Finch and Burpham share the points, closing the gap on the division leaders....
Burpham were up for the game on Sunday 2nd December on the back of last weeks 3-1 win over the Finch Sharks. The Hurricanes were fired up after the 2-1 win away to Burpham. Burpham’s recent form has put them on the same number of games and points as Finch. All the ingredients for a great game at Finch!!
Finch were playing with the wind in the first half and from the kick off it was all about Finch. The focus in training and the warm up/briefing on playing simple football was put into action. They were able to maintain possession through the thirds, but couldn’t quite carry it all the way to the goal. Adam couldn’t turn the ball home in the Burpham goal mouth and a cross was taken off Max’s toes preventing the tap in (Darren’s photos show how close that was). Against run of play, Burpham nicked the first goal from a corner and subsequent scramble which Jake initially saved but Finch couldn’t clear. Finch continued to keep the ball well and break at speed on the counter attack. Their keeper was quick off his line and the Finch through-balls were running too long. Meanwhile Burpham were resorting to shooting from range. 1-0 at half time.
The visitors were quick off the mark in the second half even though the wind had backed off, and soon won a string of free kicks from dangerous positions. Finch withstood the bombardment and continued to work the ball up the pitch well, although the quality was beginning to reduce in places. The Hurricanes had their own luck in a free kick initiated scramble where the keeper dropped the ball onto Ollie’s head and Max slotted it home. Both teams were going for it as the clocked ticked down. Burpham had a shot off the upright which Alfie cleared off the line and Jake made the diving saves to keep the lads in the game. Finch were still looking the more threatening team, but neither team could get the winner. 1-1 final score.
The lads are working hard in both training and on the pitch, putting our plans into action and playing for each other. Lots of positives to build on especially with the current focus on “keeping it simple”. Thank you to Nick for running the line today, Darren for the photos on facebook and to Callum for helping out today (great to see him fully recovered and playing football). And it was also good to see Dan back playing after his knee injury a few weeks ago.
In the league things got interesting today. Leaders Virginia Waters lost to struggling Abbey Diamonds preventing them from breaking away from the top teams, so they are now just 2 points ahead but having played an extra game. Abbey Youth also won over Bourne, dropping them out of the top group on 9 points. Badshot got the win against Finch Sharks putting them into the top group on 10 points as well. Finch Hurricanes are back in 2nd place on goal difference. But the league is incredibly tight, with the the top 6 teams separate by just 3 points!!