Hawks boasted a team bursting with experience with club stalwarts Boots, Eddie, Poults, Wardy and Mark on the teamsheet. A blend of youth and experience is what the 3’s have lacked at the beginning of the season and so Hawks went in to the game with confidence.
Hawks started well, retaining possession and working the ball around the back through Danish and MOM Charlie Stoker. However slight impatience meant that Milton Keynes were able to turn the ball over at the top of the Hawks D with a short corner the result. Hawks were lucky to come away level after the Milton Keynes drag flicker hit the post.
Hawks soon however found themselves 1-0 down through a breakaway goal which Milton Keynes converted well. A soft second goal followed, again through a breakaway opportunity, Boggs in goal appearing to lose any sense of balance and ability to remain standing.
For the remainder of the second half, Hawks took control of the game. The experience of Wardy showed as he was able to sniff out an opportunity to claim one back for Hawks after an initial save from the Milton Keynes keeper. Hawks continued to pile on the pressure which again was rewarded with another goal through Ben Brearey.
Half time and the 3’s were back in the game at 2-2. Hawks really felt the game was theirs for the taking and went in to the second half with a real sense of belief that they would be able to claim the 3 points.
They were however at times impatient which resulted in the ball being given away cheaply. Hawks were then unorganised in reacting to the turnover of possession and Milton Keynes were again able to capitalise. Hawks continued to work hard to try and get back in the game but a further two goals meant Hawks were behind by 3 before Wardy claimed his second with a cool finish in to the back corner of the goal. This spurred on Hawks but unfortunately it was too late and the game finished in another 5-3 loss for the 3’s.
It has been noticeable that the standard in opposition in this league has stepped up since last season and at times it has been evident that the 3’s are playing first and second teams from other clubs. Milton Keynes were a good side and thoroughly deserved the win.
The 3’s travel to Brent Cross next week to face West Hampstead. In desperate need of points, the 3’s must find the winning mentality that Hawks as a club are known for and focus on retaining possession and reacting to turnover ball.