Hawks 6ths ventured to West London for an afternoon at Ikea without the injured skipper Spittles (or any of his offspring!).
Getting to West Hampstead’s ground was as much fun as ever, and as usual the matches were running late anyway (and everybody wanted to get home in time to see England beat France to win the Six Nations!)
An elite squad of twelve, led by Chairman Higgins, faced a West Hampstead team fighting for promotion so it looked like a testing (and windy) afternoon ahead.
This was to be another extraordinary game of two halves, and if points were available for winning the second half then the 6ths would probably be in a promotion position.
However, for the third week in a row, Hawks made a terrible and sluggish start, and had soon shipped a couple of goals (one a very good finish and one very avoidable).
Will, Ash and Rodders were as always making a fist of things in the middle of the pitch and Hawks did start to make some chances, and gain some measure of control.
A freak / comedy goal just before half time meant that 0 - 3 was starting to look a bit daunting – the only hope was to score early and prey on the nerves of the Hampstead team, who had all the pressure on them.
Another rousing half time speech from the Chairman…and…
Finally, after a couple of sighters, Darby found his shooting stick (for the first time this season), and a great ball into the D from Rodders was slotted first time into the top corner (from some way further out than 6 inches – for the record!)
Rodders continued to maraud into the D and he soon got his reward with a good strike from the top.
However, at some point West Hampstead scored again, and 4-2 was the final score, and despite a bit of tension creeping in, Hawks had never quite manged to put enough pressure on the opposition.
We all got home, and avoided the worst of the North Circular Saturday rush hour, in time for beers and pizza in front of the rugby – “C,mon England!”
MoM – Rodders
Goals – Darby – 40 mins
Rodders – 50 mins