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M1's crush local neighbours Henley

19 November 2016, 14:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

Men's 1s 8 - 0 Henley Men's 1s

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Saturday saw Hawks play local rivals Henley at home having lost narrowly to Spencer last Saturday.  However a cup game against Fareham on the Sunday saw Hawks win well and helped them back to winning ways. Henley, who’ve had a mixed bag of results this season to date, were looking to make up some lost ground. Both teams were aiming to put together a good performance and consolidate league positions ahead of the Christmas break.

The game began quickly, with plenty of pressure from Hawks on the Henley defence. With some long line balls and quick interplay Hawks built attack after attack. Henley battled back with some good midfield work, however it was Hawks who took the lead after just ten minutes with a reverse stick strike from Ted Bennett. This was swiftly followed by a drag flick from Jack Biggs to make it 2-0. Play remained at a high tempo with both teams battling hard, however Hawks broke through again when Alex Williams netted from a tight angle. Just before the break, the Henley right half slipped and seriously injured his shoulder, bringing a temporary halt to play.  We wish him a speedy recovery. Half time eventually came with Hawks still three goals to the good.

The second half began as quickly as the first, and Hawks kept up their momentum. Within fifteen minutes Biggs had secured his second and third goals from penalty corners to move Hawks into a comfortable 5-0 lead. The game slowed slightly but not before Bennett popped up at the back post for a tap in, which was exquisitely set up by Matt Wood. As Hawks continued to push, the game opened up even more and Bennett completed his hatrick with a simple strike to make it 7-0. Not to be outdone, Biggs popped up for a fourth on the drag flick to end the game 8-0. A convincing performance from a Hawks side that are looking to retain a top four place in the table come the Christmas break.

Final Score: 8-0

MOM: Jack Biggs

DOD: Ted Bennett

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