Sunday 10th November the Hurricanes travelled to their furthest away fixture at Teddington in the SPL league cup competition on Remembrance Sunday.
We’re very proud to stand with the lads as they pay tribute in
the minute silence to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the
privileges we enjoy today.
The Hurricanes were playing in the blue/white away tops and in their regular 4-3-3 formation. Just 12 players with James, Nathan, Billy, Dan and Ben A not available due to illness, travelling and injury. The lads were definitely up for it today in the warm up and team briefing. We’ve continued our work on releasing the ball more quickly and pressing in numbers at training.
Both teams started well in the game, Finch able to move the ball forward quickly putting pressure on the Teddington back line….just not quite able to get a clear chance on goal. Teddington were pressing a little harder at times making it difficult for the Hurricanes to link up their passing game. Jake was tested early on with a Teddington shot from the edge of the box going into the top corner, but he was able to pick the ball out of the air as it headed for the top corner.
It took 25 minutes for the first goal to come, Aaron winning the ball deep in the Finch half, playing it forward quickly up the line and Jacob delivering the ball to Cam to beat the keeper. And a few minutes later Jack held the ball up for Lewis B to burst through and beat the keeper to the ball for the 2-0 lead. Teddington responded just before half time with a headed goal from a drilled corner when Finch weren’t marking tightly enough in the box. 2-1 half time.
The half time brief was focused on reminding the lads about the pressing in numbers work we have been doing, anticipating and reacting quickly. Plus releasing the ball quickly, especially once they had beaten a player.
The second half was as fast paced as the first, Teddington continuing to press quickly. Finch now starting to release the ball quicker and exploit the width more to Alfie and Lewis C in the wingback roles. The quicker passing play was stretching Teddington and allowing Finch to attack in numbers. Lewis B threaded the ball through for Jacob to stab home the 3rd goal just in front of the keeper. Finch won a series of corners which Ben drilled in, Harrington not quite able to get over the top of the ball to hit the target.
To Teddington’s credit they kept chasing the next goal. Jake was called into action, doing well to parry away a free kick and cover the goal for Teddington’s shots. They were rewarded for their persistence, capitalising on a scuffed defensive clearance to get back into the game at 3-2. Alfie and Lewis B took some knocks in robust challenges for the ball and Marcus struggled with cramp as the clock ran down. But it was the Hurricanes hard work and determination which got the final goal of the game, Jacob slotting Lewis C through to kill the game off at 4-2, his shot too strong for the keeper to keep out.
There were strong performances across the team today. Harrington and Adam worked well at the back, confident possession play from the back and provided the aerial threats for corners too. Alfie, Aaron and Lewis C worked really hard to push on from the wingback positions and provide the wide options. Cam, Marcus and Lewis B battled hard all game in the centre of the pitch to stop Teddington playing forward. Jack, Jacob, Lewis C and Ben M showed their attacking pace, dangerous crossing and good linkage play to create the opportunities in front of goal. And Jake was alert to the Teddington threats and was able to spread the ball quickly. And some excellent team goals too. Well done to all the lads!!