Hawks from the opening whistle began attacking the Wycombe D with passes coming in from all directions on the pitch. There looked to be real opportunities to score but Wycombe keeper was solid and their defence strong, repeated the ball came back out to midfield only to be driven back towards the Wycombe goal. After 20minutes Wycombe went on a breakaway run that was on this occasion not broken down and they scored. The game then opened up and the strength of defence was tested. James played an outstanding game frequently intercepting and recycling the ball back into midfield earning him man of the match. Oliver was solid in support of James providing options and keeping Hawks in the game.
The second half started with Hawks thinking they had to put heads down and run at Wycombe the result was some midfield scraps and a very congested play area. Wycombe managed to break out of this and scored their second goal. Hawks then seemed to re-group and start spreading the ball wide and high again. Nick Mahon was frequently on the wing receiving passes from deep in midfield but still Hawks could not convert their possession into goals. With 3 minutes to go Hawks eventually scored, Matt got his stick to a rebound off the post from a shot originated from Ned’s top of the D hit.
Overall the game was one of frustration with Hawks having about 60% of the possession and playing approximately 65% of the game in the attacking half. Key learning points from the game confirmed that the way to play is with confidence, creating a clear and consistent shape. The positives to take from the game were that the work rate throughout the team was high and everyone did play strongly up to the final whistle.
Harry Best, James Blenkinsop, George Chambers, Callum Chapman, William Cross, Ned Gordon, Oliver Lovibond, Nicholas Mahon, Matthew Rogers, Robbie Scragg, Harry Thomas, Tim Webster, James Wells
Player of the match: James Blenkinsop
|Matthew Rogers||Open Play|