Angels and Crusaders battle through Storm Dennis
Great credit is due to all concerned for getting this game on in spite of the appalling weather conditions. Both teams wanted to play the game and the referee was prepared to give it a go and to be fair both sides did their level best to keep the 383 crowd entertained.
Angels took an early lead when in the 5th minute Joe Turner headed home Ben Greenhalgh’s corner with the wind a big factor in the strike. Josh Ajayi should have doubled the home side’s advantage two minutes later but the ball seemed to get under his feet.
It was however the away side that seemed to adapt the difficult conditions slightly better with chances falling to Ralph Graham, Conor Lynch and Liam Ferdinand.
The second period started with a superb double save from Angels keeper Jonny Henly. The wind played a huge part in the equaliser for Hungerford on 50 minutes. Matt Jones took a corner for the visitors and a sudden gust of wind suddenly diverted the ball straight into the net.
With the weather deteriorating the standard of football was never going to be great and the game turned into something of a lottery. With the wind in their favour Hungerford were able to do more of the attacking but genuine chances were few. On 69 minutes Liam Ferdinand’s shot along the ground had Angels keeper Jonny Henly scrambling across his goal but it was just wide.
The final minutes saw the game become very stretched and Turner forced a terrific save from Hungerford’s Patrick Ohman. With the conditions as they were a draw was more than fair to both sides.
Afterwards, Angels Boss Steve McKimm declared himself happy with a point taking into account the weather conditions. “Yes, perhaps we should have taken more advantage in the first period with the wind at our backs but we haven’t played much competitive football recently and it showed somewhat. Very proud of my defenders second half as they really had to keep their concentration with the ball pretty much likely to go anywhere. On another day Joe’s late effort might have gone in but it’s another point to add to our total.”