A few changes were made from the previous win against High Green Villa – absentees included Daniel Beech and the injured Phil Miskell but there was a return to the starting line-up for Terence Balmer and Sami Eric.
Caribbean Sports started the brighter of the two teams and had a one on one opportunity early on in the game; but keeper Scott Dinnigan came rushing out to make a superb block. The game was scrappy and it appeared to suit Caribbean more at the time. However, Bankers grew into the game after the opening 15 minutes.
Bankers threatened Caribbean’s goal by hitting the word-work twice in quick succession. Sami Eric’s corner hit the far post and Sam Dean’s effort on the rebound smacked the crossbar. Not long after Sami Eric had an opportunity when the ball was cut back to him around 10 yards out, but his shot went over.
Sam Dean had another opportunity himself when he flew through on goal but couldn’t divert the ball on target when he took his shot. The first half remained goalless at half time.
The second half saw a slightly more open game. Sami Eric had another opportunity from close range when his left foot volley from a bouncing cross was saved by the keeper. Caribbean continued to attack themselves, with their right winger looking a threat. But Bankers’ defence were proving resolute; preventing clear cut chances.
Changes were made by Andy Taylor, Jack Roe and Jack Joyce replaced Captain Mikey Russell and Mauro Pistis in midfield, whilst Matt Taylor replaced Sami Eric on the wing. At this stage the match opened up and this appeared to suit Bankers better. As Caribbean pushed a high line, Bankers looked to get in behind. Fan favourite Robert Jerrison ran tirelessly down the left hand side, and Chris Tunstall continued to pull the strings. Sam Dean looked to be through on goal when Matt Taylor played a through ball down the middle, but Caribbean’s keeper blocked the attack well.
With only a few minutes remaining the game changing moment occurred. A free kick was conceded by Caribbean on the left hand side. Robert Jerrison crossed the ball in and Caribbean’s full back was adjudged to handle the ball in the area. The referee quickly awarded a penalty. Chris Tunstall stepped up to take it and drove the ball into the corner of the net. 1-0 to Bankers.
For the last few minutes Bankers soaked up the pressure from Caribbean and defended the match out in a controlled manner. A mature performance from the team.
This Saturday Bankers host Kingsthorpe United at Hillsborough College.
Manager’s Man of the Match: Jo Robinson