Deanshanger Colts 3 – 1 WWFC Hurricanes
H/T Score: 2 – 1
Team: Evan; Freddie, Orlando, Ryan; Asante, Francis, Harry, Josh, Rocco(c); Charles
HURRICANES COME A CROPPER AGAINST COLTS
After last week’s defeat against Tattenhoe Youth Tigers, Hurricanes arranged a friendly match against Deanshanger Colts from Division 4 to tide them over between league matches. Despite it being the start of half-term week, Leon was able to pick from almost a full squad (only Luke and Tao being absent), and both Josh and Asante looked keen to get one over on their old team.
Deanshanger started strongly on their sloping pitch and with the wind behind them were soon 1-0 up from a cross which evaded the Hurricanes defence being turned in at the far post. However Hurricanes rallied with Harry levelling the scores from Josh’s cross. The game ebbed and flowed with neither side looking dominant then shortly before half-time a Colts through ball saw Evan unable to collect cleanly before the onrushing attacker played it off of him, controlled the rebound and rolled it into the empty net. Unfortunately, Evan was injured and unable to continue so Francis gamely pulled on the keeper’s jersey. Half-Time: 2-1.
The home team drew confidence from their lead, and their tricky no. 7 was causing all sorts of problems for the Hurricanes’ defence of Ryan, Freddie and Orlando. Rocco helped steady the ship, but with Francis now in goal, Asante and Harry resumed wide duties and Charles was pushed forward in an unfamiliar striking role. Asante hit the post from a tight angle, then Francis made an outstanding diving save to his left stopping a certain goal. The best move of the game saw Josh slot home after 4 or 5 crisp Hurricanes passes, but sadly it was ruled offside. Colts quickly broke forwards, and the striker side-footed the ball off the outside of the post as Francis raced out to meet him. In fact, he was only beaten when the no. 7 chipped a delightful cross to the no. 10 who lashed home into the bottom corner. 3-1. Hurricanes tried to get back into the game with Asante running half the length of the pitch but his shot was just wide. Another Francis save from a Colts free kick followed, Charles was unlucky to hit the post with a carefully-placed attempt, and that was it – a disappointing defeat against a spirited Deanshanger team.
Credit must go to the Colts for a good sporting friendly, and a useful exercise for the Hurricanes with several changes in formation to build on for the following week’s clash against Bletchley Juniors.