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hawks 6's return to tiddly winks

08 November 2014, 10:00, Oxford Brookes

Men's 6s 2 - 3 Oxford Men's 6s


With Skipper Spittles off on yet another bike ride it was down to "Stand-in Skipper KP Shambles Shirley Look-a-like" to lead the team out against the local rivals Oxford in the annual grudge match.
However, with the Shirley / KP twitter / e-mail "Tiddliwinks-gate" scandal still swirling around, which Men's 6's Team would turn up...had someone leaked our secret short corner plans to the opposition?

As is customary we welcomed a new midfield combination into the Team and started the match in good shape, despite the early start and deteriorating weather.
For the first twenty minutes Hawks were the better team and applied pressure, creating chances. Eventually a short corner came, Shirley's Look-a-like stepped forward, and the outcome was never in doubt.
Perhaps our short corner plans were safe after all.

However, this turned out to be the high point of the game, as the Hawks' performance dropped from here on.
Chances still came and went - Van Persie Darby was off the pace and off target all day; Adam Bentley hit the post with another well-taken short corner routine.
Sadly, the equaliser came before half time, with a  bobbling finish that beat Jack Sobey in goal with its (slow) pace.

At half time Stand-in Skipper Shirley prophesied that the next goal would be crucial, and he was right. Sadly it was scored by the opposition.
Rob Oldershaw, who had been shoring up the midfield, was hit in the head and had to take an enforced break. Things went from bad to worse.
Despite Affie's best efforts and stick skills (against his old club) and with Andy Sumser and Ash working hard, we soon found ourselves 3 - 1 down.

This seemed to galvanise Hawks into a final effort, and once again we started to impose ourselves against a team that we clearly should have been beating.
With only a few minutes to go, and after a some good attacking play and another short corner, a dubious penalty stroke was awarded to Hawks (for a foot not quite on the line or in front of the goal).
We weren't complaining, and Affie promptly stuck it away. In the ensuing dissent against the (home) umpire, the Oxford centre-forward got himself sent off.
Three minutes to go against 10 men, and Hawks gave it everything, but still we couldn't score from open play, and the game ended disappointingly on 3-2, for yet another away loss.

Rob Oldershaw was awarded Player of the Match for his sterling debut with the Men's 6's.


Mark Shirley 10 mins Short Corner
Affie Nawaz 65 mins Penalty Stroke

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