Visit to Leagrave on a pitch that could double up as a ski slope, and a blustery wind, it was a difficult day for football.
Sundon had the wind behind them in the first half, looking to load in the box as early as they could, they struggled initially to judge their distances, with Hayden the busiest player on the pitch – retreiving the ball from the opposite end of the park. Hurricanes were struggling to get to grips with the conditions, but they did create two clear cut chances, with Joseph clean through skewing wide on the both occasions with the goal at his mercy, don’t think the bobbly pitch made his life easy. Sundon hit the bar from a long range effort, from the rebound the Sundon striker missed what can only be desrbided as a ‘sitter’ ballooning the ball over the bar.
Sundon’s No.7 was causing huge problems, running at pace, proving very difficult to stop, but rarely producing an end product. Hayden did keep the scores level outstretching a foot to keep an attempt off the line. As the game drifted towards half time, a rare defensive lapse allowed a Sundon player time in the box, he neatly tucked in to the bottom corner, it was a rare lapse under a lot of pressure, the back three had been immaculate up until this point 1-0.
Half time team talk was positive, with the wind behind us we could make life difficult for the home side in the second half, a 1 goal defecit, wasn’t too bad for our first half efforts.
Hurricanes came out of the traps quickly in the second half, Jake putting a shot millimetres wide when clean through with just the ‘keeper to beat, it was a golden opportunity. Hurricanes were well on top, but Sundon looked good on the counter, their No.7 a constant thorn in the side with his pace and trickery. Donny set off on a pacy run down the right, he went past his full back like he wasn’t there, drove to the byline to pull back for Jordan for the simplest of tap in’s 1-1. A mirror move just a few minutes later, this time Donny pulling back to Joseph, but instead of shooting first time, he took a heavy touch and the chance was snuffed out. Sundon then took the lead against the run of play, a weak attempted shot with outsdie of the boot, held up in the wind, and the striker pounced on it and slotted home 2-1.
Hurricanes pushed to try and get an equaliser, as a result they lost their midfield shape, and it became end to end stuff, Donny again flying down the right and in to the box, with just the ‘keeper to beat he put his shot in to the side netting, it was a great opprtunity to level. Sundon then had a penalty appeal waved away, Alex clipping the No.7’s heels in the box, it looked a clear penalty, but the Referee wasn’t concinced, Alex for his troubles needed to be withdrawn from the action, having been raked down his shin in the process. The game was drifting to a close, but a mix up in the centre of defence and a full back, a combination of too deep and to wide to come in and cover, allowed the Sundon striker a clear site of goal and he rifled his shot low to the bottom corner to complete his hat trick. It was the final action of the game, harsh on the away side, with the opposition manager saying he would have been happy to come away with apoint on the balance of play, a fair reflection of the game.
P.O.T.M: Jack E – A welcome return to action, althouggh slightly marred with a yellow card.