Rúnar Lúðvíksson reports from a rare win on the road
Coope.fc 0-3 Tundra Axle FC
The boys in the purple pyjamas turned out a fine performance at the Coope Arena against the troubled bots to secure a second successive league win for new manager Jonas Solskín. If the generally miserable Axle supporters were expecting a rough ride here, they certainly didn’t get it as Tundra put in a dominant, passing performance, showing signs of a developing understanding from a new group of players from the four corners of the Hattrick world. But particularly catching the eye today was one of the few survivors of Solskín’s early season cull, Ted Hayes, who bossed the Coope defenders with his physicality, and caused problems all afternoon in the final third.
A brilliantly sunny day had enticed a relatively large crowd of 11080 to the Arena, many to protest at the problems being experienced by the home team. Outside, Skinny Dave, his dog Trebonianus Gallus and sacked keeper Jasper Kenny mounted a small anti-Solskín demonstration on behalf of the protest group Axle Eleven, but by refusing to come into the ground they probably missed Tundra’s best performance in several seasons.
Tundra took the lead on 9 minutes after Boris Aragón curved a free kick into the net. One minute later, a thrilling play through the middle gave Tundra’s Ted Hayes a chance, and he did not disappoint. Good possession from Tundra for the rest of the half kept the demoralised Coopers at bay but Axle couldn’t find the cutting edge to increase their lead.
The second half was largely held by Tundra, as the Coopers were frustrated into chasing shadows. Sepehr Dourandish could have put Tundra up another goal 64 minutes into the match with his audacious lob from the right wing, and three minutes later Elliott Tennyson took advantage of a mistake on the home side’s right to increase Tundra’s lead to 3. After this, Tundra looked to kill time and as things got scrappy, the home side vented their frustration: injuries and cards looked inevitable. Coope.fc’s Bob Cranshaw was shown a yellow on 72 minutes for slicing down an opponent, Manuel Poggi Sandri writhing in agony before he could get up to continue the game. The fierce heat slowed the game to a crawl in the final minutes as the few dozen away suporters celebrated another win for Tundra, who enjoyed most of the ball to see out the game.
If confidence is up at Axle, things are surely about to get a little tougher. Next up are two season-defining games, first at Ottery St. Mary Elites who will be keen to avenge a surprise defeat at Tundra Park, then hosting top of the table Fekete Sereg, who have already walloped the Axle 7-0. We’re all soon to find out what Solskín’s boys are really made of, and maybe Skinny Dave will have something to cheer about if Tundra fall back to earth with a bump. Time will tell.
Coope.fc (4-4-2): Blackstock – Chilvers, Gillett, Wood, Merlin – Cranshaw, Spacey, Kaul-Seidman, D’Ambrosio – Soper, Haldon.
Tundra Axle FC (4-4-2): van der Berk – Lisý, Grace, Aragón, Marín – Poggi sandri, Tennyson, Dourandish, Tomašević – Chapman, Hayes.
|0 - 1||Boris Aragón||9′|
|0 - 2||Ted Hayes||10′|
|0 - 3||Elliott Tennyson||67′|
|Manuel Poggi sandri||73′|