Brickhill Wanderers 1 – 5 WWFC Hurricanes
Scorer: Asante (2), Alphaeus (3)
H/T Score: 1 – 3
Team: Luke; Charles, Fareed, Rocco, Tao; Asante (c), Francis, Jeremy, Mitchell; Alphaeus
WOBURN’S A-TEAM DEMOLISH BRICKHILL
After returning to winning ways against Stewkley, the Woburn & Wavendon Hurricanes massive headed east to Bedford, where they would face Brickhill Wanderers. Once again Leon’s band of brothers was depleted, not just by injury (Harry joined Freddie and Kian in the walking wounded club) but also by the lure of other sports. Evan was away demonstrating his rugby prowess for his school, and similarly Ryan has decided to concentrate on rugby for the time being, so while we bid a fond farewell to Ryan, he’d certainly be welcomed back at Woburn in the future. Best of luck Ryan!
All of this meant that the Hurricanes were short of players, so Leon and his opposite number from Brickhill agreed to play as 10 v 10 – a sporting gesture appreciated by the Woburn faithful. Within a few minutes Brickhill had to clear the ball off of the line from Asante‘s shot after their keeper was unable to claim, but soon captain Asante got his reward by powering the ball home from close range. 0-1. However, the scores were soon level as a ball over the top of the Woburn defence was only cleared to a Brickhill player who skilfully lobbed the ball way over Luke‘s head into the net. 1-1. Straight away from the restart the Lions restored their lead as Alphaeus coolly slotted in from Asante’s pass. 1-2. Brickhill were not out of this, as a superb tackle from Fareed blocked one of their players’ attempts. The resulting corner was stoutly defended by a towering header from Francis to clear the lines, then Fareed was caught by a late challenge and had to leave the pitch for a short while to recover. This left 19 players on the pitch, but whilst Fareed was off, Woburn held firm. By the end of the half he was back on, and just seconds before the half-time whistle blew Francis’ throw-in was lobbed into the box by Charles for Asante to apply a clinical finish. 1-3.
After the break the inevitable Brickhill bombardment started. Tao made a superb tackle on the edge of the box as an onrushing Wanderer strode towards the goal, and moments later Charles headed a ball off of the line. Woburn then took back control of the game, with Francis’ cross just evading Jeremy‘s touch at the back post. The Lions thought that they had increased their lead when Alphaeus pounced on a loose ball and fired home, but the offside flag was raised. A minutes later, Mitchell pressured the defender into attempting a backpass which fell short of its intended destination. A gleeful Alphaeus nipped in, pushed it around the stricken keeper and poached his second. 1-4, all Asante and Alphaeus, the A-Team. The race was now on to see if one (or both) of them could bag a hat-trick, bearing in mind they had scored 2 each last week as well. Asante took aim with a couple of shots, one of which bobbled up and hit the keeper in the face, but fortunately he was able to continue after a short delay. Down the other end, Brickhill had a free kick which Rocco volleyed clear. The ball was helped on its way by Mitchell to Alphaeus who made no mistake. 1-5. After a superb save by Luke from a rare Wanderers foray, that was it – a second convincing away win in a week for Woburn.
Brickhill can have no real complaints about the scoreline, but they never gave up and were typically robust and gave Woburn a good physical contest. Next up for the Lions, another away trip to play the Tattenhoe Youth Panthers – can they make it 3 wins on the spin? Find out soon…