Its never a good omen when your best player texts you early on a Saturday apologising and saying they will feel better next week.....At least with Ashley we know its true!
Then the clubs most expensive player (the Chairman if you hadn't realised...) also pulls out (with family illness a suitably valid reason too...)
So a strong squad of 15 down to the creaking 12, but with the Falcons game a blowout, it was great to welcome back John Black into the fold....
The game was hard work from the off, with Hawks working hard in the absence of any talented individuals....(give or take the odd younger player..)
The first casualty was Han Solo (aka Rich Venables) who started blowing early and decided to re-organise the whole formation because he couldnt keep up....only for him to later reveal that he had done the Park Run in the morning and that of course it didn't affect his ability to put one foot in front of the other during the game......Solo had obviously forgotten that the Star Wars franchise was getting on a bit now as was he... Dick of the day number 1.
Back to the hockey, despite the attempted strategic coup by Solo, Hawks eventually got the ball, remembered how to pass the ball and promptly scored via 4 clean passes, massively against the run of play 1-0.
More disciplined play by the team, ensured that Tring's efforts were frustrated by great defensive discipline and Keeper Josh determined to make the skipper regret missing him off Fantasy league...
Goal number two arrived for Hawks, 2-0 up at half time, but as the skipper appraised his knackered team at half time, he realised that the hardest part was yet to come....
Count Dooku (Charles Darby formerly known as van Persie until he stopped scoring..) had done sterling work pressing the Tring backs, but complained he hadn't touched the ball. Perhaps that was retribution for insisting that the next team Curry was within walking distance of his North Oxford Mansion.....Dick of the day number 2.
The second half was notable for a few things, the first that we managed to draw 2-2,
the second was (amongst others) one of the best saves you will see a keeper make by Josh,
and the third was Elliott, frustrated at not being allowed to play in the Ronaldo libero position and actually being asked to mark someone, deciding that he would try and conjure a green card by being argumentative with the thoroughly reasonable umpire....DoD number 3.
Special mentions to Karl Hack and Rodney Lorrimar for great effort.
Man of the match went to the "invisible" Josh for his match saving display between the posts.
The inconsistent team selection continues next week with both Jar Jar Binks and Han Solo n/a......Binks is off trying to shoot feathered friends with his light sabre, lets hope the practise helps him discover where the hockey goal is......