Stony Stratford Town 2 – 5 WWFC Hurricanes
Scorers: Asante (3), Luke, og
H/T Score: 1 – 1
Team: Evan; Charles, Francis, Freddie, Orlando, Rocco (c); Asante, Harry, Kamaal, Luke; Ryan, Theo
WOBURN COCKS OF THE WALK IN STONY, NO BULL
Following hot on the heels of last week’s draw with Two Mile Ash, Woburn ventured northwards to Stony Stratford for their latest league fixture. Stony had triumphed 8-1 in the reverse match before Christmas, but the lads had played in the Stony tournament a few seasons ago and beaten today’s hosts, so anything was possible.
Leon and Andy were able to call upon all bar two of the squad, with Tao and Jeremy being unavailable, so the team got to work on their drills whilst the goalposts arrived from one of the other pitches, and the lines were repainted. Soon the referee took control and got the match started.
The early exchanges were cagey as each team took some time to adjust to the gusty and boggy conditions, but 10 minutes in Stony took the lead with a fine angled shot from their no. 7 whistling past Evan. 1-0, and Stony were looking strong. Woburn didn’t panic though, and soon were playing good football, especially considering that they were kicking into the wind. Theo, playing up front, saw a strong shot saved by the Stony keeper. Francis and Luke were beginning to gain control of the midfield, and releasing Harry and Asante when possible to terrorise the Stony back line. Soon, they got their reward as a sweet through-ball found Asante on the edge of the six-yard box, and his shot rifled past the keeper into the bottom corner of the net. 1-1, and the Hurricanes were deservedly level. Both teams started to push on but Woburn looked solid at the back, with Freddie and Charles dealing well with the threat from the tricky no. 12 , and Rocco showing his usual tenacity especially when chasing down Stony through-balls. Evan was also running a masterclass in how to take goal kicks into the wind, and as half-time came the team’s confidence was clear.
After the break the tone was set straight away. From the kick-off Stony moved the ball out wide, Luke chased his man down and won a throw-in. From that moment it was apparent that the claret and blues meant business, and soon after they took the lead from a corner. Luke floated the ball in and Asante threw himself at it, and it nestled into the net. 1-2, and Hurricanes heads were high. The Lions set about mauling their opponents, and soon after Harry’s cross was headed superbly over the keeper by Luke. 1-3, Stony stunned. More was to follow. Within 90 seconds, Evan’s huge goal kick was controlled by Asante who calmly slotted past the keeper for his hat-trick. 1-4, Lions rampant. Leon rotated the team and Orlando came on to replace Freddie, whilst Kamaal bolstered the midfield and Ryan took up striker duties in place of Theo.
Shell-shocked Stony were handed a lifeline with 10 minutes left, when the referee blew for a penalty after a seemingly innocuous challenge. Up stepped the Stony player, whose shot was initially saved by Evan, but agonisingly it squirmed over the keeper and trickled into the net. 2-4, would Woburn wobble? No. Within a minute of conceding, Woburn had regained their 3 goal cushion. Streaming up the pitch with some simple yet elegant passing, the Hurricanes forced an own goal (with Harry in very close attendance). 2-5, job done.
The final whistle brought a cheer from the crowd, and the players congratulated each other on a marvellous performance and result. Special mentions to Theo, who will have given the Stony Stratford defenders nightmares with his movement and pace, Asante for his hat-trick and general threat, and Harry for his all-round performance but there was no-one more deserving of the Man of the Match than Evan. Kicks, saves, general confidence, his performance had the lot.
Next up is another away game, even further north, at Silverstone. Can the boys keep up their unbeaten run? Find out next week!