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Hawks U16s go down 3-1 after taking the lead against Marlow U16s

16 October 2016, 13:00, St. Edward's School

U16 Boys 1 - 3 Marlow U16 Boys

In a highly entertaining Cup contest between Hawks and Marlow, Hawks took an early lead following s slick move from midfield with Phil Barnett linking with Toby Maclachlan. A fine individual piece of skill from Skipper Ray Prince saw him take the ball, in the air, into the D and he was able to find the net from a tight angle. 

However Marlow then pressed with more intensity with their midfield asserting control as they  moved the ball quickly through the phases. Hawks were getting little in the way of meaningful possession but did look dangerous on the break.

However the pressure began to tell and Marlow equalised from a well worked short corner.

The second half saw a similar pattern emerge but Hawks battled hard however unforced errors often gave away cheap possession. A larger proportion of the game was taking place in the Hawks half with Tom Murray and Ollie Doggett holding the line against the constant incursions.

Legs then began to tire as the warm conditions and high intensity levels, often without the ball, took their toll. Ed Wilkinson, Ray Prince and James Edmiston battled hard and produced some excellent moves but too often there was no end outcome, particularly from entries into the opposition D.

Marlow then took the lead with a reverse stick strike at pace and then closed the game to make it 3-1. A drive down the left channel saw tired legs leave too much space and a calm finish left Jonny The Fox no chance in goal.

A great game by 2 good teams left Hawks the frustrated side and reflecting on the areas for improvement.

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