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Hawks Men 5's eventually wake up from summer snooze

15 March 2014, 10:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 5s 5 - 2 Ashford (Middlesex) Men's 3s

With a beautiful sunny day ahead, it was a shame that the sunshine hockey of late took a while to return - and intermittently at that!

Ashford came in a determined mood, looking to scrape themselves out of the relegation zone.

This was not the case with the resurgent Hawks team who had won 7 of the last 8, and they rather approached this game with an air of arrogance that quickly found them unstuck.

The opening 10 minutes saw Hawks push the ball around in a staccato manner, squander 6 shorts and then concede to virtually the first Ashford attack with the slim skipper strangely blocking his sons view in goal who was sent the wrong way. 0-1. The game continued in much the same manner, with Hawks having all the play, but Ashford looking dangerous on the break.

The equaliser came from a short with Hawk's best player, Chris Van Engers finishing off and 1-1 at half time had Ashford still in a game that they should have been well out of it.

Another poor start after half time, saw Ashford take the lead again despite Archie Spittles' best attempts and then, finally, the mens 5's woke up. Goals from sniffer Hack,  Adam Bentley, Charles Persie and Van Engers again gave Hawks the win. The last goal  being the best from Van Engers, culminated from a mazy run where he must have beaten two of the opposition twice, then reverse slapped the ball past the surprised Ashford keeper.

After a run of 8 wins in the last 9 games, Hawks are now hot on the tails of Oxford in 3rd, and face a strong Aylesbury team on Saturday. Should they win that...then who knows going in to the final game.

 

 

 

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