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A hard fought win against good opposition but plenty to work on

22 November 2015

U14 Boys B 5 - 1 Amersham & Chalfont U14 Boys Giants

Hawks came into the game with 4 wins from 4 and any thoughts of making this 5 were removed as Amersham pressed hard all over the pitch. Individually Hawks looked strong on the ball but too often good possession was given away. Results are built on hard work and moving the ball around the pitch. It may have been the drop in temperature, and playing conditions were cold, but this was no excuse for the lack of basic simple passing and movement seen in previous games.

The midfield could not find any pattern and although Dominic Monroe and Mattie Hardman look assured at the heart of the defence, too often the ball broke down when moving forward as players constantly drove into their opposing player rather than releasing the simple pass.

After 15 minutes without any coherent spell of team work the ball did eventually get released to Nesbitt on the left, who slipped the ball to Byles and Irvine finished the move with a well struck finish.

This did galvanise the team into action and Ferguson in the heart of midfield began to release Madar and Tyler-Chamberlain and the half backs of Warner and Murray pressed higher up the pitch. Again it was Monroe and Hardman who allowed a quick break and Byles found himself clear through direct passing and pace and with a quick brace made it 3-0 at half time.

A hat trick by Byles and a superb reverse stick strike by Irvine sealed the game but Amersham secured a deserved goal after Rumsby between the sticks had saved well and the rebound was swept in from the right.

It was a good contest and credit to the opposition for battling throughout. The win was secured but the team will know they can play significantly better and there is more to come.

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