We knew Maidenhead Monarchs would be a tough team with 3 wins out of 3 and a squad that turned up with more men than boys. Hawks 7’s are starting to believe in their own abilities with experienced legs shoring up the back and middle and a definite ‘youth’ policy approach up front. Within 5 mins the ’youth’ showed the way with Harry Venables driving into the D and slamming a goal with a well struck reverse stick sweep. It was the start we needed to settle the nerves and prove we had the ability to win this. Still 1-0 at half time we tried to think about making best use of chances in the D and were rewarded in the 2nd half by a couple of short corners but we weren’t able to capitalise. With 10 mins to go we leaked a goal through a defensive error and then couldn’t quite get momentum back to push for a winner. By the oppo’s admission they felt they had stolen a point
The squad was boosted this week by Stephen Hudson who marshalled central midfield and created several mazy runs to provide chances for the forwards. At the back Mark Stoker and Rory Bowden stood firm and repelled most advances. Half backs saw a rotation between Rob Breen, Barton MacFarlaine, Richard Venables and Ed Wilkinson who was undaunted by the size of the opposition, felling one in a David v Goliath esq battle. Upfront our ‘youth’ policy was led by the ’evergreen’ John Black snr and featured Freddie Sunderland, Harry Venables, Toby Maclachlan, Brad Fogden and Jack O’Donovan. All played a great game with good link up play. We just need to work on our finishing and keep a cool head in the D and the goals will come. At the back Aravind Prabhakaran had a great game in goal again with some decisive keeping.
This is an interesting league with few big scores and with continued reinforcement of the basics we should see more points come our way.