A warm September morning was the backdrop for the first league game of the season for the Henley Hurricanes U10s at Jubilee Park. The opponents were their namesakes, the Laurel Park Hurricanes.
It was Henley who started more brightly, their passing in midfield quickly settled into its rhythm. There were many examples of fast, precise passing amongst the midfield and attack, Shiva Vadhoolan and Luca Currie catching the eye. An accurate through ball from defender Dominic Ellis, meanwhile, allowed Oscar Robinson to again show his calm in front of goal.
Henley were pacey down both wings, with Will Lindsay on the left and Jack Callaway on the right causing problems for the Laurel Park defence. When Will Goulden was introduced into attack, he also showed his passing game as well as a trademark break on goal.
Laurel Park challenged the Henley goal, notably in the final quarter where they gave Henley a thorough examination. Jack Tookey and man-of-the-match Will Lindsay both showed their commitment and determination, whilst captain Harrison Carpenter Buckett was solid in goal, including a brilliant save early on in the game to tip the ball over the crossbar.
It was great to see the Henley Hurricanes working well together as a team. They were followed on the pitch by this year’s U9s team, which gave a reminder of how far they have come in twelve months.