Falcons narrowly beaten in National Cup
30 November 2014, 13:30, Banbury Road North (Near)
Falcons 1 - 2 Barford Tigers Men's Vintage
A frustrating game and what might have been! Oxford Hawks dominated possession about 60/40 but failed to create any significant chances in front of goal with the exception of at least 6 short corners, one of which was ably converted by Bear in the second half.
So where did it go wrong? Barford had two outstanding players in a centre half , who controlled the midfield area, and a left winger who was quick, skilful and a real handful.
In addition, despite a lot of endeavour and energy, no one player of the Hawks played as well as they can and, as we all know only too well, if you let this type of opposition score first life becomes very difficult. In fact, sadly, we let them score twice in the first half which doubled the problem!
How disappointing. We have an excellent and well balanced side with great potential. At half time we made some changes to the front three by bringing on Griff, Bear and moved Bono to the right wing. However, nothing really changed in front of goal where Barford parked the proverbial bus on the edge of the D which we failed to penetrate.
In hindsight, I have no doubt if we had had a warm up game the result could have been different! However, let's move on to the London Cup and it would be good to retain the trophy. This Hawks side can play so much better!
Many thanks to everyone and especially those who started on the bench. We gave it our best shot but at the end of the day it just didn't quite happen.