A very mild October afternoon, for our very first encounter with Toddington Rovers.
A very small pitch, it was the home team who set the early pace, trying to play in the channels between the full backs and centre backs and enjoying plenty of success. Some last ditch defending, Keiron in particular producing one last ditch tackle to stop a certain goal. But the pressure soon told a ball inside the full back squared for a neat finish 1-0.
Hurricanes had hardly been an attacking threat, Donny on his return from injury having a little success down the right, but not able to produce a telling cross. A long pass/clearance from Luca sailed over the home defence and Louie raced on to it, entering the box and about to strike, he had his heels clipped and was sent sprawling to the ground, the Referee a long way from play, took his time but eventually pointed to the spot. Louie picked himself up and side footed the penalty to the ‘keepers right, who just got a finger tip to it, but couldn’t stop it going in 1-1. It was quite harsh on the home side, who had been well on top for the first 25 minutes. It should have got even harsher with the next attack, Joseph span a shot the ‘keeper could only parry directly in to Louie’s path, with the goal gaping, he somehow put his shot wide of the post.
Toddington continued to come forward, a cross from the left was half cleared to just outside the box centre of goal, where a Toddington player was allowed time and space, to control with his knee and the strike a sweet volley in to the bottom left hand corner, a great bit of skill, but poor defending from the Hurricanes 2-1.
Half time team re-shuffle to bring an extra body in to midfield, as we felt that was where we were loosing the contest.
The second half started an immediately the away side looked more in control of the game, now competitive in midfield, twice they sent Louie through, but the home ‘keeper came outside his box to head clear. He then made a stunning save to somehow keep out Jordan’s attempt from three yards. Next action saw the home ‘keeper again pull off a good save from Louie, who opted for a chipped finish, when possibly should have gone for power. Toddington were now barely an attacking threat, but a great strike from a full 25 yards had Hayden diving away to his left to push round the post. Louie was then sent clean through after some great attacking play from Joseph & Benji, with just the ‘keeper to beat, he opted this time for power, but got completely under the ball and just threatened to break the greenhouse in the garden behind the goal, rather than the net. Frustration was setting in and again an opportunity fell in the box to Louie, this time he curled his shot just over the bar. Still time to get a point, Donny taking on his man, beating him for pace, driving towards goal, could only poke his shot in the side netting.
Scorer: Louie (P)
P.O.M – Joseph constant hard work and creativity.