On Saturday afternoon, Hawks 3’s travelled down to London to face a keen West Hampstead side. Lining up with a bare 12 players - due to a last minute drop out from Torbs and various other ‘injuries’ - Hawks adopted a 3 at the back formation.
As often in games this season, Hawks started the match with promising play and retained good amounts of possession. Stemming from the half backs Will Cross and Aaron Leadbeater, Hawks managed to create some aggressive attacks into the opposition half, but were often let down by their lack of conversion in the D - often failing to test the keeper.
After various rants from the umpire regarding stick tackles, Hawks' concentration seemed to slip and this was punished by a well worked goal from West Hampstead. Hawks, staying positive, still kept making chances to score and the team kept their heads up. After winning several short corners but converting none of them, Hawks went into the second half 1-0 down.
Motivated by Dunners’ team talk, Hawks knew they could squeeze a win out of this fixture, and were determined to do so. Starting the next half, Hawks showed an array of individual skill and good link up play, however - again - to no avail. Break away attacks and some lack of structure allowed West Hampstead to pounce into our half multiple times and they were able to convert their chances - resulting in Hawks conceding a further 3 goals.
A promising performance from certain team members showed this Hawks side how they have the ability to be successful within the league - however the team needs to start to play with more desire and communication if they want to start doing so.
Hawks will face a strong Slough first team next weekend so need to train well as a team this week if they want to turn their efforts into a result.