Back to Bow Brickhill, thankfully the pitch had just about dried out, although still a little soft underfoot. A strong swirling wind provided difficult conditions for the game.
Hurricanes showed their intentions early, Ethan charging down the right and his clipped cross just to high for Louie. A corner from the right and again, just slightly high for Louie skimming off his head and out. The breakthrough came, Alex playing a perfectly weighted ball through to Louie, who calmly fired past the goalkeeper 1-0. They soon doubled their lead, Louie turning provider, for Ethan to score 2-0. Louie was then desperately unlucky a bit of skill to get past an opponent and then a 20 yard shot which thundered back off the inside of the post. The away side had hardly seen any of the ball and when they did, it was generally launched in to the air. The conditions were starting to stifle the game, over hit balls catching the wind and going out of play, it was a proving a frustrating game for the home side, who were struggling to play their usual flowing football. The home team did manage to add a third, a corner by Alex was met on the half volley by Louie at the back post 3-0. Joe finding lots of space on the left, skipped past his marker and in the box, but could only fire in to the side netting, Alex fired over the bar and Louie sent a couple of shots just wide of the post.
Half time team talk for the home side, was a bit of a ticking off, we weren’t handling the conditions well and needed just to simplify our game in the middle third of the pitch. The space was in the wide areas of the pitch and we need to get the balls out to wide players with greater speed than we had been doing.
Second half and the wind seemed to have picked up even more, Kempston were awarded a free-kick about 40 yards out on the left of the pitch. Free kick was punched in, caught by the wind, it sailed over Hayden’s head and in 3-1. Hayden then pulled off a fine save, as Kempston, momentarily threatened to get back in to game.
The home team responded to the set back by adding a fourth, Louie the provider for Alex to shoot in to the bottom corner from the edge of the box 4-1. Kempston had pushed three men upfront with a tactic of lumping the ball forward and hoping for a defensive mistake, given the conditions, not a bad tactic. But it did allow the home team more space in midfield, and they took full advantage with Louie adding four more goals in a blistering 10 minute spell, assisted ably by Oscar, Benji, Alex and Ethan. The pick of the goals was a sweeping move, Hayden rolled out to Jack F, who played it in to Luca, who moved it on to Alex, he found Benji out on the left with a peach of a pass, Benji controlled and played the ball through to Louie, who drilled it home, 20 seconds of ‘total football’ 8-1. Ethan had been a constant menace down the right, beat two defenders and charge in the box, his shot was parried by the Goalkeeper, Andrew just beat Jack E to it and smashed the ball in from a yard out, in doing so was the teams 13th different scorer this season, 9-1.
Scorers: Louie (6), Ethan, Alex, Andrew
Summary: It was a difficult day to play football, but we didn’t play the conditions particularly well in the first half. Second half we did much better, and overall it was a good performance.
M.O.T.M: There were some very good performances today, Alex with a goal and three assists, Louie with a double hatrick, Jack F had his best game in claret & blue, this weeks award goes to Ethan, offered us real width throughout the game and worked hard for the team, even when out of possession.