Scorers: Joseph F (3), Louie (2, 1P)
P.O.T.M – Joseph F
Scorers: Joseph F (6), Louie (5), Jordan (3), Joe (2), Oscar.
Spring finally seemed to arrive, with warm sunshine poking through the patchy cloud. Hurricanes certainly had a spring in their step, dominating the early stages, Donny & Louie causing havoc down the flanks, they created three of four early chances before the they finally broke the deadlock, Donny charging down the right to pull back for Joseph to apply a calm finish. Totternhoe just hadn’t been in the game, however Kieron had to be at hos very best with a superb recovery tackle as the opposition striker was about to pull the trigger. Totternhoe were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men a cynical waist high kick on Louie, not even deemed to be a yellow by the Referee. It didn’t deter the rampant Hurricanes, slickly moving the ball around and creating enough chances to put the game to bed. They finally double the lead Jack F, chesting the ball in to Joseph’s path for him to gran his and the teams second.
Second half started with Totternhoe, after certainly receiving a half time dressing down, upping there intensity, however they were no match for the away side, who were moving the ball around them with relative ease. They added a third Donny again driving down the right to clip his shot over the ‘keeper. Louie then saw his lobbed shot canon back off the bar, after a superb one two passing move, it would have taken the Hurricanes four goals clear and they surely would have gone on to add a few more, given their absolute dominance of the game. Totternhoe with two thrirds of the game gone hadn’t even had a shot on target. Their first attempt got them a goal a long range shot bobbled in front of Jack E – deputising in goal, he spilled it and the Totternhoe was first to react to smash home depsite Jack’s desperate attempt to keep it out.
The goal gave Totternhoe a lift, they then got an extreme slice of luck with the Referee awarding a penalty for hand ball, after the ball struck an arm in the box. Jack E, hobbling at this point somehow flung himself to his left and got a hand to the well struck penalty, and was unlucky not to pull off what would have been a superb save. Somehow there was just one goal in the game. Jack E went down unable to continue, so Louie replaced him in goal for the last 5 or 6 minutes. Totternhoe threw everything at the Hurricanes, but the were reslient enough not offer them up another chance, to finish up 3-2 winners, a scorline which didn’t reflect their complete dominance of 90% of the game.
Scorers: Joseph F (2), Donny
P.O.T.M – Jack E, showed amazing team spirit to firstly go in goal and then secondly bravely go on with an injury, thankfully after a hospital check up, looks like a soft tissue injury.
Kick Off: 2.00 p.m
Meet: 1.15 p.m
Kick Off: 2.00 p.m
Meet: 1.15 p.m
Kick Off: 2.00 p.m
Meet: 1.15 p.m
Visit to Leagrave on a pitch that could double up as a ski slope, and a blustery wind, it was a difficult day for football.
Sundon had the wind behind them in the first half, looking to load in the box as early as they could, they struggled initially to judge their distances, with Hayden the busiest player on the pitch – retreiving the ball from the opposite end of the park. Hurricanes were struggling to get to grips with the conditions, but they did create two clear cut chances, with Joseph clean through skewing wide on the both occasions with the goal at his mercy, don’t think the bobbly pitch made his life easy. Sundon hit the bar from a long range effort, from the rebound the Sundon striker missed what can only be desrbided as a ‘sitter’ ballooning the ball over the bar.
Sundon’s No.7 was causing huge problems, running at pace, proving very difficult to stop, but rarely producing an end product. Hayden did keep the scores level outstretching a foot to keep an attempt off the line. As the game drifted towards half time, a rare defensive lapse allowed a Sundon player time in the box, he neatly tucked in to the bottom corner, it was a rare lapse under a lot of pressure, the back three had been immaculate up until this point 1-0.
Half time team talk was positive, with the wind behind us we could make life difficult for the home side in the second half, a 1 goal defecit, wasn’t too bad for our first half efforts.
Hurricanes came out of the traps quickly in the second half, Jake putting a shot millimetres wide when clean through with just the ‘keeper to beat, it was a golden opportunity. Hurricanes were well on top, but Sundon looked good on the counter, their No.7 a constant thorn in the side with his pace and trickery. Donny set off on a pacy run down the right, he went past his full back like he wasn’t there, drove to the byline to pull back for Jordan for the simplest of tap in’s 1-1. A mirror move just a few minutes later, this time Donny pulling back to Joseph, but instead of shooting first time, he took a heavy touch and the chance was snuffed out. Sundon then took the lead against the run of play, a weak attempted shot with outsdie of the boot, held up in the wind, and the striker pounced on it and slotted home 2-1.
