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Men's 3's flying high after 4-2 win against British Airways

30 January 2016, 15:30, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 3s 4 - 2 British Airways Men's 1s

Coming into the game on the back of a couple of well-deserved wins, Hawks were determined to improve on the previous result against a BA side that had been flying high in the league. The day started far better than the previous week. Ed managed to find his keys in the right place at the right time and all was well at the meet. After a lengthy warmup, replete with a strength and agility component around the back of Cutteslow Park, the team looked in fine fettle. Once we’d integrated a couple of late-arriving, starting stragglers, a mini stand-off over the colour of the playing strip (black and maroon shirts are indistinguishable against a low sun), the game began; a moody, tetchy affair.

Hawks played some great hockey, with Pablo, Eddie and Aaron ruling in midfield. Wardy, dutifully supported by Cameron, Tim, Jamie and Boots, was an ever-present thorn in the side of the BA defence, pressing well and generally being hard to play against – it was a joy to behold. We rotated our players well to make sure we didn’t lose our intensity, with the pressure resulting in a well taken short corner from Boots to see us in to half-time as leaders. 1-0.

A few choice words expressed by the older members of the squad during the break, ensured that we started the second half in much the same vein as we had finished the first. However, an unfortunate mistrap allowed the BA sweeper to collect the ball and pass the length of the field to his striker, who was camped at the top of the D. 1 – 1. During the next few minutes, an ill-advised comment by one of the BA players spurred the Hawks to greater efforts, with Wardy proving that his constant banter and omnipresence around the BA defence during the first half was no “one-off”. After some robust resistance to the BA high press, Eddie rounded off a fine break-away by lifting a remarkably elegant stroke into the top of the BA net; 2 - 1. Jamie Clark then scored two quick goals from a combined distance of 15cm. One of those, a particularly fine reverse-stick “dink” over the keeper. We were definitely not done, and despite assertions to the contrary from the opposition, we definitely had a few more tricks in the bag. In spite of Ed taking his now customary 5 minute break, we maintained our grip on the game, coming out as eventual winners, 4 - 1.

This was, by all accounts, one of the best performances we have put in as a team this season. The result was a fair reflection of the game and we look forward to playing Bracknell next week.

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