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Men's 3's run of form continues with 10 points from the last 12

23 January 2016

Men's 3s 3 - 2 Marlow Men's 2s

The day didn't start well. Boggs received some apologies from Ed and Nathan for being late (after some 45 mins of searching, Ed found his car keys and wallet under the bed sheet and duvet of his freshly made bed. A task that must have earned him both some brownie points but also Dick of the Day for the tardiness of his timing, surely!?) and Hawks found themselves 1-0 down after 15 minutes. It followed a run of sustained pressure from Hawks for the first time in the game but Marlow were good value for their lead after a quick counter attack goal.

Some solid defending from twins Dunners and Torbs, effective distribution from Danish and composure on the ball from Pablo, allowed Hawks to gain control of territory and possession and were relatively happy with going into half time on top, but still 1-0 down.

After inspirational words from Dunners confirming the change in defensive shape, we were buzzing for the second half.

Tim and Aaron hit the ground running and were enjoying winning the ball back high up the pitch. The breakthrough came when Aaron fed Nathan in an unusual position in front of goal, who shovelled the ball towards the target and was as shocked as everybody else when it trickled in.

Back on level terms and this led to another period in which Hawks dominated possession and capitalised through fantastically composed finishes from Tim and Aaron.

3-1 up and cruising as Marlow lost their heads and were reduced to 10 players - game over surely?

Maybe not. Ed got his feet stuck in some quick sand and received a green for his woes but some desperate defending combined with some good goalkeeping kept the score at 3-1. Then the unthinkable happened, after a strange free hit was given Marlow's way, an aerial ball evaded everyone and Boggs couldn't deal with the ensuing 2v1.

3-2 with 7 mins to go, game on.  Nathan immediately received a yellow for questioning the umpire's decision in the build up to the goal so Hawks would have to do it the hard way.

However, they were fantastic in the final few minutes to soak up continued pressure and defend a number of PCs to bring home the three points and complete a great come back and all round team performance.

Marlow were left to rue a number of decisions in the club house after the game but perhaps the biggest injustice was that Ed's earlier misdemeanour went unnoticed in the vote for DOD as it was unjustly handed to Nathan Monk (not bitter at all).

Finally, special mention must go to Torbs 'I'm not like that' Turland who kept his cool in the face of some angry Marlow players following a disagreement that started from the 'elbow' incident.

10 points from 12 for the Men's 3rd XI, looking forward to next week.

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