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Stuttering Start Suffered by the Second XI

03 October 2015, 13:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 2s 2 - 3 Marlow Men's 1s

On their return to South Prem Hockey, the Men's 2s entertained Marlow in what turned out to be an end to end fixture. Before the starting whistle had been blown Hawks were already a man down with Russell Self taking a ball to the mouth meaning the only thing he was hoping to get ahead of this afternoon was the queue in the JR. So on we went without him. The first 15 minutes were pretty even with both sides having chances. The ball hit the Hawks post after a superb cover drive from skipper Ellis, after which Hargreaves was on hand to clear away. As the half went out, gaps began to open up and unfortunately for the men in maroon the amount of turnovers began to creep up. With 10 to play before the half, Marlow bagged themselves 2 goals. Hawks felt for both goals Marlow had made 2 infringements and as a result did not react as required. Credit to Marlow who capitalised on these opportunities with 2 very good team finishes.

 half time, and with Pickup being picked up by Mrs Pickup, the boys really needed to pick up their levels of performance.

A response was demanded at half time, and that is what they delivered. Hawks began to pick up the ball in the right areas of the pitch with Janes looking a handful. A corner was won, and after an initial save, Dom Bennett was on hand to open his account for the season. Hawks pushed out but within 5 minutes were pegged back again. Marlow corner. Goal. Still lots of time though. The 2s rallied and within 5 pulled another back. Another corner, another rebound, this time Ellis was on hand to cover drive at the right end of the pitch. 3-2 with 15 to play. Over the next 15 minutes Hawks had plenty of chances, lamb forcing a good save, Andrews inches away and actually had the ball in the net after a crisp backhand. However an infringement was spotted by the umpire at the opposite end and consequently was disallowed.

And that's how it finished. A disappointing start but plenty of positives. A more efficient corner routine and quicker reactions to decisions and the outcome could have been different. Next week the 2s travel to Eastbourne, very much intending on bring the 3 points back north.

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