The U17 AFC Henley Hurricanes ran out 9-0 winners at home against Pinewood in this last of 32 East Berks FA Cup game.
The Hurricanes were sporting their new TRANSLUX sponsored kit and looked fit for the red carpet in their dazzling new strip!
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Owned and run by MD Simon Johnson, Johnson was said to have snapped up the chance to sponsor the Hurricanes once he knew the opportunity existed and was quoted as saying, “It’s a great opportunity for the company and was one I could not turn down”.
The hosts were very quickly into their stride in this matinee performance as George Crowe waltzed through the midfield beating 3 Pinewood defenders before slipping in Christian Rowbotham. Rowbotham still had a bit to do but found the back of the net with a Hollywood finish to make it 1-0.
At the back Sam “Puddy” Puddephatt was keeping things very tight and was linking up nicely with Max Lambert who was starting to run matters in the midfield spraying balls left and right to set the Hurricanes’ wingers on their way.
Joe Turner was next to play a starring role as his quick feet carved out some space and time for himself to play an exquisite through ball to Lawrence Wilks. Wilks drove down the left before cutting in and hitting a powerful shot that flew into the goal leaving the keeper with no chance.
Jack Slattery, just returning from injury, put in a proper shift in his right back role and his now legendary long throw ins caused Pinewood real trouble and almost bore fruit for the Hurricanes on a number of occasions.
Tom Atkinson proved himself to be the assist King for the day as he delivered his corners better than a Tom Cruise movie script. First to benefit from his pinpoint accuracy was Ed Hanman-Killick as he timed his run to perfection from the back of the box before powering a drive beyond the Pinewood keeper.
Just before the interval Rowbotham was on hand again to finish off a slick Hurricanes move to make it 4-0 just before the curtain came down on the first period.
Joe Winpenny was unlucky not to make it 5 just after the break but he powered his shot just wide from another Atkinson corner.
Szymon Koscielniak, “Simie” to his friends and usually found between the sticks, found himself in a cameo role up front but he had certainly read the script. Atkinson again floated a corner into the danger zone and from 6 yards out Simie rose like a salmon before powering a header into the far top corner of the goal.
The Hurricanes were now performing like A list celebrities and Leo Santamarina Muka could have been mistaken for South American great, Cafu, such was his attacking flair and comfort on the ball bringing it out from the back. One such run released Josh Livesey who was in no mood to play a supporting role. His lightening pace took him away from the Pinewood back 4 and he calmly placed the ball into the net to make it 6-0.
Jack Johnson was patrolling the middle of the park like Steven Gerrard in his prime and after Livesey was chopped down 25 yards out up stepped Johnson to claim his moment in the spotlight. Johnson hit an unstoppable thunder bolt of a free kick into the top corner to make it 7-0.
Atkinson then hit a 30 yard screamer that hit the bar harder than Oliver Reed but Simie was on hand to pick up the pieces and fire in the rebound to make it 8-0.
Sam Archibald, who during the match had been in the kind of combative form that Rambo would have been proud of, delivered the final swansong as he burst down the left and fired in an excellent cross that the Pinewood defence turned into their own net to make it 9-0.
Managers Turner and Atkinson were said to be very pleased by the performance and were now looking forward to the last 16 of the Cup. Sponsor Johnson was also in jubilant form at the Titanic performance and the way the new kit looked stating that he was going for a post match Balti to celebrate.