On a balmy afternoon and with a free pitch following the unfortunate postponement of the earlier 1st X1 game, Hawks 7ths had the opportunity to prepare as a team unit.
This reaped benefits as right from the whistle Hawks looked assured and pressed all over the pitch, playing with a good level of intensity. The forward line including Alex Bush, David and Simon White looked lively and was well supported by Bradley Fogden, Danny Johnson and marshalled by Will Smith.
After a nice flowing move which began with Charlie Warner finding Whitey Jnr, his ball to Danny Johnson rode several stick tackles and as the ball fell loose Will Smith despatched to make it 1-0.
The right side were not to be outdone and this time Dan Evans did one of his now trademark drives down the right channel and excellent work from Alex Bush saw him turn his defender and whilst in the act of scoring secured a short corner. Will Smith mad it 2-0.
A uncharacteristic lack of concentration saw a loose ball drilled into the Hawks D and a Witney player ghosted in and executed a fine reverse stick deflection to make it 2-1 at half time.
Despite this lapse the first half showed the potential of the team and the half time team talk was simply 'more of the same'. Inevitably this did not happen. With a combination of driving into contact and a loss of shape Witney began to assert themselves and in particular their young inside right began to cause problems as he was well supported by an increasingly confident midfield unit. He was unlucky to take a smashed ball on the hand but returned to the fray and continued to press.
However Hawks did produce some flowing moves and particularly Alex Bush, Whitey Jnr and Bradley Fogden were linking well. As Bush found space he fed Will Smith and the ball across the goal was well finished by Bradley Fogden on the far post to cap his Man of the Match performance with a nice goal.
However Witney were not to be outdone and as virtually the whole of the Hawks team pushed forward a smash from defence saw an unmarked Witney player simply slide the ball into the net to make it 3-2.
The game was finally claimed after a disjointed period when a final move with Warner, Johnson and White again found the hard working Alex Bush and his drive into the D secured a short corner which Smith smashed into the goal off the post.
A game of 2 halves but a deserved 3 points nonetheless.