WWFC Hurricanes 9 – 1 Newport Pagnell Trojans
Scorers: Tao (3), Kamaal, Harry (2), Ryan, Asante (2)
H/T Score: 4 – 0
Team: Evan; Charles, Francis, Freddie, Rocco (c); Asante, Harry, Jeremy, Kamaal, Luke, Ryan; Tao
HURRICANES RUN RIOT IN RIDGMONT
Woburn & Wavendon Hurricanes reached the penultimate game of the 2015/16 season in unfamiliar territory. Not only metaphorically (after a poor run of home games seeing them without a win in the last 7), but literally, as the preparations for the home tournament at Crawley Road meant that this match had to be played in Ridgmont. Their opponents had also suffered recently and had been limited in their endeavours by a shortage of players, more of which later.
Anyway, Leon and Andy surveyed the pastoral scene next to the water tower and adjacent to the glass windows of the nursery behind the far end as they arranged the team. All bar long-term absentees Theo and Orlando were present, and also making the journey was Alphaeus who had been training with the Hurricanes recently.
The Trojans started brightly, belying their league status, and ripped through the Woburn defensive line several times without troubling the scoresheet. Similarly the Hurricanes went for it and 10 minutes in took the lead with a fine move. Jeremy escaped his marker, ran to the byline and pinged in a cross. The clearance only went as far as Tao, who coolly finished into the corner of the net. 1-0, a fine start to an open game. Five minutes later Evan preserved the lead with a super point blank save, then shortly after Luke hit the bar as the Hurricanes started to exert their dominance. Harry showed Gazza-esque skills in flicking the ball over his man, then Charles made a fantastic block when the no. 7 was poised to shoot.
Woburn were playing some fine football on a difficult surface by now. Luke found himself clean through but was tripped and fell heavily. Kamaal‘s free-kick was acrobatically tipped onto the bar by the Trojans keeper, but Tao was on hand to head in the rebound. 2-0, pressure telling. A goal kick from Evan found Jeremy who broke forward. He passed to Kamaal who set up Tao for his hat-trick, 3-0, Lions rampant. Just before the interval, Woburn added another from Kamaal, after a good header by Ryan to set him up. 4-0, the best half of the season. Even then, there could have been more goals as Ryan had a shot well saved and also Francis came close with a header.
After the break, Harry and Asante continued to wreak havoc down the flanks, as Newport Pagnell gamely defended against the Hurricanes on stunning form. They even threatened and had a good spell of their own with a series of corners but Woburn’s (and in particular Rocco‘s) concentration levels at the back were good, and another break saw Ryan and Kamaal link up well before Harry buried another shot past the helpless keeper. 5-0. Ryan was truly inspired, and his perseverance winning a ball that quite frankly he had no right to, saw his effort deflected into Harry’s path for another. 6-0. Ryan got his just rewards when a Kamaal corner found him unmarked in the box and his bullet header proved unstoppable. 7-0.
Seeing all this action had made Freddie jealous. He picked up the ball near the halfway line, burst through the Trojans defence evading several tackles and unleashed a piledriver, yet the keeper was equal to it. Undeterred, the next minute Freddie played a super ball through for Ryan who seemed certain to score when out of nowhere a Newport defender lunged in and took it off of his foot. It has to be said that even though the game had slipped away from them, the Trojans were never downhearted and didn’t resort to underhand tactics or fouls, so fair play to them.
Asante tried an outrageous chip form the touchline which went just wide, and from Kamaal’s corner Freddie was once again unlucky not to convert. Unfortunately the next action saw a bad-looking injury to a Trojans player, who had to leave the field. As Newport Pagnell had no substitutes, the opposing coaches decided that in order to keep the game going Alphaeus would play for the away team – a good sporting gesture in keeping with the spirit of fair play on show.
Asante finally got his reward with a goal from an acute angle to make to 8-0 (although the official score would be frozen at the point when Alphaeus joined play), then the substitute himself pulled one back – Alphaeus with a great lob over Evan following a great save. 8-1, a fitting consolation goal. This only riled our Hurricanes heroes, and Asante grabbed his second from Luke’s corner with a superb volleyed finish. 9-1. There was just time to Harry to be thwarted in his quest for a hat-trick, and that was that. A comprehensive victory for Woburn, but also a game played in the right spirit despite the injuries (Luke also had to go to hospital after the match, he had sustained a fracture earlier on without realising). Credit to Newport Pagnell Trojans for never giving up and to both sets of players for a thoroughly enjoyable game. Next for Woburn would be a trip to deepest Turvey, to play Harrold & Carlton in the season finale. Would Harry shine against Harrold? Find out soon in the final thrilling instalment…