Rusty start for the Hurricanes

Rusty start for the Hurricanes after the half term break......

Maybe not having a game and only a small number for training due to half term had an impact, but the Hurricanes struggled to get into first part of the game today. Abbey weren’t applying much pressure, but it was enough to force the mistakes. Jake was called into action early on to keep the scores level at 0-0, including pulling off a free kick save which was eventually netted but from an off-side position.  

It took Abbey to score with a shot in off the upright to get the Hurricanes fired up and playing with the quality we know they have within them. Minutes later, a long goal kick from Jake put Jacob through and the lob over the on-rushing keeper just bounced over the cross bar.  

Finch put on the pressure, closing quickly and looking to attack the Abbey penalty box. Ben M delivered a series of dangerous crosses into the box from wide left, putting the Abbey defence under pressure. Jacob’s flick on header beat the keeper but just cleared the crossbar. Lewis C got the equaliser from a long range cross delivered from the right side…..or was it a shot?? Either way it caught the keeper off guard and dropped in at the back post to level the scores.  

Finch were straight back at Abbey and another drilled cross from Lewis C allowed Jacob to get the tap in at the near post. And there were other chances for Finch, their keeper did well to stop Jacob in a 1-on-1.  

In the second half Finch worked hard to win the ball and attack the Abbey goal on the counter. There were a number of goal mouth scrambles with Finch not able to get the shot away through the crowded penalty area. Adam setup Cam for a long range shot but couldn’t get over the top of the ball to keep it down. Ben M’s close range shot forced an excellent save from their keeper.  

Abbey kept fighting though and managed to drill a shot in across goal for an on-running player to tap in at the back post. As the clock run down, Abbey stopped a Finch attack on the edge of their box, the clearance putting their striker through on goal. Abbey were awarded a penalty for a clash of feet just inside the box…where was VAR when we needed it??!! Abbey took their chance and got back in front.  

Final result 3-2.  

In spite of the rusty start to the game, the Hurricanes certainly did enough to win the game today, but couldn’t take their chances to finish the game off. Both keepers did very well today to keep their teams in the game. Although tough result on the lads, it is good to see they are creating good scoring chances in the games, mixing up their play and trying out different approaches.

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Rusty start for the Hurricanes
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