Hawks 2's consigned last week's shortcomings at Marlow to the waste bin with an encouraging and professional performance against Eastcote at BRN. Playing Eastcote anywhere is always a challenge and the West Londoners arrived at Oxford on something of a high - with a large squad of 15 and boasting four wins out of five matches played.
The chums, however, were more than ready for the contest welcoming Arthur the Belgian to the side for his second team debut. The 2's midfield thus boasted a wealth of first team experience in the form of Dom Roche, Lewis Jowett and the Belgian.
The 2's started in hugely impressive form moving the ball with precision, speed and purpose and soon discovered that the Todd Williams style of play can pay immediate dividends. In the first 10 minutes Eastcote were rocked back with Hawks scoring 2 goals through Jake Taylor and Finn Dunleavy and failing to convert several other opportunities. A Lewis Jowett shot was then magnificently saved by the Eastcote keeper which would have given Hawks a three goal lead. That incident rather marked the end of Hawks purple (or should I say magenta) patch as the visitors started to drag themselves into the contest. Before half time chances were created at both ends and, truth to tell, the chums were a trifle fortunate to reach the interval with their goal intact.
That good fortune lasted only 3 minutes into the second half when Eastcote notched one to make the score 2-1 - game on! Thereafter Hawks showed considerable grit as Eastcote began to provide evidence that their second place in the table was entirely merited. However Hawks more than matched the visitors who became increasingly preoccupied with the umpires. Finn Dunleavy scored his second goal of the game - not a bad return for a right back - 10 minutes from time to allow the chums to close out the game with some comfort.
A good solid professional performance which included - at the start - the best period of play the 2's have produced this season. Well done chaps!!