The previous game saw the 3s narrowly lose to newly relegated Marlow 2s by 4 goals to 3. Following this, the 3s were determined to play with real meaning and structure in the game against newly promoted British Airways.
The first 15 minutes were promising with Hawks pinning BA in their own half of the pitch with Ben, Cameron and Chris Sewell working well together on the press. In attack, Hawks looked threatening with Charlie Stoker combining well with the midfield to make some promising breaks down the right hand side. Despite this, Hawks failed to capitalise and remained without a gaol to show for their efforts.
A loss of concentration then followed which resulted in BA getting a goal on the break against the run of play. Perhaps feeling a sense of injustice given the way the game had played out to that point, Hawks returned to bad habits and lost the structure that had worked well in the game against Marlow and at the start of this game. BA gained a further two goals with a man each time waiting at the back post unmarked to tap the ball in to the goal. A fourth goal as a result of a short corner meant Hawks went in to the break 4-0 down.
The second half followed much the same as the first half ended with Hawks not matching up to the winning mentality that BA showed. Consequently 2 more tap in goals followed before BA put the final nail in the coffin by adding a seventh.
With a promising set of players in the 3s this season, we left feeling both frustrated and disappointed with no points from the first 3 games in matches that were well within our reach. The 3s reach an important point in the season with only 3 games played - they must search for the winning mentality and structured hockey that served them well in the previous two seasons. The potential is clear for all to see but no points from the first three games is illustrative that the 3s have so far failed to impose themselves in what is a difficult league.
Many thanks to Dunners for coming along and running the bench and to Dutch for coming to umpire.