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A hard fought victory for the Men's 3's

28 November 2015, 13:00, Banbury Road North (Top)

Men's 3s 2 - 1 Slough Men's 1s

Hawks 3rd XI finally lifted themselves out the drop zone with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Slough. The team, a blend of youth and experience put in a performance that although not pretty, delivered the result that was so badly needed. An experienced front line of Boots, Marky Mark and Wardy, supported by the evergreen Eddie Baldock, brought a much needed composure to the team allowing the youth to express themselves. Rory, promoted to the 3rd XI, was a welcome addition to the back line and Charlie continues to play beyond his years. Star of the day was Olly whose two goals from corner deflections were quality finishes, making a difficult skill look easy. Elsewhere Torbs was welcomed back, biting away at the ankles of the opposition and Rob was solid and kept things clean and simple in the back line. Aaron, Chris and Cameron attacked with verve against an opposition who refused to buckle despite Hawks dominating possession and despite being reduced to 10 players for much of the second half Slough fought hard. And of course our skipper, Master Boggs, was inspired in the net making crucial saves throughout the game.
Dunners' game plan was clear and Hawks, on the whole, stuck to it, bossing possession and creating numerous corners and chances. Fortune smiled on Slough in between the posts, not only with their Hanoverarian goalkeeper who pulled off a string of saves but also with Hawks failing to capitalise on possession. Hawks took a deserved first half lead only to see the opposition cancel out the advantage early in the second half which led to Slough stepping up their intensity on the ball but also with some robust tackles and chat to the umpires. Hawks refused to be riled and the game remained good natured with Hawks pressure eventually telling with conversion of yet another corner with 10 minutes to go. Relief for all when the whistle went at the end. A consistent team and performance remains the biggest challenge for Hawks 3s in getting out of the relegation mix - surely something well within their grasp.

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