Hot conditions, bobbly pitch, tired players (before they had
even started), bare 11 players so no subs….and against a full team from
Teddington, desperate for the win to try to stay up in the Premier for
From the kick off, Teddington were pressing hard and forcing mistakes. The normal confident Hurricanes were looking anything but that. There was an early let off when a bouncing ball created an open goal, but the Teddington player hit the post. This seemed to put some life into the Hurricanes, and they started to take the game to the opposition. The midfield was crowded out and Finch struggled to maintain possession under the pressure. There were Finch chances from long balls including a 1-on-1 with the keeper, but we couldn’t hit the target. And the continuous attacks and pressure from Teddington got the first goal.
The half time talk was a rocket, not what was wanted for the last game of the season but it had to be done, the hurricanes were just not at the races. And it got the desired result in the second half, with Finch pressing and maintaining more possession, moving the ball around quicker. And with the pressure the chances started to come. Adam pouncing on a goal mouth scramble when their keeper spilled the ball from a corner, 1-1 and game on. Finch almost got the second goal straight away but their keeper made the near post save and they cleared the subsequent corner.
From then on the game was in the balance, both teams battling across the pitch. Both keepers kept the score level with saves, Ben A a little busier from longer range shots. The physicality was there, the passing was there, the shape was there….but they were struggling for composure on the ball and not creating enough options. Teddington broke the deadlock with some high pressing on the edge of the Finch penalty box and got the tap in with 5 minutes to go. Although they were trying to rally each other, by now the lack of subs and conditions were taking the toll, and the Teddington were doing enough to foil Finch attacks. 2-1 to Teddington.
On another day they would have got the lucky bounce and got the result, but thats football.
After the elongated season, the Hurricanes finish 5th, bang in the middle of the table. 7 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses (23 points). The league table shows just how close it was across the division with 3rd to 6th places separated by just 4 points. 4th place Haslemere on 25 points and 3rd place Abbey on 26 points. Even 2nd place Claygate were only on 28 points. When you consider just 2 seasons ago we entered SPL in Division 1 (4th tier) and are competing really well against the top of the Premier and even Premier Elite teams, thats quite an achievement for our lads!! They have thrilled and excited us throughout the season and we couldn’t be more proud of this team!!