From the perspective of a Goal Hanger.
Having watched the Ladies first team secure National League status, and then made the trip to Wycombe and watched the 2nd XI become champions with a 1 – 0 victory, it was left to the 4thXI to continue the run with a ‘night game’ against Wycombe to guarantee their own promotion. Wycombe who were unbeaten at home all season, fielded a youthful side full of some very talented individuals. Hawks decided to put Brett their second highest goal scorer in goal, the team were unsure if this was a necessity or a punishment but it focused everyone. Hawks started the game with some fast possession hockey, moving the ball across the park with great accuracy probing the Wycombe defence. From a side line hit Hawks moved the ball quickly across the back and down the line to Robbie Scragg, Robbie showing quick hands and good skill rounded his player and drove towards the ‘D’ drawing the defender he slipped the ball to Dawson who tapped in at the near post. Hawks continued to dominate possession and pressed the opposition well, following another swift exchange of passes in midfield, the youthful combination of Baldock and Dawson exchanged passes with Baldock on this occasion leaving Dawson with a simple finish. The Wycombe defence then changed tack deciding that it would be a good idea to pass the ball across their own ‘D’ straight to the young Scragg lurking on his own on the flick spot without hesitation he coolly slotted the ball passed the advancing keeper.
At half time Wycombe rallied and started the second half with a succession of short corners, from one they scored a low flick into a corner. Hawks decided it would be a good idea to keep the opposition out of our ‘D’ and prevent any further corners being given, this worked and Hawks won a corner of their own. There is no way the written word can do justice to the corner that was dispatched with an accuracy and velocity that left everyone on the pitch speechless. Tom had done it again, a real pearl of a drag flick right in the top corner. If Havant HC had been watching a contract would surely of been offered there and then to him, unfortunately that was the last corner for Hawks so Tom finished on a ‘you’re only as good as your last drag flick’ high. Following some more close control by the ever improving Scragg, having beaten three defenders he unselfishly off loaded the ball for Dawson to complete his hat trick. There was time for Dawson to return the complement, following a swift 16 taken by James who found Baldock, who found Dawson, who found the full length diving Scragg for a wonderfully finished second goal.
6 – 1 to Hawks but the defence won the game, keeping the talented youngsters of Wycombe at arm’s length allowing Hawks to pull out of reach. Brett was outstanding in goal as where James, Ben and David who kept their eye on the ball and made tackle after tackle, following this up by swiftly moving the ball on and away from danger.
Thanks to Boots for the match report and Neil for getting me home.