The 6th XI was beset by injury problems this week mainly of a podiatric variety. Skipper Spittles ruled himself ‘off games’ with an inflamed Achilles. Pure coincidence that his beloved Tottenham were playing Arsenal at the same time as the game….At the other end of the spectrum Van P (Darby) ruled himself fit for duty only 24 hrs having had stiches removed following minor foot surgery. And then came the plain ridiculous as Karl Hack turned up limping having dropped a bottle of Head and Shoulders on his big toe in the shower that morning. Other ailments included Rodders recovering from a bout of ‘man flu’ but he was determined to make the trip to Slough having heard so much about this beautiful corner of England.
South Bucks have romped away to the top of the league this season and always pose a challenging side with a regular line up who are well known to Hawks over the years. The pitch felt like the Gobi Desert with a fierce icy north wind and a generous layer of sand which slowed the ball to a snail’s pace.
As the game progressed both sides conceded basic errors due to the unforgiving pitch. At times Hawks got their game together and realised they actually had a good chance if they got the basics right. Karl Hack was tenacious as ever in defence and man marked the S Bucks danger man with his ‘cack handed’ style (the other chap not Karl…). Both players enjoyed a solid tussle throughout the game. The midfield of Rodders/ Ashley and Mike Image worked hard throughout. Hawks defence gave S Bucks several opportunities from 16 yd hits none more so than Princess who attempted one of his drop kicks to the other half and managed to miskick straight to their centre forward until Wells snr came to the rescue and cleared to safety.
At half time it was 0-0 and Chair gave a rousing talk encouraging Hawks that the day was theirs for the taking.
The second half saw S Bucks profit from a short corner but Hawks continued to drive forward. Shirley came close and struck the ball hard in the D, straight into Elliott’s foot who then became the 4th podiatric injury of the day. Perhaps a fortuitous strike though as this launched Venables to left wing position. A driving move down the right saw Venables collect the ball in the D to the right of the goal and launch the ball goal wards between the keepers feet (no two foot slot in remarks this week…). The game see sawed towards the final whistle but neither team could find the winner. A 1-1 draw was a fair reflection with Hawks pleased with a point but not as much as S Bucks who secured promotion with their point. It was good to see Jamie Wells and Will Senior (the youth element of the team) get stuck into the game .
Both umpires were keen to demonstrated good control of the game in an unbiased way which saw the first green go to S Bucks. Hawks were keen not to miss out on an enforced sit down with further greens going to Sam Raynor, Jamie Wells and Ashley Robbins.
Josh Thomas(Princess), David Wells, Jamie Wells, Adrian Higgins, Sam Raynor, Ashley Robbins, Mike Image , Rodney Lorrimar, Mark Shirley, Steve Elliot, Will Senior, Richard Venables, Charles Darby
MOM: Karl Hack
Goal: Richard Venables (Open play) 65'