Winslow Utd Tigers 1 – 0 WWFC Hurricanes
H/T Score: 1 – 0
Team: Evan; Charles, Freddie, Orlando, Rocco (c); Asante, Francis, Harry, Luke; Tao
WINSLOW WIN WINDY INTRO WITH WOBURN
The new football season. Hope, expectation, trepidation. New kit, new opponents and for the Woburn and Wavendon Hurricanes, a new league. Our Lions made the journey to Gawcott near Buckingham to open their 2015/16 season against Winslow Tigers. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing (is it ever not blowing in Gawcott?) and the pitch was immaculate.
Following a spirited performance at the Great Horwood tournament last weekend and an evening practice match against Tattenhoe Tigers on Wednesday, the team were looking to get off to a strong start. With a full squad to choose from, Leon and Andy were able to rotate players as they saw fit. Evan looked to continue his strong pre-season form in goal, with Rocco organising the defensive line alongside Ryan, Orlando, Freddie, Charles and Francis (of course not all at the same time). The latter three also covered central midfield duties with Luke, whilst Harry and Asante took up the wide positions with Tao up front.
First half Winslow flew out of the blocks and got straight at the Hurricanes. The wind whistled through the trees at the side of the pitch, into the faces of the away team, and Winslow looked to take advantage. Several attacks, and then a series of corners had to be stoutly defended, and gradually Woburn settled into the game. However, a Winslow free kick near the touchline was floated in and over the heads of all the players into the net. 1-0 to Winslow.
Second half saw the wind advantage with the Hurricanes, and they too started their half menacingly, with Luke nearly reaching a through ball straight from the kick-off. Woburn attacked with purpose, and all players looked to have shaken off their initial nerves. Harry went close with a shot from wide, and Asante just brushed past the post with a long-range effort. Freddie proved very influential in midfield, especially when Tao came deep to help, and the two of them combined for Woburn’s big chance – a beautiful through ball found Luke clear on goal, but as he readied to shoot he (and the ball) were cleaned out. Following a stoppage whilst Leon patched him up a goal kick was given, to the surprise of the away support. Soon after, the final whistle blew and the first game of the new season had resulted in a win for Winslow. Still, Hurricanes can take credit, especially for their battling second half performance.
Next week, another away trip to old friends Two Mile Ash Dragons, who are sure to be tough opponents.