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Slow start, Fast Finish

Sunday 14th May 

Horsley 1 - 4 Finchampstead Hurricanes

Long trip away to Horsley for the second leg of the league fixtures.

With 3 games left to play, the 9 points would allow the Hurricanes to match 3rd place Worplesdon. In the team briefing the lards were warned about Horsley’s results and the significant increase in their ability to compete against strong teams.

The Hurricanes looked nervous from the outset, no one wanting to make a mistake and passing not good enough. Kick and run style football which was not working for the lads, especially on the narrow Horsley pitch. Both teams hit the uprights, but Horsley looked the more dangerous on the break.

Dan pulled off a couple of point blank saves to keep the game at 0-0 at half time. By half time the game was looking a bit more balanced with Finch starting to get their passing game going.

It wasn’t quite a rocket at half time...more a resetting of the football style to get back the composure and stop the long ball game plus a few changes to the team sheet…..and what a difference!!

Second half we saw the usual pass and move football from the lads. The work rate was back up again too. And quickly they were rewarded with a couple of well worked team goals. Horsley tried to rally but the Hurricanes got another goal and then a penalty for a trip by their near post. 4-0.

Finch were looking a lot more physical in the challenges, passing with confidence and quality and working much harder than the first half. Couldn’t quite keep the clean sheet with a penalty, Dan did well to get a hand to it but couldn’t keep out of the net.

4-1 final score.

Today's result combined with Burpham beating Send today, puts the Hurricanes joint 4th with Send (although Send have a game in hand). Walton are 5 points behind in 6th with the same fixtures to play as the Hurricanes (Send and Burpham). Best place finish is now 3rd and worst case is 6th.

Well done lads.

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