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Falcons secure a 4-0 but were made to work hard for the points

02 December 2017, 15:00

Falcons 4 - 0 Wokingham Men's Vets

After a lengthy delay following an injury in the preceding game, the pitch and gloomy aspect were likely to test the Hawks approach. Both sides secured patches of possession but neither team really looked likely to score as the majority of play took place outside of both 25's.

Kaluza was taking the opportunity to play a solid role in the left channel and his closing of any danger was ably assisted by the solid defence of Hutton, Blomley, Jones and Billington.

However it did required this determination in the opposing half. Finally the dead lock was broken by Griffiths and David White then created 2 gilt edged chances as his passes found space past the goal keeper and invited a cool finish. Unfortunately this was not the case. This was then followed by an unfortunate incident with some uncontrolled attempts at clearances left the Hawks players bemused. In Rory Bowden's case battered and bemused as his eye was split when outside intervention would have been welcome.

The 2nd half began to see a degree of frustration as the deepening gloom made vision difficult and this was compounded when a short corner and intercourse regarding the decision left Mr Jones with 2 consecutive green cards!

Finally as the player line up rotated and Ian Sobey linked with Hutton and a returning Bowden the ball found its way to the top of the D and a short corner ensued. Warner's strike was deflected by Kaluza and when the ball fell to Griffiths his double strike found the roof of the net for his second.

A Warner drive following a sublime pass from Hutton was saved with the wrong side of the stick and Kaluza despatched the penalty stroke. The final goal came from a flowing move involving Whitey, Kaluza and Griffiths and the shot from close range by Griffiths was kicked off the line, but unfortunately not by the goal keeper. Kaluza stepped up for penalty stroke no.2 and at 4-0 Hawks could relax for the second game of the week-end at Winchester in the cup on Sunday.

As ever the hospitality was good and the general consensus was despite the celebration of a certain birthday for Mr Griffiths and his 2 goals on the day, on this occasion the man of the match would be John Kaluza.

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