Hurricanes pushed to try and get an equaliser, as a result they lost their midfield shape, and it became end to end stuff, Donny again flying down the right and in to the box, with just the ‘keeper to beat he put his shot in to the side netting, it was a great opprtunity to level. Sundon then had a penalty appeal waved away, Alex clipping the No.7’s heels in the box, it looked a clear penalty, but the Referee wasn’t concinced, Alex for his troubles needed to be withdrawn from the action, having been raked down his shin in the process. The game was drifting to a close, but a mix up in the centre of defence and a full back, a combination of too deep and to wide to come in and cover, allowed the Sundon striker a clear site of goal and he rifled his shot low to the bottom corner to complete his hat trick. It was the final action of the game, harsh on the away side, with the opposition manager saying he would have been happy to come away with apoint on the balance of play, a fair reflection of the game.
P.O.T.M: Jack E – A welcome return to action, althouggh slightly marred with a yellow card.
Kick Off – 2.00 p.m
Meet – 1.15 p.m
A cold wintery day for the return visit of M&DH Clapham Sports, the first game was pretty ill tempered settled by a late winner against the run of play for today’s visitors.
Hurricanes got the game underway, looking comfortable in possession and stroking the ball around, an early opportunity fell to Louie but he flashed his shot wide of the post. Clapham’s real threat came either from long kick’s from the keeper, which bypassed both midfield’s or with pace from a long ball counter attack. A corner for the home team was scrambled clear, a long ball had the home defence back peddling, matched three v three, a through ball to a Clapham forward presented a shooting opportunity, but the shot was ballooned wide, it was a warning of the danger the opposition possessed. Still it was the home team who dominated the ball playing some good football, with the visitors doing all the chasing. A promising attack down the right for the home side, attempted cross was blocked and the ball broke to a Clapham midfielder who hoofed it up field, centre back was drawn out the right and the Clapham striker skipped past him, bearing in on goal, he took a heavy touch which should have drawn Hayden off is line, instead he stayed rooted to the spot and the striker tucked it in at the near post 0-1.
The goal was against the run of play, but lessons weren’t learn’t from the previous counter attack where the home side didn’t have enough security in terms of defensive numbers. The home side shrugged it off and just carried on moving the ball around well, again Louie played through, fired his shot high and wide, a couple of minutes later the he shot over the bar from a good position and beat the floor in frustration. The home team were knocking on the door, a cross from Benji was cleared out to Alex, he swept his cross in first time, Louie flicked a header over the away defence for Joseph to ghost in a the back post, he was calmness personified, as he finished low across the goal 1-1. Emmanuel, a powerhouse in centre midfield, ably abetted by Jake, opened up a shooting opportunity with great piece of skill, but his shot was well saved. Donny for the first time drove at his full back and left him for dead, he took a heavy touch and stretching his shot went in the side netting. It was all the home side, but they couldn’t find the back of the net.
Very positive half time team talk, we just needed to drop 10 yards from kicks from the ‘keeper, and ensure we had enough security when attacking, we can’t over commit and get caught on the counter.
Hurricanes set the tone from the kick off, winning the ball back, switching out to Donny who raced away from his marker, his low cross somehow evading everyone. Jake bustling in midfield, wriggled through but just had it nicked off him as he prepared to shoot, the ball broke to Emmanuel, who shifted it right to Donny, who played it first touch to Louie, who drifted past one defender and was unlucky to see his shot blocked. Clapham were struggling to get out of their half, the pressure was building, Jake bundled through a couple of challenges in midfield, centre to goal approaching the box, he unleashed a curling shot which left the ‘keeper rooted to spot 2-1, what a way to open his WWFC account. Hurricanes were in complete dominance, flying forward, moving the ball around well, a cross from the right just evading Louie at the back post. Benji swung a corner in from the left, it was half flicked on and bounced on the edge of the box, Donny made the right choice recognising it was falling to Alex, who on the half volley, showed sublime technique, smashing it in off the left hand post with outside of his foot, 3-1.
The home side looked hungry for goals and quickly added a fourth, Donny feeding Louie who drove to the byline and pulled it back to Joseph for a simple tap in, 4-1. At this point the Hurricanes looked like they would run away with it, controlling possession and almost carving open the Clapham defence at will. They just couldn’t find the killer pass, Oscar whipped a couple of great balls in to box, which should have produced more. Clapham pulled one back again bursting forward with pace, they found a way in behind the home defence and finished well 4-2. It didn’t really change the pattern or outcome of the game, it was the home team who carried all the goal threat, and possibly given their second half dominance should have won by a couple more.
Scorers: Joseph (2), Jake, Alex
P.O.T.M: Emmanuel – commanding central midfield performance.