Hard fought victory against Hurricanes
By Andrew Willis
Tom plays a stormer
An early, cold and damp return for the Blues return to Laurel Park, this time to play the Hurricanes. It was great to welcome Amani back coincidentally on the ground where 3 months ago he left in an ambulance. The Blues fielded a full squad for the first time this season though were still struggling with the lack of a real keeper.
Thankfully Will G has been looking very solid recently and covered the sticks for the first half. The game began in a pretty frantic fashion and it was clear why the Hurricanes hadn’t conceded many goals this season. On a sloping and less than ideal pitch the Blues managed some decent passing but found it really hard to create clear chances due to the packed, well organised and physical Hurricanes midfield and defence. In the end it was Ben on one of his surging midfield runs that broke the deadlock as his cross looped in. The Blues continued to apply pressure but the Hurricanes were always dangerous on the break and Christian a couple of times came to our rescue clearing the danger. Tom was having a storming first half with his pace a constant danger. Just as it looked like Blues were gaining control the most controversial moment of the game happened, there was a long ball into the box and Will grabbed it once then as we went to grab it a second time the Hurricanes forward challenged him. The boys felt it was an unfair challenge but no foul was given and the ball ended up in the net. The boy felt somewhat aggrieved as the they were creating the majority of chances and were playing the better football but half-time ended with the teams level.
An unusual look to the team as the second the second half began as Fergus, Tom and Curtis took their turn on the ‘bench’ but the boys continued to just about have the edge. A free kick by Morgan into the box resulted in a bit of a scramble and Joseph fired home as the ball fell at his feet. The game continued with the Blues pushing for a third to it safe but the Hurricanes always posing a threat.
In the end the Blues secured a hard fought win and Tom got MoM with one of his best performances of the season.