The Men’s 2s continued on their travels of the MBBO Region 1 division with a trip to face Staines Men’s 2s. On a pitch which is of stark contrast from our Banbury Road, some members of the squad were a little disappointed they left their towels in the changing room. It also seemed the 11.30am push back was a blessing in disguise as the rain held off to allow for a very entertaining game of hockey.
It would be fair to say that in previous matches Hawks have been slightly slow out of the blocks, however, this was not the case today with multiple D entries and free flowing hockey, Hawks quickly asserted their dominance on the game. This possession and constant pressure eventually broke down the Staines defence allowing Hawks to quickly get on the score sheet within the first 10minutes through Matt Janes. Then a trade mark rocket of a reverse from Wisse Albers quickly doubled the lead in Hawks’ favour. The defence held firm as Staines took to the aerial route looking for a way back into the contest. However, with Robbo and Drew patrolling the Hawks’ 25 even the great Moses himself would have struggled to part this pairing.
Again some delightful build up play led to yet another D entry for Hawks, where a Staines’ foot was found. Up stepped Dan Andrews, who delivered a drag flick from the resulting short corner to extend the lead to 3 before the half time whistle blew.
As the second half got under way it was clear Hawks had no intention of taking their foot off the gas, quickly scoring a fourth through Wisse again. This seemed to wrap up the three points for Hawks, but the quality and work rate of the squad did not drop off. Relentless chasing from the front four resulted in a further two goals in quick succession for Oli Watts. Although he can take very little credit as they were from a combined distance of 10 yards into an open goal. At this point it was very much one way traffic with Hawks’ centre combination of Tom Lawson, Will Philips and Ed Ellis running the show. Matt Janes then added to his tally to give the Men’s 2s a 7-0 victory.
This display means that the Men’s 2s have now scored 21 in the last four matches, while only conceding 2! Next up Wallingford Men’s 1s.
Player of the match – Tom Lawson
Matt Janes 2 (open play)
Wisse Albers 2 (open play)
Oli Watts 2 (open play)
Dan Andrews (short corner)