The sight of Chris Maidlow last week was one to behold and yet at the same time commiserate with as although we had convincingly beaten Leighton Buzzard 7-2, he was slightly begrudging as he congratulated his mate Luke and Charlie P for their hat-tricks, whilst he, like the Baby Bear in Goldilocks wailed “Someone’s been scoring my goals!” Well, what a difference a week makes. Travelling up the A421 to Roundabout City and the Pagoda of MKHC, Hawks 4s battled through a hard fought match to beat a dogged, determined Keynesian team 4-2. And the broad grin on Chris’s face after the match – having scored his own hat-trick – was a delight to his teammates as he slurped down his pasta like metaphorical porridge.
Both sides had large squads and rotated regularly which meant the game was played at a furious pace, MK 3s rotating their front line every few minutes like an indoor game. They kept pressing us at our 16s, a policy that almost worked as Tom and Neil struggled to distribute from the back (perhaps missing the aerial bombardment of Brett). Hawks were playing well and at pace and soon found themselves two up with excellent one on one breaks from Chris and he calmly slotted home as the upright keeper advanced. Our youngsters in the shape of Ollie D, Nick Mahon and Ed W (the latter being marked by a giant) are really rising to the occasion and caused lots of problems, whilst our keeper was called into action on a few occasions and in truth MK should really have scored in the first half. Two nil became three early in the second half as Maidlow popped in another, before a disputed goal brought the home team back into the game. Nick then waltzed through and again scored acutely as the keeper left a gap on his near post, before MK scored from a rebounded corner. 4-2 but with 20 minutes to go, there was plenty of hockey left in the game as MK continued to push forward. High praise goes to the two MK umpires who maintained control excellently, despite rising blood pressures all round, and Hawks were able to see out the game. Milton Keynes will cause many teams problems and we took away a valuable three points. And with that, Milton Keynes ran away into the forest and Baby Bear sat down on the floor (as his chair was broken to pieces, remember) with his 3 goals and beamed a great smile.