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Oxford Hawks Mens 1's v Havant

24 January 2015

Men's 1s 0 - 3 Havant Men's 1s

Hawks travel led down to third placed Havant on Saturday. The first 15 minutes belonged to Hawks, handling the ball with care and creating a number of D entries, it was the best Hawks had played for some time against a good opposition. Hawks had all the possession and needed to score when they were so dominant. Against the run of play, Chris Lim was penalised for knocking the ball away in the 25 with a short corner, which was duly dispatched. The cheap goal gave Havant confidence; they enjoyed more of the ball, The Hawks defence stayed resilient, Havant failing to trouble the Hawks D.  With ten minutes to go of the first half Havant scored a second from a short corner.  Half time Havant 2  Hawks 0.   Short corners awarded Hawks 2  Havant 2.

The second half was the same pattern as the first, Hawks played great hockey for ten minutes, Havant were on the back foot.  A great through ball from Dan Rhodes was met by Matt Wood on the penalty spot, a Havant last ditch diving tackle appeared to take the stick. With the Hawks bench off their feet the umpire deemed it was a fair tackle, the ball then hitting a Havant foot for a short corner. Another save from the Havant keeper.  Havant scored a third from open play. Hawks battled, Ethan Chapman received a yellow and a few greens were handed out to the battling Hawks. It was the best performance from Hawks for some time, the score line sadly did not reflect the game. Phil Hargraves in goal did not have to make a save. Next week is Milton Keynes at home, hopefully Hawks can take the positives and build on the 25 minutes of great play.


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