A beautiful afternoon, with Bow Brickhill in the last throws of summer for the visit of Sundon Athletic.
It was Sundon who started the game on the front foot, Hurricanes taking a little time to settle in to a new formation. However the home side albeit not showing much in the way of slick passing, were showing plenty of resilience, with Kieron in particular showing steely determination at the back. Sundon enjoying the majority of the possession struggled to make any real chances, two or three long range shots that were practice for Hayden in goal. Louie for once not waved offside, broke through the defence but stretching and coming under some pressure just poked his shot wide.
With 35 minutes gone in the half the games was opening up, Louie and Joseph combined to set Benji free in space in the box, his curling shot had the ‘keeper beaten all ends up, but it thumped back off the bar, Jordan bounced on the rebound chose not to shoot first time, cut inside a defender, then shot but a covering defender got a block in. At the other end the Sundon striker who had been doing his best impression of Tom Daley all afternoon, tried it again just outside the box, with the Referee on the blind side, and a second challenge going in as he was half way through his routine, a free kick was awarded. The free kick was sent round the wall and in to the net, not the greatest strike and the home side should really have done better 0-1. It was the last meaningful action of the half, the home side finishing the half quite rightly aggrieved to find themselves behind.
Reasonably confident half time team talk, with much talk of the opposition linesman, who appeared to perhaps not fully understand the offside rule, much to the annoyance of the home forwards.
The second half followed the pattern of the first, Sundon enjoying the majority of possession, but being held at arms length by the home side who looked fairly comfortable defending, but strugged to string two passes together, thus starving the team of any real attacking threat. The game started to get a bit niggly, with Sundon players putting in some challenges that were right on the edge, it soon led to a card being brandished, for a kick at a Hurricanes player when the ball had gone, and then a shove on another Hurricanes player, followed by some dissent to the Referee, it was a very lenient yellow. Shortly afterwards another yellow followed for a grapple hold and throw on Alex, who bore scratch marks around his neck, again very lenient, Sundon rather fortunate not at this point to be reduced to nine men.
It had turned in to a scrappy game with neither team creating any real goal threat. A simple defensive mistake down the left, just a lack of concentration from a throw-in, allowed Sundon an opportunity, to get a ball in to the box, the gap caused by the Hurricanes central defender being drawn out to cover, was exploited with a clever pass, and Sundon took full advantage to double their lead 0-2. Hurricanes huffed and puffed to find a way back in to the game, Louie firing a free-kick straight down the ‘keepers throat, about the only real effort the home side managed.
M.O.T.M: Kieron – outstanding defensive performance and good with the ball coming out from the back.