After a very challenging week, without coach Todd Williams and with five players absent, the M1's made the long trip into Kent to face a strong Bromley and Beckenham side who have been on an ominous run of form in recent weeks. The omens did not look good for Hawks when B&B started the game like a train, forcing five short corners inside the first ten minutes, and going 2-0 up inside 15 minutes. However, Hawks gradually gained a foothold in the game after some positional shuffling, and Ryan Hammond reduced the deficit on 18 minutes with a powerful drive after unwisely being allowed to carry the ball into the circle unchallenged. Ted Bennett established parity four minutes later with a thunderous finish from an acute angle when following up at a penalty corner.
In the first minute of the second half, a deft finish from Will Heywood gave Hawks the lead, but the home side cancelled this out with a clever deflection at one of the many short corners they forced. The game opened up considerably as both sides probed for openings and a 3-3 draw looked odds on until Matt Wood popped up in the circle inside the last two minutes of the game to finish with a reverse stick shot which looped over the advancing keeper courtesy of a deflection off a defenders stick.
A quite exceptional show of character from a team ever more determined to retain top spot in the league table, and strong performances from every player in the 14 man squad.
Jack Biggs, Drew Blackburn, Tom Godding, Will Heywood, Ted Bennett, Sam Clark, James Cutter, Ben Gregory, Ryan Hammond, Chris Price, Ray Prince, Thomas Sobey, Jake Taylor, Matthew Wood
Player of the match: Ryan Hammond
|Will Heywood||Open Play|
|Ted Bennett||Open Play|
|Ryan Hammond||Open Play|
|Matthew Wood||Open Play|