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One to forget for the Men's 3s

08 October 2016, 13:30, Marlow

Men's 3s 2 - 8 Marlow Men's 2s

This week Hawks 3s took on Marlow 2s on foreign turf. The game seemed to have a promising start, as after a clear game plan from Mark Crowley, Hawks managed to fit a warm-up into this week’s pre-game routine. However something must have gone wrong along the way, as it certainly didn’t provide  the ‘winning formula’…

The match started with Hawks having only 11 players (something they would soon regret) due to Dunners delaying his arrival to collect 2 players up from Radley meaning he would arrive 15 minutes into the first half. By the time they arrived, Hawks were already 2 down, and the Marlow goals did not stop there. By the time Dunners had managed to get himself on the pitch, Marlow had scored another sloppy goal from open play putting the score to 3-0. Hawks however were not giving up that easily and managed to scrape one back through a deflection from Laurie Cook. Unfortunately, this did little to stop the Marlow attacks and Hawks found themselves 4-1 down at halftime.

During the break it was agreed that having no one to observe Marlow’s formation from the bench was yet another mistake as the team had failed to adjust to their 3-5-2 formation which had been left with acres of space down the middle in which to attack.

With this in mind, Hawks set out into the second half. The halftime talk seemed to have little effect with Hawks having to do shuttles in order to chase Marlow. They were picking up easy possession because Hawks were just being a little ambitious with their dribbling. The scoreline in the second half was somewhat familiar as Hawks went a further 2 down as a result of 2 well-executed short corners within 20 minutes. Hawks however managed to get 1 back or so they thought, as Rob Foster got the ball in the D before swiftly deflecting it past the keepers right foot, unfortunately that was the left foot of Boggs meaning that Rob had indeed scored in the wrong end…

Despite the setback, Hawks persevered and this time thanks to some nice individual skill and a slick reverse stick shot, courtesy of Mark Crowley, managed to put the ball in the correct goal. This put the score to 7-2, but Marlow still had more to give and managed to find the net yet again meaning the final score was 8-2.

The 3’s left the pitch in a sorry state after a stern telling off by Dunners, something that hopefully Hawks wont have to experience again…

[With thanks to MOTM Harry Venables who wrote the report]

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