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Weakened Hawks 4s succumb to superior Thame 1s

11 March 2017

Men's 4s 2 - 5 Thame Men's 1s

Part of being a fourth team is to always appreciate the fact that you have to take actions for the greater good of the club; such was the case on Saturday as Dave Cooke was forced to sacrifice the promotional desires of the team and relinquish players to play for the 3s, already having lost Brett, Cam, Rob F and Ollie etc. earlier in the season. Such is our lot and we do so willingly to see our top teams thrive and we can bask in the reflected glory that former team mates are succeeding at a higher level. That is not to say it slightly tugged at our heart strings on Saturday as we played fellow top of the table rivals Thame 1s at the leisure centre. However, the re-jigging of the teams also meant a debut for young Harrison, filled with great skills and confidence and he performed excellently. No doubt he will be snapped up by a higher team before long and it will be with our blessing. In the first half, we were again faced by a team who were prepared to sit back, soak up our pressure, and hit us on the break; we held the ball well and forced some good saves from the keeper. Their opening goal came out of the blue, from a free hit in the corner aerialed across the D but what a strike it was into the roof of the net by their influential unmarked centre half. Gary Mahon certainly had his hands full and could have done with a rest, but we only had 12 players. Very much in the game in the second half, it all suddenly went wrong, perhaps due to the humid weather or lack of experience, but we suddenly found ourselves three down as Thame passed the ball into the net and although Luke and Neil both got goals back with terrific strikes  we were always chasing the game as Thame ran out 5-2 winners. At least the rugby cheered us up (not for Neil though), as did a couple of cheeky pints of Old Hooky in The Falcon pub on Thame High Street.

 

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