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A well balanced 7ths team win 5-0 against Reading Rovers

11 February 2017, 16:00, Banbury Road North (Top)

Men's 7s 5 - 0 Reading Rovers

In a game that warmed the players and supporters, Hawks 7ths use their balance of resources to take the game to Reading Rovers from the start.

After dominating the opening spell, and marshalled by the midfield of Fogden, Possee and Brook, the pace of Sunderland put Smith and Webb in good openings but the Reading goal keeper was outstanding. A goal from Fogden was the only reward from the dominance.

At this stage a degree of frustration set in as the Reading defence used their experience to break up the play, began to find their range and pick out their young inside forwards who hit on the break. Evans and Warner in defence were called upon to keep the defensive shape and Jon Davies in goal made 2 fine saves to retain the lead.

Often the rolling substitutions can disrupt the rhythm and a second goal was needed to settle the team. Up steps White Snr whose paced found him glide past a defender and he showed his increasing confidence with a reverse stick drive past the Reading keeper caught on the back foot.

2-0 at half time would require a professional second half and 3 points would be secured.

With Dan Evans, Johnny Sunderland and Freddie Smith linking well the shape of the side enabled Hawks to again take control. The best goal of the game came from the right channel and Evans fed Sunderland whose pace took him beyond the last defender and his ariel cross was finished sublimely by Smith from over his shoulder.

The father and son combination of Ollie and Andrew Graham pressed for more goals and the front 5 were thwarted by excellent goal keeping and last ditch defending. 2 further goals from Sunderland and Fogden closed the game at 5-0 in a very satisfying performance.

The M of M was hard to call from a good display across the team with Evans and Smith both in contention . However Sunderland's pace and persistence took the accolade as he caused problems throughout the game but particularly in the 2nd half. 

Below Freddie Smith congratulates the Reading Man of the Match-Max after also watching England win the six nations game against Wales.= in the clubhouse.

Men's 7s v Reading Rovers

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