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Rangers are hit for six as Hurricanes do the double

Team that nearly folded last summer celebrate winning the Camden Sunday League Challenge Cup in style against Crouch End Rangers

22 February, 2018 — By Charlie Corbett

The Hurricanes celebrate their 6-0 win

CHEERS resonated all around Hackney Marshes on Sunday as jubilant footballers from The Hurricanes celebrated the most successful season in their eight-year history.

The triumphant team smashed six goals past Crouch End Rangers to win the Camden Sunday League Challenge Cup, wrapping up a majestic league and cup double in the process.

It was the first time that the club have won either of the trophies – the two biggest and most prestigious accolades that the Camden Sunday League has to offer. But Sunday was about more than just silverware, it was also about survival.

Player-manager Simon Lawrence, who put in a man-of-the-match display against Crouch End, revealed The Hurricanes were on the brink of folding last summer.

The Hurricanes with their silverware

“We were seriously thinking about walking away before the start of the season because we simply didn’t have enough players,” said Simon, who grew up in Hampstead. “We didn’t want to, but it felt like the only option.

“Then we thought about our history, and the seven long years that we had already put in to running the club. We made a push on the recruitment front and, thankfully, found the players that we needed. We haven’t looked back since.”

The decision not to fold must have looked like a questionable one when The Hurricanes lost 3-1 to Crouch End Rangers in their opening game of the season.

Since then, however, they went on the rampage, winning nine and drawing one of the their next 10 games – a run that saw them crowned champions.

They were winning yet again at the weekend when two goals from Simon, along with strikes from Jack Fletcher, Tom Wakefield, Matt Perry and Guy Horlock sealed a 6-0 victory to capture the Challenge Cup and keep alive hopes of winning the quadruple.

Player-manager Simon Lawrence scored twice for Hurricanes

“We kept the ball from start to finish and we won every 50/50 challenge,” said Simon.

“Crouch End are a very good side and we have never beaten them so convincingly. Our centre-backs were monstrous and our strikers were clinical – it was a great performance.

“We were 2-0 up at half-time, and we said that we need to get the next goal because at that point the game could still have gone either way. In the end, we never gave them a sniff.”

Tottenham fan Simon shrugged off remarks that he looks like a former Arsenal striker as he revealed The Hurricanes are now eyeing up two more trophies.

“Looking like Olivier Giroud is a complete coincidence – I support Spurs,” he grinned.

“Winning the double is a special feeling. You could see by our faces how much it meant when we popped the Prosecco. It is something that we have been working towards and that hard work has paid off.

“Now we are going to push to win the Senior Cup and the President’s Cup to make it a clean sweep of the trophies.”

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