Falcons beat the traffic blues with a variety of routes to a difficult location and needed time to settle into the game. Haslemere pressed all over the pitch and were content to let Hawks take the game to them and poor passing failed to create any meaningful chances.
Hawks finally created a flowing move and as the ball was released by Kaluza and Dunnill, Steve Griffiths lost his marker and a clever flick over the goal keeper put Hawks ahead.
At this point Hawks enjoyed their best spell with Jones and Hutton linking with the midfield and Hutton pushing the play into the opposition half. As is often the case against the run of play the ball broke from the left and a drilled ball was picked up well by the Haslemere centre forward at the far post and Jim Felix in goal had little chance. 1-1 at half time.
The second half saw Hawks again take the upper hand but very few chances were created. A number of short corners were awarded but the Haslemere defence held firm. Frustration began to creep in as the tackling began to become increasingly more robust but in the end the home team had the chances to take all 3 points.
A harsh short corner led to a shot which struck Hutton on the line. This was harsh given his man of the match performance but the stroke taker knew of the cat in goal, and Felix is a tough proposition. The stroke was delayed to ensure the cat had clear vision up the match, and again to ensure the opposition goal keeper was not impeding his view! Inevitably with astute positioning forcing a stroke to the cats right hand it was pushed past the post.
The final analysis and discussion in the bar decided the result was fair, the game enjoyable and the Presidents views on after game intercourse with the opposition is to be encouraged. Jugs were purchased by both teams but only enough to ensure no transgressions of the law.
The journey home in torrential rain and heavy traffic was made bearable by listening to the semi final between New Zealand and South Africa and reflections on the wider aspects and benefits of the sport we all enjoy.