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Falcons secure a 3-0 win at Windsor as they make pressure tell

05 March 2016, 14:00

Falcons 3 - 0 Windsor Vets

Hawks Falcons took the preparation seriously for the Windsor trip and arrived over an hour early for the game. Given a choice of watching an earlier game in the hail and rain and the warmth of a local public house they surprisingly chose the latter.

This approach to a pre match warm up routine may have had an impact on the normally fluent passing of the Falcons players and the ball rarely found its intended recipient. Windsor for their part pressed Hawks all over the pitch and never let them settle into any pattern. As Felix in goal marshalled the players in front it seemed only a question of time before Hawks took the lead.

An excellent chance fell to Kaluza after great work by Dunnill and Griffiths and from a foot away from the left post and the goal gaping the ball found itself outside and not inside the post.

Cue another rousing half time team talk from Warner and a team photo involving a returning Andy Small form Newcastle the Falcons entered the 2nd half with more resolve.

The pace of Roper, Small and Black up front began to create holes in the defence but Windsor stuck to their game plan and frustrated their work in the 25 through a solid press.

Griffiths then pulled off an excellent piece of individual skill as he was fed by Dunnill and his close control found space in the D and a calm lob deceived the Windsor defence to make it 1-0. At this point Dunnill slammed a short corner through the Windsor goal keeper's legs to make it 2-0.

The game still had to be won though and Jones, Billington and Hutton held a strong line to counter the probing runs of the hard working Windsor midfield of whom their inside left was proving to be a tough test with his skill and passing.

However the game was put to bed when Roper continued to harass the Windsor defence and fed Small who in turn struck the ball for John Black. His finish into the roof of the net finished an excellent move and would have featured several replays in a post match summary for its delivery and execution.

A final excellent chance fell to Kaluza who was 'one on one' with the Windsor keeper who saved well.

Hawks were happy to return to Oxford with the 3 points and knew they had been in a game.

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