Great Linford Warriors 3 – 2 WWFC Hurricanes
Scorers: Harry, Asante
Team: Evan; Charles, Freddie, Orlando, Rocco (c), Ryan; Asante, Francis, Harry, Josh, Luke; Tao
WARRIORS EDGE PAST HURRICANES in 5-GOAL THRILLER
As Milton Keynes woke up to the sounds of cocks crowing and horses whinnying, Hurricanes headed to Great Linford for their final game of the Autumn/Winter 2014 season. Currently the Woburn team were 3rd and Great Linford 4th, and the winner would finish higher than the loser. Hurricanes had beaten the Warriors in the October Cup game and also this time had a full squad to choose from, but Great Linford have a large pitch with larger goals…
The game started with the Woburn team on the front foot. Rocco played the ball to Asante, who brought the first save from the home keeper. Soon, the ball was down the other end as a corner was stoutly defended. Good interplay between Orlando, Asante and Tao down the right nearly produced the first goal, then Charles showed his mettle with a fine tackle from the onrushing Warriors forward, before Luke made a save. The Lions were in the ascendancy – Harry then went close with a shot from distance, then Josh sent Tao through but his progress was halted by a handball. The resulting free kick from Rocco rebounded off of the wall and his second attempt was scooped up by the grateful keeper. Orlando played Tao through again, but he was just offside – that first goal was proving elusive. Josh’s slide-rule pass found Harry out wide, but his cross fell just behind Tao, who was looking a threat to the home defence with every move. Yet another cross, this time from Freddie, also managed to evade several Woburn feet on its way across the goal.
However it was not one-way traffic. Great Linford won a corner from a smart save from Luke, who rushed off of his line to thwart the attacker. From the corner, their imposing no. 3 brushed off his marker to slot home from 3 yards. 1-0, the deadlock broken 13 minutes in – unlucky for some… Hurricanes responded, and Harry and Francis teamed up to dispossess the home defender, with Tao putting the resulting shot just wide. Following more good work from Orlando, Rocco was fouled near the edge of the Great Linford box. Harry stepped up and once again unleashed a thunderer into the roof of the net. 1-1, and another to add to Harry’s collection of great goals for the season. This seemed to galvanise the home team who minutes after they put a header wide from a corner, scored a terrific team goal into the corner of the net to retake the lead. 2-1, and half-time beckoned.
Evan took up the goalkeeping duties for the second half, and Luke moved into an outfield position. Immediately, Woburn won a corner but Francis’ header was just past the post. Another corner saw Luke’s excellent delivery find Tao, but once again the home keeper was able to collect. 10 minutes into the half, and parity was restored with arguably the goal of the match. Luke collected the ball in midfield and slid an inviting ball through to Asante on the left. His pace took him past the defender, and a cool finish evaded the stopper. 2-2, and still it was all to play for!
Corners were shared as the game became end-to-end with both teams looking to push on and find a way through. Tempers were running high, and Rocco was floored by one particularly robust challenge. With just over 10 minutes left a clearance was deflected into the path of the Warriors’ no. 9 who ran through and slotted past Evan. 3-2, and Lions had to respond to protect their lofty table position. Ryan saw his fierce volley fly just wide, then Evan’s goal kick was flicked on by Josh but Francis was flagged offside. Asante also had an effort blocked, and that was that – the Warriors had defeated the Hurricanes in a very evenly-matched game.
Well played Warriors, cheered on by their vocal support. Bad luck Hurricanes, who despite losing this match still finish the season in a creditable mid-table position. The boys can now look forward to a well-earned rest for the festive season whilst the promotions and relegations between Divisions are confirmed.
Merry Christmas everyone, thanks for reading, you’ve been a wonderful audience, see you in 2015.