Hawks were making the journey into London for the second time this side of Christmas. The pre-season game was interesting to say the least. There were missed meet times and no goalkeeper for the first 10 minutes. Hawks were keen to put in a good performance this time round.
The day didn't get off to a brilliant start though... Rain and lots of it, along with two car crashes within the space of 10 minutes on the M40 wasn't exactly the ideal start. Good job we allowed 2 hours to get there and even better, Chris Price was early!!!
Following some time in the changing rooms, Hawks made their way out to the newly laid Spencer pitch complete with club logo (Mr Treasurer, please take note!) The rain made the pitch quick, exactly how Hawks like it and a decent warm up followed until Ted Bennett forgot he was playing hockey and not football as he tried to head one out to touch.
The game started at the high pace that Hawks were expecting and the away team seemed fairly comfortable. Hawks created plenty of chances, but failed to convert. Ted Bennett seemingly now back in the mood for hockey was playing well and creating chances across the back post from the left and Dan Rhodes (MOM) had the inside right channel sewn up creating attacking opportunities as well as providing solid defensive cover. Hawks won 2 short corners in the first half, but failed to convert either chance.
Half time 0-0.
Hawks knew that the first goal would be crucial. Unfortunately for Hawks, it was spencer who made the breakthrough first with a crunching shot into the sideboard. Hawks heads went down, but the troops rallied and continued to create chances albeit fewer as the legs began to tire out. However, Spencer managed to score another from what appeared to be a mishit towards goal on the backhand, Pricey rolled his ankle and the ball dribbled in underneath him... Hard luck for the man in the cage who had made a few superb saves throughout the game. Hawks got themselves up the other end to win a short corner which they dispatched, but it was too little too late as the final few minutes ran down and the whistle went.
Final Result: Spencer 2 - Hawks 1
A frustrating result for Hawks, and the final bit of finesse and better first touch across the pitch may have provided the result the Hawks boys were after. Onto the cup game against Fareham which would be an equally tough game.
MOM - Dan Rhodes
DOD - Ed Ellis