Half term absentees made getting a squad together a bit of a struggle this week. The Alps, Devon and Cornwall all seemed more attractive than a run out in glorious autumn sunshine at Marlow. By Friday night we had a squad of 13 with 7 changes to the squad from the week before.
As all captains know it's best to leave nothing to chance on match day. Careful instructions on meet times and directions are issued well in advance to ensure we get to the pitch at least 30 mins before the game especially when you have so many new players in the squad. There is always something you cant plan for though.....and this week Captain Cock-up arrived in the form of a phone call from a junior players parent with an hour to go saying they'd locked themselves out of their house with car keys inside....not wanting to embarrass anyone I wont name names...but it was Will Hackett's Dad, Ben. And as Will is the goal keeper it fell to Venables to make a quick diversion to Bicester to pick Will up whilst Dad Ben looked forward to an afternoon in the local pub....
So it was the briefest of warm up's before the game started. Marlow fielded a similar mix of youth and experience and whilst Hawks enjoyed a bright start with early possession in the Marlow half they were unable to capitalize and then suffered a succession of advances from Marlow resulting in a 4 goal deficit by half time.
We regrouped at half time, reinforcing marking duties and commitment. We resolved to forget about the first half and look to try and start afresh and to come out on top in the second half. We made a few changes including moving Venables snr up front. We started well and put some good passing together and looked like a different team. The net result was an end score line of 6-3 top Marlow but Hawks carried the second half 3-2. A great achievement with sterling work all round and great battling from all our colts. The last goal came from a good break from a 16 hit resulting in Charlie Colebrook driving forward and slipping the ball to Venables snr who rounded the keeper for the skippers hat-trick.
Man of the Match was Harry Venables who showed great energy and skill both attacking and defending.