A fluid week of selection saw Will Hackett step up to play in goal and a squad of 15 leaving for Reading. As rhe squad assembled this was whittled down to 12 and had a mature look with Billington, Kaluza, Grittiths and Warner providing some experience!
Hawks pressed high but could not quite get on top of the pitch and the bounce of the ball with possession lost and being hit on the break. The dead lock was broken when an air shot in the Hawks D saw the Hawks defence stop and the ball found a Reading player who poked home. There was then an interesting period of ten minutes where Reading rode their luck and despite their good play, a further 2 goals were a gift.
At half time it required a change in approach and an encouraging team talk. Sure enough the pattern of play changed and Charlie Warner and Dan Evans began to work the flanks .After several chances Warner slammed home a short corner and Whitey finished a great sweeping move as the angled pass from Kaluza found Whitey in space. He finished with aplomb.
At this stage it was all Hawks and a worked short corner found Kaluza on the left post and on another day he would score/ As the pace of Richard Walsh caused real problems in the Reading defence and Bradley Fogden pressed and probed on the wings a chance fell to Whitey and was unlucky not to slot home.
The final key moment saw a Reading break find the Hawks left channel and again Hawks were guilty of stopping as the ball was fed in with the back of the stick and slotted home to effectively close the game 4-2.
An excellent game with 2 equivalent development sides left Hawks enjoying the challenge but with shaking heads and rueful smiles.