The 7th XI is still a team in transition and is just starting to form a stable team platform. We have an eclectic combination of the young, the old and well…just older….
Today’s win reflected the collective determination to make this work against what looked like a capable Wycombe side combining experience and young legs.
Hawks started well and forced Wycombe back into their own half. The fact there were no short corners to either side by half time was a reflection of the fact that most of the game was played out of either sides D. As is to be expected in a new side our passing could have been better but we never gave up when we lost possession. We also formed an effective press on their free hits limiting options and forcing Wycombe to make errors.
In the second half Hawks started to rattle Wycombe who started to squabble amongst themselves. Wycombe started to push the game on and created 3 or 4 short corners in the second half but all faltered. In one of our few forays down the right hand side we forced a free hit…Rory B slipped the ball to Mark Stoker who then played an accurate pass into the centre of the D which John Black snr got a stick to and deflected the ball to the back of the net over the keeper. A really well earned goal....
Everyone played a part in the victory…Man of the match goes to John Black….jnr…..JB was tireless in attack showing great stick skills and distribution together with great determination in the tackle.
Brad and Ollie had good games and showed good stick skills and Aravind was strong in goal.
Our back line was marshalled by Messrs Stoker/ Dunn/ Bowden and our ‘back to hockey’ boys comprising Aumonier/ Gordon and Breen are no more as they are now ‘fully into hockey’ boys showing increased confidence. And how could I forget Henman…out of position and slightly giddy from being placed in the attacking line up he played some well timed passes and kept the determination going to the end….
All in all a good first league win …