A trip South was required to clear the heads and the constant rain for the opening fixture of 2016.
Southampton laid out their intent with a defensive line up and only committing their 2 players up front to cause problems on the break. The tempo of the game was dictated by Hawks with the midfield pressing high. A hit on the right was quickly taken by Warner who released Roper and the ball fell to Dunnill who finished crisply to make it 1-0.
Despite retaining a lot of possession the chances were few and far between as the final ball was lacking. Inevitably Southampton broke quickly from a misplaced pass and secured as short corner despite Wilsdon making a good stop. The ball was struck home to make it 1-1.
John Black made it 2-1 with a finish at the far post and this led to a further period of domination by Hawks to close the game out. However the cohesion was lacking and as Southampton held their line the frustration began to show as the passing and movement began to disappear.
Southampton came back into the game when a penalty stroke was awarded for a foot on the line. Wilsdon was committed to the right post as the ball was placed centrally to make it 2-2. Both teams then had chances to win but a rueful Hawks side know they left points behind as Southampton celebrated their achievement.