The last game before the Christmas break was a must win for the 3's as they faced fellow relegation battlers Wokingham 1's. If other results went Hawks way, a win against Wokingham could see the 3's climb out of the danger zone which in all circumstances, would be a great way to finish the first half of the season.
Player shortages amongst the 1's, 2's and 3's meant that it was going to be a tough game for the 3's and the addition of the Maclachlan brothers (Dom and Toby) was very welcome. The 3's started the game well, retaining possession and remaining patient with the back four of Chilvers, Stoker, Monk and Leadbeater passed the ball around the back well. The game eventually opened up which gave Boots a chance of opening his account for the day which he was happy to oblige. A second soon followed meaning the 3's were up 2-0. The 3's did well to starve Wokingham of possession and keep them out of the game.
However a lack in concentration saw Wokingham obtain possession from a turnover, work the ball down the right hand side and in to the D. Wokingham ran the ball to the side-line before passing across the face of goal for a tap-in 3 yards. This gave Wokingham hope and the 3's did well to slow the game down and keep possession until the half time whistle to go in to the break 2-1 up.
Hawks could see that the game was theirs for the taking but were conscious to push on and not let the game slip from their grasp as had happened in the previous week. The second half started fairly evenly with Wokingham employing a higher press to put the back 4 under pressure. A chance soon came for Wokingham in the same fashion as their first goal. However still feeling aggrieved for conceding the first goal, Boggs managed to snuff out the chance by diving at the feet of the Wokingham player in a classic backrow forward fashion to prevent the shot.
This seemed to spur Hawks on to make the game their own. Boots in fine form striking short corners added another to his account for the day, soon followed by his 4th with Ed Baldock adding the 5th. Hawks then played with cool heads to close out the game, Tim Chilvers pinning Wokingham in their own half, throwing some great aerial balls. The full time whistle was blown as Hawks won another short corner. Putting the final nail coffin, Boots slipped the ball to Ben Brearey who flicked the ball high in to the top of the net.
A great 6-2 win for the 3's lifts them to 10th in the league and possibly out of the relegation zone at the half way stage in the season. With 7 points from an available 9 in the last three games, the 3's now have the belief that they can be competitive in this tough league and can avoid relegation. A real promising end to the first half of the season.
MOM had to go to Boots given his 4 goals. An "interesting" story from Tim Chilvers after the game was the talk of the afternoon though. Following the story, Boots was nervous that his 4 goals could get him more than 500 fantasy league points if the team were to travel to an away game in the new year in a mini bus.