The M1's travelled to Guildford on Saturday knowing that anything but a convincing win would seriously undermine their ambitions for the season given that Guildford had lost all eight of their previous games to date.
Aware of the curse of the 'bottom team', Hawks started nervously and never really threatened to play the flowing hockey of the previous week when they demolished Henley. Nevertheless, they took the lead when Kyle Barnes finished off a fine move with literally his first touch of the game. Several chances were allowed to go begging and nerves were still evident as Guildford were allowed to get a foothold in the game.
1-0 was a fragile half time lead and alarm bells started to ring when Guildford were allowed a scruffy equaliser ten minutes into the second half. A dogfight seemed on the cards when a Toby Blong goal line clearance prevented Hawks from falling behind. However some semblance of order was restored by Imran with some positional reshuffling which resulted in Hawks regaining the upper hand. Two Jack Biggs penalty corners in quick succession settled the nerves and there was time for Alex Williams to fail to net a sitter before he sublimely set up Ted Bennett for a tap in and clinching fourth goal.
So the banana skin was avoided and Hawks move up to third in the table, seven points off top spot but still hoping that two wins in their last two games before Christmas will make for an interesting second half to the season.