Hawks 6’s played local rivals Oxford 6’s at Headington girls school, at high noon bathed in glorious sunshine.
Hawks, fielded a youthful side with 9 of the 14 players under 16 years old. The game was played at good tempo and in good spirits, which was helped by the quality of the umpiring
Half time the score was 0 – 0, with both sides creating and somehow missing clear opportunities. The defensive back line of Charlie Warner, Dan Evans, George Dawson, and the ever-youthful Roger Dunn kept things tight, and started most of Hawks attacking moves by intercepting passes to the Oxford forward line.
The second half became more open as the heat of the day started to take its toll, the midfield partnership of Matt Brooks and Richard Walsh covered every part of the pitch and moved the ball from defence to forwards well changing the point of attack and stretching the Oxford defence. Hawks rotated the forwards and insides of Hamish Ferguson, Aaron Tyler-Chamberlain, Alex Bush, George Guillain, Ollie Graham and Freddie Honeywell, the attacking play is developing, with ball movement and retention improving week on week.
Hawks scored first with a quick move sweeping involving George D, Hamish, Freddie, and George G leaving Boots with a simple tap in. Within 5 minutes Hawks allowed an Oxford player to run from the halfway line into the ‘D’, who gladly accepted the invitation and finished well in the bottom corner. Hawks responded almost immediately with the move of the match, which saw Alex break with the ball passing to Freddie, who’s well timed and accurate pass found George G running at pace to coolly slot the ball pass the advancing keeper. It was left to Jim Felix to make his customary match winning saves in the final 5 minutes, to secure the win and the first 3 points of the season.