Hurricanes don’t like gales !
Not for the first time, windy conditions did not agree with the team. Our 100% record in 2016 is no more, but it could have been so different. A hat full of chances went begging in the first half, and with the slope on our side in the second period, we hoped that would be an advantage to overcome our lack of substitutes. Originally this fixture was to be away, but unplayable pitches at Bromham meant it was switched to the Rec. It was always touch and go whether we would have enough players (Fulbrook School trip), and then when both Archie F & Harrison fell ill, we were left with just 7 players. Our opponents enjoyed a larger squad, and playing on such a big pitch, the boys were always going to tire. In an attempt to re-generate energies, both Daniel & Joe V had second half spells in goal. Thanks must go to them for giving it their best, however the move was probably not the best managerial decision, and it left us vulnerable.
I think we were all left wishing we could have had a full squad playing 9-a-side in more reliable conditions. The boys showed excellent spirit right to the end, and still carved out plenty more chances but it was not to be.