WWFC Hurricanes 0 – 3 Tattenhoe Youth Tigers
H/T Score: 0 – 3
Team: Evan; Charles, Freddie, Orlando, Ryan; Asante, Francis, Harry, Josh, Rocco(c); Tao
HURRICANES FAIL TO TOPPLE TIGERS
Following the cup victory against Great Linford Warriors, the Hurricanes returned to League action determined to produce another upset, this time against the league leaders Tattenhoe Youth Tigers. Luke was still unavailable (although still supporting his team-mates) but Asante was back to bolster the attacking options.
Hurricanes started brightly, Harry hitting the post early on. Rocco then went close, and Tao‘s header from Francis‘ cross was saved by the excellent Tigers’ keeper. Gradually the away team settled and after a fine shot was saved by Evan, they went ahead on the 10 minute mark from a free kick which crept in at the near post. Suddenly, the Tigers were rampant, and the home side did well to clear off of the line from a Tigers corner. However, the pressure soon told and the lead was doubled when their right midfielder lashed in a shot which flew into the top corner. 0-2 and the Hurricanes were in trouble.
Hurricanes rallied, with another Rocco shot saved and Tao’s header claimed by the keeper, but then a series of corners put the Hurricanes’ defence under the cosh again. Finally, after a goalmouth scramble the lead became 3, and immediately the whistle blew for half-time.
Second half and Hurricanes had regrouped. Josh looked more solid in the middle, and Freddie and Orlando were working hard to hold the offside line to catch the Tigers out. The game developed into an end-to-end scrap. One minute, Harry saw another shot saved, the next Charles was clearing off the line. Soon after, Ryan blocked a Tigers shot, then set up Tao to run the length of the pitch but his shot was just wide. Tigers did have the ball in the net but the eagle-eyed linesman had spotted an offside, so the score remained 0-3.
In the end, the devastating 20-minute spell was the difference between the teams, and it is easy to see why the Tigers top the table. Credit to the Hurricanes though for not giving up, as they enter the half-term break before the next league game against Bletchley Juniors.