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Hawks win not enough to garantee promotion.. yet!!

14 March 2015, 13:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 2s 3 - 0 Sonning Men's 1s

A slightly depleted but no less skilled Hawks side started the match brightly, keeping the ball well as Sonning slumped into a half court press looking to hit on the break. Hawks were happy to only keep the ball until a gap appeared, good running off the ball from the forwards and some magic hands by others created early chances for Hawks but the Sonning keeper put up a good fight.

Off the ball Sonning were 'strong' and hit Hawks on the counter a couple of time early in the half but nothing that the best defence in the league couldn't cope with. Hawks pushed on in the first half living in the Sonning half, or just outside it, Jamie Clark was able to get on his nose for a great finish on the back post which was arguably the best goal of the lot. Hawks continued to barrage the Sonning D but even Matt Janes turned into a Sonning defender as he deflected the ball wide from an impossible angle to not score.

Hawks went into half time 1-0 up and by far the dominant team in terms of possession but new Sonning had a couple of players to worry us and must consolidate the possession into goals.

The second half started brightly for Hawks and much the same way attacking the Sonning goal. Hawks won a couple of short corners which weren't converted, Ben Roe not going for his favourite place, low down the middle through the keepers legs. DOD Price then gave all at BRN a scare when Sonning slipped the ball through and despite trying not to kicked the ball out of the D, then continued to be beaten 1 on 1 only for Drew to rescue him from the red faced moment. But no card. 

Hawks continued and the Man mountain himself James Ward poached a goal from close range, around an inch away, claiming he was unsure if the ball was going in after the ball squeezed out from under the keeper.

Matt Janes confirmed the result with the third goal after turning back into a striker, the goal capping off a strong performance for him from the first half.

The win meant Oxford 1s couldn't lose against Staines 2s, something they didn't do. Hawks now go to Wycombe next weekend with a chance to secure the league if they win. Other results would depend on Oxfords result.

 

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