POSTED: September 15 2018 23:47:40. By Ben Robinson
- Season begins with dominant home victory!
U10 Hurricanes (Home) v Urmston Town Juniors Eagles
Saturday 15th September 2018 (10.00am)
Beech Farm Playing Fields #4, Victoria Ln, Swinton, M27 0NH
Referee: Lucas McLaughlin
Won: 8-0 (HT 2-0)
Goals: Alfie Rostron (5), Amaan Khan, Joshua Whitehead, Henry Errington
MotM: Alfie Rostron
For the second consecutive year, the Hurricanes opened their league season with a game against Urmston Town. However, this time it was at home and against the Eagles (rather than away against the Tigers) although the outcome was just as positive! Beechfield had Henry Errington, Fabio Figueiredo, Amaan Khan, Alfie Rostron and Oliver Williams making their league debuts and manager Ben Robinson and his Assistant Glenn Whitehead had a full squad to choose from.
The home team got off to a flying start as they dominated the early exchanges and took a deserved lead after just a few minutes. Oliver Hall, who was wearing the Captain’s armband for the first time, fired in low shot from the edge of the box that was saved well by the visiting keeper, but Alfie Rostron reacted quickest and cleverly chipped the ball over the keeper and into the net.
The Eagles remained on the backfoot throughout the first half as the home side continued to push forward, creating a number of good chances, including a superb length-of-the-field effort from Henry Errington. However Urmston defended well, and their keeper made a number of good saves, to keep themselves in the game. Just as it looked as though they might hold out until half time without conceding again, Amaan Khan won the ball in centre-field before striding forward and firing home a shot from outside the box that proved to be too much for the keeper to handle, as he spilled it over his shoulder and into the net.
Even after a second goal, the half time scoreline still flattered the away team, who had been second best throughout the whole of the first half. However, after some welcome half time refreshments and some wise words from the coaching team, the Hurricanes began to assert their authority in the second half. Manager Ben Robinson had urged his team to make use of their superiority down the right wing, and that proved to be excellent advice as it led to a flurry of second half goals.
With Dillan Caldwell and Oliver Hall winning everything in the middle of the park, and following the advice they had been given, Jamie Maher began to see more and more of the ball out wide. It took just two minutes before he whipped in a beautiful cross which Alfie Rostron hammered home, with a volley from the edge of the box that rattled the crossbar on the way into the back of the net, for arguably the best goal of the game.
Alfie Rostron then turned provider just moments later as Joshua Whitehead broke forward from the back to coolly slot home and put the home time out of sight. Oliver Williams, Daniel Robinson and Jamie Maher were all seeing plenty of the ball, making good runs and putting dangerous crosses into the box, which put the visitors’ defence under constant pressure. Eventually that pressure told as one of the Eagles’ players hit a ball across his own penalty area, which Alfie Rostron fired home to complete his hattrick.
Beechfield were playing with increasing confidence which led to some great, flowing football. Fabio Figueiredo, Joshua Whitehead and Henry Errington calmly dealt with any occasional possession that Urmston had and some clever passes out from the back helped to launch a number of dangerous attacks. As the half wore on, a slick move that started at the back and involved 5 different Hurricanes players again found its way to Alfie Rostron inside the box and he once again despatched the chance with aplomb. Just three minutes later, after another flowing team move, man of the match Alfie Rostron scored his fifth goal of the game with almost a carbon copy of his previous effort.
As the game wore on, Henry Errington glided forward and fired in a shot from the edge of the box that drew a smart save from the ‘keeper. However, he continued his strong run so that, when the ball was turned back into the box, he was on hand to score the final goal of the game and give the home team a deserved eighth goal, and a scoreline that highlighted their dominance.
The Eagles threw everything forward in an attempt to score a consolation goal, but Oliver Hall made a well-timed last-ditch challenge to prevent the visitors from getting a shot on goal. In the final moments, an Urmston striker had their only clear-cut chance of the game, but somehow managed to hit both posts before home ‘keeper Oliver Dalton-Bunker dropped onto the ball on his goal-line, to secure a clean sheet which the home side thoroughly deserved.
After the game, manager Ben Robinson said "Thanks to the parents today for giving me and Glenn a full squad, it was a great win to start off the season and I thought the players played some really good football. Congratulations to Alfie on his Man of the Match award”.
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