Hawks travelled to Henley looking to bounce back from the result the week before.
Pre-match prep done hawks started brightly creating early chances but the Henley keeper making regulation saves. The Henley right back under pressure handed Alex the ball on the ball on the top of the D and he calmly put it past the keeper. Hawks continued the pressure and despite some early scares the defensive unit was able to keep the ball out of the net. Hawks won a short corner, up steps Jack to put his drag flick past the keeper putting Hawks 2-0 halfway through the half. Henley began pressing high and with intensity, eventually finishing off a good move making the score 2-1 minutes before half time.
Second half began with most of the action in the midfield as Henley looked to get the equalizer and Hawks tried to work Henley to get the 2 goal lead back.
Incident 1.A Henley player was put through as Hawks lost their men, Price came out of the D forcibly sweeping the ball off the sideline and then clashing with a Henley player. Queue whistle, queue sorry corner, queue 10 minute yellow for Price, sick for the entire team and bench. Hawks defended the corner well, in the process giving another corner, the drag hitting Robbo on the line, penalty flick. Oli Watts donned a helmet but was unable to keep out the flick. Henley pressed on and added a third despite Hawks best efforts. Henley lead 3-2 by the time Price returned. Hawks now pressed on looking for the draw and eventually got the ball in the D and Kit Cutter was able to tap the ball into the net after an amazing touch from Alex Williams. Minutes from time Hawks won corner after corner, eventually Dom Roche was able to find the back of the net. A strong appeal for a foot on the line was turned down a corner given, still Hawks 4-3 up. Incident 2 Henley with a kicking back on, threw an aerial ball into the D, a scramble with the ball going off the back line for a long corner. From the corner, the ball was moved 5 and then crashed into the D hitting Will Murch's hand deflecting over the bar with no danger. Unfortunately the ball was deemed to have hit his foot and a short corner awarded. Henley from the short slapped the ball to the injector who slapped the ball well above the backboard arguably for the first shot should have hit the back board. A day where Hawks did not get the 'rub of the green'
Author DOD Chris Price