Youth outnumbered wise heads by 9 to 7 in this weeks line up....no, make that 9 to 6 as I don't think you can ever include Henman as a 'wise head'....
Oxford 7's languished at the bottom of the league but had beaten the league leaders a couple of weeks ago so nothing was taken for granted. Hawks took the game to Oxford from the start and powered 4-0 into the lead after only 20 minutes. First goal came from Jamie Wells which settled the nerves followed by an excellent short corner routine where John Black injected and then moved to the post to a deflection from Will Smiths pinpoint strike. Talisman Smith continued to work his magic and scored the 3rd followed by an excellent strike from the top of the D by Jack O'D to make it 4-O.
Hawks had start to move the ball round the field really well together with the odd aerial from Henman who had been positioned at the back this week in the absence of Stoker and Dunn. Together with Dave Wells and Ollie Webb the marshaled the defence well and cut out most Oxford incursions. Occasionally Laurence was required to patrol the D but on the whole the keeper had a quiet game.
Having started well though Oxford got their act together and Hawks conceded 2 goals just before half time probably not helped by Hawks numerous substitutions and thinking they coudl coast the rest of the game.
Hawks regrouped in the 2nd half and started to dominate possession with sterling work from Charlie Colebrooke on the wing chasing down every ball and linking up well with Ed Wilkinson. Hawks could have scored a hat full if it wasn't for the inability of captain Venables and Smith to hit a barn door at times until Smith finally connected to give him his second and Hawks their 5-2 victory.
Another great performance by all the colts with Charlie Colebrooke getting man of the match this week for his dogged work throughout the pitch. We go into the mid season break in 4th position which is a great result given the slightly shaky start. We probably lose a few of the youth to school hockey next year but still have an excellent core of youth and the odd wise head which will hopefully see us take on the leaders in the 2nd half of the season.