When the oppo skipper greeted the injured skipper with "you lot will be better then with you out.." never a truer word could be spoken in jest...
Hawks started with a period of possession and passing that was a wonder to behold. With a reworked central defence of Spittles jnr and Monk, the team had a different look, and with a midfield of Patel, Maclachlan and Robbins there was always a cutting edge to this team. Freddie Sunderland had a good debut up front alongside Mr Gordon returning from Thailand who had a hat trick.
Jamie wells had another strong game at half back, and Affie Nawaz also had a good game. KP/lookalike should also have had a few goals as he shone with the youngsters around him.
So to be only 2-1 up at half time, the skipper/manager was slighty at a loss, except to say score more - which the team did.
The two goals that made the game safe came from Toby Mac. The first a slick reverse hit from the top of he D should have warned ashford, but the second was hit from the edge of gthe D again, but virtually on the base line, the Ashford keeper had come slightly off his post expecting a hit across, but Toby smashed a reverse hit into the goal in between keeper and near post much to the amazement of both teams. this prompted Hawks to sit back and watch as Ashford put a slick passing move down the left, cross and slot home their second!
This was a game that was great to watch, made the more comical by a succession of yellow cards for HAwks that would have been frustrating had we not had control of the game, for the last 15 minutes we had 9 players on the pitch, Affie for a repeated high stick - seemed okay to me but he was warned, Kiran for a stick tackle that was borderline green and a yellow for not being 5 to KP/lookalike.
it was later in the bar that KP thought Van Persie had been one of the drunk home supporters heckling from the side lines, perhaps worried about regaining his place having watched this sparkling performance by the new HAwks attack...but it was a case of mistaken identity in the bar afterwards, as it was pointed out that Charles didnt drink lager.