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Oxford Hawks Mens 1's v Spencer 1's

30 January 2016, 14:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

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After a 0-0 draw away at Lewes the week before, Hawks were keen to improve their performance from the previous week and come away with a win against the team sat one place above them in the league. The game started at a high pace and intensity. Spencer put hawks under some early pressure, but Chris Price was solid in the home goal to keep them at bay. Hawks began to find momentum and got the first goal through Sam Chilvers. Hawks went further ahead after Matt Wood rescued the ball from the back line, squared the ball for an Alex Williams tap in. In the dieing minutes of the half, Hawks conceded a short corner and a well worked routine from Spencer had the game at 2-1 for the half time interval..

The pace of the game meant that fitness would be the key for the second half and Hawks knew the game was far from over at 2-1. The calls from the coach at half time to play wide with pace fell on deaf ears and hawks continually turned the ball over in the second half. The pressure told and Spencer scored their 2nd goal soon after. A poor tackle from a hawks defender lead to a penalty stroke being awarded and dispatched for Spencer leaving the game at 3-2 to the away team. Hawks managed to find some energy from somewhere and won a short corner themselves, which Jack Biggs put away. Unfortunately, one mistake from the hawks defence lead to a weak goal for Spencer making the score 4-3. Hawks were down but not out, winning another short corner in the dying minutes which Biggs flicked, but the Spencer defender picked the ball off the line leaving the final score at 4-3. In the end Hawks weren't quite fit enough to put in the performance require, but fought well against a good opposition. A disappointing result for hawks though still leaving them 8 points behind third place.

Author  : Jack Biggs

Many thanks for Jack Sobey videoing the 1st Half

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