A cold wintery day for the return visit of M&DH Clapham Sports, the first game was pretty ill tempered settled by a late winner against the run of play for today’s visitors.
Hurricanes got the game underway, looking comfortable in possession and stroking the ball around, an early opportunity fell to Louie but he flashed his shot wide of the post. Clapham’s real threat came either from long kick’s from the keeper, which bypassed both midfield’s or with pace from a long ball counter attack. A corner for the home team was scrambled clear, a long ball had the home defence back peddling, matched three v three, a through ball to a Clapham forward presented a shooting opportunity, but the shot was ballooned wide, it was a warning of the danger the opposition possessed. Still it was the home team who dominated the ball playing some good football, with the visitors doing all the chasing. A promising attack down the right for the home side, attempted cross was blocked and the ball broke to a Clapham midfielder who hoofed it up field, centre back was drawn out the right and the Clapham striker skipped past him, bearing in on goal, he took a heavy touch which should have drawn Hayden off is line, instead he stayed rooted to the spot and the striker tucked it in at the near post 0-1.
The goal was against the run of play, but lessons weren’t learn’t from the previous counter attack where the home side didn’t have enough security in terms of defensive numbers. The home side shrugged it off and just carried on moving the ball around well, again Louie played through, fired his shot high and wide, a couple of minutes later the he shot over the bar from a good position and beat the floor in frustration. The home team were knocking on the door, a cross from Benji was cleared out to Alex, he swept his cross in first time, Louie flicked a header over the away defence for Joseph to ghost in a the back post, he was calmness personified, as he finished low across the goal 1-1. Emmanuel, a powerhouse in centre midfield, ably abetted by Jake, opened up a shooting opportunity with great piece of skill, but his shot was well saved. Donny for the first time drove at his full back and left him for dead, he took a heavy touch and stretching his shot went in the side netting. It was all the home side, but they couldn’t find the back of the net.
Very positive half time team talk, we just needed to drop 10 yards from kicks from the ‘keeper, and ensure we had enough security when attacking, we can’t over commit and get caught on the counter.
Hurricanes set the tone from the kick off, winning the ball back, switching out to Donny who raced away from his marker, his low cross somehow evading everyone. Jake bustling in midfield, wriggled through but just had it nicked off him as he prepared to shoot, the ball broke to Emmanuel, who shifted it right to Donny, who played it first touch to Louie, who drifted past one defender and was unlucky to see his shot blocked. Clapham were struggling to get out of their half, the pressure was building, Jake bundled through a couple of challenges in midfield, centre to goal approaching the box, he unleashed a curling shot which left the ‘keeper rooted to spot 2-1, what a way to open his WWFC account. Hurricanes were in complete dominance, flying forward, moving the ball around well, a cross from the right just evading Louie at the back post. Benji swung a corner in from the left, it was half flicked on and bounced on the edge of the box, Donny made the right choice recognising it was falling to Alex, who on the half volley, showed sublime technique, smashing it in off the left hand post with outside of his foot, 3-1.
The home side looked hungry for goals and quickly added a fourth, Donny feeding Louie who drove to the byline and pulled it back to Joseph for a simple tap in, 4-1. At this point the Hurricanes looked like they would run away with it, controlling possession and almost carving open the Clapham defence at will. They just couldn’t find the killer pass, Oscar whipped a couple of great balls in to box, which should have produced more. Clapham pulled one back again bursting forward with pace, they found a way in behind the home defence and finished well 4-2. It didn’t really change the pattern or outcome of the game, it was the home team who carried all the goal threat, and possibly given their second half dominance should have won by a couple more.
Scorers: Joseph (2), Jake, Alex
P.O.T.M: Emmanuel – commanding central midfield performance.