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A game of 3 halves

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Finchampstead Hurricanes 6 - 3 Oxshott

The Hurricanes were firing on all cylinders for the first half, dominating possession and having all of the chances. The double chance with the ball off the underside of the cross bar followed the goal line clearance were the closest we came. Did all the right things, just couldn’t quite beat the keeper and Oxshott were quick to get numbers back behind the ball.

They started the second half with the same lads who finished the first half, and a completely different game. The passing quality had dropped off and Oxshott were back in the game, more balanced in possession. Oxshott got their goal early from a loose ball in the box after Dan’s initial save…..all it took was a split second when the lads were frozen around the ball and Oxshott took their chance. The lads kept pushing and looked the more likely to score for the rest of the game, but just couldn’t link it together. 0-1 final score.

Although Finch were a little slow out of the blocks for the start of the next game, they very quickly got their passing game up and took control. An early solo goal from Morgan (who took a knock in the process) boosted the morale and the football started to flow with control and confidence. Oxshott managed to get a quick equaliser before a perfect Henry cross was headed in by Ollie. 2-1 half time!!

Going into the final half, the Hurricanes turned up the pressure on Oxshott with quick passing football, maintaining possession well. Another wide cross from Ben M picked out Ollie who slotted it home. Ollie setup Henry to make it 4-1, now Finch were flying. Oxshott managed to get another goal back before Henry setup Morgan to restore the 3 goal cushion (5-2). Jacob unselfishly dinked the keeper to set James up for a tap in to finish off. Oxshott kept going with tired legs and were able to squeeze one more goal out with a goal mouth scramble, but the game was done by now. Final score 6-3 with some of the best football played all season.

Across all the lads, they all played really well today, working hard, linking up well and supporting each other. Some superb passing (when you ignore the 2nd half), great finishing in front of goal against a very competent keeper. Oxshott were very complimentary of the Hurricanes, remarking that they were the best team they’ve played against in the SPL league especially for playing good football.

Todays win puts the lads 3 points clear in 5th, just 6 points behind joint 4th Send and Worplesdon with a game in hand.

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