This game was by far the best of the season to date for the U14B Boys but after a poor start they found themselves 1-0 down and it was looking ominous as Milton Keynes pressed high up the pitch.
At these moments it needs some-one to create a spark and raise confidence in the team so up stepped Kristian Nesbitt. His pace and dogged determination inspired the rest of the team and as Skipper Dominic Monroe and Mattie Hardman settled the back division so the quick fron3 could start to influence. The pace of Byles, Tyler-Chamberlain and Nesbitt took back the initiative.
However it took another goal from Milton Keynes to finally unlock the shackles. At 2-0 down Hawks played their best hockey of the season and their reward was 2 goals to make it 2-2.
Nesbitt refused to give up on a ball heading to the right by line and his pull back was finished well by Byles. The second followed a continued spell of pressure where the midfield of Ferguson, Irvine and Vine supported by Murray and Lyke-Dahn secured a short corner. Oscar Irvine finished well.
At 2-2 the consensus was this reflected a fair result as the top two teams in the league had battled hard throughout.
However Hawks began to defend deep and despite robust defence Milton Keynes were awarded several short corners in quick succession. Following a quite outstanding save from Finn Rumsby which had to be seen to be believed as a rising shot was deflected fast the post, it looked like honours even.
The fickle finger of fate had other ideas and as the game ended a short corner was awarded, and then a penalty stroke and the final vision of the umpire awarding the penalty stroke tested everyone's resolve.
The stroke was despatched and whilst the Hawks travelling support were treated to a fantastic spectacle the departure with shaking heads would lead to a quiet journey home.
However the Boys can rightly be proud of their performance and will pick themselves up for the next game. Their passion for the game was shown in their desire and disappointment and the Man of the Match performance from Kristian Nesbitt showed their ability to step up when required and play as a team when the chips are down.