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7's come out on top after hard fought game

08 November 2014, 14:30, Banbury Road North (Top)

Men's 7s 1 - 0 Banbury Piranhas

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For the first time since the start of the season the 7’s had a surplus of players attracted by the end of half term and a 1430 home fixture against top of the table Banbury Piranhas.

The squad was again a combination of youth and experience with returning Will Smith and Mike Henman hopefully adding some stability in the centre of the field.

The captain was happier this week with the squad arriving in plenty of time for a proper warm up and team talk. Hawks started well and throughout the game pushed play into the Banbury half but we weren’t able to capitalise on the territory we had.  The 7’s again had a squad which was substantially changed from the week before and we were guilty of forcing the pass, playing the ball to centrally and not stretching the wings.  Banbury demonstrated their credentials as leaders of the league with strong defence and midfield but were unable to make as many forays into our 25 and were repelled by Will Hackett, Dunn, Breen and Stoker who had a solid game in defence.  They did trouble Hawks with an early goal which was then disallowed and made Hawks rethink defensive duties.

In the second half Hawks continued to press with some good end to end play.  We secured a number of short corners but lack of practice forced too many errors.  Eventually though we worked things out, kept it simple and a direct strike from Will Smith saw us take the lead with a couple of minutes to go.  Hawks then won another short corner at the final whistle. With 10 outfield players poised to get another goal, injector Henman showed what we thought was true gamesmanship by knocking the ball to the sideline to end the game in recognition of Banbury’s fair play.  Post-match investigation revealed further ‘headless credentials’ as Mike revealed he had decided to end the game to prevent Banbury getting an equaliser from a potential break away if all went to pot….Rule books will be circulated before the next game……

Man of the match this week goes to Will Hackett who had a cracking game in goal and was fearless in front of the oppo and making a good number of crucial saves.  All our colts enjoyed further good spells with clear signs of improvement

Thanks to Dave Dawes and Tim Webster to umpiring, especially Tim on his first league outting and with a broken whistle.....

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