On their travels again, the Men’s 2s found themselves facing a confident Maidenhead who were looking to push on up the table. Duncan ‘witness the fitness’ Buckmaster had provided the script and with a pretty much unchanged side, apart from the return of Judas, Hawks took to the pitch looking for only one outcome.
However, Maidenhead clearly had not been sent their copy, with them taking the lead within the first 5 minutes of the game (0-1). This was the wakeup call Hawks needed and team settled into a good early rhythm maintaining possession for long periods at a time. The constant switching of play and clinical passing built pressure on the Maidenhead defence which eventually led to a large space opening up on the right hand side of the pitch. This space was capitalised on with Mark Crowley getting the final touch to bring the scores level (1-1). The half time whistle blew and Hawks knew they would really have to up their game to get the result they were after.
Hawks started the second half much stronger, again having the majority of the possession. Hawks took advantage of this with Matt Janes being in the right place at the right time to tap in from a yard (2-1). This lead was quickly doubled with an old school straight strike by Mark Crowley from a shortcorner (3-1). Maidenhead managed to grab one back from a penalty stroke (3-2) and despite Oli Watts doing all he can to throw away the win in the last 4 minutes, Hawks clung onto the win.
MOM - Thomson