POSTED: October 06 2018 19:58:33. By Ben Robinson - Hurricanes clip Ospreys' wings in big away win!

Winton Wanderers Ospreys v U10 Hurricanes (Away)
Saturday 6th October 2018 (10.30am)
Cleveleys Playing Fields #4, Blantyre Street, Eccles, Manchester M30 8HY
Referee: Sarah Macmanus

Won: 0-5 (HT 0-1)
Goals: Daniel Robinson (2), Alfie Rostron, Henry Errington + 1 own goal
MotM: Dillan Caldwell

In their second away game of the season, the Hurricanes faced an Ospreys team against whom they had won one and lost one last season, so they were expecting a tough game, especially on pitch with a worrying combination of long grass, potholes and molehills?! A big event at the running track next door meant that parking was difficult for the Hurricanes’ parents, so the players pre-match warm up began with a mile-long walk to the pitches! On the bright side, it wasn’t snowing today like it was when we came here last year?!

Manager Ben Robinson had a full-strength squad to choose from, with Oliver Dalton-Bunker returning in goal after missing last week’s game, and he decided to start with Oliver Hall, Henry Errington, Alfie Rostron and Jamie Maher on the bench. This gave a number of the other Hurricanes’ players more game time and they seized the opportunity they had been given by making a bright start to the match.

However, after withstanding some early pressure, the home team had the first real chance of the game after a powerful shot from outside the box rattled against the post, and then Oliver Dalton-Bunker was forced to make a smart save in the Beechfield goal to keep the scores level. This threat on the counter-attack seemed to motivate the Hurricanes, as they pushed further forward, and both Daniel Robinson and Dillan Caldwell carved out good chances and were unlucky not to score, after forcing good saves from the big Ospreys’ goalkeeper.

As the half wore on and the Winton defence began to tire, the Beechfield coaches decided to introduce some fresh legs, and this had an almost instant impact. Alfie Rostron reacted quickest on the half way line to collect a goal-kick from their ‘keeper and went on a driving run down the left and into the box, before coolly sliding home into the bottom corner for his tenth goal of the season. It was no more than the visitors deserved and the Wanderers were lucky to keep the score-line at 0-1 until half time, after Alfie Rostron and Henry Errington both had chances to extend the lead.

The Beechy players were given a boost during the break from their half time refreshments (thanks to Tom!) and some wise words from coaching duo Ben Robinson and Glenn Whitehead, which propelled them into a lively start to the second half. Fabio Figueiredo and Josh Whitehead had played solid, defensive roles in the first half to repel any Winton attacks, but they were much quieter in the second half as the Hurricanes really began to dominate.

Man of the match Dillan Caldwell tested the Ospreys goalkeeper straight from the kick off and Oliver Williams was desperately unlucky not to score after his effort hit both posts before the home ‘keeper pounced on the ball on his own goal-line. Amaan Khan, who also put in a powerful midfield performance, had a couple of good, early chances and also posed a threat with some dangerous corners.

Oliver Hall created the next opportunity as he burst forward before being cynically hacked down by a Winton defender. Amaan Khan fired in a dangerous free kick, which the home team scrambled clear, but Oliver Williams picked up the loose ball and fired in a cross which cannoned off the head of a Winton defender and into his own net to double the Beechfield lead. The fact that the own goal was scored by the defender who had fouled Oliver Hall seemed to be proof that karma does exist, and his day didn’t get any better when he was taken off for having a temper tantrum and then escorted away from the match completely by one of their coaches?!

By now the Hurricanes players were full of confidence and beginning to play some great football, despite the poor surface. Jamie Maher created a number of chances with some great work down the right wing, and Oliver Williams did the same down the left. However, it was Alfie Rostron who eventually created the third goal, with some fabulous footwork inside the Wanderers’ box, as he danced around three or four defenders before teeing up Daniel Robinson, who blasted his chance home from close range for his first league goal of the season.

Oliver Hall was the next to get an assist, as he whipped in a well-struck corner that Henry Errington did brilliantly to flick into the roof of the net with his head, to score Beechfield’s fourth goal of the day, with his third goal of the season, and the Hurricanes’ first headed goal of the year!

The final goal of the morning was again scored by Daniel Robinson, who doubled his tally for the game and the season, with a powerful drive from close range. This time the assist came from Jamie Maher, who burst down the right, battled past a number of defenders and found space (just as his Dad had told him to minutes earlier!) before firing an inviting cross right across the box that gave the Winton defence no chance.

Winton did manage to spring one late counter attack but Oliver Dalton-Bunker managed to block the shot and preserve his third clean sheet in three games. But for a poor playing surface, a solid performance from the home goalkeeper and the goals he was protecting being relatively small, the Hurricanes could easily have scored more. However, the 5-0 score-line was the least that they deserved as they dominated possession and looked comfortable throughout.

After the match Hurricanes’ manager Ben Robinson said “The pitch today was shocking, but I thought we handled it quite well. It was good to mix it up and rotate the team differently. We seemed to be in control for about 45 minutes of the game and their ‘keeper made some very good saves. Another clean sheet too, so well done to the boys for an organised and comfortable performance in poor conditions. Thanks too to all parents for giving me and Glenn a full squad. Well done to man of the match Dillan, and to Henry for our first headed goal of the season. Hopefully there will be more to come, especially off corners!”

The Hurricanes squad for the match was: Oliver Dalton-Bunker, Dillan Caldwell, Oliver Hall, Jamie Maher, Daniel Robinson, Joshua Whitehead, Henry Errington, Fabio Figueiredo, Amaan Khan, Alfie Rostron and Oliver Williams.

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