Hawks 4s inflicted table-topping and previously undefeated Harrow 1s first defeat of the season as they came from behind to win 3-2 at a sunny BRN on Saturday. This was a great team performance and proved to be the team’s third consecutive win by a solitary goal, and fifth league win on the trot, to move us to third in the league five points behind Harrow and level with Thame 1s (who I witnessed also losing in a frantic affair with Maidenhead).
Harrow, always well organised and turning up with a full squad of 16, started the stronger as we struggled once again to get up to speed straight away. Their front three pressed us effectively and we turned the ball over several times, which resulted in the away side taking the lead as a quick flick from the top of the D through a mass of players that caught our keeper unawares. Charlie P had his hands full with their playmaker in midfield and Tom and Jonny F repelled several attacks, with Jonny A being called into action a few times; however, we began to grow into the game and started to move the ball well. (HT 0-1)
Although we equalised through Alex’s debut goal for the club following up from a rebound from all of a foot, we allowed Harrow back into the game with some weak tackling and we were again left to chase the game in the second half; however, again Alex again came to our aid by chasing down the ball that hit the crossbar off a deflection and again tapped in. Bizarrely, Harrow seemed to implode as they resorted to inter-team bickering and complaining about umpires’ decisions – and Dave D and Rory both blew really well – which led us to winning a series of corners, the last of which was slipped to Jasper who didn’t strike the ball with his usual venom, but his shot hit the post and Neil was on hand to follow up and we were up 3-2. So three goals from all of a yard – in total – and we held out comfortably through a barrage of aerials from skipper Dave ‘the Chef’ which their defence couldn’t cope with. A few cards were bandied about but in the end Harrow were gracious in defeat and suddenly the top of the league is much tighter with all to play for.