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Oxford Hawks Mens 1's v Old Cranleighans.

28 March 2015

Men's 1s 4 - 1 Old Cranleighans Men's 1s

Hawks made the the last trip of the season around the M25 to 4th placed Old Cranleighans.  A nice traditional clubhouse and a pitch which was as dead as a dodo.  Hawks started well, Dan Rhodes pulled a shot past the post in the first two minutes.  A good move down the left was finished by Matt Wood smashing the ball into the goal. OC’s had a couple of good ball carriers in midfield who were their only real threat. OC’s won a couple of shorts which were easily dealt with by Phil Hargraves. Hawks constructed good passages of play and went further ahead again from Matt Wood. Half time Hawks 2 OC’s 0

The second half started with OC’s playing a higher press. Probably not the best tactic, both Jack Biggs and Dan Andrews launched big aerials well into OC’s half. On the Hawks pitch the aerials would have been in the fence, on the OC’s pitch the ball ‘plugged.  With most of the OC’s team in the Hawks half it gave plenty of opportunity for the Hawks forwards to work in lots of space.  Matt Wood had a 1 v 1 with the keeper only to be flattened, with the ball loose, free full back and MOM Will Phillips was on hand to hit the ball into an unguarded net. Hawks had several more chances and really should have added to their tally. Ben Roe deservedly scored the fourth. A bizarre incident saw Will Phillips in his own 16 yard area attempt a pass up field, only to miss the ball and throw his stick away. A few seconds of blind panic, he went to the coaching manual of channeling the centre forward who had readily accepted the present with no stick.  At this point he considered his actions may be penalised and left the goal bearing CF to retrieve his stick. The CF passed the ball for a far post simple put in, thankfully for Phillips the ball hit the post. It’s not often a player gets DOD and MOM in the same game.

With five minutes to the end of the game OC’s blotted the Hawks copy book by scoring a goal. It was a shame to concede A. for the fantasy league pundits and B. it would have looked more of a thrashing. Hawks were better in every department and thoroughly deserved the win. Hawks can look forward to next season with the same squad apart from one exceptional player,  Ethan Chapman who will be off to Uni this September. We wish him the best and hopefully those ‘Bambi’ legs will grace the Hawks pitch in a few years time.

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