Woburn Hurricanes v Moretonville Rangers
HALLOWEEN HAT-TRICK HEAVEN
Woburns first game at home wasn’t going to be as straight forward as first hoped when the call came informing us that our goalkeeper was unwell but our right back Dom stepped in and did an amazing job.
Woburn threatened in just the first minute as Zachary Middlemiss’ powerful shot nearly tricked the keeper and was deflected behind for an early corner.
The corner was poor and deflected behind for another corner, another poor corner came in but an in form Louis Smith brought the ball down well and hit the side netting.
You had the feeling that the first goal wasn’t far away and on the 4th minute after some great play, Zachary was able to put the ball in the back of the net making it 1-0 to Woburn.
On the 8th minute Callum played a great ball splitting the Moretonville defence in half but unfortunately Josh couldn’t capitalise. The pressure was now relentless with Woburn pressing very high up the pitch and Joe Abbey was outstanding in midfield breaking down play.
On the 9th minute Joe found himself in space and unleashed a great shot from over 25 yards out but watched his shot fly narrowly over. It was all Woburn, with Thomas commanding the defence and Panashe really supporting the defence, giving Joe the licence to push forward.
14 minutes in and an amazing solo goal by Louis Smith when he raced through on goal leaving the opposing players stranded. The in form striker composed himself before passing the ball past the keeper and into the back of the net. – GREAT GOAL and 2 – 0 to Woburn.
Woburn were cruising towards half-time and Moretonville Rangers had to wait until 20 minutes into the first half for their first attack which resulted in a corner. Thomas, Harry and Lewis were able to deal with the in-swinging corner but it was a reminder not to get too complacent.
Just before half time Moretonville were attacking well down the left hand side but the player delayed his cross too long, giving Lewis time to get back and produce a brilliant tackle.
HALF TIME – Woburn 2 – 0 Moretonville Rangers
We needed half time as we had to address our first half performance, although exciting in parts we were moving the ball slowly and not pressing well enough.
Coach Dan Mortimer asked Juan where his shooting boots were….13 seconds into the second half Juan answered him with a great strike. 3 – 0 to Woburn.
Jude was now starting to settle down on the left hand side and a great burst of pace saw him beat two players as he whipped a great cross to Louis who passed it into the path of Alex. OVER – Alex skies it.
50 minutes – RED CARD!! Things go from bad to worse for Moretonville Rangers as Louie’s shot beats the keeper but the defender stops the ball on the line with a blatant handball giving the Referee no option but to send him off.
Penalty to Woburn – Alex steps up and great penalty!! 4 – 0 to Woburn.
Moretonville Rangers keeper was urging his players to get forward but with Jude a constant threat down the left and Ethan, Joe and Panashe now running midfield that was easier said than done.
A fifth goal soon followed and it was far more typical of Woburn, Ethan exchanging passes neatly with Joe and then Juan finished off superbly at the back post, taking a touch before drilling the ball emphatically into the far corner.
Woburn 5 – 0!!!
Moretonville Rangers took centre and within 10 seconds the ball was back with Woburn and Louis Smith found himself 15 yards out but after some heavy man marking he was sat down – he still managed to score even though he was sat down – Woburn 6 – 0!!!
Alex now playing in a central defensive role hit a great strike from 30 yards out narrowingly going over the bar – great strike by Alex who was having an amazing game.
Twenty minutes into the second half and Ethan has a speculative shot from 25 yards out but the keeper makes a very good save.
62 minutes and Louis Smith completed his hat-trick by neatly finishing into the bottom hand corner of the goal making it 7 – 0 to Woburn.
Louis then came off for a well-deserved rest and Callum joined Juan in attack. Moretonville Rangers got through on goal but Dom saved well and Woburn were back on the attack – Thomas hit a 45 yard effort as he spotted the keeper off his line but watched his shot go wide.
65 Minutes and the Moretonville keeper took the goal kick but the ball went straight to Ethan who chested down and with the outside of his foot curled the ball over the defence and into the path of Juan who finished with a great strike and celebrated his own hat-trick. 8 – 0 to Woburn.
Woburn continued to pepper the visiting goal with effort after effort and should have added another after Callum delivered a great cross into the area but no one was there to finish it.
Harry and Lewis were now pressing further up the pitch and Thomas and Panashe were outstanding at the back.
Joe Abbey came on in RM and Panashe came off for a well deserved rest, with Thomas going into a CDM role and Harry moving from right back to CB and Josh filling in at right back.
76 minutes and Juan came off for Louis who was back in attack with Callum, it didn’t take him too long and he chased down what looked like a lost cause to stop the ball going out and after beating a defender pulled the ball back for Zach who made no mistake in making it 9 – 0.
77 minutes and things were starting to get complacent again and after a defensive error, Moretonville Rangers got through on goal and this time managed to beat Dom making it 9 – 1.
Disappointing not to keep a clean sheet.
Full Time – Woburn Hurricanes 9 v 1 Moretonville Rangers
Woburn were quiet in the first half by their own standards. Their passing was sloppy and the concentration from the players was not there in the last 20 minutes of the first half. But after a half time talk the boys didn’t disappoint and the passing was crisp, sublime movement and creating chance after chance saw a second half performance and two hat-tricks as the boys hit their usual swagger.
Really proud of the boys today and although I would have liked a clean sheet very happy with the performance – Michael Middlemiss
Man of the Match: Panashe