It felt like spring had finally arrived with the sun poking through clouds, a refreshing to change to previous months of cold, rain and high winds.
Whirlwinds started with some real sunshine in their play, straight from kick off Jack C to Billy to Oliver a quick one two with Jake, to Jack M who slid the ball through to Ajiri, centre of the goal and 20 seconds gone, he fired past the keeper off the inside of the post an in, Ampthill’s first touch of the ball was that of the Keeper picking it out of his net 0-1. The away side dominated the early stages, Ajiri and Jack M both testing the home keeper. Oliver had a great chance to double the lead, attacking the back post from a fast counter attack, he stabbed his effort just wide with the goal gaping. Ampthill eventually started to grow in to the game, launching some attacks of their own, looking particularly dangerous down the right with Thomas struggling to cope with a constant 2v1 against him, he was to his credit, that he was just about holding his own. Nathan showed good hands to hold on to one long range effort, a couple more were fired over, and one fired just wide. Whirlwinds had backed off in midfield, and had almost abandoned their defensive duties down the left, Ampthill looked to capatilise and so they did, a wide open space was left down the right, Ampthill switched the ball from left to right from a throw, the right midfielder had oceans of space to travel and deliver a low cross which was sweetly despatched in to the bottom corner 1-1.
This prompted a substitution from the away side with Jack D always a bundle of energy, sent on to add some defensive solidity to the left hand side of the pitch. He had an immediate effect with the home sides only real attacking threat now strangled, the game was more of an even contest with neither side carving out any real opportunities, but the away side enjoying the lions share of possession. Half time came, and it was a fairly even first half, which reflected in score line.
Half time team talk was positive, but we needed to get tighter in midfield and starve the opposition space down their right, which was their only real source of attacking threat in the first half.
The second half got under way, Whirlwnds looking much more energetic in midfield and squeezing the home side in to mistakes. They were back in control, however the next piece of telling action had nothing to do with their game plan, a defensive clearance by Thomas cleared the last line of defence, Jack M set off in chase, the home keeper raced off his line and took an almighty sweep at the ball, it went under his foot and continued to roll towards the centre of the goal, the two covering defenders converged just half a yard from the goal line, and collided with each other both ending up in a crumpled heap on the goal line, Jack M was presented with his easiest chance all season and he duly accepted the gift, it was with met delusion from the home side, and mirth from the away side who couldn’t help but see the funny side of their good fortune 1-2.
The goal and its nature, sucked the resistance from the home side, Ajiri fired in to the side netting, Sam now showing his attacking skill, twisted and turned and sent a 20 yard lob that skipped off the top of the bar. Whirlwinds were flying and Jack M sealed the win with a fine goal, 20 yards away from goal he controlled and smashed a looping half volley over the stranded keeper 1-3. A few minutes later Ajiri tried the same thing but this time the home keeper managed to tip over. Ajiri was again in thick of the action, this time choosing to try and score from a tight angle, when he had queue of forwards waiting for a simple tap in. That was about the final action of an eventful game.
Scorers : Ajiri, Jack M (2)
Summary : A fantastic start but we couldn’t quite add a second goal to kill the game off early. A little bit if naivety and disorganisation allowed Ampthill back in the game. However the second half we controlled the game extremely well, and could have won by a bigger margin. A fantastic away win, against a team who were previously unbeaten in the league this season.
M.O.T.M. : Billy again looked strong in midfield, Oliver worked his socks off, Jack D made a great contribution, carrying out a tactical change, which allowed us to gain control back of the game. Ajiri and Jack M with their goal threat were excellent, but this weeks award goes to Thomas, stood firm when under a lot of pressure in the first half, and calm, composed and controlled in the second.