The ‘Hurricanes’ swept in and out of Onslow Village largely unnoticed this weekend.
Those residents close to the Rec. might have had a bird’s eye view of the spectacle – and those further afield may have had their ears pricked.
The recent commotion was nothing less than…….Worplesdon Rangers Football Club’s U16 team known as the ‘Hurricanes’. The Sunday game was played at their regular home pitch, hosting Imber Court Juniors; table topping fierce rivals of the Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes play in the Surrey Primary League and are recognised by most of Division 1 for playing high quality football without getting the results they deserve. This game looked like being no exception as the Hurricanes breezed through the first half trying to play a passing game on a pitch more akin to the ‘aerial’ approach. The Juniors were, as expected, physical and organised but under pressure for large parts of the first half.
The Juniors found themselves two up after being gifted both goals from two yards out. The Hurricanes finished the half and a great passing move with a fine strike from their ever-present striker, D.Foster making it 1-2.
The second half saw the Hurricanes heading ‘downhill’ purely by virtue of the sloping pitch. The light-blue shirts of the Hurricanes swirled around the pitch and into the Juniors’ area time and again, without reward. Resolute defending and wayward shooting kept Juniors in front.
The wind of change came after 60 minutes. An uncharacteristic attempt from outside the box saw S.Stone unleash a rasping drive from 25 yards low into the corner of the net.
Justice seeming to prevail, the Hurricanes were level. The Juniors looked dangerous on the counter as the Hurricanes surged forward, seeking a winner.
All those watching were left amazed as the referee ignored a bear-hug in the area, denying the Hurricanes a last minute penalty. However for all the huffing and puffing on a heavy pitch where beauty was taking on the beast, the match ended 2-2.
Two contrasting styles from two good under 16 teams.