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M1's Dig Deep

02 December 2017

Men's 1s 4 - 3 Bromley and Beckenham Men's1s

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.  



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