Guildford 3 Ox Hawks 3
Hawks traveled to Guildford on Saturday with the basis of a good side that unfortunately numbered only 9 players. Guildford were kind enough to lend us 3 of their surplus players to make up the numbers. Guildford started strongly putting Hawks under early pressure, but Richard Wilsdon's fine performance in goal kept the scores level. Against the run of play Hawks broke through Phil Dunnill who found Bear Smith in space in the D. The Guildford keeper was only able to parry his reverse stick shot and John Kaluza was on hand to push the loose ball into the empty net. Hawks grew in confidence and Dunnill was increasingly able to dominate midfield and tie Guildford in knots. Guildford eventually equalised after a strong run to the goal line and pull back was struck inside the post, giving Wilsdon no chance.
Five minutes later Hawks were back in front 2-1 after a penalty corner was converted clinically by Bear Smith.
Guildford started the second half strongly and soon drew level again, with the majority of the remainder of the game becoming confined between the two 25m lines. Despite Guildford starting to gain the upper hand Hawks were rewarded when Steve Griffiths' cross was only half stopped by the Guildford full back giving Tony Henman the opportunity to slot the ball neatly inside the far post. The remainder of the game became a feisty affair as Guildford pushed for an equaliser. This eventually came when one of the Guildford 'guest' players was judged to have deliberately kicked the ball resulting in a penalty stroke.
MOM: Tony Henman