Roman Rangers Yellows 4 – 2 WWFC Hurricanes
Scorer: Asante (2)
H/T Score: 1 – 1
Team: Francis, Luke; Charles, Freddie, Ryan, Tao; Asante, Fareed, Harry, Jeremy, Rocco (c); Alphaeus
YELLOWS IN PERIL AS LIONS FIGHT TO THE END
Woburn & Wavendon Hurricanes travelled to a very wet Walnut Tree for the latest fixture in their Division 3 campaign, against league leaders Roman Rangers Yellows. Leon, Andy and Mitch were without Evan, Kian and Mitchell for the game, so Luke and Francis dusted off the gloves and shared goalkeeping duties.
As in every other league game this season Woburn went behind to an early goal by the Yellows – a ball was played through the defence to the striker who slotted home. 1-0, the match going to form so far.
The sleeping Lions awoke.
Suddenly, Ryan, Charles, Freddie and Tao looked a bit taller, quicker – Rocco, Francis, Fareed and Harry sharper, more incisive – Jeremy, Asante and Alphaeus ready to use that pace on the last shoulder. Asante took the ball to the byline and whisked in a delightful cross, but it just evaded Jeremy’s far post lunge. Alphaeus was through on goal, but alas! The linesman’s flag was raised skyward. Alphaeus tried again and sprung the trap, yet the keeper dashed from his line and the two collided, with a relieved defender hoofing clear. Luke kept his eye in with a good save from a rare Yellows foray. Rocco sprayed a fine pass out to Asante, who bore down on goal and rifled past the Roman Rangers’ prone keeper. 1-1, just reward on the stroke of half-time.
Second half, and the Lions continued where they had left off. This time, Jeremy’s sublime pass provided Asante with the ammunition and he duly dispatched it. 1-2, Woburn go wild. However, Roman Rangers equalised almost immediately with a turn and shot in off the post. 2-2. Asante nearly claimed a hat-trick with a carbon-copy of his second, but the keeper made a fine save to deny him. Midway through the half the battle intensified, as Rocco’s ankle was imprinted with some stud marks as he attempted to play the ball upfield, but fortunately he was able to continue. However, shortly afterwards, a Yellows goal kick was flicked on, and the ball presented itself on a plate to the grateful Rangers striker to finished into the corner of the goal past Francis. 3-2, time for a final push. With mere seconds left, and Woburn committing bodies forward looking for a deserved equaliser, the sucker-punch – another goal kick, another flick on, and the clearance falling into the path of a Yellows attacker. 4-2, final whistle, game over.
Despite the defeat, this was probably Woburn’s finest performance of the season so far, and the team can take great credit from it. Fair play to Roman Rangers, they’ll be busy at or near the top of the Division come the end of the season, but mainly well done Hurricanes, more of the same next week please!