Hawks U16 boys hosted Woking for the 2nd time in less than a month in their play off game on Sunday. What exactly were they playing off for? No one really knew from either side, but a play-off it still was nonetheless and expectations were high for Hawks having run out 4-1 winners last time round.
Woking started the better of the two teams as Hawks faced extended spells where they were unable to work the ball out of their own half. However the backline held firm with Ollie Doggett and Aravind denying any opportunity for Woking in the Hawks circle. As the half wore on, Hawks woke up and begin to test their oppositions defense with Ed Wilkinson and Oli Graham causing problems playing into the space left by Woking's high press. Hitting the visitors on the break worked well and despite Woking having the lion's share of possession and chances, the went into half-time 2 goals down with Toby MacLachlan looking ominous on penalty corners.
Hawks went out in the 2nd half with much more confidence and what followed was some of the best attacking hockey they've played all year. Goals from Oli Graham, Ray Prince and OIlie Dunn soon saw Hawks in a comfortable position. While on the ball, the home side looked increasingly dangerous, off of the ball they were less disciplined and Woking created a number of fine chances with only some last ditch saves and a bit of luck keeping the Hawks clean sheet intact.
The champagne moment had to be when, following a class piece of defending, Dan Evans and Ollie Doggett worked the ball out of the back, played it to Ollie Dunn who in turn gave it to Ray who managed to find Ollie Graham with an outrageous one-touch pass. Ollie showed great composure to deftly deflect the ball first time outside his right foot and past the oncoming keeper - hat-trick completed and Alan Shearer goal celebration pulled out of the bag.
The score finished an emphatic 8-0 win to Hawks who had recovered from a slow start to play some hockey that was hugely entertaining to watch and, at times, almost impossible to play against.