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Hawks 4s struggle against formidable OMTs

08 March 2014, 12:00, Banbury Road North (Top)

Men's 4s 3 - 3 OMT Men's 3s

Hawks 4s put out possibly their strongest team of the season on Saturday against OMT, languishing at the bottom of the table. However, the visitors hadn’t read the script – nor brought a single player from our previous fixture earlier in the season! This lot were a totally different proposition and although we were slow out of the blocks, possibly due to a delayed start and over-long warm up, we were confident we could get ourselves into gear and start scoring goals. But, not only did OMT go one up, they were soon two goals clear and our disposition changed from one of calm assurance to wild-eyed panic. Their goalkeeper played well, agreed, but we were more than profligate in front of goal. Eventually, we got one back through a well worked corner from Minner just after half time but disastrously almost immediately conceded a third and it became a race against time. Ron Manson, playing his last game before flying to the Falklands, pulled the deficit back to one, but it looked all up for us as the massive crowd headed for the exits. OMT scored a fourth, which was disallowed for a foot and the plaintive pleading of Tim Martin, but then with a minute remaining Jasper weaved through their defence and blunted the ball home to make it 3-3. Two points lost? Possibly, but this was a decent team we were up against but means we need at least two wins out of our last three games. Next week, Brunel University, and who knows what sort of team they will put out. 

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