Oxford Hawks Men's 1st XI welcomed the recently relegated Havant to BRN on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
With their summer signings of Sandeep Singh and a couple of Polish international forwards, they obviously are looking to bounce straight back up into National League, so the Hawks men knew they were in for a tough afternoons work if they were to take any points from the game.
Unfortunately they started slowly, finding themselves 2 - 0 down inside 10 minutes due to unnecessary turnovers and confusion during defensive transition. As the half went on, the men in maroon stepped up their game and got on the scoresheet via George Creed, pouncing on the loose ball after the initial flick from Jack Biggs was saved by the keeper.
Within a couple of minutes it was all square. A quick couple of accurate passes led to dan 'edge' Rhodes picking the ball up in the middle of the 'D' and slotting home.
2-2 at half time, all to play for.
Unfortunately the 2nd half was one to forget. Hawks let themselves down technically all over the pitch, and the 2012 fastest flicker in the world (recorded at 145km/h) took full advantage, slotting home 3 unstoppable corners.
Havant then scored another before Biggs got himself on the scoresheet by slotting a corner of his own.
A 6-3 loss and a lot to work on, but there were plenty of positives to take into next week where they are away to MK, and will be looking instantly bounce back and take the 3 points.
Thanks to Clive Jones for the photos.