To the victor, the spoils. So it all came down to the last game of the season and a winner-takes-all contest with Wycombe 2s to see who got promotion alongside Harrow 1s into MBBO Division 1. A fitting venue for the game as we travelled across to the marvellous Bisham Abbey and we rocked up with a full squad of 15. However, much as we wanted it, we came off decidedly second best on the day, losing 0-6 to a younger, quicker and indeed, better side. It’s unusual for us not to score, but the game was so one-sided we didn’t even manage a shot in the 70 minutes. At the back, it felt like 1836 and the Battle of the Alamo as the backline of Tom, Jonny F and A were besieged for much of the game. In fact, we started rather better and kept the ball well in the first ten minutes, before we were undone by a pacey turnover and the Wycombe attacker slotted coolly past Atkins. Two more goals followed in the first half, courtesy of a stroke after Jonny F put his body on the line in front of goal, then a decent drag flick from a corner. Three down at half time, we were reduced to damage limitation as we were serially undone by their pace and they threatened every time we lost possession. Gary Mahon again battled manfully and Ed Wilkinson showed some great skills, but we were never really in it as Wycombe scored three more goals in the second half, two rebounds off the keeper’s pads and a simple tap in ensured Wycombe won at a canter and fully deserved their promotion. They were certainly the best team in our league, in my opinion. With Thame and Abingdon losing on the day, Hawks still retained third slot and that is a tribute to Dave Cooke’s captaincy and hard work throughout the season.
Special mention to the two designated umpires, who were excellent throughout; it is a pleasure to have quality officials.