Hawks M4s took a youthful side over to struggling Maidenhead, who are fighting hard to stave off relegation and coming off a decent win against Leighton Buzzard. This was a very different side who we thrashed earlier in the season – and there were certainly a fair amount of first team shirts on display – while poor availability meant we turned up with a bare 12 players, five of whom were under 17. We were kept waiting in the biting cold for some time, while the second home umpire turned up, but we didn’t let that affect us and we started the stronger and forced a few early short corners and Jasper was on hand to smash the ball home to take the lead. The game was played throughout at a frenetic pace and Maidenhead started to cause our defence problems with their pace and skill. After a succession of corners, they scored an equaliser with an equally impressive direct strike. With no James K nor Andy Argyle at the back, we were indebted to Ray Prince who played at centre back, and was calm personified, showing maturity well beyond his years, while our antips Rodney and Brett blunted much of the home side’s attacking play. Ollie and Lollie continued to shine and Ed W caused problems upfront with his silky skills. One all at half time, both teams obviously decided to go for it and after much end to end play, it was the Bray side who took the lead from a curious goal after both sides stopped for an obvious foot, but play was allowed to carry on and we turned the ball over and allowed them to score from a neat deflection. It was then Robbie Scragg came into his own, playing most of the time in 3D and terrorising their defence; he waltzed through to smash home an equaliser, then was taken out cynically when clean through on goal. After a lengthy consultation between the umpires, no stroke, no penalty corner, but a long corner was eventually given (a travesty)! A third time Robbie got in the D, took it round the keeper, but his shot didn’t have sufficient power and was stopped on the line. Maidenhead pressed and David, Rodders (who had a great game, also) and Brett resorted to chucking aerials to ease the pressure. Final result was 2-2 and both teams appeared satisfied.