With a minimum 11, there was no room for error this week. When OLA (all will be expained later) ambled up the Hawks entrance on his bike (can you amble on a bike...?) 5 minutes after meet time, it didnt bode well for returning skipper spittles....despite the fact that Witneys form hadnt been convincing this season.
At Witney, it got worse, swollen ankle for Andy Sumser on arrival meant limited options, but onwards and upwards. Hawks started well, passing (yes, passing!!) and Hawks had most if tge game. Early goal slotted away by Andy Sumser and all was good. Archie made a couple of good saves as the Hawks backs got to grips with the young Witney attack, but Witney responded with breakaway goal and suddenly it didnt seem so rosy. Common sense prevailed, and the whole team pushed the ball around and created pressure on the Witney team. the energy of Andy Sumser and James Mayo on the right, created more and more opportunity for the attack line of Elliott, Bentley and Al Gibbs to perform....Al gibbs had an active but ultimately unproductive first half. Goals started to flow, Ash Robins with 2, and Chris Orme in the forst half to make it 4-1.
Second half came, Al Gibbs had pulled his hamstring, so he was pushed high, and what a transformation...One Legged Al (OLA) hobbled around the D like a man possessed, and he could have scored 6. That he scored two goals was however enough to earn him man of the match. An earlier conceded short meant that Witney slotted a well hit shot low to Archies left, and Witney still had a sniff at 2-4. More of the better hockey started to flow again, and Ormey (another candidate for MoM) crashed another short past the Witney keeper.
More goals from Ash (hat trick boy) Sam Raynor (welcome back Sam!) and the afore mentioned OLA, meant that Hawks had won away 9-2, despite finishing the game with 9 and two halves - Mayo's earlier energy finally had taken its toll.
Other mentions to Andy Sumser's energy without whom....and Steve Elliott who played really well despite that fact he failed to put away about 7 clear chances....
Half the team from the week before had unselfishly dropped themselves after the Oxford debacle and it is hoped that they can be re integrated into the team - special counselling for lookalike KP has been arranged by the skipper.