On a late and rapidly cooling afternoon Hawks 6ths were relishing the challenge to put the previous week behind them and take the game to a strong Milton Keynes outfit.
This immediately proved to be the case as Andy Clark in the middle found Charlie Warner on the left and Johnnie Sunderland on the right as willing recipients to play high. The early movement of OJ Webb and Ollie Graham and the blistering pace of Johnnie Sunderland had Milton Keynes on the back foot. However their defensive record in the league so far is well earned and they proved a tough nut to crack.
However several good chances were created and on another day Boots Dawson would have slotted home but after being found by sunderland and having done all the hard work by rounding the strong goal keeper the ball went the wrong side of the post. However Sunderland put the Hawks 1-0 up as a quick interchange with Boots found him driving forward and his shot was slotted home with aplomb.
Hawks then continued to press and Freddie Honeyman, linked well Will Smith and Dan Evans contributed with his trademark Hoover moves as he glided up the flanks to link with OJ, Ollie G and Sunderland.
The normal consistent Tom Gilman was perhaps missing his usual vision and distribution and several flowing moves were absorber by the strong defence of Milton Keynes who now adopted the deep press and attack on the break. Inevitably they forced 2 scores on the break the 2nd of which was simply worth applause as a flowing move saw the back post player lift the winner into the roof of the net. The M of M could have gone to several players in this hard fought contest and Fergie Ferguson again showed his rapid improvement and maturity on the ball but on balance Charlie Warner picked up the award for his consistency, distribution and willingness to constantly push the team forward.
Matthew Brook, Andy Clark, Roger Dunn, Charlie Warner, Dan Evans, George Dawson, Oliver James Webb, Simon Dawson, Hamish Fergusson, Freddie Honeyman, Ollie Graham, Richard Walsh, Tom Gilman, Will Smith, Johnnie Sunderland
Player of the match: Charlie Warner
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