For those who follow these reports avidly, please note that there will be no Star Wars references this week due to the (guest) author never having seen any of the franchise and not understanding what Tim has been going on about all season! "get a life Darby..."
The 6ths turned up on a pretty foul afternoon at BRN to host Eastcote, only to find that the previously billed and self-styled “Dad’s Army” had been reinforced by the addition of Julian, Jack and Luke. With Skipper Spittles missing once again on another jaunt up-country (what is there to do up North?), it was left to Venables and Chair to try and create some order out of the chaos. Eventually, what looked like a pretty steady team took to the field to face Eastcote and the weather.
This really did turn out to be a game of two halves!
Eastcote had a blended mix of youth and experience, mostly with the youth up front and the experience at the back. Hawks mostly just had experience, with (Luke?) quickly realising that he would have a lot of covering to do at the back, and Nico dispatched to run the right wing ragged. In what seemed like a deceptively even contest, Eastcote managed to be 2-0 up at half-time. Despite creating chances, Hawks failed to convert any of them, and their short-corner routine had been thrown into chaos by watching the 2nds game earlier and their slick and numerous options. However, Eastcote did take their chances and the half-time talk, and a fair amount of chatter before that, was a little bit grumpy.
After the break, the 6ths continued to have good possession and midfield control (largely through Will, Rodney and Julian) but the forwards were still missing the goal. At one stage it was suggested from the bench that we might move the goal across if Elliott put another shot past the left-hand post! However, cometh the hour, cometh the man, and having found his range Elliott finally snatched one back off another beautifully worked (broken down) short corner routine. Hawks’ tails were up and Eastcote were getting weary (not to mention wet and miserable). A rarely tapped ruthless steak set in, and as the pressure mounted, and with only a few minutes to go Elliott pounced again, to put in a rebound off the keeper (who had had a good game to be fair).
So Hawks had won the second half 2-0 to gain a well-earned, and probably fair, draw.
The battle for mid-table mediocrity would go on…with 7 teams all within 2 points of each other...
MoM – Will Cairns
In a rare twist Elliott got MoM votes for his goals, as well as DoD votes for his misses!
Postscript..the umpire (Cookie) commented that it might be helpful if a 6's forward could learn to stop the ball......