Hawks 4s were looking to bounce back from defeat against a strong High Wycombe 2s side last week but faced one of four 1st teams in this division in the shape of Abingdon. Strengthened by the likes of Cameron Saint and Martin Pickup and a welcome return from the combative Gary Mahon, we started promisingly and created a few good chances before up popped Charlie Plumptre to finish off a fine move to open the scoring with a deflection, before Luke Piper made it 2-0 as he continued his fine run of scoring. However, a pattern soon emerged in the game as both teams focused on attack, leaving them opened up on the counter. A bit of poor communication between Jonny and Neil at the back resulted in a bit of a kerfuffle in the D before their shot was deflected high in off the hapless Rodders’ elbow. Down the other end and Rob Manson made it 3-1, before we conceded a series of corners and the fiery Will Trigg’s shot was again deflected in high into the net by … again, Rodders. Buoyed (we thought) by Brett at half time, he struggled to get into the game initially as Abingdon forced the issue; a couple of standard green cards for chat (naughty Trigg and an unfortunate colleague) should have helped, but it was again the away side who scored from a well-switched short corner and Hawks were on the ropes. Abingdon at this point looked the likely winners, but a forced ball into the D resulted in the faintest of touches by our chief goal poacher Chris Maidlow to take a slender lead. It wasn’t all over though as an excellent foraging run by the ever-improving Ollie Dunn found Charlie, who from the cutest of angles found the back of the net with a well struck shot. Three points in the bag and these are valuable points as there won’t be any easy games in this league, I fear.