming together just inside the corner of the area. The first half finished 0-1.
Bankers started brilliantly in the second half. Sam Dean and Jack Roe switched wings just before half time and this was used to good effect as both were involved in the goals scored for Bankers. The first Bankers’ goal came from a quick throw-in by Jack to Robert Jerrison. Rob turned towards goal and from around 20 yards out rifled the ball into the near top corner. The keeper got his hand to it but the shot was too powerful to keep it out. 1-1.
A second goal for Bankers came shortly after. Sam Dean providing the assist to Daniel Beech, who, from the corner of the box on the right hand side, curled the ball into the far corner. Lovely finish. 2-1 to Bankers.
Bankers start to the second half got even better as Jack Roe made it 3-1 around the hour mark. The move all started from a terrific save from Sam Blackburn to deny Caribbean an equaliser. From the resulting corner, Bankers cleared the ball and Captain Mikey Russell picked it up in the middle of the park and sent a searching ball over the defence and into the path of Jack. Rolo ran the ball into the box and slotted the ball low past the keeper. 3-1.
Bankers had another opportunity to score when Daniel Beech ran through on goal. However, the unbelievable pace from Caribbean’s centre half allowed him to recover the ball before Beechy could get into a shooting position.
Caribbean pulled a goal back against the run of play with around 25 minutes to go. A free kick from around 20-25 yards out, the ball flew over the wall and dipped into the corner of the net. 3-2.
Shortly after Sam Dean and Jack Roe were replaced by Tommi McCormick and Matt Taylor. The game had become more end to end by this point. Bankers had a chance when Matt Taylor headed the ball towards Robert Jerrison, but the Caribbean defender covered the ground well to make the block.
Caribbean finished the game off strongly as they looked for an equaliser but Bankers defended well, restricting the opposition to long range efforts only.
Full time came and the match finished 3-2. Bankers finally had the win they deserved from the last couple of games. Bankers unbeaten run has now stretched to four and only one loss in six games.
Bankers travel to AFC Dronfield on Saturday.
Manager’s man of the match: Mauro Pistis