Skip seems to have worked his magic...Hotel Bab is transformed from Fawlty Towers to its former 5 star glory....no more rats in the kitchen...just a stream of happy customers sampling the delights of the new chefs cuisine. The 6's look forward to Skips return confident he will have used this opportunity to improve his fitness.
And so onto improving reviews for the 6th XI. A local derby against bottom of the table Abingdon 2's was a must win game for 2nd from bottom Hawks who have suffered 5 losses in a row and a noticeable absence from match reports as we struggle to find positive comments.
Prematch chat was disrupted by Wells 'show and tell' as he proudly displayed his new Adidas boots...hopefully no more slip ups.
Hawks started the stronger team and controlled the ball using Conrad C to hold and distribute the ball accurately from midfield. The domination was such that Abingdon struggled to get into the Hawks half for much of this half and after a few near misses from both Venables and Elliott we took the lead following a bit or aerial ping pong in the D with Venables connecting from the right post. Further success came from a well deflect ball off Elliot's stick as Venables drove the ball hard in from outside the D. Later in the half legs tired a bit and Hawks probably pressed too high leading to an uncharacteristic defensive gaff which gifted the ball to Abingdon who accepted the offering. The dynamic duo came together again at a short corner...Elliott bobbling the ball to the edge of the D and Venables striking low and left. Half Time: 3-1 and signs that if we passed sensibly the game was all ours.
The second half didn't quite work out as planned. Abingdon, with nothing to lose took the game to Hawks and started to even up the possession. Hawks still moved the ball well from midfield but the final ball into the D often came to nothing. We had a number of short corners but couldn't find the composure of the first half. Towards the end Abingdon worked hard to pull back some goals and won a succession of short corners but luckily for Hawks they couldn't quite convert and our talismanic Mr Hack was on hand with some vital clearances and goal mouth deflections. Jim was also tested more than the first half and parried away the couple of shots that made it towards the goal.
Full time couldn't come quick enough and we retired buoyed by that winning feeling to some excellent hospitality at the Spread Eagle pub.
MOM - Karl Hack for keeping us in the game in the 2nd half
Mentions in dispatches include John Black jnr/ Will Cairns/ Ashley Robbins and Mike Image who worked hard all game and Conrad Conn for his first half control.