AFC Henley Hurricanes U10s latest cup game was an away fixture against Twyford Comets Reds U10s. The Hurricanes gave a debut to their new away kit, resplendent in yellow shirts and black shorts. The game was expected to provide a stiff challenge for the Hurricanes as the Comets were from two divisions higher in the league.
The first quarter began with both teams looking strong. The Hurricanes set about their business as usual, with Dominic Ellis strong in defence, Shiva Vadhoolan working hard on the right side and Will Lindsay, Nicholas Hernandez St Clair and Oscar Robinson pushing up front. Harrison Carpenter Buckett was again a reassuring presence in goal; when the first shot of the game came from the Comets, he produced an equally good save.
The second quarter began with the Comets in control, and the Hurricanes on the defensive. Will Goulden had come into defence and was working hard blocking and tackling. The Hurricanes did see some of the possession, Luca Currie winning the ball on the edge of the box, and Oscar Robinson passing a defender with a great turn. However, eventually the pressure told, and the Comets opened the scoring with a rocket into the top corner.
For the rest of the game, it was the Comets who set the pace, the Hurricanes only able to show glimpses of what they can do: Will Lindsay persevering on the left, Dominic Ellis cutting out balls in defence, a great stop by new goalkeeper Shiva Vadhoolan and some committed tackles from Jack Tookey, man-of-the-match for the second week running. However, it was the Comets who caught the eye with their accurate passing and positional play.