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Another deserved victory for Hawks 4 as they overcome Wallingford

05 March 2016, 14:45

Men's 4s 1 - 0 Wallingford Men's 2s

It always seems to snow or hail when we visit Wallingford and this Saturday was no exception. Wallingford 2s have been sucked into a relegation battle, while Hawks were looking to consolidate 4th position, which will be an excellent return in this league for the season. Added to this, we have fully embraced  a youth policy since before Christmas and again we fielded four under 16s on Saturday. For the second week we won by a single goal and again this didn’t reflect the dominance we had throughout the game; it was a thrashing in all but final score and it was only in the last five minutes that Wallingford managed to threaten the Hawks goal. Central to this performance was Ray Prince at centre back who was, frankly, excellent; strong in the tackle, quality distribution throughout the game and a calmness and reading of the game that reminds one of a young Jonny Potter (look him up kids). We don’t get Ray that often due to school commitments, but we’re always grateful to have him when he can play, although I doubt we’ll have him much in the future as he rises up the club. It wasn’t all about Ray, however, as it was a real team effort as our defence coped admirably with all that was thrown at them by a determined Wallingford side, who just couldn’t quite get into our D. Welcome back to Andy A, although bring your passing stick next week! Brett quickly realised that the oppo couldn’t cope with an aerial attack and he commenced his own destructive bombardment, whereupon he rained down forty yard balls to our forwards, which resulted in our only goal, courtesy of a nice swivel by Nathan, but could have ended up with several more. Upfront, Harry V, our own RAF flyer Rob Manson  and Chris M caused consternation with their tireless running and a better looking Luke this week always causes problems with his range. Torbs, fresh from a week in Amsterdam wining and dining, was the focal point in midfield and much of the play went through him. Skipper Dave could have made it two as he popped up on the right wing and narrowly missed a tap in. It was only at the death that Wallingford realised they had to throw caution to the wind and they created a few chances, but we held out to take a deserved three points. 

 

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