Another warm September morning was the backdrop for the Hurricanes’ first away fixture in the league. After negotiating the complex one-way system to get to the right pitch they played the Ascot United Raiders.
In a lively start, the Hurricanes attacked the Raiders’ goal, Oscar Robinson showing his bravery and perseverance in winning the loose ball. However, the Raiders defended solidly and were difficult to break down.
The game continued in a competitive vein, with chances for both teams. Shiva Vadhoolan’s free-kick was perfectly placed on target, and brought a fine stop from the Raiders’ keeper. Jack Callaway was on hand to calmly and accurately head the rebound into the net. At the other end, the Raiders were still creating chances, goalkeeper Harrison Carpenter Buckett making a great save to one particularly fierce shot.
The game was increasingly being fought out in midfield, with Will Goulden, Will Lindsay and Jake Thatcher working well together to win the ball and create scoring opportunities.
In the final quarter, the Raiders made their pace count, moving the ball quickly and outnumbering the Hurricanes’ defence on several occasions. Jack Tookey made one particularly effective tackle to cut short a Raiders attack. The game ended with a beautiful through ball from defender Dominic Ellis to man-of-the-match Oscar Robinson who used typical perseverance to make the most of the opportunity.