AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U10s went down 2 1 at HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIANS TIGERS U10s on
AFC HENLEY HURRICANES U10s went down 2 1 at HEARTS OF TEDDLOTHIANS TIGERS U10s on Saturday to leave their East Berks Football Alliance U10 Trophy dreams in tatters.
A sluggish start was not surprising after their gruelling journey across Berkshire and part of London and on a hard, small, uneven pitch.
Captain Joe Turner battled bravely at the heart of the Hurricanes defence and had to deal with a number of long balls as the visitors were put under early pressure but the first quarter ended goalless as neither team could settle into any sort of rhythm.
The second quarter started brightly for the Hurricanes and they went close on a couple of occasions through Tom Atkinson and Olly Saunders.
Against the run of play the Tigers took the lead as they found their way through the Hurricanes midfield to give Ben Horner no chance in goal. Trailing by one goal at half-time the Hurricanes pressed for the equaliser and in doing so were leaving gaps at the back that were ultimately exposed by the Tigers.
The hosts took a far post corner and the Tigers nodded in their second of the game. Horner again could do nothing about it and had dealt cleanly and neatly with all that had been thrown against him.
Nicolai Bruun-Andersen and Finnbar Scott were making some penetrating runs but the ball just would not drop kindly for the Hurricanes as they ended the third quarter 2-0 down.
Man-of-the-match Bonser’s relentless attitude and never say die approach paid off for the Hurricanes as Scott scored with a rasping 12 yard shot after a Saunders run.
The Hurricanes pressed for the equaliser but ran out of time as they were ultimately tamed by the Tigers.