Hawks travelled to leaders Bromley & Beckenham looking to get their season going again after a slow start after Christmas. The previous fixture back in October had seen Hawks go down 4-3 after a last second goal. Hawks were also 3-0 down after 20 minutes in that game so a fast start was essential this time around.
The game started at a very high intensity and both teams were very well matched all over the pitch. Hawks were defending well against the fluid rotations of BromBecks and looking perhaps the more dangerous in attack. Hawks created some great opportunities with Ted Bennett going the closest striking the post. A premature wheel-away celebration left the rest of the side feeling like we were 1-0 up only for the ball to rebound to safety. More half-chances and D entries came and went, with Alex Williams and Matt Wood causing trouble with their pace up front. BromBecks finished the half the stronger and Chris Price was called upon to make two saves just before the interval. 0-0 at HT with BromBecks knowing they were in a game.
The second half started in the same fashion with both teams playing at high intensity and some high quality hockey. Hawks then had a great chance to take the lead, with Dan Rhodes stealing the ball just outside the D and driving in, only to see the impressive BromBecks keeper pull off a great save, even after Rhodes had sat him down and lifted the ball over him. BromBecks then came at Hawks again and the pressure told with a few short corners, one being from bad discipline from Hawks. The corner was injected off target, but the stopper picked the ball up on the open side and smashed it into the corner to give BromBecks a 1-0 lead.
Hawks responded well, getting on the front foot again and winning a few short corners of their own. With league leading scorer Biggs in the Hawks ranks, we sniffed a chance. The 1st was stopped by the number 1 runner, with his afternoon over after wearing it on the ankle, and 2 further corners were very well saved by the GK. BromBecks then won another corner of their own and scored a rebound from a deflection to move 2-0 up, a crushing blow. Hawks still pressed on to grab a goal, but it was not to be, even after moving to 3 at the back.
A bitterly frustrating day for the Mens 1s after playing so well and matching the league leaders. A game of small margins and Hawks were left ruing some excellent missed opportunities. However, there were plenty of positives in the overall performance against a good side who look likely to win the league. A big weekend to follow with 2 home games, a visit from 2nd placed Havant and then a cup quarter final against Brooklands MU.