After last weeks wintry weather, sunshine returned for a visit to Flitwicks impressive F.A. football centre.
It was the home team who showed the early promise, playing with a little more intensity, and largely winning the loose balls in midfield. Hurricanes just weren’t quite at it, and were struggling to get out of 1st gear, however they managed to just about keep the Eagles at arms length, to deny any goal scoring opportunities. In their first real raid forward, Joe was released down the right and forced a corner. Benji sent in a quality delivery, which Keiron flicked on, Louie loitering on the edge of the box, met the flick with a looping header, back over the keeper in to the top right hand corner, a goal against the run of play but of real quality 0-1. The goal lifted the away side, the next action saw Benji slide Louie through on goal, his low shot was deflected off the advancing keeper and out for a corner. Benji again swung in the corner, this time Andrew met the ball, centre of goal his powerful header just went over the bar.
The home side were still seeing plenty of the ball, but their threat was largely being snuffed out in the last third of the field, Hurricanes soon added a second, Benji slotting Louie in to fire past the keeper 0-2. A good reaction came for the home team, which called Hayden in to his first serious action of the game, pulling of a fine save down to his left, and then getting up to pull off an even better save to his right, it was top class goalkeeping. It seemed to finally spark the away side in to life as they, finally found a way out of their cumbersome start, Joe fired shot just over the bar, Kieron headed a corner just wide. Louie then chipped a shot over the bar, chance after chance went begging, Benji somehow hit the post form 2 yards out after a goalmouth scramble, the away side couldn’t quite add a third to kill the game off before half time.
Half time team talk concentrated on closing some space, which the opposition were getting in the centre of the pitch, which we felt was enabling them to get too much possession of the ball. Alongside the usual story of we must be more clinical in front goal.
The second half started like the first, the home team fired up by a half time team talk, and the fact they were still in the game created the first chance of the 2nd half, a through ball saw the striker break free of the defence, Jack E just about managed to get enough pressure on, and he shot wide. A couple of minutes later they weren’t so fortunate, an identical move and this time the striker found the back of the net 1-2. Again the away team couldn’t get out first gear, the home team threatened an equaliser, they penetrated the Hurricanes defence far too easily down the left, shot past Hayden, but Jack E was on hand to sweep round and clear off the line. Like Hayden’s double save in the first half it seemed to act as a spark to the away team. Benji tested the ‘keepers handling with a stinging shot from the edge of the box. Louie finally settled any nerves, a superbly weighted pass from Benji he ghosted past the defence, feigned to go right and skipped left, past the despairing ‘keeper, to complete what he later advised the was the perfect, left foot, right foot & header hat trick 1-3.
Ethan and Louie were now threatening to run riot down the right, the latter crossing to the back post for Joe 2 yards out to skew his shot wide. A replica move from the other side this time the cross was provide by Oscar for Alex again 2 yards out to deflect his finish wide. A sweeping almost full pitch combination, full of pace and skill, between Ethan & Louie, tore the home team to shreds with latter crossing for the former, but with the goal gaping, the ball got trapped under his feet and the chance went, it was a real shame because the footballing skill showed in the build up deserved a goal. Louie, tail up and in terrorising form, tried a spectacular over head kick that went just wide. He then thundered a shot off the inside of the post. The home sides goal was leading a bit of a charmed life. Benji was now pulling the strings in midfield, a lovely pass to Louie, he powered past the full back, who made a desperate lunge and took his legs away as he raced towards goal. The referee awarded a free kick and strangely no card, right on the 18 yard box a yard in from the left of the box. Louie stepped up to take the free kick, he set it our 2 yards outside the of right hand post, a viscous curl, saw nestle in the bottom corner with the keeper rooted to the spot, it was moment of real high quality 1-4, and a fitting way to end the game.
Scorer: Louie (4)
Summary: We made hard work of it today, not starting either half particularly well, however when we really needed it we managed to find a extra gear or two, and in the end we were comfortable enough winners. We must improve in front of goal, it’s been a constant this season and showed again in this game, in tighter games to come we won’t have as many chances, so need to be more clinical in this area.
M.O.T.M: We were little flat today, Jack E & Keiron were pretty dependable a the back, Ethan was a threat with his pace, Benji had good spells in the game and again provided a couple of assists. This weeks award goes to Louie, bagged 4 goals, could have had more, his free kick was a thing of beauty.