Hawks welcomed top of the league opponents Sevenoaks to BRN. Sevenoaks missed out on promotion last season by one point, they have recruited over the summer and Hawks knew they were in for a battle. Sevenoaks didn’t disappoint a strong opening exchange with physical challenges all over the pitch being correctly unpunished by the umpires. Hawks handled the ball well however it was Sevenoaks who shaved the opening exchange. Sevenoaks won a soft short corner, the initial flick hit the leg of a Hawks player dropping to a Sevenoaks player to smash the ball into the corner. Hawks kept to process enjoying plenty of possession but failing to create chances of their own. Sevenoaks scored a second from a slick short passing move penetrating the Hawks D for a forward to turn on the spot and hit a fierce shot passed goalkeeper Hargraves. Half time Hawks 0 Sevenoaks 2
The second half was even affair, again Hawks enjoying lots of possession but with no penetration into the final third. Both keepers having an easy afternoon. Sevenoaks scored a third after Hawks lost the ball on top of their own D. Conceding a third goal spurred Hawks on, MOM Ethan Chapman led from the front. Hawks upped the tempo and scored a good goal of their own, a quick passing move from the half way line was rewarded with George Creed finding the backboard. With 2 minutes to go Hawks won a short corner which was run down by Sevenoaks. Final score Hawks 1 Sevenoaks 3.
Hawks can reflect on a game where they played well, but lacked punch.