In a game which can rightly use the phrase a game of 2 halves the developing players show their mettle with a stunning 2nd half performance.
Newbury and Thatcham 4ths are top of the league and the first half display showed why. They took the play to Hawks from the start and a strong rear guard action with the back four of Dunn, Bowden, Evans and Warner working tirelessly and Jim The Cat Felix pulling off some great saves.
However the pressure found gaps and some small lapses in concentration where possession was handed to Newbury got punished and the score was 2-0. Newbury then made it 3 before half time with a well taken goal after a flowing move.
At half time Hawks pushed Sunderland and Smith high to seek a counter attacking approach. As OJ Webb, Ollie Graham and Whitey Snr were marshalled by Johnson in midfield, Warner Jnr had a man of the match performance to close down the attacking force on the right flank.
As a team and with all the development players playing well Smith Jnr finished superbly after being picked our by Evans. The game then led to an excellent final 10 minutes as the ball was fed to Sunderland following an interchange with Warner and Webb. Sunderland finished calmly when faced with a one on one with the Newbury keeper.
At the end Hawks had chances to go home with a point but in an excellent game they can be justifiably proud of their performance. With a number of candidates for Man of the Match and a tight call between Smith Jnr and Warner Jnr, Charlie Warner took the accolade with his best performance of the season.