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Hawks U16 Boys go down to Blueharts 3-1 and must look to improve

07 January 2018, 15:00, Banbury Road North (Near)

U16 Boys 1 - 3 Blueharts U16 Boys

The cold weather may have had an impact but the opening 20 minutes of this game saw the travelling opposition Blueharts more determined and hungry for the ball and pressed the Hawks defence from the start.

Will Barlow performed heroics in goal as chances came thick and fast and the game could easily have been over in this opening spell.

Inevitably the pressure told and a break down the left channel found the Blueharts striker in acres of space on the penalty spot and his shot from close range left Will no chance.

Hawks did raise their intensity at this stage but were unable to switch the direction of the ball or create any width and despite some individual good moments from Johnnie Sunderland and Freddie Smith, Blueharts soon made it 2-0.

A forthright team talk from Coach James Rogers had an instant impact in the 2nd half and Hawks had the majority of possession but too often ran into the crowded channels. With Blueharts now content to hit Hawks on the break their defence looked solid.

However the hard work from Hawks provided a life-line and as Laurie Cooke marshalled the players forward his determination secured a short corner. His first strike was saved and Freddie Smith smashed home the rebound.

It was now game on but the Hawks hearts were broken with an attack on the break and a third goal which effectively killed the game off.

They must now look to the final fixture in this league with a win required if they are to progress to the knock out stages.

 

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