A solitary Green card for the skipper was probably a real result - penalty wise at any rate. although 4-2 wasn't disastrous, especially when later on we'd heard that we were definitely safe from the drop.
With the Blond Spittles in the middle of the park, there was at least hope that we could limit the silky stick skills of the promotion chasing Rangarhia team. With the bare 11 - aided by now London based Phil Kynaston, there wasn't much room for error, and so started a hard game of hockey. Dave Wells teamed up with Skipper Spittles at the back - the Ramgarhia team were quaking at the obvious speed the Hawks team possessed at the back with the inclusion of Chair at left half.....so the aerial bombardment - not seen so often in league 6 was used to good effect by the oppo.
Luckily Wells and Spittles junior made up for some of that! After a few minutes, it was clear that the well organised HAwks team would have to contend with playing 13, and with the brilliant keeping from Jonny Atkins, half time was reached on a par at 1-1 with Lookalike KP rediscovering his ability to hit a ball hard (where he wanted) scoring the equaliser.
After half time, rather than the 6 nations score giving the crowd a buzz, it must have been news from their promotion chasing competition who were winning, that must have spurred the Ramgarhia 13 on - most notably the ones wielding a whistle, as a hard second half got underway. Despite everyone's hard work and Jonny's excellence we dropped to 4-1, through losing possession twice in the middle whilst attacking and the young(ger) Rangarhia attack revelling in the (mature..) pace (not!) of the HAwks backs.
Hawks though competed really well, with great effort from Shambles and Freddie - harrying back. In fact we could easily have had 3 or four goals that half, With Spittles jnr and Affie always a threat from midfield.
The Ramgarhia forward commented that the number 9 (mystic meg..) would be reminded for many years about one miss - only for me to comment that it was nothing out of the ordinary....(remember Witney,...?)
Eventually, Mystic slotted one home past the part time goalie, and then time, as well as legs ran out - which was just as well as the 13th player was just about to produce some more coloured cards as the frustration told. A valiant performance (again), many thanks for all those that played,
Next week a home derby versus Marlow sees a return of few of the younger legs and it would be good to finish on a win.