An evening and morning downpour, called for a morning pitch inspection, however the pitch had drained really well and looked in perfect condition.
A second encounter with Mid Beds Tigers so early in the season, following thumping away win in the first game of the season, after last week’s shortcomings and change of formation for the home side.
Thankfully the morning rain had long gone, and the sun shone through blue skies for the kick off. The home side from the start showed some good early touches, Louie caught just offside when put clean through by Benji. Mid Beds showed their hand early, with a long diagonal ball to the pacy striker catching the home defence out, it was slightly over hit and he couldn’t keep it in, but an early warning sign. Good work down the left with Luca & Benji involved, saw Oscar fire over the bar. The next move brought success, Benji sliding Louie through, this time onside, to slot past the ‘keeper 1-0. Again a long ball over the top was latched on to by the opposition no.9, proving too hot to handle for the home defence, he fired just wide. The next action saw Ethan break down the right, his over hit cross was picked up by Luca, who skipped past one defender headed the the byline, to pull back for Louie to tap home 2-0. The scoreline didn’t reflect the game as a contest, again the oppositions best weapon was a long ball, this time it was central, the home side missed their defensive header, and the speedy forward raced clear to shoot past Hayden to give a more realistic scoreline, to the early part of the game 2-1.
It was set back, but it had been coming, however the home side responded well, Benji fouled 25 yards out in a central position, hit a curling free kick that the Tigers ‘keeper could only parry to the oncoming Oscar, to slam the ball in to the roof of the net 3-1. Again the home defence had a let off, same pattern of play, this time the striker was closed down bravely by Hayden who took a knock to his shin for his troubles. Hayden in the thick of the action in this spell of the game, did well to punch a corner clear from right under his bar. Hurricanes needed to relieve the pressure and did so with a good finish from Benji after some great work by Louie 4-1. Louie then completed his first half hatrick, this time fed by Alex to round the keeper and tap home 5-1. The home side weren’t having it all their own way, again a long ball over the top caught the defence, too high up the pitch, the opposition striker beat Hayden to the ball, and loop a header over the top of him, for his second of the game 5-2. Hurricanes finished the half the stronger, Ethan now playing up front got the teams sixth, Benji and Oscar combining down the left for the latter, to put a perfectly weighted cross in to the six yard box, for Ethan to side foot home 6-2.
Half time team talk revolved in the main, trying to address our defensive problems, we had to defend a little deeper to not allow space in behind us, attacking play was good and we just needed to carry on in the second half in the same vain.
An early raid in second half, with Alex putting in Luca down the right, he sped past the full back and sent in a lovely cross, which Ethan met with a peach of a downward header 7-2. The defensive frailties of the first half had gone, the home defence, defending 10-15 yards deeper were in total control, the opposition no.9 who in the first half was a real danger, nullified and left frustrated. The frustration boiled over, great defending by Keiron using his strength well, was too much for him, and he aimed a thigh high kick at Kieron, the Referee took a little time to think about the punishment, and produced a yellow card, he was very fortunate, it was a Red card offence. The home team were well on top, Louie put through by Andrew and bearing in on goal, got his legs taken away from him with a tackle from behind, the referee quite rightly pointed to the spot, despite protests from the away side, no idea why, a clear penalty and the correct decision. Benji stepped up and gave the keeper no chance, with a sweetly taken penalty 8-2. Alex then scored the goal of the game, taking down a poor goal kick and chipping the ‘keeper from 35 yards, the usual chest bump celebration followed 9-2. It was clearly a red rag to a bull for the opposition, who lost their discipline and committed foul after foul, the referee finally loosing patience with the no.10 (top knot) and brandishing another yellow card, not before time. The home team took full advantage of the oppositions shortcomings, with Louie adding a second half hatrick to his first half hatrick with two assists from Alex and one from Ethan 12-2. He should have made it 13, but bizarrely decided to try and square to Jack F when it was a simple tap in, it was poor pass and went behind the onrushing Jack. The last action of the game saw Ethan burst past the full back, and square it to Jack F who tapped home, his squeal of delight more at home in a pig pen, than a football pitch!
Summary: A good performance, pleasing that we addressed our first half defensive problems and kept a second half clean sheet. Also when the opposition were loosing their heads we kept cool and calm, and just played our football. Better finishing from us, led to lots of goals with a few new names on the score sheet which was good to see.
M.O.T.M: There were lots of stand out performances, everybody seemed to be playing at a high level, Marley had his best performance in WWFC colours, Louie finished his chances well, Luca, Alex & Benji controlled the midfield, but this weeks award goes to captain for the day Oscar, scored a goal got an assist, but most of all he played simply and effectively.