It was a beautiful sunny autumnal day for our first home game at Bow Brickhill.
The Hurricanes started positively, moving the ball well through midfield and making good movement upfront. Eascotts were struggling to break out of their half, a couple of minutes in, Louie was released by Joe in the left channel, he charged towards goal and thumped is shot off the foot of the post. The home side continued to exert pressure, some dangerous corners sent in with Joe in the thick of the action seeing a couple of efforts being scrambled off the line. Some great work down the left involving Oscar and Louie, the latter pulling the ball back for the oncoming Benji, who side footed over the bar from 10 yards out.
The away sides goal seemed to having a charmed life, on 25 minutes it looked like the deadlock had been broken, neat play down the right with Ethan feeding Louie who crossed and ‘put it on a plate’ for Joe who struck it on the half volley from 5 yards sweetly, but straight at the ‘keeper who knew nothing about it. Benji looked threatening playing just behind the striker but unusually his shooting was off, sending 3 or 4 shots over or wide of the mark (he later blamed it on the tree shadows?). Joe heavily involved looked finally to have broken to deadlock when he side footed home from a good delivery from Louie, only to be frustrated by the seeing the flag raised for offside. Finally the deadlock was broken, Benji fed Louie in to the box, fronted up by a home defender he shifted it on his left foot and smashed it in to the top left hand corner 1-0. Eastcotts, who had hardly got out of their own half, broke on the counter and forced a corner, however it came to nothing and was easily cleared by the home defence. Approaching half time, Ethan pushed a shot just wide.
Half time team talk mainly concentrated on finishing, we had been a little unlucky and could quite easily been 6 or 7 up in the first half. We spoke about keeping the width to create more space between defenders, we needed to get an early goal in the second half to kill off any resistance.
The second half followed the pattern of the first, Hurricanes straight from the start on the front foot, the wrongs of the first half soon corrected, Benji with a slide pass to Ethan who showed great pace to race past the defence and poke it past the advancing ‘keeper 2-0. It was the straw that broke the camels back, the home side enjoying 90% of the possession and the away side no threat going forward with Jack E and particularly Keiron mopping everything up and starting attacks bringing the ball out of defence. A corner was cleared, Alex picked it up and crossed in it was half cleared to Benji who’s shot for once on target, was handled on the line, the Ref pointed to the spot. A game of rock paper scissors ensued to decide the taker, with Louie the victor over Benji (Scissors beating Paper). The penalty despatched low to the right to make it 3-0. Eastcotts did have a break forward and a low rolling shot was just practice for Hayden. Benji who had delivered some superb quality corners, finally got the reward for his accuracy with Kieron planting a headed in to the back of the net, at the back post to make it 4-0.
It was all the home side in the second half, a weak goal kick was intercepted well by Louie, a clear site of goal he curled a side footed shot in to the bottom corner from the edge of the box 5-0 and a hat trick completed for the rampant striker. He quickly added a fourth picking the ball up on the left hand edge of the box he turned the defender inside and out and raced in to the box to slot past the helpless keeper 6-0. It was complete one way traffic, Eastcotts to their credit tried to play some football, but the home side were in no mood to surrender their clean sheet. Hayden was a largely a bystander, occasionally having to collect the odd over hit pass. A seventh soon followed, awarded a free kick just inside their own half for a foul on Benji, Alex floated in a free kick to the centre of the goal, Louie peeling off from the left broke the offside trap and leapt to glance a header past the keeper, who was coming out to catch, he didn’t make a connection, but did enough to put the ‘keeper off and the ball went over his head and bounced in 7-0. It was smiles all round for the home side as, Alex did his ‘chest bump’ celebration with his Dad on the sidelines, a slice of luck that was certainly due after the first half. The final goal was the best of the day, a lovely floated pass over the top of the defence found Louie, who controlled and flicked a lob over the advancing ‘keeper for his fifth, to make it 8-0. Louie should have made it a double hat trick, clean through with the goal at his mercy, he decided to square the ball to Joe, but over hit the delivery and the home defender cleared. Ethan then took the mantle for miss of the season, somehow spooning the ball over from 2 yards out with an open goal in front of him. Oscar went close, just putting his header from Alex’s corner over the bar, which was the final action of the game.
Summary: Another fine performance, the team is gelling together really well. Particularly pleased with the way we defended when needed. We were a little unlucky in the first half, if there was one area to improve on it was our finishing in this section of the game. But overall a very pleasing performance and result.
M.O.T.M: There were lots of great displays in the game, Luca worked tirelessly in midfield did his job superbly and seemed to cover every blade off grass, Benji was at his creative best, Joe got in to some great positions and was unlucky not to have at least a hat trick to his name. Kieron looked calm assured and positive with the ball, but this weeks award goes to Louie a master class of playing the lone striker particularly in the second half and 5 goals is an outstanding return for his efforts.