A somewhat depleted Hawks 5 set off for West Hampstead, missing their central defenders and a few other regulars, but reinforced with two from Hawks 6 — Affie Narwaz and James Mayo — and joined for his first game with Hawks, Lawrence Green. The 5s had won decisively in their Fall encounter, but expected a tougher game against West Hampstead as the home side, and that proved the case.
The game started well for the 5s, and Ed Baldock confirmed the early dominance with a deflection on a pass from Doug Harris past an advancing keeper. A second goal would follow when an opportunistic James Blenkinsop, standing near the baseline, deflected the ball across the line. West Hampstead pulled one back before the half.
In the second, Nathan Sutton restored the 2-goal lead, earning and then converting a penalty stroke. The game seemed well in hand for Hawks, but West Hampstead was not done, and levelled the score with two goals, the second about 5 minutes from time. Legs tiring all round, Hawks pressed forward in the final minutes and on what was almost the final play of the game, young James B. redirected Ed's shot from a penalty corner, counting his second goal of the match, and Hawks 5 left West Hampstead three points for the better.
A good start to his Hawks career for debutant Laurence Green
Man of the Match — James Blenkinsop